First up I couldn't get to sleep at all last night until 3am-ish, as I was so excited. I kept telling myself "I gotta sleep I gotta sleep otherwise I can't wake up in time." and of course the harder I try the harder I get to sleep.
No doubt, I couldn't wake up in time - the alarm clock died! And then when I got onto the motorway, junction 15A was totally jam-packed, plus a few roads were closed. To top it off, BOTH my sat nav systems took me to the wrong place!
So I didn't arrive until about 12, and I was really gutted because I couldn't participate in the AOC Top 15 (scheduled at 10am), and I was really hoping for the "shiniest" award, as I spent 4 weekends (a whole month) detailing the car for the show... that's the whole car polished with #80 + SRP + EGP + Collinite + Gold Class, plus wheels/exhaust polished and tyres dressed, even the engine bay.
So anyway I went and bought tickets for the drag stripe, which means that I had to use the ****ing stupid gravel track. And the shittest thing happened... a sharp stone (what I can only describe as a "ninja throwing star") punched right through my low mileage Yokohama Parada 2... And I don't have a spare wheel, because the rolling diameter is too different to my current wheels and the car is too low to jack up.
Oh and now my just-polished car has about 2000 stone chips because of the stupid gravel track.
Managed to buy a tub of Tyre Weld from a VX220 owner after two hours of panicking... only to find that I can't drive at more than 30mph if it is used... For a 160 miles trip, it is not really possible. Luckily (relatively) the RAC gentleman managed to plug the hole temporarily, so that I can drive at 50mph, which is much better than 30mph...
It means that I cannot get onto the drag stripe, which I waited a whole year for! I worked a whole year on the car, and every time I work on my car I dream of shaving a second off the time at Santa Pod from last year. I kept telling everyone around me "this is the day", "it'll be worth it", etc. Gutted is not the word.
Drove at 50mph all the way, and stopped at every service to check/re-pump the tyres. And I only just got home now...
PS. Big thanks to everyone who has helped! And AOC is organised really well, well worth the best stand title!