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Old 02-05-2006, 04:17 PM   #1
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U.S. Grand Prix or Canadian Grand Prix?

As you know, the F1 season is soon approaching and I would like to order tickets in advance for either venue, but I was wondering if anyone has gone to the Canadian Grand Prix up in Montreal. I was at the USGP last year, so the 700 mile trip was no bother for me, so the drive to Montreal will be shorter. I'm just curious to see if there's a lot more things to do up in Montreal because its gonna be pretty dull in Indy if I'm staying there for 4 nights. Im aware the tickets for Montreal cost as much as $300 for the weekend, but I'm pretty sure it'll be definately worth it.
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:31 PM   #2
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That sucked that you had to see that horrible USGP last year, did they give you anything in return for this years USGP?

I want to do the Montreal one, but finding a hotel was near impossible last year for me... when are the dates of the USGP and Montreal GP this year?
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Old 02-05-2006, 07:55 PM   #3
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Canadian is June 25th, USGP is July 2. I did get a refund check from Michelin instead of having them automatically ordering a pair of tickets for this year's event cause i wasnt sure whether i was going to indy again. i've been looking for hotels in the montreal area and they are extroadinarily expensive....about 200-300 a night and i'll be there for 4. as for last years race, i thought it was ridiculous....not only the decision the FIA made, but also that a$$shole that threw a foster's can on to the track (i actually saw the guy throw it).
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Old 02-05-2006, 10:39 PM   #4
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damn, that's what I heard that they would buy everyone tickets again, I didn't think Michelin would actually do that.

I don't think I'll be able to do either of the GP's this year... those 2 dates are too close to my brother's graduation and a trip to TX
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Old 02-06-2006, 11:04 PM   #5
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I drove up to Montreal a couple of years ago. We couldn't find a hotel close to the track, so we stayed kinda far out where there wasn't much stuff to do. We still had a killer time. I would rather go to Montreal than Indy, but Indy is only a couple of hours from me so that may not be saying a whole lot.
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:25 AM   #6
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Go to the Montreal GP without a question. I've gone a few times, and it's usually pretty crazy. The race is the least interesting part of the weekend. The laws are, how should I say, more liberal up there which leads to a bit of fun. As previously mentioned, hotels are a nightmare to get. Any decent hotel will make you book a room from Thursday night until Monday. (Stay at the Ritz if you want to hang with Scuderia Ferrari. $$$$$) If you drive home on Sunday after the race, realize that everyone on the road thinks that they're Michael Schumacher. If you're not standing on the gas pedal, you'll get rear-ended. Good luck.
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Old 02-09-2006, 04:03 PM   #7
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I've been going to the Montreal GPF1 the past 6 or 7 years. Its a great time. Montreal is a fun city with A LOT happening downtown. Make sure to visit Newtown on Cresent Street. Its a club/restaurant/bar owned by Jacque Villenue. You may see Jacque and his buddies there on Thursday or Friday before the race. There is so much going on, Im still amazed every year. BMW always has a street show they call M-night. The street is closed to M cars only and the team drivers and engineers usually show up. As for watching the race....Depends on what you want to spend on tickets. More $$$..better show. As far as hotels, either book in advance or try the dorms at McGill College. They rent them for race weekend. Very reasonable rates and walking distance to subway, downtown, etc.

Indy is better if you are soley interested in seeing the cars...but no night life.

ps...as others mentioned...the ride to/from the track is FAST. Once you cross into the US slow down, NYS patrol always has their camaro on patrol. On the Canadian side, I typically find a Ferrari or something to follow and have never had a problem.

good luck...see you there !!
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ps...as others mentioned...the ride to/from the track is FAST.
Yeah. I think we were travelling at between 100 and 110 mph pretty consistently on the way back. We had to slow down to about 80 though since we couldn't make it to the US with the amount of fuel we had left (and we wanted to). For about 20 miles after we slowed up the computer-estimated mileage remaining in the tank continued increasing...
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It's not like that I don't remember the details, but for some reason we wanted to pay cash and we were out of Canadian dollars. Something stupid like that.
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Def go to the Canadian GP. I've gone the past three years and had nothing short of a blast. Like kdjohn was saying indy for cars, montreal for nightlife. The BMW showcase is pretty cool aswell.
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hm, i'd go to the indy race for the the pit walk-throughs that are open to the public ... on the wednesday before the race, right?

has anyone actually gone to that? how was it? i imagine the teams hide all the good sh*t but still, i imagine itd be fun this year. with all the news teams n' such. getting to check out the new hardware up close would be cool.
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Pit walk throughs just mean you can walk up to the fences in fron of the garages. You can't actually walk into the garage. Both times I've been to the USGP, I met up with my buddy who is on team Ferrari, so I got to tour the garage and meet everyone. However, if you're looking to get close to a car and hear on rather close, the pit day on thursday is your best bet.
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You're about 30 feet from the actual pit area but it's still nice. I liked the renault team's attitude........they seemed to be the most down to earth. I'll be there this year for thursday's pit walk about thru sunday's race
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:08 AM   #16
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What everyone said. Go to MTL. I did last year and it was a blast, and a part of downtown really, really, really gets into F1 party mode, exhibition F1 cars, a souped up rice-r, etc. I can share my kodakgallery album with you if you like.

Like someone said, slow down on the US side, I forget the city's name but been caught there twice... huge speed trap that stretches for tens of miles.
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