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Monza F1

Posted in  Motorsport by Paul on the September 3rd, 2009

monzaIn a small town outside of Milan lays one of the oldest Grand Prix circuit tracks in Formula 1, it is called the Autodromo di Monza. It is one of the last old fashioned, historic European tracks. For the 58th year, this historic track will host the 2009 Italian Grand Prix. 2009 will also mark the 85th anniversary of the track itself. The layout of this track is definitely geared towards top speeds. Electrified Ferrari fans are sure to be in abundance, supporting their dominating Ferrari team.

Where to stay?

For a comparatively small town, you would not expect such an array of accommodations, however Monza isn’t just any small town and it is well supplied with many comfortable abodes for your stay. Only 15 minutes from Milan and facing the former summer residence of the Royal House of Savoy, the four star Hotel De La Villa Monza would be an excellent option. Not to be out-shone, the AS Hotel Monza’s 66 double rooms were designed to better satisfy distinct, business clients who demand a high-quality standard. And also boasting a four star rating, those 66 rooms are sure to be reserved quickly. The Royal Falcone – Monza is another “Impressive” four star accommodation smack dab in the center of Monza. With Wi-Fi and 20″ flat screen TV’s, the Royal Falcone seems to be the most technologically hip option.

For the more expense-wary traveler, the three star  Standard Hotel Milano is still close to the action and offers all the basic amenities: Wi-Fi, Air Conditioning, free breakfast, and “sound proofed rooms.”

Getting to the event

The formula one track is located in a public park in Monza, this town is located approximately ten miles from downtown Milan. Being located on the outskirts of Milan, Monza is interlaced with transportation modes. By car coming from the East or West, you would simply take A4 Highway (Turin-Milan-Venice) and exit ‘Monza’. From the North, you would take Milan-Lecco expressway(ss36) and from the south ‘Tangenziale Nord’ and take the Monza exit. By train you can leave from either the Garibaldi or Centrale stations, you can also travel by ATM bus line.

Spa-Francorchamps F1

Posted in  Motorsport by Paul on the August 29th, 2009

spa-francorchamps-f1In the 2008 Formula 1 race in Spa, Lewis Hamilton was stripped of his Belgian Grand Prix victory by race stewards who awarded the victory to the second place driver Felipe Massa. Hamilton was penalized twenty-five seconds for cutting the Bust Stop chicane while fighting his wheel to wheel battle with Kimi Raikkonen during the final laps of the race. Lewis Hamilton will be returning for the 2009 addition and will again face Raikkonen… no doubt he will have his focus squarely set on regaining the loss he suffered in 2008.

Where to stay?

Spa has a myriad of  accommodations available. It is a very popular destination due to its natural springs. Spa’s tourism trade is a thriving one,  and as such, accommodations are available to suit any traveller.

Built in 1880, and remodeled in 1997, the A La Villa Des Fleurs has earned every one of it’s five stars with it’s multilingual, friendly and effecient staff. The Dorint Spa Balmoral is a much younger hotel, built in 1975, and remodeled only 2 years ago in 2007. It’s Four stars, and only 2km from the city center, and less than 10 from the racecourse. Le Pierre would be your ‘budget choice’ that’s anything but. With a private parking lot, and within walking distance from all of Spa’s Major attraction, Le Pierre would be the best choice for the traveller who is looking to cut out cost, and retain experience.

Getting to the event

There is an aerodrome on the outskirts of Spa, but Brussels is the nearest international airport to the event location at a two hour drive away. The only practical way to get to the event is by car. If you are unable to rent a car, your next option is to ride the rails to Liege. From there you can take one of the many buses that will be servicing traffic to and from the event.

2009 F1 Telefonica Grand Prix Of Europe

Posted in  Motorsport by Paul on the August 7th, 2009

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Valencia joined the Formula One circuit in 2008, when the checkered flag came down over Felipe Massa, the first Formula 1 winner there.

The track is made up of 5.4 km city streets that wind their way around the recently reconstructed America’s Cup marina.

The backdrop to the race is the beautiful Mediterranean. Spain has come a long way in a short period of time. They have gone from no television coverage, to hosting two Grand Prix.

Valencia is Spain’s third largest city; it is a compact city covering only 23 square kilometers. With the Formula 1 circuit in town, this city is going to be overflowing with excited race and party goers, what it won’t be overflowing with is accommodations so you’ll want to get your reservations in early.

