Project 365 – Day 159: Part 1 – F1 Grand Prix street action

June 07 2012

Like the saying goes “when it rains, it pours”, summertime in Montreal is one (or more) festival after another. The main events beginning today(now yesterday) was the Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend launch with the annual Crescent and Peel street closings (among others) together with the opening night of the FrancoFolies festival.

Given the amount of images I shot, I’ve decided to split this post into 2 parts. Here is a quick peek at the happenings along Crescent and Peel for the F1 Grand Prix.

I spent a couple of hours checking out the action during the afternoon. Rue Peel is the quieter of the two with the highlight being 2 Bugatti Veyron’s on display.

A very expensive Bugatti wheel

A very expensive Bugatti wheel

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

Inside a Bugatti Veyron

Inside a Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

The cars had their own security detail – I can imagine the owner/s didn’t want student’s covering their $2 million toy with red square stickers.

Move it Lady

Move it Lady

Excuse me, can I drive?

Excuse me, can I drive?

Whereas the Bugatti does like 8 mpg, the  Li-ion Motors Wave and INIZIO electric cars are more eco friendly. Talking of electric cars, I was pleased to read the other day that Montreal is being considered by the World’s Auto governing body (FIA) as the perfect venue to host a proposed new electric car racing championship.

The Li-Ion Wave X Prize side-by-side Class winner

The Li-Ion Wave X Prize side-by-side Class winner

The Li-Ion Wave

The Li-Ion Wave

The Li-Ion Wave emergency switch

The Li-Ion Wave emergency switch

Li-ion Motors INIZIO electric car

Li-ion Motors INIZIO electric car

Here are a few more random shots from along Peel and Crescent streets.

Crowded Crescent street

Crowded Crescent street

A determined future racer

A determined future racer

Old dancing guy looking for attention...and getting it

Old dancing guy looking for attention…and getting it

Wheel change time competition

Wheel change time competition

Lotus F1 car overlooked by crowded bar terrace

Lotus F1 car overlooked by crowded bar terrace

Dashboard of a Cobra

Dashboard of a Cobra

Cobra

Cobra

Paint customizing of a Viper

Paint customizing of a Viper

A key attraction for many is of course the glamour booth babes…

Hype Energy Drink

Hype Energy Drink

Lemonade shaker

Lemonade shaker

Butt advertising Jetset airbrush design

Butt advertising Jetset airbrush design

Moet Champagne glamour

Moet Champagne glamour

LG booth girls

LG booth girls

The fun carries on through to Sunday, so I may pass by again, but there are a few other F1 themed streets I need to check out if I find the time. Now to wade through all the images from the FrancoFolies opening shows, so stay tuned for another post later.

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Martin

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