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Autovaletdirect franchise owner attends World Superbike Event, Donington Park.

Autovaletdirect the successful Mobile Valeting franchise undertake numerous automotive events for many leading manufacturers including the 2008 Motorshow at the Excel in London, and for the past four years, The Goodwood festival of Speed, World Superbikes and Audi Quattro Golf Cup, to name but a few. This gives the franchise network further income, a chance to meet each other while giving them a change from their everyday activities. 

For the fourth year in succession, Autovaletdirect franchisees attended the World Superbikes at Donington Park. Franchisee, Karl Miller shares his experience at this popular four-day event. 

“Donington Park hosted Round 2 on the SBK calendar. I was delighted to get a call asking if I could attend to provide my services for the four days to ensure the official cars were cleaned and maintained throughout the event. 

Alfa Romeo provides all course cars and these were transported to the circuit the day before. I was in attendance with a fellow franchisee and we were to be kept busy. Our first day began at 8am at the circuit. We were directed to the pit lane and started the valeting. Between us we had 12 cars to thoroughly clean, and these consisted of 4 x Safety Cars, 4 x Medical cars, 2 x VIP Cars, 1 x Stand Car, and 1 x Rider car. 







The safety cars were cleaned and polished first as these were needed for promotional work and so the track could be properly checked. The 4 cars to be used by medical staff were next, as these needed to have their decals added. The 2 cars used by events staff to carry their VIP guests were then cleaned followed by the car to be displayed on the Alfa Romeo stand in the main public area of the circuit. Alfa also had a Spider to photograph the triumphant riders in and this was the last car to be cleaned. By 5pm all the cars had been washed, polished and cleaned inside and were gleaming in the unusually hot March sunshine. 

It was an early start on the remaining days, having to be at the circuit by 7.30am and 7am on the race day, Sunday. We began by cleaning the Safety cars. These were the most important to take care of as they are used by Superbike officials, marshalls, track management and the drivers used during race. The 4 medical cars were positioned around the circuit and contained a driver, doctor & medical equipment. As these left pit area as soon as we arrived, we did not see them again until the end of the day’s events. The stand car was cleaned and we also mopped and polished the stand that it was to sit on, as various workers had been on it to put it together and provide lights & electricity supply. Once each safety car went out and returned we wiped it down, and re-polished if necessary. This was the case over the next 3 days with each of the cars, cleaning as and when they needed. Sunday was a lot busier as there were more people in attendance and the vehicles were used a lot more. 

It was a great event to attend, and it was my first since starting, which is less than 6 months ago. It was hard work, as I expected, but very rewarding. To know that the cars I cleaned and made sure looked their best over the 4 days were to be seen by a global TV audience was a unique feeling, and I was very proud each time I saw them out on track, on the stand or being used for promotional purposes. As we were primarily situated in the pit lane, it was great to see practice, qualifying and the races from the other side of the pit wall and all the activity that goes on during races.   

The event was a success and Alfa Romeo were very pleased with the results of the valeting provided by my colleague & I. Now if only I can get my van to Salt Lake City........."



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