The 2007 F1 Canadian Grand PrixI was lucky to have bought tickets to the Canadian Grand Prix a few months ahead of the race. The event was completely sold out and ticket scalpers were charging more than double the original price for general admission. The major reason? Sensational English rookie Lewis Hamilton had gathered enormous media attention with his pole position and was widely expected to win his first F1 race.
Getting to and from the track was very easy considering the size of the event. The Montreal metro is fast, clean, and safe. Ironically, my son Jason liked the subway so much that he thought it would be cool to have lunch at the Subway restaurant located at one of the main stations. It might have had something to do with the checkered flags all around the restaurant but then again, these could be seen all around the city. We drove 5 hours from Boston to the culinary capital of Canada to go eat at Subway?
This is how you get hooked on Red Bull.
Rue Saint-Catherine Is for Car-Watching
So there was this bright yellow Porsche Carrera GT parked on the side of the street and totally mobbed by onlookers. The guy in the passenger seat was wearing a color-matching bright yellow hat, except it had Ferrari lettering on it. I seemed to be the only one to notice or care about the discrepancy (the guy might as well be invisible in that gorgeous car). I turned to him and said:
“You need a Porsche hat”
He smiled and shrugged his shoulders:
“I am a Ferrari guy.”
He’s sitting in the wrong half-million dollar car then. Go figure… Maybe his lesser Ferrari was parked somewhere around the corner?
Robert Kubica's shunt was one of the worst in F1's history...
... and he was extremely lucky to survive it.
What I Missed by Being at the Race
One Last Note
It seems that the Montreal subway and roads were easily able to handle the 120,000 spectators on race day. We only hit light traffic leaving the city. It took us considerably less time to get to the track and leave it than to get through the U.S. customs...