Montreal: Race Cars and Traffic Cones

This weekend marks the unofficial kick-off of Montreal’s tourist season as the Formula One circus rolls into town. Hundreds of thousands of race fans descend upon the city wearing F1 garb, driving expensive sports cars and spending wads and wads of money. Bring it on! During an average F1 weekend the traffic situation in MontrealContinue reading “Montreal: Race Cars and Traffic Cones”

Making the Canadian F1 Grand Prix More Montreal

Although the race is ten months off, work is now being carried out on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to bring it up to Formula 1 standards. The annual Canadian Grand Prix is an important Montreal event bringing tourists from around the world. Yes, it does tend to be loud, but the noise of the carsContinue reading “Making the Canadian F1 Grand Prix More Montreal”

If I buy a Jaguar automobile, I want it to look like a Jaguar automobile

It’s all about cars this weekend as the Formula 1 circus comes to Montreal. I am sometimes taken aback by the design of modern cars. If I were in the market for an upscale automobile (I’m not … it will take significantly more advertising on dcmontreal.wordpress.com before that happens), for instance a Jaguar, I sureContinue reading “If I buy a Jaguar automobile, I want it to look like a Jaguar automobile”

Montreal Grand Prix: Not for the camera shy

Who can take your picture where, and what can they do with it? Today the annual Formula 1 circus rolls into Montreal for a weekend of extravagance.  This event belches exhaust fumes into our air and cash into our hotels, restaurants and stores. Some estimates put the revenue for the weekend at upwards of $100Continue reading “Montreal Grand Prix: Not for the camera shy”

NASCAR in Montreal

This weekend the NASCAR circus hits Montreal. Not exactly the same as Formula 1, but loud, fast, exciting and – perhaps most importantly – tourist dollar injecting! This year’s event features a large number of Canadian drivers including Jacques Villeneuve, Patrick Carpentier, and Alex Tagliani. While the race will no doubt be hard fought, IContinue reading “NASCAR in Montreal”

Students strip in protest of Formula 1 in Montreal

The circus that is Formula 1 racing has arrived in Montreal for its annual visit and injection of about $100 million into the local economy.  The  fears that the current student protests would have a negative effect on the event have, so far, been quelled – all the students did was get naked!! Now MontrealContinue reading “Students strip in protest of Formula 1 in Montreal”

Quebec students and Formula 1

This isn’t the kind of news coverage any city wants to get: Canadian Grand Prix ‘open doors’ day scrapped amid fear of protests in Montreal If the protesting students want free tuition, that money will have to come from somewhere. Some will come from increased taxation, but other money will come from outside investment. ThereforeContinue reading “Quebec students and Formula 1”

Montreal Grand Prix and Protesting Students

There are 32 days until the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal. The recently proposed solution to the ongoing student strike/boycott appears to be heading for defeat as students around the province vote on it. So we may face a situation where  tens of thousands of tourists descend upon Montreal and pour millions ofContinue reading “Montreal Grand Prix and Protesting Students”