Joining “The Circus” at the F1 United States Grand Prix

IMG_6145I had an opportunity to spend this very rain-soaked past week behind the scenes at the F1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas where I found myself quite impressed – and picking up more than a few tips – at the ability of the organizing body and venue to coordinate the set-up and execution of this international mega-event.

The USGP was attended by over 150,000 sometimes mud-soaked spectators and viewed by an early estimated worldwide media audience of approximately 3 million people. Even before the checkered flag flew, the F1 organizers began disassembling the entire “circus” for the 1200 kilometer flight to Mexico City for next weekend’s championship-deciding #F1 race.

As my iPhone snapshot shows, within an hour, the Circuit of the Americas paddock was transformed from a race track to a massive logistics staging area.

’twas a wicked and evil machine straight from the depths of hell….

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Here’s a vintage snap of my “mint condition” 1970 Kawasaki H1 Mach III 500 triple. Some of you had the same bike back in the day when 2-strokes ruled the road!

I sold the 500 a few years ago because the original CDI ignition would occasionally short, giving me a friggin’ electric shock that nearly tossed me off the bike while riding it! Snap was taken in 2000 while parked in front of my house in Scottsdale.

USC Trojans Rally on Capitol Grounds

 

USC Pep Rally on the steps of the Texas State Capitol building.

Bad news… Trojans lost.   Good news… saw lots of friends (Trojans and Longhorns) and had a pretty awesome time over the past couple of days. 

Record crowds at the Texas stadium says a lot about the rivalry. Hope USC and Texas make the game an annual tradition in the future!