20 thoughts on “Someone else’s take on the GP

  1. Beautiful, love it. My only objection is that the blogger didn’t go far enough. He could have mentioned something about the ‘size’ of these diminutive GP drivers too. No wonder “The Budgie” is attracted to them, she’s taller than most.

  2. What’s even better than the original post is the obviously disgruntled F1 fan defending his favourite sport with the intended insult “Then you’re a fag”, when the author of that blog quite readily identifies himself as being queer.

    The sad part about the whole scenario is that the poor F1 fan will probably be so upset about this slur on his heroes that he won’t be able to concentrate while watching Spartacus.

  3. excellent, truly excellent.
    You could pile a mountain of evidence to prove motor sport encourages people to drive like idiots on the road, is unsafe, environmentally damaging, promotes an emphasis on overpowered vehicles rather than fuel efficiency the whole thing, it’s still not going to be as effective in eliminating the scourge that is motorsport as one “if you like car racing, you’re gay” remark.
    Watch the meatheads clamer over one another to distance themselves from motorsport once it’s perception as a “gay” sport takes off.
    Brilliant.

  4. I actually really like motor sport, hell I even took my son Buster Boy to see the jet sprint boats in Albury at the tender age of three. That said, the Formula One race in Melbourne seems to be unsustainable, especially when Bernie keeps adding to his list of demands.

    When I attended the GP last year it was pretty obvious that crowds were down significantly from earlier years, to the extent that the main grandstand had been reduced in size so that it would look less empty. This year the GP was offering all sorts of promos to bring numbers up, including a cheap way to bring your kids into the general admission area, you can bet that every one of those discounted kids has gone into the total attendance figure that is being quoted today.

    I think that Lewis Hamilton has the makings of an FL user, two minutes listening to him speak and you know he has more than just a hand on it.

  5. I actually really like motor sport, hell I even took my son Buster Boy to see the jet sprint boats in Albury at the tender age of three. That said, the Formula One race in Melbourne seems to be unsustainable, especially when Bernie keeps adding to his list of demands.

    When I attended the GP last year it was pretty obvious that crowds were down significantly from earlier years, to the extent that the main grandstand had been reduced in size so that it would look less empty. This year the GP was offering all sorts of promos to bring numbers up, including a cheap way to bring your kids into the general admission area, you can bet that every one of those discounted kids has gone into the total attendance figure that is being quoted today.

    I think that Lewis Hamilton has the makings of an FL user, two minutes listening to him speak and you know he has more than just a hand on it.

  6. the Grand Prix has been a noxious blight on every community it has been inflicted on.
    The sooner Eccleston and his glorified go-kart race pack up their bongos and piss off ther better I reckon.
    Like motorsport? buy a scalectrix.
    There’s no reason at all the rest of the community should have to put up with the noise, pollution and anti-social behaviour that is the hallmark of motor”sport”.

  7. Actually, I don’t think the GP suffers much in the way of anti-social behaviour, it’s certainly a better behaved crowd than any you’d find at the spring racing carnival. The worst of the noise on race weekend is the military aircraft doing flyovers and the pollution created by the race cars is less than the airliners that bring them here. It’s not like the Bathurst 1000 where every yobbo in Australia camps in one spot for days with nothing to do but get magotted.

  8. Maybe the Grand Prix is another event Wodonga could steal. It’d have to be a street track but that’s OK, when they hit that railway crossing the things would take right off – what a spectacle. Somehow they’d have to work the water tower FL into the action.

    There’s a downside though, COTM would have to change dates or move out – it’s on the same weekend. So is the Wodonga ‘cowboy’ show. Gee, there’s half the GP audience right there.

  9. any of the spring racing carnival or football/ cricket or other events in Melbourne are held inside purpose built venues, the GP is held in public streets with the overflow from it similarly flowing out into public streets.
    My brother has had his car vandalised a few times by unruly drunken f*#kwits on the GP weekend.
    I mean really, if you think there’s no anti social behaviour associated with the GP you’ve obviously never lived near one.
    I have in both Adelaide and Melbourne and I can assure you they are a massive inconvenience, an outright nuisance, an obnoxious form of noise polution and a guarantee that there will be absolute swarms of drunken louts wandering the streets making them unsafe.
    Well at least Eccleston makes a few bucks out of it so I guess it’s OK then.

  10. Move it to Wodonga and you won’t notice any difference in the amount of hooning , drunkeness, vandalism and street crime in “Redneck City”. Yee haw!

  11. It’s easy to have a go at the GP because it is visible and topical this time of year but when you step back, is it really that bad for the 4 days of a year that it’s here? Koshie is on the TV for at least 16 hours a week and we don’t see protests and I suspect I’m not the only one who is annoyed by that.

    Apparently, and I say ‘apparently’ because my source is a game show, the GP contributes less damage to the environment than a single day/night cricket match due to the GP off-setting their carbon emissions (the scale is tipped back in cricket’s favour once you factor in the gross tonnage of non-biodegradable materials in Danni Minogues breasts) .

