December 3rd I got on a plane to head to Monte Carlo, Monaco, to co-host the annual FIM Off-Road Awards.
The flight went well, my luggage made it, and the room I stayed in was beautiful! The Awards night went perfectly, and I must say my dress was a hit : ) . (But you get to vote on it right here – do you like it, YES or NO?)
It was so much fun to see all my friends from the Grand Prix Motocross series again, and hang out a little bit and have some fun. I did get to catch up with World MX2 Motocross Champion Tyla Rattray, and talked to him about his decision to come to the United States and race. He says he won a FIM World MX GP championship, and now its time to come tackle one in the AMA series. I can’t wait to see how he does. (You can watch the video of Tyla interview with me here.)
Sunday after the event my boyfriend Travis and I packed into our rental car, and for the next few days visited places like Zurich, Switzerland, Lake Como & Venice, Italy (it’s a bit crazy in Venice – the town is literally under water right now). After a few days of sight seeing & battling mother-nature we got on our flight to fly to London, England for ‘Race of Champions’!
I had never been to the event before and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. All I kept hearing was ” Wow, you are so lucky to get to go there!” So my excitement was building! I couldn’t wait! Unfortunately the person I was looking to cheer for, Mr. Travis Pastrana, was forced to pull out this year, due to a very sudden and unfortunate hip injury. (Get well soon Travis!)
The R.O.C. promoters had the pressure on, and two days to fill some big shoes and quick! A driver named Tanner Foust was asked to drive for the U.S team in Travis’ place and immediately said ‘Yes’ and jumped on the earliest flight he could to get to London.
The morning of the event we got on a shuttle from the hotel to the fabled Wembley Stadium. The weather was great for this time of the year in London (and by that I mean it wasn’t raining!). After arriving at the stadium I was able to attend a lunch with all the R.O.C. staff, VIPs, and all the Champions.
After the luncheon we headed to the Drivers Lounge. That was almost surreal. Where else can you see all these different champions from all their respective disciplines? It’s the only competition in the world where stars from Formula One, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, sports cars and touring cars compete against each other, going head-to-head in identical cars! The competition was close is in so many races, which made for an all around great event. But I must say witnessing seven-time Formula 1 Champion Michael Schumacher bumped out early by NASCAR’s Carl Edwards was something really impressive. Again, almost surreal to see these guys racing together on the same track. I mean come on! How cool is that!?!? (Here’s a link to watch Carl talk about the ROC. And here’s a link to watch the video of Carl giving a ‘shout-out’ to Tim Ferry!)
After another historic Race Of Champions event congratulations are in order for Sebastien Loeb, who was awarded the ‘Champion of Champions’ title. Loeb beat out David Coulthard in a close battle.
The whole event though, is something very special, unique, and fun. If I had one word to sum up the Race of Champions it would be UNREAL. You have to witness it once in your life! Put it on your bucket list! You won’t regret it!
p.p.s. Here’s a short video of World Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton : ) (Thanks ROC!)