Where to stay?

There is a full range of choices available when it comes to hotels, from the posh upper scale, to the mid range popular chains. The most expensive hotels are in the ‘Old Town’ and along the coast. There isn’t likely to be any bargain rates handed out during this event, the draw is expected to fill the local establishments to overflowing. If you cannot find a hotel with vacancies in the city, there are hotels in the surrounding towns that would be happy to accommodate you.

Here is a partial list of hotels to get you started on your adventure:

Hostal Residencia Torrijos
Poligono Industrial Castilla Area de Servicios, Cheste, 46380

Las Canadas
Carretera Godelleta -Turis, 8,
Godelleta, 46388

Hotel Muralleta
Cisterna, 31-33, Ribarroja, 46190

Mas De Canicatti
Ctra. Pedralba Km. 2,9,
Vilamarxant, 46191

Masia El Ferrajon
Partida Covatillas
S/N, Chiva, 46008

La Eliana Aparthotel
Pintor Domingo, 1, L’Eliana, 46183

You’ll want to make your reservations as soon as you can so you don’t end up commuting from another outlying town.

Getting to the event

If you’re thinking of taking a car, you may want to reconsider, Valencia is a small city and parking will be close to impossible to find. The public transport system is probably your best option for getting to and from the airport and the event. This will save you the cost of the vehicle, the aggravation of the crowded driving situations, and the long walks from where you finally find a parking space (if at all). If you have a mind to, another unique vantage point to watch the race would be from a boat in the marina, but you would need to negotiate that with the harbour master prior to locating yourself in your prime position.

Accommodation at Hungaroring: Hungarian Formula One GP 2009

Posted in  Motorsport by Paul on the July 14th, 2009

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On July 24, 2009 Heikki Kovalainen will return to Hungaroring Budapest to defend his 2008 victory over the dominant favorite Felipe Massa in The Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix 2009. While Massa and a strong field of challenging formula one drivers plan their strategies to unseat last year’s champion.

This formula 1 battle has taken place every year since 1986, filling all of the local establishments with people who are electric with excitement over the upcoming spectacle.

If you plan on being one of these fortunate spectators, you will want to book your hotel room or apartment well in advance, as accommodations always fill up quickly. If you procrastinate, you may end up sleeping in a tent in the wilderness wondering in the darkness, why you waited to set your reservations.

What hotels are available?

There are a number of hotels available and all are filling up quickly. Many hotels are offering last minute deals and there are also apartments available. Budapest is a very large city with accommodations running the gambit from large luxurious five star hotels (Where the drivers themselves stay) to converted apartment hostels. Fortunately for the budget-minded traveler, there is no shortage of options in-between.  As a general rule, the closer you stay to the Danube the more expensive your stay will be, and the further you stray, the more you’ll save.

That being said, you’re there for the Grand Prix.  Here are four Hotels near to Hungaroring and their Rating:

3 star Erzsebet Kiralyne Hotel, only 4.7 miles from Hungaroring
5 star  Kis Tirol, near the center of the city and 6 miles from Hungaroring
4 star Ramada Resort – Aquaworld Budapest, almost 7 miles from Hungaroring

A quick search on MATCHhotels.com will get you even more hotels and possibly land some very good deals, but you’ll want to do this quickly before all of the hotels are full!

How do I get to Hungaroring by car?

The event location is approximately 22 km (14 miles) from the center of Budapest. Take the M3 highway from Budapest to get there.

How do I get to the race grounds by public transit?

There is a free shuttle bus that leaves the bus station on the Pest side of the Árpád Bridge. In order to qualify for the free transport you must present a valid Formula 1 ticket for 2009. The arrival location will be Mogyoród church square. A detailed itinerary for the free shuttle can be found here.

How do I get to the race grounds by train?

Transportation by train is also available. You can locate the exact arrival and departure times and locations at www.bkv.hu. The cost for riding this train is approximately HUF 430,00 for a one way ticket. (roughly 2€, or $4)

Hotels for British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Posted in  Motorsport by Paul on the June 17th, 2009

985284_racing_flag_1If you have always dreamed of attending a Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, this may be your last chance. Due to the fact that this is the last year that Silverstone will be hosting the Grand Prix, spectators from around the world are lining up to witness this historical event. And Silverstone is planning a sendoff like no other. Not only can spectators expect entertainment on the track, but off the track as well. Legends of F1 past and present are expected to attend and the after race party is sure to go down in history as one of the most spectacular. This year, 250 very lucky fans will also have the opportunity to meet their favorite F1 driver and have autographs signed. With live music schedule for all three days, this is sure to be one of the biggest and best Grand Prix events Silverstone has ever hosted.