    As for vandalism and drunkenness – this occurs at any large gathering, be it an outdoor concert or a league match (actually it’s more likely at a league match after party).

    The noise also is relative. The loud cars (v8’s and F1) are on track for a total of 8 hours over the four days. That’s like less than a tenth of one percent of your year. Just imagine the considerably more people affected by flight paths.

    Is your life really worse of because of the GP coming to Melbourne or is it the truth of the matter that you’re pissed with the organisers for attracting the Minogue sisters to town?

  12. is it really that bad for the 4 days of a year that it’s here?

    Just watching the coverage on the TV news, the promos and especially the coverage in the newspapers is excruciating and too much to bear. It’s painfully boring and vomit-inducing tripe. Little boys in fast noisy cars that occassionally crash. Big f’ing deal. i’d rather watch paint dry.

  13. so by your own logic Lee, if someone set fire to one tenth of one percent of your body, you’d have no problem with that? No objections?
    As you might have gathered from my handle, I live in Albury not Melbourne so in fact the GP makes not one zot of difference to me. However (and please correct me if I’m wrong) I would suggest that unlike yourself I HAVE lived near the GP and it’s not something I would wish on….well you wouldn’t even have it in Frankston that’s how bad it is.
    It’s a whole lot of nonsense and hoo-ha over nothing, and the community it so massively inconveniences, gains NOTHING.
    It’s all about making a truckload of money for rich swine like Eccleston at the expense of communities like Albert Park and St. Kilda.
    THAT’S the “sport” of the GP, the rich screwing the poor.
    All those cars going round and around is just a sideshow and a distraction.

  14. So it wasn’t the Minogue sisters then? I’ve got plenty of work to continue with but staring at my computer all day has left me with a face with no expression what-so-ever so I’m ready to do my Keanu Reeves impersonation and continue to play the devils-advocate.

    Firstly, setting fire to a part of my body is hardly a suitable parable to temporary annoyance, but that said, if the damage was not permanent, perhaps throwing my fingernail onto the bonfire to ensure hundreds of thousands of people had 4 days of enjoyment, then maybe I’d consider it.

    And for what it’s worth, although I have not lived near the GP, I have stayed in the heart of the Melbourne during the GP on numerous occasions (which included staying in a room with a guy that snores louder than the cars and a guy that has the most rotten gut in the world; I’ll let you guess which one was Dave) and had a first hand experience of the event, so I believe this entitles me to at least a small soap-box from which to speak. But that misses the point. I acknowledge that it is an inconvenience, but there are certain benefits that should also be recognised.

    You’re right, the GP is a lot of hoopla over nothing. After all it is an entertainment event, just like an AFL grand final or the Olympics. In fact, it is better for the community than an AFL match as it brings considerable income into the region. I know that the government makes a loss on the event, but I’m talking about the money being spent at retails outlets etc. This is money that gets reinvested into the community and has longer term benefits. There are also psychological benefits to a community by holding community events as Dave ‘I almost have a psych degree’ From Albury will tell you.

    And as for Raydixon, by all means, switch off the TV and watch paint dry. That said, I thought you might have some sympathy for events that attract crowds to a region in search of accommodation.

  15. I just read over my comments. I hope that my language does not disguise that this is all just a bit of fun. The Dave From Albury blog is really one of the most fun on the web and it is in that spirit that I contribute. Maybe I should start using 😉 at the end of my posts?

  16. I must admit I’ve been critical of the race of late and althoughI didn’t go I enjoyed the coverage. F1 is a lot more exciting with the new breed of drivers and it would be a shame if Melbourne was no longer part of the club.

    That said I prefer the V8 Supercars. The GP was far better for having them back. Good to see that Channels 7 and 10 could come to an agreement over the TV coverage.

    Speaking of homoerotic links, there’s none better than this You Tube vid about Gay Top Gun.

  17. Last year was probably one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had at the GP, Lee’s complaints notwithstanding, and it was also the least time we’ve ever spent at the track. We had seats on the final corner (Prost Stand) and so whenever there were no F1 cars about we simply left via the Southern gate and hung out in St Kilda. It cost less to buy our drinks and we got less sunburnt too.

  18. as for Raydixon … I thought you might have some sympathy for events that attract crowds to a region in search of accommodation

    So Melbourne’s “a region”? I thought it was a metropolis. The proof of the failure of this event is that they had to switch it some years ago from the Labour Day weekend to the following one because guess what? Most people preferred to go and stay in “Regional Victoria” over the long weekend.

    I’m really pissed about that because since they changed it the Labour Day weekend has not been as much in demand up here, such was the desire of the vast majority of Melburnians to get out of Melbourne while this crap event was on.

    I honestly cannot see how you can compare this tasteless, tacky and lowbrow event to the AFL Grand Final. If you prefer car racing to footy then … oh, there’s just no hope for you.

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