Canada 2011

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Hi,
Jst wondering does anyone know how much you would wanna bring to The Montreal Grand Prix for a full race weekend. I intend to buy a LOT of merchandise!!
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You don't need a lot of cash as you can use credit or debit cards. Food and drink is different you will need cash and you can figure on everything costing about double. If you want to bring cash. Go to an on line F1 merchandiser and prices are pretty much the same.
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Sorry dude what I meant is how much do you reckon It would cost me for the full weekend! jst an average! thanks
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Are you talking hotel and tickets or just for whatever chachkies you're going to buy there and food? I've got my tickets and hotel for for $630 and like $200 pocket money for food and whatever. The rest probably another $300 will be with a debit card so I don't have to hassle with exchanging money.
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What's Burning? wrote:Are you talking hotel and tickets or just for whatever chachkies you're going to buy there and food? I've got my tickets and hotel for for $630 and like $200 pocket money for food and whatever. The rest probably another $300 will be with a debit card so I don't have to hassle with exchanging money.


Thanks for that. Im gettin my tickets and have free accomodation courtesy of a friend who lives there but I intend to splash out on teamwear and I know that six flags and some casino are really close :)

Have you been before....any good advice?

Thanks!!
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mrtett wrote:
What's Burning? wrote:Are you talking hotel and tickets or just for whatever chachkies you're going to buy there and food? I've got my tickets and hotel for for $630 and like $200 pocket money for food and whatever. The rest probably another $300 will be with a debit card so I don't have to hassle with exchanging money.


Thanks for that. Im gettin my tickets and have free accomodation courtesy of a friend who lives there but I intend to splash out on teamwear and I know that six flags and some casino are really close :)

Have you been before....any good advice?

Thanks!!


I'm a newby... first time for any GP. I got a good deal for accommodations at the University of Montreal, they use the dorms as cheap hotel rooms during the summer, and they have rooms for $60 bucks a night and they're right by a metro, and about 1.5 miles to the circuit as the crow flies. So that leaves a lot of play money for other things.
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Wow that is slick :D staying at the dorms I would have never thought of doing that haha.
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killem2 wrote:Wow that is slick :D staying at the dorms I would have never thought of doing that haha.


Could lead too some interesting "Oh honey just this one time" antics :D !!
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This is a good writeup I lifted from another forum.

Here is everything I learned (well, almost…) attending the Canadian GP, which I was lucky enough to experience June 5 to 8, in the year 20-08. This was my 1st Grand Prix experience and I drove (beautiful drive!) up from the N.E. part of the US the day before Friday practice. First of all, as stated before, Montreal is a little slice of Europe right here in N.A. & truly a wonderful city! I stayed in a hostel which was moderately priced (approx. $35 USD/day) and was lucky to stay in a privately owned place to park my car.

I purchased General Admission tickets for the whole weekend for just north of $100 USD. The metro in Montreal is extremely efficient and cost effective. You can get to the track from most parts of the city in less than 20 minutes & your dropped about 5 minutes walk from the track. The atmosphere was wonderful around the track all 3 days I was there. I arrived early each morning and gates were promptly opened at 7:30 a.m. to let everyone in. You can bring almost anything inside the venue with you! They had no restrictions on cooler sizes & don’t even bother to check what’s inside. Of course, this means you can save $5.75/beer (only 12oz.) if your smart and pack a good lunch (burgers, dogs, etc. are about $5 each). The track has maps and signs which direct you to all pertinent Grandstands & General Admission areas. I walked to almost every conceivable spot on the track where you could see the race from and found it confusing figuring out where you were once in a while. Bathrooms are EVERYWHERE (I literally never waited in line) and kept in good condition considering the number of people at the track. Concessions are located all over the track so you never have to go far to get anything you may need. There are booths all over selling all kinds of souvenirs (Race Program $10, Canadian GP T-Shirt $35, Hats $40). Quick tip, at the end of the race everything was 2 for 1, although sizes are limited it’s worth keeping in mind. Also, Ferrari & McLaren and to a lesser extent BMW had specialty booths set up everywhere with team gear. It was a little disheartening there were no Williams, Red Bull, Honda, etc gear available.

Anyway on to the more important stuff…for anyone who has never been to a GP, there is NOTHING like the excitement or the sound of F1 cars making the way around for the first time!! You literally get goose bumps and I would highly recommend coming equipped with earplugs for when you get really close (trust me). General Admission viewing is LIMITED at best. There are all kinds of obstacles to contend with, including trees which look purposely placed to obstruct views. Also, forget about climbing said trees, you will have security getting you down within 5 minutes, I tried it. Apparently, it’s not enough that Vodafone has 10,000 signs posted, plus two cars racing around the track heavily advertising…they had signs which clearly block the view of the track from some of the best spots. Security is also quick to get you out of any openings to the grandstands where there are views. While I made the best of Friday & Saturday with all this, you still get very limited viewing and are lucky to see the cars for more than 5 seconds at a time. On Sunday, forget it! There are people everywhere clamoring for pictures and the slightest view of the cars. If you don’t get to the track early on Sunday, your done. I arrived at 6:00 a.m. and was able to scratch out a spot down near the hairpin. I highly recommend having a foldable lawn chair with you to mark your territory & allow you to rest. I grew very frustrated on Sunday with the crowds and ended up using my pocket radio to tune into the broadcasters while I walked around getting different angles. In fact, many General Admission ticket holders seemed to be listening to the race more than watching. There are big screens located at strategic spots, but they aren’t the best and forget about hearing over the engines. So, would I go again…? Lets put it this way, WHEN I go next year I will have a seat in the stands. I enjoyed the race enormously & don’t regret doing the G.A. this time around. It gave me the opportunity to explore the track, lay out in the grass & find some shade.

The support races included those mentioned above, but there was no GP2. Instead it was Formula BMW race with drivers as young as 15. I enjoyed the final, with an American driver taking the checkers & plenty of action.
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Nice! You don't see much, but you feel it! :wink:
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I'm getting super excited since we're next after Monaco. It's my first GP, and I've got everything ready and I've very much looking forward to taking a couple thousand pictures! Hope we get a sunny weekend with puffy white clouds, yeah I'm sure a wet race would be "fun" but probably not so much when you're at the event.

Open invite to anyone from the forum that's going to Montreal for the GP, I'll gladly buy you a round. :drink:
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I'm staying in the University of Montreal area, anyone have suggestions of things to check out in the neighborhood when NOT at the track?
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