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Old 12-14-2006, 09:17 PM   #1
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Question Who has been to an F1 race in Montreal?

So I have decided to pay my dad back for all the help he's given me, both financially and emotionally. His gift, as the topic states, will be a trip to the 2007 F1 GP in Montreal.

I am just wondering if anyone has attended a race in the past and can enlighten me at to the quirks of Montreal and the track. I have decided to try to get tickets at the hairpin turn, as it seems to offer the most viewing area.

I have found a website, www.grandprix.ca that seems to have good ticket and hotel packages.

Any input about the bus/metro system would be nice too, as I am a Montreal virgin...
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Old 12-15-2006, 04:31 AM   #2
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I've only sat at the Senna complex which has always been great. You get to see cars exiting the pit and driving through a great set of corners. While I haven't yet sat at the hairpin it's always been a strong consideration for me. You do get to see the cars for a long time and it's much closer to the metro station.

BTW the metro is definitely how you'll want to travel. Pick up a multi-day pass for the time you are there. Make sure you book your hotel as soon as you can. It can get a little challenging to find anything when you get within about 4 months of the race.

I look forward to this weekend every year! Montreal is a fantastic city, have fun!

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Old 12-15-2006, 11:56 AM   #3
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I would LOVE to go there, maybe for the 07 or 08 race I'll take the plunge.

Oh and the Metro is ridiculously easy to use even if you don't speak a lick of French. It really is that convenient to use and get around Montreal with.
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Old 12-15-2006, 01:05 PM   #4
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I went to the grand prix a few years ago. I think it was 2002 or 2003.
Any ways, I got the silver 3 day pass. I was there everyday all day for the weekend. My seats were at the exit of the hairpin (section 24). You could see the cars screaming down the straight away. Then you can see the brakes glow red as they get to the hairpin. and finally you can hear them scream (and the traction control kick in) as they exit to wards the last straight away to wards the pits and the finish line. At the hairpin if you sit on the entrance you will need ear plugs. At the exit I found that you didn't need them.
Oh, and they have giant tv screens; so that, you can see what's happening at different areas of the track like on TV.
There isn't just F1. I saw some CANAM cars race, saw the 360 Challenge.

Metro is the only way to go. It's a nice short walk to the track.
And if you don't want to stay at the track (or should i say circuit) all day? You can go to Montreal's downtown which goes F1 Crazy and then there is all the other stuff you can do in Montreal!

I hope to go again one of these days.
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Old 12-15-2006, 02:12 PM   #5
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Yes you can bet the night life in Montreal will just be NUTS during F1 although I don't think "NewTown" will as packed as last year (maybe during the NASCAR races if Jacques gets his $10 mil together?)

There should be a listing of locations etc and you might even be able to crash or scope out the official party with all the drivers/crew etc.

You will really enjoy the Metro and it's quaint smell of rubber but it is generally super quick and fairly clean! I find walking to be the second best mode of transportation just be sure to find a room somewhere on the island and as close to the action as possible

Have fun!
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Old 12-15-2006, 06:12 PM   #6
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I would LOVE to go there, maybe for the 07 or 08 race I'll take the plunge.
I think I'm going to take the plunge and check it out. Besides, I think us Subaru guys can get deals at a certain chain of Breakfast places

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Old 12-15-2006, 06:40 PM   #7
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Thanks so much for all the advice...MUCH APPRECIATED!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:05 PM   #8
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I think I'm going to take the plunge and check it out. Besides, I think us Subaru guys can get deals at a certain chain of Breakfast places

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I could probably swing a deal at a hotel with one of my clients as well!
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:13 PM   #9
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I could probably swing a deal at a hotel with one of my clients as well!
I plan to stay longer than 20minutes so I think I'd need a fancy "all night" place. (^.^)

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Old 12-15-2006, 07:42 PM   #10
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^ lol..

I could be persuaded to go to this as well..... (The F1, not some brothel!!!)
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:26 PM   #11
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I've got the airmiles so its all about the hotel.

