Formula 1 Grand Prix of Malaysia Sepang

Trip Start Feb 23, 2006
Trip End Jun 24, 2009

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Since I was in the wrong part of the world for the Grand Prix of Australia in Melbourne, I figured I'd have to go to the KL for the Grand Prix here in SE Asia. It's Visit Malaysia 2007 so the tourism board had a goal of selling out the GP so they made the general admission tickets as cheap as $15 for a 3 day pass. I got the $45 tickets with a great view of the hairpin turn, double apex turns, and a 120 degree left hander on the backside of the track. I couldn't see the starting grid, but I could see most of the rest of the track. The extra $30 was worth it for the covered section from the brutal sun and intermittent rain. I made the mistake of buying a 3 day train ticket to the circuit which is about 1 hour from KL. Getting to the track was no problem, but getting back from the track to the train was a pain in the *ss! The shuttle buses only ran 1 direction. So you had to go all the way around the track to get back to the next bus that took you back to the train. After Friday practice, I hitched a ride with these (there's no better description than to call them them) dudes. I had my thumb out for about 10 seconds when this minivan stops and this Malaysian Dude pops his head out and says, "Where you going, man?" I jokingly say KL, but then change to "back to the shuttle stop". He says, "Cool, we're going to KL too get in". There's an American guy from Hawaii riding shotgun and he passes some Kona Gold back and says, "smoke?" Sweeet! After about 5 minutes, I'm sorta fearing for my life as the Malaysian Dude has clearly been at the track all afternoon and is fukt up. It was too late to get off at the shuttle stop so I'm headed back into town with the dudes. It was pretty kewl tho, shotgun and I stopped for a beer and thankfully the driver decided that he had enough and had a little rest. An hour later, they dropped me off at KL Sentral Train Station, a block from my hotel. The second day, I only managed to hitch a ride to the shuttle stop and had to wait in a huge line to get on the train after Felipe Massa took pole in front of Alonso and Raikkonen in the qualifying session. (this is a horrible run on sentence, sorry) On Sunday, after a boring race where Massa totally blew the start and blocked his teammate instead of the McLaren Boys and then ran off the track trying to pass, I hitched a ride home with a really nice couple from KL. We got to talking about all kinds of stuff and before I knew it they took me to dinner at their favorite Indian restaurant in a neighborhood just outside KL before dropping me off at my hotel. Thanks a lot guys! The Indian food was GREAT! Even though the food was served on banana leaves, I knew where my hands had been and decided to use a fork and spoon instead. They were on their way to the Kanye West concert that night closing the Grand Prix festivities. Unfortunately, I missed Earth Wind and Fire on Friday night because I went to the wrong place. Who knew that KLCC could either mean KL Convention Center and also KL City Center? It was a fun weekend in KL and probably the cheapest F1 race on the circuit. It was even cheaper than Budapest in '99. I can't even imagine how much the race in Bahrain would have been a week later even tho C lives in Dubai right now. Sorry for the horrible writing, but I'm tired and can't be bothered to edit.
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