Montreal revving for Formula One

Montreal revving for Formula One

A few more hours and the early morning air of Friday, June 11th will rumble with the unique ear-shattering sounds of Formula One cars at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. And to think that we nearly lost this incredible event…. Canadian GP ...

A few more hours and the early morning air of Friday, June 11th will rumble with the unique ear-shattering sounds of Formula One cars at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. And to think that we nearly lost this incredible event….

Canadian GP festivities announcement: Williams-BMW on display.
Photo by Piero Facchin.

The downtown area is abuzz with people and activities F1-related. Last night on Peel Street, amidst a sea of limousines and red carpet ceremony, homage was paid to the architect of this "Flight of the Phoenix"; Mr Normand Legault, who so masterfully directed previous Grand Prix.

He admitted that it was nothing short of a miracle to be having this 2004 edition of the Grand Prix du Canada. His involvement, as well as other political figures lobbying, helped keep the Montreal event alive and the activities in the downtown area reflected the "joie-de-vivre" that is typically Quebecois.

Peel Street will be extremely busy in the next few days with events sponsored by BMW, Ferrari and Porsche. On McGill College a whole block has been closed to traffic so that Jaguar may exhibit its models, and will present a great fashion and design event called "Sensation Design" lasting right through to Sunday, with fashion shows and outdoor concerts.

Crescent Street will also be closed off to traffic and will host pit-stop competitions, autograph signing by drivers, outdoor concerts and much more…

With all this going on, I can proudly say that the Canadian Grand Prix has been resuscitated! So many thing to do, so little time. Stay tuned for more reports from Montreal…

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Series Formula 1
Teams Ferrari , Williams