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  • #246604
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    Well this has not really stopped at all since 2008. It´s just been simmering under the surface since then. This is just another flare up.

    The thing is that these protests are always very localised. It´s a shame that the RoC is at that specific location.. Just down the road the Malls are all still open…

    I doubt Thailand will ever change… and darker times are ahead.. Either the return of Thaksin or the death of HM will throw the country into utter turmoil.

    They should just move RoC down to Bira.

    #246602
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    There was never going to be an F1 race in Thailand.
    The irony here is that the entire F1 circus still went the Bahrain (repeatedly) in a far more turbulent political crisis than has ever hit Thailand.
    In the last coup (I have been there for several) I was still shopping at the SuperMarket the day that martial law was imposed, and driving down ChaengWattana alongside tanks with smiling soldiers in them, and flowers sticking out the end of the tanks guns….

    By the 14th of December this will all be over. It will be over this week tbh.

    #241463
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    “And what should NASCAR’s response be?”

    - Who cares, it´s NASCAR. ;)

    #180715
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    Oh.. and last year using any internet at the track was patchy at best.
    Hopefully it will be better this year. But odn’t bet on it. The internet generally in Shanghai and around, particularly mobile is pants.

    The timing screens are tiny anywhere other than the Grandstand, so we are taking cheap binoculars this year. Last year we improvised with a camera and a zoom lens to get timings.

    #180714
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    The Subway is fine on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday I would suggest you get other transport. We have a group bus going. Last year the bus was not allowed near the track, but this year we have squared that with the authorities.
    So make sure you can get into the circuit with your transport or you will have a long walk.

    A great group to go with is organized by the owner of The Shed (an Ozzie bar) near Jing’An. He has a bus (or three) that goes on race day. Get in touch now and he can make arrangements for you. They have a food hamper and booze and lots of drunk Ozzies and expats – so beware if you don’t like a lively crowd!

    I have of course bought my tickets officially. But I have experienced how easy it is for other people to get them from scalps at the circuit on each of the days. What happens is sponsors get them. They give them to employees, and then the employees sell them for a few hundred quai. Then the touts knock them out for around 50% of face value. You can get everything from Grandstand down quite easily. We got booze passed over the fence from outside last year.

    The food is crap at the track – and expensive. Take your own.

    The best place to go IMHO (assuming it doesn’t rain) is the first stand after the GrandStand on the main straight. Fantastic finish last year.

    And of course M1NT in town is the place to be after the race. :)

    I am hoping for Kimi’s first win of the season in China! :p

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