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
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.