San Jose Grand Prix 2005

Both days of the past weekend were eventful. I spent Saturday with my family at the San Jose Grand Prix and ran a 1/2 marathon on Sunday.

Took the VTA bus #23 which dropped us right at the entrance gate for the Grand Prix. I bought the general admission ticket for me and my wife and kids under 12 were free. It was exciting to see the cars zippping along downtown routes at triple the maximum speed and not getting a ticket :) We saw practice and qualifying runs from noon to about 4:30pm after which the rubber burning smell and deafening sound (estimated at 117 decibels) was getting too much for my son.

There were big TV screens through out the course but the crowd was much more than expected and thus got slightly unmanageable. My two big complaints (and the most common ones) are long waits in the queue to cross the bridge and relatively simple track so there was no excitement to see the racing cars pass each other. But since this was our first grand prix, really enjoyed it. We filled up the feedback survey and, if lucky, may get gold grandstand pass for the 2006 returning event.

Here are some pictures that I captured with my Canon S45. More pictures can be seen here. Adobe, Ernst and Young and several other offices on Almaden boulevard definitely had one of the finest views along the longest stretch of the 1.6 mile track.

I will write another blog later this week about my 1/2 marathon run.

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