By the time this blog come out, the weekend is almost over and yet I will be at this event Copenhagen Classic Grand Prix as volunteer for the weekend, as gate guard. This event I have been to once before as volunteer back in 2010, where I was a runner/looking after the volunteers luggage.
My knowledge about cars is well, I do know some models, but if you start talking engine and whatever you can put in the car, I would say “watch Top Gear”….. But somewhere in all this, I do like cars and eh…. Speed. I wrote last month about the Le Man, shortly I believe and this is somewhat similar though not a 24 hours race. No, there are so many different races with different cars from different age/time. There will be cars from way back around 50/60’s something I believe and the latest newest car will race against each other on this very small track right in Copenhagen.
The roads start closing off Friday where the volunteers will start building up the race for Saturday and Sunday. The races start early morning after a short briefing both for the drivers as well the volunteers each in their own tent/place and some breakfast. After that it is a question on how long your shift is and where you are to be. The first time I was there in 2010, it was easy. Nice folks who shared the same passion for cars and there were plenty of time between breaks for me to take a few photos from the races I got to see.
Even though there is lots of races to see, you also get the chance to walk up-close (closer than you normally would think you would be allowed around these kind of cars) and admire them as well speak to owners, drivers or the mechanic about how the car works, where it is from. People come as far from USA, Germany, and England just to mention a few. There is a lot of preparations to do this kind of race in Copenhagen, because what is left from the ticket sale goes to children who have cancer – we have this big hospital, that have a department called “Kingdom of the children” (directly translated from Danish to English). You even get a chance to drive with a professional race driver for 2 rounds – takes about oh a minute or less depending on how the weather is, so it does not go slow at all – and the money all goes to those children at the hospital/ science to help them. The prices varieties but the most expensive - and one day I will try it-, is Tom Kristensen, the Danish legend Le Man driver.
If it gets too much about cars for the children, there is children play ground as well, with small fair right in the middle of it all. So there is plenty to look at concerning cars those two days.
I am looking forward to it, this year as a guard – making sure the guest who enters the area have the right bands to come inside the closed areas – some are trying sneaking inside without paying for coming in to see the races and such. From the program and map over the area, I can see I will be in a “quiet” area, I hope as the engines can be rather loud around the small corners which are near the gate where I will be. That is interesting from my point of view, because when the cars are so loud and makes it impossible to hear much, why go there? I do it because I like the event and I get to see it from the “other” side as a volunteer. Plus if I want to I can buy this kind of driver suit we are to wear throughout the event and I do get to see some of the cars as well…. ;-)
So all I hope is, I am able to hear what the guest asks when/if they asks questions and that the weather stays clear meaning no rain. I have tried that on the last day back in 2010, where it poured down, some cars crashed (very loudly from where I was) and it is not that fun to be standing guard out in the rain, soaking up all the water….
There are more on this site: http://www.chgp.dk/en/ ( it is in English too.....), where you can see how the tracks look like and I will see if I can get a drive in the car like I did 2 years ago…. :-)
The Quiet Photographer