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    Monaco 2012

    I think this qualifies as a certifiable miracle awaiting only formal beatification:Smiley the other night, while watching the movie Grand Prix, my wife turned to me and announced that she would like to go to the Monaco Grand Prix for her birthday in 2012.

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    After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I didn't have the heart to tell her what financial sacrifices that might entail. I remember  the year before last when Jackie Stewart boycotted the race because of the price of hotel rooms. My presumption is that one can't get a decent room in Monaco itself and good access to some place to watch the race for less than about $5,000 a day. Am I wrong in that?

    So who's been and who has a strategy for having a good time, seeing the race and enjoying the experience without endangering one's entire financial future?Smiley

    (My Plan B on this is to redirect us to either Le Mans or Valencia, as June would be an easier time for me to take a month off work.)


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    Re: Monaco 2012

    Plan C - get a different wife...

     


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    Rent a car, boat, kayak and stay over in the next town... That way you avoid the crazy high hotel costs in Monaco itself. I think it is an absolute must bucket-list event. Especially in 2012, the last season of proper high-engine racing! After that Al Gore will be happy to see 0.2L 2 cylinder engines screech around..


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     Last time I went, we stayed in Cannes and took the train to MC to see the race. Much better !!!! The only down side to attending an F1 race in Monaco, is that , when sitting in a tribune, you do not see much of the race as there are no sections with a large view.


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    i went three time to see a F1 race life. The best was in valencia. You have a global view on the race. Otherwise i've been to Hockenheim above the box, it's been good to see the car coming out the box, except that you couldn't see much from the race nad the price were out of mind.

    So finally i said to my girl, F1 race will be seen on TV, you see the all race, you have the sound, you do not have to fight with you neighbour to see something and you spear your monney.


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    I remember when my wife and I went to the Nordschleife on the weekend of 7-8 Aug 2010. It happened to be the same weekend that a DTM race was being held on the Nurburgring GP circuit. While we were visiting the Ring Boulevard shopping arena, the noise from the GP track was unbelievably loud. My wife was buzzing - the atmosphere was great. She just looked at me and said "We just have to go to a F1 race!" As we drove away towards the Nordschleife viewing points (at Brunnchen and Breidscheid), we could still hear the cars on the track over 1km away!

    IMHO attending a race, for most people who don't have the VIP passes, involves a partial view but priceless atmosphere. That's what one is really paying for.

    @Carrageous: I think Gnil is right - for Monaco, it's better to stay in Cannes, Nice (which is much closer but less glitzy) or somewhere else on the Cote d'Azur. Forget about driving into Monaco. That will be a nightmare. Much better to use the coastal train service to get there.

    As for TV, you just rent a Kangaroo TV so you can be in the grandstand but also watch a small, portable TV in the palm of your hand.

    http://www.kangaroo.tv/

    http://f1.kangaroo.tv/

    Just don't forget to take proper ear plugs or headphones. Being at a F1 track during a race is unbelievably loud - loud enough to cause temporary hearing loss ...


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    Re: Monaco 2012

    If you do have some spare cash after your flight tickets and your hotel room, there are shuttle helicopters going from Nice or Cannes to Monaco . That would surely impress Madame Smiley


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    Re: Monaco 2012

     Thanks, guys. The train sounds like the better plan and I agree Monaco is a bucket list kind of thing although I'm thinking the best plan is to see Monaco when there's no race and then see a race where there's no Monaco.

    I know you can't see much of the race at any of them -- hard to beat the HD telecast with David Hobbs doing the commentary -- but the sound and feel of the circus is fun to be part of.

    @ John H: no, no, having a wife who WANTS to go see races in Europe is a big plus in my book. No trade ins on this model.

    @ Cram, Valencia sounds good to me. I'm liking my Plan B and I think I'll explain the best way to do it is take factory delivery of a 991, drive to Monaco in June, then down to Valencia to see the race then up to spend a few weeks with friends in Perigord and Bordeaux. And watch Monaco on TV.

    Besides, by 2012 we may be able to watch an F1 race here in Austin. Our Porsche Club chapter is already in negotiations with the local organizers to have a Porsche paddock and hospitality tent.


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