I had a fantastic birthday today. I got my first gift watching the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, but I will come to that a little later.

It was a such lovely day today, Jo and I decided to take a drive up to Essex with the aim of visiting one of the coastal towns.

On route we stopped at P&A Wood in Great Easton. According to their website “In 2001, P & A Wood were appointed as “The Official Rolls-Royce and Bentley Heritage Dealers” in recognition of the knowledge and expertise that the company had built up with the Classic and Vintage cars“.

Stepping into their show room and one can see why? It is incredible! So many classic cars but my favourite was a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost from 1914. It had a price tag of £1.5 million. A small price to pay I guess for a car that has only done 5556 miles in its whole life. It was in perfect condition. Next year perhaps!

Outside their buildings every Tom, Dick and Harry who owned a super car had gathered to show off their rides.

There was so much testosterone burning off each time one of the cars squealed out of the car park. I guess if you have the money this is one way to show it off.

After the excitement of the super cars, the Rolls Royce classics & Bentley show room we headed to a small town called Finchingfield, which is a village in the Braintree district in north-west Essex. We stopped and had a meal at the Fox Inn.

 

Lunch was roast lamb and beef with all the trimmings. It was fantastic. Service was excellent.

Finchingfield is a picture postcard village with lots of character.

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After lunch we headed to Claxton-on-Sea. It was a beautiful autumn afternoon. The sea was calm and the walk along the pier was entertaining.

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Finally going back to the Malaysian Formula 1 grand prix this morning. A first corner incident saw Vettel take himself out by smashing into Rosberg.

Vettel blamed Verstappen, but it was always going to end in a crash and Vettel should have known better. Rosberg had a big spin as a result of the crash, but managed to recover. So he effectively was last but proceeded to pass everyone over the next 37 laps. The race (if one can call it racing), was pretty dull as per normal, until around lap 38 when Rosberg smacked into Räikkönen’s wheel to steal a cheeky, but risky pass. Then Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo thrilled us with some fantastic wheel to wheel racing with Ricciardo not giving in to young Max and while the F1 stewards were pondering over Rosbergs race incident with Räikkönen, Lewis “bad loser” Hamilton’s engine blew up AND that was my first gift of the day.

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LH: Something or someone doesn’t want me to win this year. It does not sit right with me.

Hamilton quickly blamed everyone at Mercedes Benz because that is what a true three times British world champion does when he is losing. All those factory staff and mechanics who spend thousands of hours making him a super competitive car, they must adore him!

As for those biased SKY F1 commentators who constantly talk about Hamilton like he is gods gift to motor racing, well they were silenced for a few laps afterwards, although disgracefully SKY Sports crossed to interview Hamilton just as Daniel Ricardo crossed the finishing line and so we missed hearing his victory radio message. That really sums up SKY Sports F1 coverage.

It was great to see Daniel, Max and Nico on the podium sharing the hottest & sweatiest shoey. 🙂