Friday, June 5, 2009

F1’s Turkish Failure Won’t Be Montreal’s Gain

The Formula One Grand Prix of Canada in Montreal would have been this weekend, but the race was taken off the series schedule last fall. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

From National Post:

MONTREAL -- So here we are - grand prix weekend in Montreal without a grand prix. Not the same, is it?

I mean, you don't have to be a Formula One fan to appreciate the way the city always came alive in June with the arrival of the car-racing jet set flaunting their bikini lines and their Euros.

In these economic times especially, the city's bars, hotels and restaurants could use the estimated $75 million the three-day event would inject into Montreal's economy to kick off the unofficial start of summer. Instead, F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone chose to take his travelling show elsewhere when Montreal promoters and government officials balked at paying his escalating ransom fees to stage the Canadian Grand Prix on Ile Notre Dame.

Read more ....

My Comment: The Montreal papers and news media are not talking about this story .... but the man (and women) on the street is. For me personally, it does feel that something is missing in Montreal.

Tomorrow, I will post some of my favorite pictures of Montreal during last years Grand Prix.

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