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The Canadian Grand Prix is June 12, 2005. Maybe some M5 board members will be there.

For those with firsthand knowledge of / personal experiences at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, what are your suggestions on the best locations and why, as far as spectator seating location? Assume all sections are available, even those listed as "sold out."

Here are 2 links to images of the track:
http://www.gptours.com/new/race.php/id/5060/rev/B and then scroll down to near the page bottom.

http://www.grandprix.ca/anglais/index.html and then click the "Track/Tickets" link.

Thank you ahead of time for your feedback.
- A-Train
 

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I'm in the area then but I have to be at Watkins Glen that weekend.
 

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i'v been going every year since 2000 and have already gotten tickets for this year. i'm sitting with my Ferrari list buddies. we'll be at 31 this year which everyone claims to be awesome, even though they are bronze.

other times, i've sat at 24 or 12 or 33. 24 is the hairpin, where you can see cars coming at 200mph and braking down to about 30mph for the hairpin, all in less than 100 ft. you have to see that to believe it.

once, i worked very hard to get nice seats at 12, just to see the start/finish line and the first turn of the race. it turned out to be pretty uneventful there. however, after the race, you can get onto the track and at the podium very quickly. the worst thing about 12, it is about an HOUR walk there from the subway. i won't be doing that again. (it was raining, muddy, crowds).

i suggest sitting near the bridges for quicker access to the subway since 300,000 people attend. so good seats are 31, 24, 22, 34. if you don't mind the walk, get the right side (facing seats from track) of 12 or left side of 11.

get onto the track quickly after the race and find some carbon fiber chunks!

enjoy.
 

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I've gone every year since 1989! I love it, I believe that back in 1989 there were only a little over 100k in attendance now there is over 300k spectators. A lot has changed over the years, security has increased 10 fold and there are gates and fences everywhere! The one thing that sticks in my mind in 1989 was that you could actually walk right into the pits and walk right up to the cars and drivers - it was awesome. The following year (1990) they stopped access to the pits (real fast)!

I've sat in grandstands 12,31,&33. 12 being great at the 180 turn, but are really expensive. I now sit in 33 I like those grandstands because there is also a huge screen directly in front of you so you can see all aspects of the race.

The race is a great time and Montreal is a fun city and also has a great nightlife, restaurants, bars, & clubs.

Cheers! cherrsagai
 

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I think I am going up this year. Any suggestions on nice hotels or b&b's in a fun place? Is "m" night something worth participating in or should I just look at other people's cars?

thanks in advance


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I stayed in the Marriott Chateau Champlain when there last.You can take the subway from the lobby over to the island with one transfer.Very simple just walking is involved. For night life you are within blocks of some great things.
 

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I stayed in the Marriott Chateau Champlain when there last.You can take the subway from the lobby over to the island with one transfer.Very simple just walking is involved. For night life you are within blocks of some great things.
I stay at Le Centre Sheridan, it's about a 2 block walk to the PEEL Metro (subway) station. The Sheridan is also within walking distance to everything!
 

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I've been going for the past three years and i sit by the hairpin turn. I also stay at the Hilton St Bonueventure where the BMW Williams team always stay. I'll be there again this year in grandstand 24.
 

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I have been sitting in Grandstand 24 Section 4 front row for five years. Will miss this year due to son's graduation. Will be selling these 2 plus 4 others in row EE four rows back at some point soon, on ebay. Have sat in 31 and 22 which are not nearly as good. The best part about these seats is that they are easy to get to, close to the bridge, near major consessions and close to the pits of the support races including Ferrari Challenge, vintage Can Am, Formula BMW and Formula Ford, a good take between races. Also good people watching opportunities and race car staging at adjacent seating area of rowing venue.

Front row with F1 cars entering the stadium like Casino Hairpin at 190 mph, glowing rotors down to 30mph, explosive upshifts, 15 feet away, screaming to 17K rpm, then gone.....never gets old. Excellent photo ops for drivers parade and excellent action in all races at the hairpin. Can't believe I'll miss this year.

Montreal is a great city especially on F1 weekend.

Good luck BMW Williams F1
 

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The Canadian GP is on my list of things to do but with the new baby I dont think this year.

BUT, the wife knows I WONT be missing the USGP.

Anybody else going there?

I may not drive the beast again this year but would still like to meet up.

Ryan
 

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Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like I want to be in Grandstand 24.

Quick question regarding specific location within 24: there are 7 sections that make up that grandstand, running left to right when looking at the grandstand from the track. That is, section 1 is closest to grandstand 15, and section 7 is closest to grandstand 22 (for track layout: http://www.grandprix.ca/anglais/index.html, then click the "track/tickets" link).

I might hesitate to be in the first few rows because it could be so loud it might be uncomfortable. It would be amazing for a few laps but then might be too much. I'm guessing row 15 or so would be good because the sound will be loud but not too loud, plus the higher viewing angle enables one to see more of the action.

Any thoughts on best section and row within grandstand 24?

Thank you!
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Adam:

You will love Montreal during the Grand Prix. The whole city shuts down and becomes one large party for a week. I have sat in section 24, 33, and 12. Section 24 is good cause you can see how fast the F1 cars slow down (simply amazing) but it is very loud and crowded. I did not wear earplugs and was not bothered by the noise until I caught MS accelerating by my right ear while I was literally at the bottom of the grandstand on 24 going to get some beverages. If you are in the first ten rows, you should probably seriously consider getting some ear protection.

On another note, if you want a cheaper alternative to watching the race, I have found section 33 to be a great spectator viewing area. You get a great breeze off the river, a good view of Montreal along with some decent passing zones. Hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please feel free to give me a call or email me.
 

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Thanks to everyone! The online suggestions I found were a big help. Race weekend trip got booked today, including Grandstand 24 tickets As June approaches, we can take stock of who from the board might want to get together for drinks in Montreal.

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Haven't heard anybody mention Silver 11. That, to me, is the best section for watching the start/finish, 1st hairpin, pit area other than the Paddocks which is a little outside my price range.
There's nothing like seeing the starting cars going in to that hairpin.
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