Today’s first Formula 1 race party in San Antonio was fun & enjoyed by all. We had 3 big screens worth of F1 racing action & the sound was great, as well. This bodes well for continued SAF1C (SanAntonioF1Club.com) race parties. Here’s the front outside of the Lion & Rose Pub in Alamo Heights.
I was pleased that at least 15 F1 race fans from not only San Antonio, but Austin, Houston & even Mexico, turned up at the Lion & Rose Pub. Greg Morgan, the General Manager, did a great job in setting up & staging the DVR F1 race recording from the night before.
Before the Australia GP race playback, I welcomed everyone with the following:
Welcome to the 1st San Antonio F1 race watch party! My name is Dan Scanlon of SAF1C & blogger at RacingReady.com. This is just the first of many such parties we plan on having during this Formula 1 season. Please join me in thanking Greg Morgan, & the original Lion & Rose Pub staff, for hosting our party here today. Enjoy some food & drink – have a good time.
A little history… Austin had started these F1 race watch parties over a year ago & they have grown tremendously in popularity. Currently, there are 2 venues in Austin that have over 100 attendees. I went to 4 of these parties last summer. I had a good time & made good friends, but did not like the 200 mile round-trip. I felt we needed to do these parties here in San Antonio, too!
So, I formed SanAntonioF1Club.com & here we are. In addition to these parties, we are working with the F1 clubs in Austin to coordinate some possible special race fan activities at CoTA, maybe some special group tickets pricing for the actual F1 race in November, & more!
One of last year’s Austin party hosts is Wyman Gilliam of Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill. He is here, along with Vance Facundo, to help us kick-off our season of race watch parties. When you’re in the vicinity of the Circuit of The Americas, be sure to stop by Wild Bubba’s grill to enjoy all sorts of wild game eats – it’s good food & there’s a lot of great F1 ambiance in there!
There are some SanAntonioF1Club.com cards over there, along with a flyer about the Formula Expo coming to Austin’s Convention Center in June. Also over there is a signup sheet if you’d like to be texted and/or e-mailed a notification reminder of the next race watch party.
Watching the race, you’ll notice a number of rules & design changes which have mixed up what we may see in racing results this year – most noticeable is the duckbill nose for safety.
We have a SAF1C Trivia Challenge; the winner gets this limited edition Circuit of The Americas hat!
Thanks for being here. Please be sure to tell your friends! The next party will be here, next Sunday, March 25th – at the same time: 1:30pm!
During the party I was busy visiting with existing friends & meeting new ones. We all share the same passion for world class motorsports racing in Formula 1. We are waking up a Formula 1 fan base in San Antonio, satisfying their race watch sharing interaction needs with these SAF1C events. I’m glad I had recorded the race at home – I was too busy socializing & networking to really enjoy the race.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the Pub’s Specials that the Lion & Rose had put together for our SAF1C race party. It’s always great to have offered themed food & drink.
Having both Wild Bubba Gilliam (of Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill) & Vance Facundo (of Friends of Formula 1) in attendance was great. Bubba mentioned their Speed City Cam website.
They have set up a special webcam atop a 40′ pole, just east of the Circuit of The Americas track. It is set up to continuously scan the circuit area 24/7. Check it out. If you need racing community advertising space, they are looking for additional sponsors.
Besides watching the F1 racing action, fans signed up for future texting/e-mail notification of future SAF1C events. If you would like to add you name to that list, please send me an e-mail at: email@example.com. Include your phone number if you would like to be texted, as well. Thank you!
It is confirmed that the SAF1C race parties WILL continue with next week’s Formula 1 race in Malaysia! Once again, we will meet at the Lion & Rose Pub, Alamo Heights location, in San Antonio, TX at 1:30pm. We hope you can make it. Those of you who were there, thanks for the compliments you offered in getting this started. Please tell your friends about these F1-related race events. We want this to grow!
It was good to get together to see Jenson Button win the 2012 Australian GP. Let’s see what happens next week on the outskirts of the jungles of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We hope to see you there for the SAF1C viewing party of the 2012 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix. Race On!
P. S. – Vance did a GREAT of posting his pix on Facebook!