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29th March 2016, 7:45 at 7:45 am #316175
I went to Montreal in 2013 and had a great time. There’s a street downtown called ‘Crescent’ where they had a fan festival, similar to what was in Austin in 2014. They basically take over the street with stalls and a big stage; I was able to get an autograph from David Coulthard. Also Will Buxton had his famous ‘tweetup’ in a bar about a block away. I don’t remember there being any music but it rained heavily during race weekend in 2013 (except race day) which put a bit of a dampener on it. Also I remember it was more of a Thursday-Saturday festival rather than a Friday-Sunday festival.
Check out this link:
You’ll find up to date information there rather than my 2013 impressions!
Hope you have a great time!
George29th December 2014, 22:42 at 10:42 pm #289737
2005 Japanese Grand Prix was such a good race from start to finish so I’d have to choose that. However I’d have to give honorable shout outs to 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix and 1999 European Grand Prix for being very entertaining.
The best race I’ve ever attended was 2012 European Grand Prix because the emotion around the track was electric. It was my second ever Grand Prix but it was the first race I ever attended after I had started working and paying out of my own pocket, so that made it special.4th November 2014, 20:56 at 8:56 pm #283502
Here’s some video from 2014 of the cars during free practice. I took some photos too but need to sort through them. The final video clip was shot from the top of the T15 grandstand which is where I watched the race – possibly the best seats in the whole circuit!26th September 2014, 16:13 at 4:13 pm #276128
The link to the information about the weekend (including exact details of the shuttle) has now been posted by COTA.
I’m going to buy my tickets this weekend! So excited :-D7th September 2014, 20:18 at 8:18 pm #273948
Thanks Michael! I’m staying at the HI Austin which is about 30 mins walk from the Convention Center (but was incredibly cheap accommodation!!!) and will be arriving into Austin by bus (I am attending a wedding in Dallas a few days before). I’ve still not bought my race ticket yet but will be onto that soon.6th September 2014, 12:57 at 12:57 pm #273650
Does anyone have any updated information on getting to COTA? I will be staying in a hostel downtown but will not have my own transportation. In previous years there has been a shuttle bus from downtown to COTA but I can’t see any reference to a shuttle bus for 2014 on their website. Can anyone help?20th March 2014, 21:53 at 9:53 pm #253333
Not a fan. There’s very good rationale for introducing double points for the Indy 500 but not so much the others.6th July 2013, 20:11 at 8:11 pm #216230
I’ve complied all my video clips into this one Youtube video. Taken over the 3 days:19th May 2013, 17:14 at 5:14 pm #204304
Thank you for posting the schedule!
I’d like to know roughly how long it takes to get into the circuit. My only other experience of this sort of event was Valencia last year and I don’t think that was at all typical because the Spanish people only turned up for the quali and race so there was no trouble getting in just before the sessions began. I’d imagine that the Canadian fans are a bit more keen to get to the track , so curious how long the queues are, how long it takes to get in, any insight about which entrances are quick to access the circuit?31st January 2013, 20:27 at 8:27 pm #204277
I booked my ticket for the Canadian Grand Prix! So excited now. Gone for the Silver Trio package.
I’m from the UK and am planning a motorsport extravaganza of a trip. Going to Detroit the weekend prior for their Indycar double header, and then will head to Montreal.
If you don’t mind hostels, I think they are the way to go. I went to Valencia last year, staying downtown in a hostel. A quick check of prices is £25 a night during the weekend.2nd December 2012, 20:15 at 8:15 pm #216749
I went to the European Grand Prix this year. It was only my second ever race (first being Silverstone 2007), and a trip which I arranged a month beforehand. I was able to get a cheap Easyjet flight direct into Valencia (sharing with Eddie Jordan), stay in a hostel in the city centre (clean, cheap and in the heart of the city), and a 3 day grandstand pass for the end of the first sector. One of the best weekends of my life! Not only was the F1 race out of this world with an incredible home atmosphere, but the Sunday GP2 race was amazing too. The grandstand was so close to the track, and as you can see from the photos, I got very close to the drivers on the Sunday, and was able to extensively walk the track the following Monday evening. A phenomenal race, and for a sport which can often be quite distant for fans, it was brilliant to see some of my heroes close up. A great city too, and I’m really sad to not be able to return next year!
The photo album is here:
Additionally, I video blog under the alias of WildebeestTV. Honestly, this was not some of my best work, but I think the 4th part will be of interest to many people. I walked around the track the day after the event, which was cool given the context of the stories I’d watched the previous day, and it’s just strange to walk around a deserted F1 track – it felt so abandoned!
The whole 4 part playlist is here:10th June 2012, 20:14 at 8:14 pm #181214
I am going to the race, looking out from grandstand M4. I only booked about a month ago so not optimum grandstand, but I haven’t been to a race for 5 years and it will be good to get up close to the cars. I booked through the official F1 website – I have to collect the tickets from some office near to the circuit.