Gary's F1 Monza trip - Gran Premio D'Italia 2009
Trip Start Dec 10, 2008
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Just a small bit of history - this was the 80th year that the race has been held here....the last 60 years under the FIA banner.
Bergamo was only a 90 minute flight away........and Bergamo is an incredibly beautiful town. I stayed in the upper part (the old part) of the town in a hotel dating back to the 14th century....yes it has recently been renovated. Cobblestone streets, lots of nice (expensive!)shops, plenty of churches, fashionable people, fantastic cafes & restaurants......it was great to be back in Italy again (the last time being some 14 years ago)
Saturday and Sunday was spent at the race track of course and pleasingly there was good walking access right around the track. I loved it.... the combination of lots of history together with the passionate Italian's (lots of Ferrari supporters of course), made for a charged atmosphere; the added bonus of exciting racing, with loads of other entertainment - it was awesome!
Sat in the Parabolica grandstand which gave me spectacular views of the cars as they break from over 200mph to enter the high speed parabolica curve....see the pics. Met up with some South Africans at the track who were only too happy to tell me about the rugby game.....
Met a Kiwi.....(or the nearest thing to)....after the race on Sunday - I went to a bar in Bergamo and met a pilot named Gary from Christchurch originally (now living in Ireland) and his partner, Christine .....weird huh? Anyway - spent the rest of the night chatting away to these guys.
So, what can I say, the smell of 'rocket fuel' and burning rubber, the pocket somewhat lighter and the taste of Italy still lingering - what a way to spend a week-end!