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Old 05-21-2016, 12:41 AM   #21
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I like the idea of a Indy gathering and Texas to see F1.
Yah, Austin for sure. We've been to several different F1 races, Monoco with waterfront seating was the best, waited so many years since Grand Prix to do that.

We were by Austin two years ago when the race was on but weren't able to attend. Scoped out parking locations for the trailer though. To the East there's folks with large properties that provide space for RV's for a reasonable price and they're close enough that you can actually hear the cars. Walking distance to the track.

Escape rally at Austin, bring it on.

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Old 05-21-2016, 09:40 AM   #22
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Love F1 as well. Been up to Montreal, and all of the US Grand Prix at Indy Motorspeedway.

Would love an Austin Gathering!
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:04 AM   #23
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I rode my bicycle around the Indy Speedway 30 years ago. Only about 1/10 as fast as Mario...
I got to drive on the Daytona Track once, while attending motorcycle racing at Daytona, normally the week after Daytona 500, they opened the track to allow trailers to cross the track to get to the infield. Once on the track they stood along the sides just in case someone had the urge to turn and try to go around the oval. Once in the infield and disconnected, there is a narrow tunnel which allows bikes to enter and exit the track. Your trailer and tow remained there until the races were over.

There is a interesting museum there describing the history as well as how they were able to construct the 30 degree slope track. There is a section inside where you can try to walk up the steep slope, which is very hard to accomplish. See here for details https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton...ional_Speedway
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the "BrickYard" is a lot older and it too has a lot of history behind it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian...Motor_Speedway
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Old 05-21-2016, 01:07 PM   #24
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Yah, Austin for sure. We've been to several different F1 races, Monoco with waterfront seating was the best, waited so many years since Grand Prix to do that.

We were by Austin two years ago when the race was on but weren't able to attend. Scoped out parking locations for the trailer though. To the East there's folks with large properties that provide space for RV's for a reasonable price and they're close enough that you can actually hear the cars. Walking distance to the track.

Escape rally at Austin, bring it on.

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Monaco waterfront seating is the best, you lucky dog . That's lifestyle of the rich and famous. The last F1 I saw was at the Monterey historic races when Ferrari was the marque car and they brought their " last year" F1 car to set a track record. Watching/hearing it scream through the gears on the front straight was fantastic, but the Italians went home in shame, only to bring Marc Gene back to set the record 10 years later.
The camping set-up for Austin f1 is great, good scouting Ron, the circuit of Americas website says track dry camping is $400 and don't list the price for hook-ups.
Yes, bring on the rally, I'm in.
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Old 05-21-2016, 02:38 PM   #25
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Monaco waterfront seating is the best, you lucky dog . That's lifestyle of the rich and famous.
Yes, pricey but worth it to me since it's probably only a one time deal. It is truly waterfront seating. The grand stand is actually on the dock for the mega yachts. It blocks their direct view of the race. Too bad, I felt really guilty.

Right opposite the swimming pool section, lot's of action.

Loved the Austin layout as soon as I saw the drawings and elevation changes. Staying at the track is an option but the places we saw along Elroy Rd. behind the track that allow camping on their property are much less expensive and maybe not having to get involved in the heavy traffic at the track might be a plus. Either way, I want to get there in the next couple of years.

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I think Monaco is pretty much out of my budget league. Anyone ever gone to see Indycars in Toronto, or the F1 Canadian GP? The Calgary Indycar race used to always look well attended, but it has gone away.


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I photographed the Vancouver Grand Prix from an opening in the fence on the inside of the hairpin. At that point the cars slowed to about 30 kph.
I think it makes better video, especially with the audio component.
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Anyone ever gone to see Indycars in Toronto, or the F1 Canadian GP? The Calgary Indycar race used to always look well attended, but it has gone away.
The longest-running Indycar race in western Canada was in Vancouver. I don't know what it was like for spectators, but my wife and I worked as marshals at flagging stations on two corners, and the view from there was certainly interesting.

Indycars ran in Edmonton, not Calgary (but that's close - both Alberta). In Edmonton attendance was variable (I was there three times, doing my part), but the track was on the downtown airport, and so even if another deal could be made the race cannot resume as the airport has been demolished for redevelopment. You can still see the track among the runways and taxiways in the Google Maps satellite image, but the image is out of date. There was an RV row along the north side of the track in the later layout.
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Oops right Brian. My aging brain remembered all the "human interest" stories they always seemed to do in Calgary for that race instead of where it actually was. Thanks for the insight on the airport changes.


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Anyone ever gone to see Indycars in Toronto, or the F1 Canadian GP?

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We went to Montreal for the Canadian F1 in 2004. It was a fun weekend from beginning to end. From the minute you got on the plane filled with a bunch of folks wearing red caps.

Hard to beat the island venue. We had tickets on the start-finish line looking into the pits and within sight of the infamous "wall of champions".

It was the era of Schui domination. It was great to see him, his brother, and Rubens B. on the podium. We still have a twinge of sadness hearing the German anthem played for other German winners. Horrible way for it to end for him.

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