Lewis Hamilton has cruised into Oxford to meet his fans and sign copies of his book – despite a nearby demonstration with the potential to upset proceedings.
According to local newspaper the Oxford Mail, about 800 fans lined up to meet the racer when he appeared at the local Borders store on Monday evening to sign his new autobiography.
But the allotted two-hour time slot was reportedly cut short – meaning that not everyone in the queue was able to meet him and some fans were left disappointed.
Oxford was a busy place on Monday night, with demonstrators gathering for protests about a debate at the Oxford Union scheduled in nearby St Michael’s Street for 7pm. Hamilton’s signing had been due to end at 7pm.
Despite all this, most people seem to have enjoyed themselves – apparently the queue started to form at around ten in the morning.
The paper reports Hamilton being greeted with cheers, kisses and even an intended proposal of marriage from one 43-year-old fan from Bicester.
We bet the Swiss don’t go in much for that sort of thing…
* If you weren’t able to get along in person, never fear – you can always buy the book online in plenty of time for Christmas. Foyles bookstore is doing it for £13.67 – a saving of £4.32 on the recommended price.
And that’s not our only suggestion for an F1-themed Christmas present. Check out the following:
- F1 2007 Season Review DVD – £19.99
- Diecast 1/18-scale McLaren MP4/22 from Lewis Hamilton’s first win in Canada – £54.99
- David Coulthard’s autobiography: It is what it is – £14.43