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Foodie Tour Belgium

Over the past few years of my volunteering in Motorsport, Belgium has become one of my favorite countries in the world to visit, certainly it is my favorite country in Europe. And every time I visit Belgium I end up going on a foodie tour sampling some tasty dishes and flushing them down with my favorite style of beer: Kriek.

On this trip it seems I’ve gone on an exclusive “fritten” diet. I think I had fries almost every day!

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The first meal I had after arriving in Stavelot, near the track was a carnet of frites with some curry ketchup. Followed by a box of frites with mayo from the same place for dinner a few hours later.

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A few days later, we went out to eat in Malmedy Friday night. Malmedy is one of the neighboring towns near Spa, Francorchamps, Stavelot and Coo. The mussels were an excellent appetizer.

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I was even taught the proper technique to eat them:

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But for the main meal I had a delicious plate of beef full of flavor as it was cooked in local beer specific to that town.

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And it amazes me that even for such a fancy meal the side dish was a bowl of Belgian fries.

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And to help with digestion most of my meals were washed down with a cold kriek – cherry beer. My favorite!

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At the track Pol was on chef duties whipping up some tasty meat dishes several times a day for a few days of our volunteering for Spa 24h race. Here the sauce made all the difference, and I made sure to buy a bottle of Hot Curry sauce to go with the tasty meat fresh off the grill.

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It wasn’t long until I discovered a Frituur / Friterie near the main gate closest to our campsite and post on track. So I made the ten minute hike to sample their fries, and they were delicious!

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Belgians take their fry making very seriously. And whenever I offered some fries to fellow marshals nobody turned my offers down which shows how much they appreciate their national dish.

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Even after we’ve left the track and just before I flew back home, Pol and I stopped at a Frituur / Friterie to have some Frit mit Souflees, a delicious beef stew served with fries and mayo. Man was that stuff good!

I can’t wait to go back to Belgium for the fries alone. (and the Kriek)

Spa 24 hour Spotter Guide Blancpain Endurance Series in Belgium at the Spa-Francorchamps

To say I’m super excited about my next race would be an understatement. I’m simply thrilled. Next week I’m off to Belgium to marshal my first Spa 24 hour event at the world famous Belgian circuit Spa-Francorchamps. So in preparation for the trip I’d like to share some information about the event to help me get prepped for the race. Sadly Andy Blackmore hasn’t come up with a handy spotter guide for this race, and the only one I’ve found so far is from 2013 on DailySportsCar.com http://www.dailysportscar.com/Uploads/BES/2013/SPA/BES_Spa_Francorchamps_Spotter_Guide.pdf 2013 coincidentally was the last year that Team Ukraine Racing with Ferrari participated in this event with their #123 Ferrari 458 Italia pictured above.

IF ANYONE HAS A SPOTTER GUIDE PLEASE SHARE A LINK HERE

The official Blancpain Endurance Series Spa 24 hour entry list can be found here: http://www.24hoursofspa.com/entry-list and it includes some of the finest and most exotic European GT3 machinery (all 60+ of them) including:

  • Audi R8 LMS and Audi R8 LMS Ultra
  • Bentley Continental GT3
  • BMW Z4 GT3
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3
  • Lamborghini Huracan and Gallardo
  • Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3
  • McLaren 650S GT3 and MP4-12C
  • Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
  • Emil Frey G3 Jaguar
  • Aston-Martin Vantage GT3
  • Porsche 997 GT3 R

According to the official provisional timetable, found here:  http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/ there will be some interesting support races for this enduro, including:

  • Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
  • Porsche Carrera Cup
  • Lamborghini Super Trofeo
  • Trofeo Abarth Europe
  • SPA 24H

Oh and there will also be great entertainment besides all the events on track. Martin Solveig will be the headlining DJ for Saturday night’s concert according to the official event poster, found here: http://www.24hoursofspa.com/posters

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And so with that, I don’t know what I should look forward to more. The concert? The different racing? All the exotics on track going flat out? Or maybe an amazing marshal post… there’s so many options:

  • La Source
  • Eau Rouge
  • Raidillon
  • Kemmel Straight
  • Les Combes
  • Bruxelles
  • Pouhon
  • Campus
  • Stavelot
  • Courbe Paul Frere
  • Blanchimont
  • Chicane

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I think I would just be happy being there!

The trip over will take me via Rome, Italy on Alitalia so I’ll get to have some pizza in the motherland. And then fly home again on Finnair via Helsinki, through Chicago.

I’m so looking forward to this trip, I just can’t wait to be there!

A little history. I have visited Spa-Francorchamps in the French part of Belgium and Zolder in the Flemish/Dutch part of Belgium on my 2013 road trip from Le Mans 24h to Nurburgring 24h with Pol. Pol has been an amazing organizer for all of my European events and I thank him from the bottom of my heart for all the help. Belgium will be my 14th country to marshal, and Spa-Francorchamps 30+ track, which is absolutely positively awesome. I love Belgium!