Japanese GP Figures to Challenge at Suzuka & No Party!

The Suzuka circuit is unique on the Formula 1 season calendar.  Its “figure-8” track configuration, I think, is the “most fair” for a race car’s set up.  You have a mostly equal amount of left & right turns.  Many say this track is very demanding of both car & driver, having been designed originally as a test track facility by Honda in 1962.  It has hosted the Japanese GP since 1987.  This Formula 1 race is round 15 in the 2012 series.

Do We Save SAF1C?

The San Antonio F1 Club (SAF1C) had attempted to facilitate another Race Watch Party at the Lion & Rose Pub.  Unfortunately, there will be NO F1 race viewing  this coming Sunday at the L+R. Pub.  We have been pre-empted by a larger than life soccer match viewing that will take over most of the Pub.  This is the match between Real Madrid & Barcelona at 1:00pm.  Please schedule & program your DVRs for the Japanese GP at the Suzuka circuit on SPEED, for your own F1 GP race viewing pleasure.

I must mention… the number of F1 fans who have actually shown up recently has been pitifully small.  I’m sure those of us who do participate enjoy the experience.  I know I do.  But it takes a lot of effort on my part to coordinate these parties at the Lion & Rose Pub, obtain nice give-away swag prizes, research trivia questions,  & prepare, set up & publicize all of this.  Bottom line, the return on investment is nil or less – my time is worth more than that!  Continuing as we are, I do not want to do!!!

After Sunday’s Japan GP, there are only 5 Formula 1 races left this 2012 season:

  • The Korea GP – October 7th
  • The India GP – October 14th
  • The Abu Dhabi GP – November 4th
  • The Austin USGP – November 18th !!! (Of course I will be there, at the GP, not in San Antonio!)
  • & The Brazil GP – November 25th

So… do we as a group want to continue our Race Watch Parties through the end of this season?  Do we want to look for another venue that is willing to work with us?  I will visit once again with The Lion & Rose Pub management to see if we can get back on their Sunday schedule for the Korea GP on Sunday, October 7th.  Frankly, if I don’t hear any enthusiastic response for continuing this SAF1C Race Watch Party series, then I’m sorry – that will be it!

If you want to improve the probability of the return of the SAF1C Race Watch Parties, PLEASE get with your fellow race enthusiast friends & acquaintances.  Also, follow up with me via e-mail.  We need to show the Pub that our numbers count as a worthwhile event to host.  This is NOT the way I wanted to get involved in the Formula 1 “silly season”!

So, we won’t see you Sunday, but look forward to your enthusiastic feedback from you…



About Dan Scanlon

This is the website home of the F1 Club for Formula One fans located in San Antonio, Texas. F1 racing is coming to Austin, Texas, less than 90 minutes away! Let's organize together for local F1 race watching parties!
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