Every great festival makes you want more, and last year’s McLaren HomeFest did just that. Even if the British Grand Prix doesn’t take place behind closed doors this season – hurray! – we know many of you still won’t make it to Silverstone. So, for those of you who can’t hit the track, and even those of you who can, McLaren HomeFest, the ultimate Formula 1 virtual fan festival, is back.
Last year we gave you a list of the dos and don’ts to get the most out of your festival experience and while many of us have spent much of the past 12 months inside, a lot has happened during that time so we thought we remind you of some of the dos and don’ts for this year’s McLaren HomeFest.
Go to the old school
In the age of e-tickets and QR codes, it has become increasingly rare to hold a physical piece of paper in your hand that gives you access to something. However, sometimes the old ways are best and that includes downloading and printing your McLaren HomeFest tickets from our must-have fan toolkit. Unless of course it rains …
Aside from mushy ticket stubs, the toolkit has everything you need to prepare for the festival. From bunting and posters to coloring kits for kids, there is everything you need to turn your home into papaya paradise.
Don’t get a paper cut
In the fan toolkit, you can find what looks like a Godzilla kicked MCL35M. Don’t worry, it doesn’t. This slimline MCL35M is ready and waiting to be brought to life with your help. We’re also hosting an MCL35M Model Master Class so you can build your own McLaren F1 car and there’s a best try award.
Don’t go into nature
See what you’re doing in the privacy of your own home, it’s nobody’s business but you. If you want to walk around the place in Buff, do it – jumping up and down in front of the TV while Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo do their thing on the track while you, well, do your thing.
But for those of you who’d rather have it covered up, you have to go to the McLaren Store. You can’t go wrong with their huge collection of clothing, but we urge you to take a look at the UK GP collection that just landed. In the collection there is a Lando collection and a Daniel collection. So it’s like a collection, within a collection, within a collection … um, there are tons of t-shirts, hoodies and caps in a kaleidoscope of colors to choose from anyway.
The British Grand Prix Collection is here! Get your special items in limited numbers while stocks last
As for those of you who are committed to rocking your birthday suit, please put on some pants for god’s sake. Or print out some of our McLaren HomeFest pennants and cover your modesty – at least for the sake of the neighbors.
Don’t miss the headline acts
Waiting. Who is the headliner? Lando and Daniel, of course. They kept you entertained all season and now it’s time for the big one, our home race. We’re not exactly sure what they have in store for you. They keep their headlines under wraps. Rumor has it that Lando plans to surf from Silverstone to the McLaren Technology Center (MTC) while Daniel has an inflatable honey badger that he will shoot from a cannon. Whatever happens, you can be sure that they will give everything on the right track.
Oh before we forget How could we actually forget? There’s another major headline act this year. No, it’s not Stormzy or Dolly Parton. It’s you, the fans. A festival is not a festival without the fans. You made McLaren HomeFest so special last time and we look forward to seeing you give it all again this year. Wave your hands in the air like you don’t care and show your support by sharing your McLaren HomeFest setup on social media. We want social media to be flooded with papaya this weekend so post photos and videos of what you’re up to using the hashtag #McLarenHomeFest and we’ll do the rest.
Look back at this epic fan pic from McLaren HomeFest 2020!
Speaking of which, waving your hands in the air like you just didn’t care, we thought you needed some tune for that, so we found two of the biggest names in the music industry … um, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, um … to put together some sonorous Spotify playlists. How do you best describe these playlists? Well, in the words of How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson, “People often think that a good mix should rise and fall, but people are wrong, it should all stand up, baby. Now prepare yourself for an audio journey into the scorching hot center of adrenaline … “
Whether Lando‘s and Daniels playlists lead Barney’s legend …
… wait for it …
… Dary ‘Get Psyched Mix’, we let you decide.
Download the McLaren app
Once you get really excited you need something to keep your adrenaline pumping and luckily we have just the thing for you. Yes, we’re talking about the McLaren app. If you want live updates, comments, team insights, interactive content, and behind-the-scenes access, this is the app you need in your life. That’s right, much like a puppy, the McLaren app is not just for Christmas or the British Grand Prix, but for life.
Don’t go hungry
For last year’s McLaren HomeFest, we gave you culinary gems such as Brundle Banger, Scenario 7 Chicken and grilled Buttonut Squash. They were a treat, but this year we’ve raised the gastronomic bar with new dishes and a few drinks to go with it. We’re talking about Holy Mac ‘n’ Cheese Balls – yes, there is actually a recipe for them – and cocktails like Piña Colando and Seidl Spritz to wash them down.
Where are all these recipes you ask? Just go to McLarenHomeFest.com.
Open your game
Let’s face it, motorsport fans tend to be competitive, even if it’s just a tiny bit. There is nothing wrong with that. There is no shame here, you are in a safe place. At McLaren we came up with something to scratch that competitive itch: McLaren Mini Prix. It’s a brand new mobile and desktop game we’re bringing out ahead of the UK Grand Prix that gives you the opportunity to race around the MTC with the MCL35M and win prizes for driving a fast time.
As with any game before it was released, it had to go through a lot of tests – which we signed Lando to. The good news is that he loves the game. The bad news is, he loves it a little too much. Andrea Stella had to confiscate Lando’s cell phone several times after she caught him playing in class at the Stella School. Sorry, we’re having my engineering meetings at the MTC.
Don’t go empty-handed
We have a lot of signed merchandise to give away over the weekend, so follow our channels carefully to see exactly what you can win and, most importantly, how you can win it. For hundreds of fans who don’t make it onto the track, we are offering a virtual Silverstone experience on race day via Cisco’s Webex. Take part in the competition and enjoy exclusive backstage access with interviews with the drivers, behind-the-scenes action at the MTC, interactive surveys and coverage of the race itself.
Don’t stop with the music
Those of you who attended McLaren HomeFest last year will remember that the party didn’t stop when the checkered flag fell thanks to our friends at VELO. They threw an epic afterparty and are back this year with VELO Sonic Circuit, with the acclaimed drum and bass DJ Wilkinson. You can see him live on the VELO YouTube channel, so subscribe and you’re ready to dance the night away.
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