Where to Stay

There are many hotels, bed and breakfasts, and campsites in the area depending on your budget and how you like to travel. Soak in all the English countryside has to offer by staying in true British luxury at the Hellidon Lakes, a 110-room hotel set amidst 220 acres of rolling countryside including a 27-hole golf course, award winning restaurant, relaxing spa. To get a rural and welcoming experience, visit Sheena and Peter at the Kings Head Syresham. All rooms in this converted barn are en suite and the restaurant superb. There are also many chains like Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, and Best Western willing to accommodate race fans.

If a romantic bed and breakfast is what you like, the closet one is the Silverstone Bed and Breakfast. Just 600 meters from the track, this stone built barn conversion has a beautiful garden and ample off road parking. You will enjoy a full English breakfast in the bright, vaulted dining room. The Old Vicarage is an historic luxury B&B named in the top 5 by the BBC’s Homes and Antiques and the venue of the British GP House Party. There are 6 rooms and an apartment for parties of up to 8 people.

Just across from the Silverstone entrance you will find the lively Litchlake Farm campsite, only open for events in July, with shopping and hot food on site. From this proximity you are sure to never miss any of the excitement. For a quiet night’s sleep, walk 40 minutes from the track to Cavalier Fields and enjoy a friendly welcome with lovely views. This campsite is peaceful, has hot showers and catering. For easier traveling and light packing, try renting camping equipment at Praxis Tent, or stay in one of their pre-erected tents. This family-run business is also within walking distance of Silverstone and can accommodate any size group.

For those wanting the whole English countryside side, you can rent holiday cottages from the working Stoke Lyne Farm. Grange Farm Country Cottages and the Vale Farm House are traditionally decorated with all the modern conveniences. Staying at any of the self-serve cottages is sure to offer peaceful evenings after the excitement of Silverstone.

Assen Moto GP and nearby accommodation

Posted in  Motorsport by Paul on the June 16th, 2009

motorbikeMotorbike fans are in for a real treat at the Assen Moto GP. Here, the whole town of Assen in the Netherlands becomes one big street party on Friday nights with music, beer and bikes. The racing is done on Saturday, giving you Sunday to recover. Staying in town for the races is sure to be a fun and lively time for race fans.

Where to Stay

To get the whole experience, and safe transportation, sign up for the package deal with Pole Position Travel. You will stay in Adelhof Park in a bungalow that sleeps up to six. Solo travelers get one room in the 3-room bungalows. Dinner is provided for each of the 3 nights as well as breakfast every morning. A coach takes you and other travelers to the street party on Friday and the race on Saturday, and gets you home safely provided you remember where it parked. There is an optional beer trolley tour on Sunday.

For a little more luxury, there is a package where you can stay in a private room at the best hotel in Groningen for 3 nights. The package comes with breakfast and track transfers for Friday and Saturday. The street party is optional as is the self-pedal beer trolley. Upgrade your race experience to the VIP Village. Next to the paddock, overlooking the curve, you will enjoy the full excitement of race with other fans. The pit lane walks, paddock tours, luxury catering, open bar and race reports will get you saying what the regulars here say, “once you go VIP you never go back.”

If you’d like to leave some of the excitement behind, stay a few minutes away at the 4-star Golden Tulip Drenthe in Zeegse. Located in the midst of the forest, its quiet and beautiful natural atmosphere are sure to help you relax. An affordable option is the Tulip Inn Brinkhotel situated on one of seven village squares in Zuidlaren. Recently renovated, this hotel offers all the hospitality and facilities you need for vacation or business.

You can camp at the family-friendly Zilverberk Park Witterzomer. Stay in a bungalow or pack your own tent and enjoy the many leisure activities. There is ping-pong, tennis, regular and mini golf, bicycle rentals, heated pool and even a library to keep you busy when not at the track. Open year-round, this is a fun way to bring the family and enjoy the races.

