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The Platypus
U.S. Grand Prix ~ Pit Walkabout
Thursday June 17, 2004
I rode my motorcycle to the speedway this morning;
they have a special parking area for bikes.
Like the first walkabout last year, thousands of fans
showed up. Even though there was no cars on the
track and this "event" (looking at teams get things
organized in their garages) occurred in the morning
during a weekday, the beer was flowing! The sunny
warm weather was appreciated.
Still getting ready...
Oh those Ferrari fans...
There were live interviews during the
pit walkabout that were televised on
all of the speedway's giant tv screens.
Mario Andretti had a long interview.
I never could find where they were
interviewing people from. So, after
looking over pit lane, I headed over to
the parking area by the infield museum
to see what displays were setup.
Barber Dodge (racing school) had a
display featuring some small formula
cars and a racing Viper.
BMW had a gorgeous souvenir stand
that featured a road car and last year's
F1 car
Ever see those Segway People Movers?
They have two wheels and somehow stay
upright.

Michelin had a large display with an F1 car
and video games, but the highlight was
they were offering free rides on a Segway.

I rode it and its pretty neat. You have a throttle
type thing on your left hand that you twist to
turn the wheels left or right. You lean forward to
go and lean back to stop and to reverse.
Interesting...
Ferrari's souvenir stand was way
outclassed by BMW
Honda simply displayed a line
of their vehicles, including this
NSX
Some remote-control racing games
were setup in the parking lot.
Here are some little cars
They also had these larger cars
and a huge track to run them on!
I grabbed some great deals on 3 shirts in the
museum souvenir store, where they put the sale
items. I got two $22 tee-shirts for $5 each and
a $50 F1 polo shirt for $20!
I cruised Georgetown Road after I left the track.
I stopped in all of the souvenir stands searching
for a Renault shirt to go with my Fernando
Alonso hat. I finally found one and it cost me $80!
Still, the other style was $300!
I don't understand why there is a ton of Ferrari,
Williams, McLaren, Jordon, Honda gear, but
Renault gear is next to impossible to find - they
are in 2nd place in the Constructor's Championship
for cyring out loud! The Ferrari and BMW stuff
sure looks awesome. Maybe if Williams hires
Villeneuve next year, I can buy some of that BMW
stuff. By the way, does anyone need some BAR
shirts or hats from the Villeneuve era? :-)