Wednesday, April 4, 2012

a hot potato

Cranky pants alert!

For 4 months of the year, my weekly ride to the market takes me past here,the Melbourne F1 circuit.The construction crews move in around January  when work starts on the makeshift F1 village. Two months later, when the race is done,deconstruction commences and wraps up around late April.

It's an issue that has gone beyond contentious.The race generally loses around 60 million dollars, which is made up by the state government. Coincidentally, the owner of the FI name recieves 50 million in licencing fees, and then goes on to play mind games by threatening to give the race to a more deserving city!

The race circuits Albert Park Lake, a man made pond, just to the south of the city.The park was built as an escape for the people who lived in the inner city suburbs and didn't have the luxury of  big back yards,although I have to admit, the average Joe can no longer afford to live there. Still, it's noisy, pointless and worst of all, boring. I wish it would just go away.(to a more deserving city,perhaps?)


BB said...

Yuck! Perth is very naughty and in no way has behaved well enough to deserve inheriting this particular 'pleasure' . . . No, really! We're positively evil in the West!

slow rpm said...

With all that oil and ore money I thought WA would be flush with funds to host the F1 GP! Fremantle would be a perfect street circuit!

But seriously,BB, Melbourne 'stole' the race from Adelaide over 10 years ago.It should have stayed there as they loved it. Strangely enough, this was the first year we didn't see a single F1 fan in StKilda.Usually the place is buzzing with them so I reckon the government has been fudging the numbers.

It also seems like an incredible waste of resources.Surely better to build a permanent track out in the sticks somewhere?

Anyways,I'm off to watch the Keirin/track racing.Much more PC .