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Old 06-11-2010, 11:58 AM   #76
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Isn't F1 great, Austin don't know whatchy'all got yerselves into
When it all goes south for F1 in Austin, there'll be a bunch of pissed off Texans who will have lost heavily. Bernie will be persona non grata there, and Texas may even send out a hit team to deal with him.

I can only hope.
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:19 AM   #77
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http://www.f1technical.net/news/1520...4aefae9826187e

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Old 07-28-2010, 11:09 AM   #78
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I hope this really happens!
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:20 PM   #79
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I hope this really happens!
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2 years is a short time to build a Circuit plus infrastructure....
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:48 PM   #80
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I love that a purpose built track is being built, but I can not stand that they (F1 news) continually say that Indy was a failure. I believe that every race got over 100k which was more then most of the race on the calender. I do not think that Austin will get much more regardless of the track.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:08 PM   #81
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be cool... def worth the drive.

dibs on native's couch!

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p.s. back-up dibs on clairebear's couch!

p.p.s. city leaders are trying to bring lemans here. they've picked out a course downtown that absolutely sucks... wish they'd do it in midtown and race the hefnerbahn.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:39 PM   #82
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2 years is a short time to build a Circuit plus infrastructure....
They're building a track?

I figure they'd just run it down town and through the campus.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:44 PM   #83
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They're building a track?

I figure they'd just run it down town and through the campus.
and make the cars all Electric
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and make the cars all Electric
Fuck no.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:39 AM   #85
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I love that a purpose built track is being built, but I can not stand that they (F1 news) continually say that Indy was a failure. I believe that every race got over 100k which was more then most of the race on the calender. I do not think that Austin will get much more regardless of the track.
I went to the first 2 Indy races and agree that Austin will not get attendance anywhere near what Indy could generate.
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I think an important thing to remember is that a Formula One event is not a local affair. The Austin race will draw a nationwide audience, just like Indy did in the past. There are nowhere close to 200,000 racing fans in the greater Austin area, but Austin has the amenities and appeal to attract that number, perhaps more, from all over the country. Continent, even.

Compared to the industrial feel and geographically unappealing nature of Indy, Austin is modern and progressive feeling, and situated in a very attractive geographical region. That combined with a diverse, eclectic culture, enormous populations of college kids, highly educated techie and business types, and artistic/musical residents will make for an electric (and lucrative for vendors) atmosphere. People are going to have an absolute blast when they visit Austin for F1.

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Old 07-29-2010, 12:31 PM   #87
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Wait till the locals see the ticket prices.

These sort of events aren't really for "locals", though, they're for the "elite". More of a playpen for the wealthy, where they can be seen and entertained, wined and dined, make more "business" deals, etc...

Does Austin have sufficient parking space for all the private jets and helicopters? 5 star hotels?

Would I like to see it succeed? Yes. Am I sceptical? Oh, yes. I can see it last for a year or two, at most, if it even comes to pass. Then Bernie will demand even more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, and when it's not forthcoming, will pick up his toys and go elsewhere. And no doubt, Texans and Austin/Travis County citizens will be left to foot the bill. That's how big business works these days, in case you missed it.

I'll admit to attending an F1 race, once, decades ago, in another country. And yes, I also used to live in Austin.
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A F1 race is a very international event. Lots of people from other countries will come to the race in Austin, too.

F1 races are not only for the elite. not at all.

I think it is a very positive thing for Austin and Texas in general.
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:46 PM   #89
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A F1 race is a very international event. Lots of people from other countries will come to the race in Austin, too.

F1 races are not only for the elite. not at all.

I think it is a very positive thing for Austin and Texas in general.
I agree. I've been to about 10 races in total in 4 countries and as my friends will tell you, I am far from elite

Of course there are lots of very rich people at these races but these are the same people who go to Wimbledon, Kentucky Derby etc. but in the main, no the people who go to the races are far from the elite.

I really really hope Austin does get to host a race but I'm still not holding my breath.
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:32 PM   #90
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The wife and I planning on going, and it will be our first trip to Texas.

Indy was nice because of the history of the track. It was so big that you had no problem getting in and out. You could move around and watch from various seats during practices and qualifying, which I could not @ Montreal. Yes the city was old and dirty, but that is a lot of America.
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