The Question of Sport F1 special aired the other night on BBC One and for the eagle-eyed among you, you might have noticed that several Bolton-le-Moors Car Club members appeared in the audience. This was down to the fact that in mid-February, Bolton-le-Moors Car Club received an invitation from the BBC to get some members together and go and watch the F1 special be filmed.
A great opportunity for the club and one which proved to be an excellent day out for the BLMCC members who went along. One of those who went along – Membership Secretary, Steve Cawley, has written a few words about what went on.
Recently, Bolton-le-Moors Car Club was approached by the BBC in Salford, asking if we, as a car club would be interested in participating in a recording of ‘A Question of Sport’. Not just any old episode of this great quiz show, but an F1 special. It was a fantastic opportunity which the club could not pass up!
While a break in communications meant we nearly missed the boat, on the final day of tickets being available I managed to secure 10 tickets. While this was not as many as we would have liked – we have plenty of members who wanted to go but unfortunately couldn’t – it meant at least we could get some bums on seats!
We duly arrived at Media City on Thursday 12th February at mid-day in plenty of time to be admitted to the studio complex at 14:00 and by 15:00 we were sat under the hundreds of lights on the most impressive lighting rig I have ever seen. A Mercedes F1 car took centre stage in the studio.
A very good warm-up guy had us clapping and cheering at various levels before the show to enable the editing in of the applause after the recording and towards the end of the session he picked out Bolton’s own Sheila Cawley to come up on stage and introduce the show while she sat in Sue Barker’s chair. A task which Sheila performed brilliantly! Sue better watch out!
The line-up for the show was quite impressive and included Red Bull team manager Christian Horner, commentator Suzi Perry, McClaren’s Kevin Magnusson and F1 veteran David Coulthard. Quite a line-up. Without boring you with too many details, the quiz was won by Phil’s team, who beat Matt Dawson’s team by 6 points.
While the recording itself took 2 hours, as with any show it was finally edited down to its running time of 30 minutes. While this had to be done due to scheduling constraints, it did unfortunately edit out many of the hilarious off-the-cuff remarks made by the contestants.
It was a pleasure to be invited by the BBC and a good day was had by all. In fact, Bolton members appeared on TV at least five times! On behalf of the club we send our thanks to the BBC for this wonderful gesture. It was a great experience and one which the club hopes we can repeat in the future. Hopefully next time even more club members will be able to go!
Steve Cawley. BLMCC Membership Secretary.