The Detroit Grand Prix

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Re: The Detroit Grand Prix

Post by Antonov » 6 months ago

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kals wrote:
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works. what a pleasure to watch.

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Post by Antonov » 6 months ago

can we re-move this thread to the Nostalgia section?

nice atmosphere photo I found

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Post by DoubleFart » 6 months ago

More atmosphere on the moon.
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Post by Antonov » 6 months ago

I would appreciate a kind word or two about Detroit for a change.

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Post by kals » 6 months ago

Antonov wrote:
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I would appreciate a kind word or two about Detroit for a change.
Detroit is best when viewed from the rear view mirror as you drive away from it.

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Post by Antonov » 5 months ago

Disgusting.

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Cleaned and moved back. Please keep this section for serious posts and everything else in Off-Topic where it should be.
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Post by Antonov » 5 months ago

thanks Paul.

however you look at it, Detroit was on the calendar far longer than many other US venues (especially the street tracks).
as far as I know, it was Ford that pumped huge amounts of money it.

today that would be unlikely, as the downtown course runs around the General Motors Renaissance Center - a fierce competitor of Ford.

Ford did very recently buy this beautiful former railway station, which should be good for the city

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 5 months ago

Antonov wrote:
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today that would be unlikely, as the downtown course runs around the General Motors Renaissance Center - a fierce competitor of Ford.

Ford did very recently buy this beautiful former railway station, which should be good for the city.

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Today it would be unlikely because following on from its $20 billion bankruptcy filing a few years ago the city has become a bit of a ghost town, with a population down from nearly 2 million to now nearer 600,000

Re the railway station, look at the state of it. Its a ruin, just like tens of thousands of other buildings left to fester. No doubt bought for the land at a giveaway price. Ford are hardly flush with cash these days.

Nothing like a Grand Prix will ever return to Detroit. Not in any of our lifetimes anyway.
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Post by Antonov » 5 months ago

also no word on a possible extension of the Indycar race at Belle Isle. Contract ran out this year and no news about a possible renewal.

truth be said though, the city attracted F1 because it wanted to work on its image (copying what Long Beach California did).

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Post by theracer120 » 5 months ago

Detroit is provisional on the IMSA schedule for next year, I believe it's down to a council vote as to whether or not it runs past this year.

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Cleaned and moved back. Please keep this section for serious posts and everything else in Off-Topic where it should be.
Thanks for moving the thread back where it belongs. :thumbsup:

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Post by Michael Ferner » 5 months ago

Antonov wrote:
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I would appreciate a kind word or two about Detroit for a change.
Actually, I quite liked the track. It always seemed to produce interesting races, much better ones than Monaco, for example. Monaco really is a shitty track.
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Post by Antonov » 5 months ago

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Antonov wrote:
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I would appreciate a kind word or two about Detroit for a change.
Actually, I quite liked the track. It always seemed to produce interesting races, much better ones than Monaco, for example. Monaco really is a shitty track.
well, it was a car breaker and required 100% concentration. Plus, you could actually force your way past unlike Monaco.

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Post by erwin greven » 5 months ago

Michael Ferner wrote:
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PTRACER wrote:
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Cleaned and moved back. Please keep this section for serious posts and everything else in Off-Topic where it should be.
Thanks for moving the thread back where it belongs. :thumbsup:

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They picked the wrong photo

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Post by MonteCristo » 5 months ago

Antonov wrote:
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also no word on a possible extension of the Indycar race at Belle Isle. Contract ran out this year and no news about a possible renewal.
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