I think we'll have to talk about it at the Xmas party.

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Old 12-15-2006, 09:48 PM   #12
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not some brothel!!!
I knew Montreal was a cool place to visit, but not that cool!!
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Old 12-16-2006, 05:54 AM   #13
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i too was looking into this venue. theres a website called formulatours.com but then it ended up being wayy to much. (1500+ per person)

i also what packages you guys are getting and how much per person?
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:20 AM   #14
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Get a hotel room well in advance, within walking distance of the Metro. Those rooms sell out fast. We drove a motor home up there a few times because of the lack of rooms, but it is a bit of a problem finding a place to park overnight.

I like the hair pin turn the most.
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Old 12-16-2006, 05:53 PM   #15
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I went to the 97 Grand Prix. We were on the main straight, in front of the Stewart Racing team. Doesn't matter where you are, you'll have a good view IMO. Use the Metro, its the best way to get around Montreal. Every time I go to Montreal, I park my car at the hotel until I leave. In 97 we used to Metro to commute to the track and it worked flawlessly. We were packed like sardines in the train, but its a small price to pay. Be prepared to see hot chicks all over the place.
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Old 12-16-2006, 06:11 PM   #16
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Be prepared to see hot chicks all over the place.

I'll have my camera!
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Old 12-16-2006, 11:26 PM   #17
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Born and Raise din Montreal, you will not be dissapointed trust. Grand Prix weekend damm, you can't pick a better weekend than that. If you like Ferrari then you will need to go to cresent st, they close it off every year just for the ferrari's. The women are beautiful the bars close late, the food rocks and the party never stops. Don't consider this a vacation as you will need a week to recover but it's worth the memories and stories.

Enjoy
believe it or not but I spent 27 years or so there and never went to the grand prix or quebec city. How bad is that. Anyhow you won't regret it.
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I've been the past two years. I had seats at the hairpin. A few tips:

1) Book your hotels early - I'm talking tomorrow. They sell out very fast, and the prices are jacked up. You won't find a room for under $180 per night. And most of them require a minimum of 3 night stay.

2) If you get grandstand seats, you have to buy all three days. Only general admission allows for individual days. If you get general admission, you have to be there are 4am to get a good seat.

3) Metro Metro Metro - park your and forget about it. Buy a 3 day pass and you're golden. The station after the race on sunday is absolutely insane - expect a 2-3 hr line up to get off of the island.

4) Bring your own food in a cooler. You're allowed to bring a cooler with beer, pop, sandwiches, whatever. Bring lots of liquids. Food and water is expensive, big time.

5) Bring good walking shoes and a ball cap, you're gonna need them both, extensively.

6) Hairpin is a good spot for many reasons - Slowest part of the track with the most braking - glowing brakes and great pictures. There are a lot of concession stands around that area for food and souveniers. There's a huge Porto-Potty section there too.

7) Bring earplugs - F1 cars are the loudest thing you'll ever hear.

As far as the F1tours price of $1500 - if that pays for tickets and hotel - that's pretty darn good, especially if it includes extra activities like exclusive driver events.
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Silver Tickets at hairpin - $385 plus tax
Hotel - 3 nights - about 800-900

Add in those events, and I think you get your money's worth
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Old 12-28-2006, 03:36 PM   #19
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Thanks so much to everyone for their insights! Much appreciated!!

The hotel (Marriott) and the seats (hairpin) are booked!! Now I just have to wait for a Westjet seat sale, but I won't be waiting too long!!
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Old 12-31-2006, 12:09 PM   #20
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Accomodations?? ===> University du Quebec a Montreal Residences

In 2001/2002 I paid less than $400 including GST for 5-nights. It's a typical dorm room for a residence, but you're going to Montreal for the race & the night life. It's also about one block off of St. Catherines, and two blocks from a Metro Station.

Highly recommended for cheap/easy accomodation.
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Crap, that would have been a much cheaper option...Had I been going with myself, or friends, I would certainly consider that, but my dad is not that young anymore and likes his sleep.
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