Welcome to the AOC/AS Guide to TV Live 2010. Hopefully we should pretty much cover everything you need to know about attending TVLive.
First of all - dont be scared of it!
Check out the thread and book your ticket / track time and pay for it.
THE PAYMENT THREAD WILL BE UP IN PLENTY OF TIME, PLEASE DO NOT TRY AND PAY BEFORE THE RELEVANT THREAD IS POSTED
You will usually get the tickets a few days before the event...it's the soonest that we can post them out to you. So please no threads asking when are they going to arrive. The very second we have them they will be back in the post to you. What you will recieve in your pack:
1. Your ticket(s) and track pass if you have ordered one.
2. Your car pass.
3. Some info in a small flier about TV Live.
So what do you do whilst your awaiting your ticket?
Mod away. Remember shows are the opportunity to show off your pride and joy to members of the public, forum members and other clubs so doing those mods to sweaten your car up is defo on the list of to do's. For those who are unsure of what to do or what to buy then check out our supporting traders section for inspiration. Remember also to take a good long look at your cleaning equipment for your car. You can obviously put it through a car wash the night before but next to everyones shiny car it will stand out for the wrong reasons. At Castle Combe there are taps & water available from the toilets or around the tiolet block so no excuses for a dirty car when your there. Begin to plan out what cleaning stuff your going to use the days before and then the stuff your going to use when your there.
Recommended cleaning products to take with you.
Bucket & Sponge/wash mitt ect.
Your car wash liquid may not be a good idea due to the suds left behind around your car and turning the ground into a bog.
Chamois / drying towels (always good incase it rains in the morning and dries out in the afternoon).
Wax (After travelling there and cleaning the car off you may want to top up your wax coat for that perfect finish).
Glass cleaner (Good for cleaning headlights, windscreens and windows)
Tar & bug removing wipes (Excellent for removing those flies that prefered a closer inspection of your paint work. These are excellent as you can use these around the car and save yourself the bucket & sponge drama if done correctly)
Bumper /bump strip shine (Those bumpers will dry out on the way there and may need a bit of love when you arrive).
Tyre shine (Yes even the tyres need to look blacker than black).
Alloy cleaning products (brake dust is very easy to stuck to your alloy even on short journeys).
Dash/cockpit cleaner (People may want to see what you've done inside so make sure it looks everybit as good as the exterior).
Once finished pack up your cleaning products into your boot and scan around the area for any litter you may have inadvertantly dropped.
Leading up to TV Live
Check out the regional forum for any convoys that your regional organiser may be planning. Its the most effective way of getting there trust me . Put your name down if you'd like but remember if you change your mind inform the convoy organsier/Regional Organiser. It may also benefit you to give the organiser your mobile number and get his too just incase you get left behind or take a wrong turn.
You may want to organise your own food and drink for the day at TV Live as the burger vans at Castle Combe are usually very expensive. So begin to make plans on your dining arrangements during Saturday. If its hot plenty of water.
Find your driving licence those who want to go on the track. Dust off your crash helmet if you have one. If not, don't panic - you can hire one in the Organisers Office for £5 for the day. Find your AA/RAC/Greenflag card out and familiarise yourself with the phone number just incase.
Check your car is in a state to be ragged. Fluid levels and tyre condition (tread depth, punctures ect). Note that Castle Combe has noise restrictions on exhausts - 100 dBa measured at 4500rpm, half a metre from the tailpipe, which in reality is ear-splittingly loud, but you never know! You will also need to wear something long sleeved as your arms must be covered while on track.
Also, cameras are only allowed in the car if they are secured on a purpose-built mount. Don't forget to charge your batteries and bring spares if possible.
And above all, drive within your limits! There's no shame in being overtaken... it's a track day, not a race! Speed-parking your pride and joy in a tyre wall is never a good look, especially if you're supposed to be driving it home too.
The night before TV Live, gather together everything that you will need for tomorrow. Heres a quick list of what you should be packing...
Driving Licence / Helmet (if you are going for a blat on the track)
Bucket and cleaning products (water is on site)
Money for the trade stands etc
Plenty of Fuel in your car.
Map to get there.
Camera + spare batteries
Umbrella (just in case)
Bottled water (always end up needing some of this)
Sun Tan lotion
Hat / Sunglasses
Don't forget to fill up your car with Petrol/Diesel before you go in.
Check your cars tyres and fluid levels are still good.
On the day
Drive to Castle Combe in a courteous manner. You are the representatives of the Astra Owners Club and we have a very good reputation that we'd rather keep untarnished. No breaking speed limits and expect the local plod to be out in force with every camera and undercover cop car they have. If you do decide to come with the convoy then please take notice of those who are not going or anything to do with TV Live. Having 60 Astras pass you has got to be scarey enough so give them plenty of room and be courteous. The convoys leaders will always be doing the speed limit so no one in theory should get lost. Always have a map and directions handy just incase.
When you arrive at Castle Combe, there may well be a huge queue to get in. There will be plenty of bad boys in Corsas playing music very loud so no need to join in as the officials won't like it especially that early in the morning. Find your car pass and your tickets. Insert car pass into a clearly visible space so that the organisers at a quick glimpse can direct you the correct way. (on the dash is fine). Follow the organisers signals, directions and information. Please no wheel spinning, donuts ect as you'll more than likely get kicked out. Keep the right hand lane free and clear for the organisers / emergency vehicles.
Once your in.
Once in drive slowly as there will be a fair few people there already. They won't be concentrating on the traffic so watch out for people dodging between cars.
Look out for the AOC/AS stand. You should see banners and recognise some cars. We will have AOC/AS marshalls consisting of staff members so look out for them and familiarise yourself with the staff photos. It takes a huge effort to organise all the cars in 1 go so please be patient, don't try and do your own thing... wait to be directed.
Once your on the stand.
Once parked do not leave your vehicle we may need to move you around and park very close to each other usually as our stands are normally always full to bursting. Once you've been moved around and your settled then look around for members that may need help (setting up gazebos ect). If everyones happy then get down to cleaning your car. Making it show worthy.
No littering the stand please
Now go and enjoy TV Live. Come and say hi to the staff we don't bite. Talk to one another you do anyway just electronically. Have a chat we all love astras were all in the same position (Inc staff as well). Come say hi!
Leaving TV Live.
Be prepared to wait! Theres no pre-defined time to leave but the queues can be rather large trying to get out of the circuit so be patient. There are no marshalls for this so common sense and courtesy is required.
Enjoy Live 2010!
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