Recommended hotels for Nurburgring F1

Posted in  Motorsport by Paul on the June 15th, 2009

f1 carThe Nurburgring in Germany, known simply as “the Ring” by enthusiasts, is considered the toughest, most dangerous and most demanding racetrack in the world. About an hour drive northwest from Frankfurt, the track is set against the endless dark green trees of the Eifel mountains. Nicknamed “the Green Hell” by Jackie Stewart the track was built in the 1920’s. Up to 290,000 spectators visit the 24 Hours Nurburgring weekend in mid-June, so if you are considering going, better book your hotel early.

Where to Stay

Luckily the nearest hotel is the luxurious 4-star Dorint Am Nurburgring Hocheifel. The Ring’s start/finish line is at the hotel’s front doorstep so you will never miss any of the excitement. Enjoy views of the beautiful Hocheifel countryside and 207 innovatively decorated rooms, many with racing themes, as well as meeting rooms that often host car and product presentations. Just 10 minutes away is another 4-star treat, the Linder Congress and Motorsports Hotel. This is a fast-paced hotel that is the ideal pit-stop for race enthusiasts. With its soundproof rooms, spa and sauna you are sure to get a good night’s rest.

5 km away is the affordable Hotel Haus Sonneck, a secluded but modern ranch with child-friendly horse-riding programs and a variety of animals including guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, goats, deer and cattle. You and your family can take horse or biking tours on well-established paths and really feel the relaxed western German lifestyle. Still affordable is the family-run Hotel Rieder, with bright, cozy rooms and satellite tv. Their rustic restaurant offers healthy, international dishes prepared from fresh, local ingredients. Located 10 minutes from the track, this hotel is also near the Belgium and Luxembourg borders and is a great base to explore the region.

Treat yourself to a more traditionally German stay at one of the several guesthouses in the area. Sliders guesthouse is geared towards those traveling by motorcycle and motor sports fan. Here you can enjoy secure bike parking and a friendly, cheerful atmosphere with like-minded travelers. A little more secluded, the Pension Muhlenhardt’s back door opens straight into the woods where you can go hiking or mountain biking. They have a secure garage for both cars and bikes.

If you choose, you can even camp right at the track or with other race fans at Mullenbach campgrounds. Many visitors to Nurburgring like to stay in the forest and sleep under the stars; it’s best to do so at one of the designated campgrounds.

Donington Park World Superbikes and Moto GP – Where to Stay

Posted in  Motorsport by Paul on the June 9th, 2009

985274_speedThe British enjoy racing and you will too at Donington Park, where you can enjoy both motorbike and Formula 1 racing. Home of the British Motorcycle Grand Prix, the British Touring Car Championships, and World Superbikes, there is something for every race fan at this prestigious venue. A little over 2 hours from London, Donington is located in the English countryside near Nottingham and Derby.

Where to Stay:
Near the track are several quality hotels and guest houses at which to stay. Visit Janet and John at the Croft Guest House for a true taste of English hospitality. A variety of room sizes are available, as well as secure lock-up for your bike. The Morton House hotel is less than 2 miles from the track, has wheelchair access in one family room, and offers a substantial breakfast of home-made items including honey.

A quick 10-minute drive and you can stay at England’s first purpose built health resort, Champneys Springs. Relax in the whirlpool or sauna, play tennis or take relaxation classes to unwind from the excitement at the track.

The nearest 4-star hotel is just 3 miles from the track. The Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel will pick you up from the airport and offers 101 executive bedrooms in comfortable British luxury.

Just minutes from Donington park is a contemporary gastro pub, the Queens Head Hotel. Downstairs you will enjoy modern British cuisine and traditional pints, while upstairs the en-suite rooms will let you sleep comfortably until the races begin again.

There are several Bed & Breakfasts catering to race fans, including Hilltop Farm and The Barns, with reasonable pricing and comfortable rooms. The Barns B&B has 6 luxurious, contemporary rooms, a helicopter landing pad should you need one, and a delicious breakfast of home made cakes and breads, as well as local produce and meat.

The Tudor Rose B&B is a small family-run B&B that prides itself in being your home away from home. Located in the small town of Hilton, this luxurious and comfortable B&B was quality enough for Mary, Queen of Scots. No expense has been spared to ensure the luxurious rooms meet all of the guests’ expectations.

Experience the English countryside by staying at the Sealbrook Farm Cottages. Surrounded by open farmland in the heart of the National Forest, this converted barn has two cottages sleeping 4 and 8 that are interconnected for larger parties. Each cottage has a private garden and a fishing pond is available on the grounds. Tell them when booking if you are bringing children or horses as they have a one acre field available.