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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 new
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? :-)