Trent Hindman – Finally Here!

Written by Team USA. Posted in Driver Blogs, Trent Hindman

Published on October 12, 2011 with No Comments

Brands Hatch, England (October 12, 2011) – The last time I reported to you I was in Canada. Now I’m finally in the UK! For weeks, all I could think about was how many more days, hours, minutes, even seconds until I’d arrive in England, and to actually be here now is quite amazing! Anyway, as soon as Sebastian Ordonez and I got off the plane after the 5 hour 45 minute flight from Newark to London Heathrow, Jeremy told us that we had a busy day in store! He wasn’t lying!

First we had to make a few stops from the airport, but after those were finished, we made our way to Silverstone to pick up my Team USA Scholarship teammates Spencer and Neil. After some lunch, we made the hour long drive to the Morgan Cars factory in Worcestershire. Morgan is the oldest hand built car in the world. Our tour was courtesy of Chris Witty, a gentleman with whom Jeremy used to work at Autosport magazine.

We made the two-hour drive back to Beaconsfield to have a delicious dinner. Now an adventure was about to begin as Neil, Spencer, Sebastian and I had to catch a train to our hotel, which is right at the track at Brands Hatch. After switching trains somewhere in London, we finally got to the train station near the hotel around 11:00 pm. I had been awake for what felt like forever, and all I wanted to do was jump into the nearest bed!

Tuesday was my second day in the UK and I was able to adapt to the time change fairly well. I finally got to the track and was able to meet the team, as well as Michelle and Cliff Dempsey. Everyone was super-nice and I am really looking forward to working with them. Unfortunately, my car would not be at the track until later on in the day, so the four of us Americans decided to go to the mall and see a movie. By the time it was over, my car was ready for me to have the seat poured, get fitted, and be comfortable.

Wednesday was my first time on the track, and it was absolutely incredible! Brands Hatch is one of those legendary tracks that most true petrolheads (the UK term for gearhead!) have on their bucket lists. Brands is really fun to drive, especially when I have a teacher as good as Cliff instructing me! Testing continues until Friday, so there is plenty more time to get used to the car and the track!

Even though I’m extremely exhausted right now, I’m so excited I don’t even know if I’ll be able to sleep. But…my pillow is looking really good, so I think I’ll say good night!

Stay tuned…

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