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Old 05-26-2010, 04:05 AM   #1
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Miller WSBK

Heading to Miller Friday with some friends - none of us have ever set eyes on the place. Looking for some advice from the Miller veterans on:
  • Best viewing points at the track?
  • Best places to photograph?
  • Restaurants/bars/other that are can't miss? We are staying in SLC

Any other advice or suggestions is appreciated - Thanks!
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:00 AM   #2
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I don't see Miller listed on the SPEED schedule. Is it going to be on?

The schedule shows a Turkish GP on early Sunday a.m. - if I'm not mistaken that GP was canceled long ago.
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:44 AM   #3
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I don't see Miller listed on the SPEED schedule. Is it going to be on?

The schedule shows a Turkish GP on early Sunday a.m. - if I'm not mistaken that GP was canceled long ago.
Race is on Monday.

Speed lists the times as 5 & 6 pm ET (SDD).
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:06 PM   #4
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Race is on Monday.

Speed lists the times as 5 & 6 pm ET (SDD).
That's what the Speed site says, my dvr thinks there is another show on then for some reason.
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:14 PM   #5
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IMHO, the best viewing area is at clubhouse corner. You can see the action coming out of Toole, kink, then wind up and release corners which is much more exciting than the view from the grandstand at the first corner (sunset).

View from the Attitudes is OK and you can get close enough to the track to use a 200mm lens at Toole corner and the Attitudes. If I were going back this year, I'd rent a 300mm F/2.8 lens since my 200mm came up a little short.

Be sure to bring rain gear. We got rained on Saturday afternoon last year and the place cleared out. We stayed to watch the support races which was pretty cool. They had a couple of 2strokes racing against 600's

As for restaurants and bars, I can tell you to avoid a fancy looking Italian place in downtown SLC across the street from the Trolly car. There is a Brazillian BBQ in that part of town that should not be missed.

I went in 2008 and 2009 but will miss it this year
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Old 05-27-2010, 01:52 PM   #6
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Thanks FH - that is what I was hoping to hear in this thread. We are flying out in the morning and hopeful to catch some good weather.
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:26 PM   #7
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In 2008, they had guards keeping people with coolers out of the grandstands if they had beer in them. Lots of people ended up sitting in the grass or going to the parking lot to drink their beers. IIRC, they relaxed a bit in 2009.

If you've never been to Utah, don't bother with the mixed drinks since they will contain one serving of alcohol. Stick to wine or beer. On the beer front, there are a couple of local beers from Wasatch Brewery (Devastator and Evolution) that were surprisingly good. If you do plan on drinking, there is a state liquor store in Tooele not too far from the track. Make sure to get to it before Sunday.

Have fun and take lots of pictures, especially at Ducati Island
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:37 PM   #8
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Thanks again! We have never been to Utah but have heard that the alcohol laws are a little different. And we thought Alabama was bad! Good advice all around again.
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:18 PM   #9
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In 2008, they had guards keeping people with coolers out of the grandstands if they had beer in them. Lots of people ended up sitting in the grass or going to the parking lot to drink their beers. IIRC, they relaxed a bit in 2009.

If you've never been to Utah, don't bother with the mixed drinks since they will contain one serving of alcohol. Stick to wine or beer. On the beer front, there are a couple of local beers from Wasatch Brewery (Devastator and Evolution) that were surprisingly good. If you do plan on drinking, there is a state liquor store in Tooele not too far from the track. Make sure to get to it before Sunday.

Have fun and take lots of pictures, especially at Ducati Island
You should publish a guide!

Thanks fom me too.
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:56 PM   #10
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We have never been to Utah but have heard that the alcohol laws are a little different.
Utah is a nice state. Their restaurants are dry as well.
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:48 PM   #12
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Bring warm clothes!
Why? The weather says 73° and sunny for Memorial Day.
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Not a good spectating track....

OK - negative comments coming - go to the next post if you don't want to read 'em. Went a couple years ago, beautiful scenery (rode out from Oregon), great rider's track. However, the specator gestapo were in full force and would't let you take short cuts (the place is freaking huge) but rather made folks walk WAY around fencing instead. Jumbotrons were too far from the stands to really see much without binoculars (and why are there Jumbotrons?), you coudn't hear ANY racing bike when it was on the other side of the track - just silence - it's a huge track, dry and dusty. Stupid track announcers kept referring to the bikes as cars and their riders as drivers. It was seriously embarrassing. God I wished I lived in Europe where they fully understand and embrace motorcycle racing. Next to no vendors either - nothing like Laguna. Thought it would be my last time there - unless they seriously improved things, and for everyone's sake hope they did/do.

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Old 05-27-2010, 09:00 PM   #14
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Utah is a nice state. Their restaurants are dry as well.
Better let the people know that were serving drinks at the restaurants where I had lunch and dinner today! I guess nobody has bothered to tell them...
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:03 PM   #15
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OK - negative comments coming - go to the next post if you don't want to read 'em. Went a couple years ago, beautiful scenery (rode out from Oregon), great rider's track. However, the specator gestapo were in full force and would't let you take short cuts (the place is freaking huge) but rather made folks walk WAY around fencing instead. Jumbotrons were too far from the stands to really see much without binoculars (and why are there Jumbotrons?), you coudn't hear ANY racing bike when it was on the other side of the track - just silence - it's a huge track, dry and dusty. Stupid track announcers kept referring to the bikes as cars and their riders as drivers. It was seriously embarrassing. God I wished I lived in Europe where they fully understand and embrace motorcycle racing. Next to no vendors either - nothing like Laguna. Thought it would be my last time there - unless they seriously improved things, and for everyone's sake hope they did/do.

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but the first corner stands are good as well as the west side of the track...
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