Day 3–Australian Gran Prix 2017

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We woke to a bright blue beautiful day in Melbourne, greeted by the sounds of screaming engines across from our hotel at around 7.30am.

I wandered down to the bumper breakfast room and joined a few other members to fuel up for the day ahead.

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After which I headed directly across the road to wait with the others for the track to officially open at 10am.

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By the time I had walked across the lake the RAAF Roulettes were doing their thing in the skies above.

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I found the Paddock Club

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As well as the Lounge were the special ‘invite only’ cocktail party was going to be later on tonight.

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There were plenty of display by brands such as AMG Mercedes,

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and Aston Martin.

At the designated time, I headed just beyond these to the International Suite Pit Exit – Skydeck Lounge.

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When I entered the suite I wondered why it was so empty but as it turns out, I was in the wrong suite and needed to move to the one closer to the pit exit. No problems there.

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As you can see, this afforded a much better view as well as what seemed like a never ending parade of food and drink.

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At 2pm we (I mean just about everyone at the track) lined up for a walk through the pits.

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which kinda turned into a bit of a scrum.

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However, if you were prepared to use your elbows you could get to see what you wanted.

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As you can see, our suite is only a stone’s throw from pit lane.

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Back at the suite, we continued to enjoy endless munchies and beverages,

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with exceptional views of the track.

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It wasn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon at all!

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That evenings entertainment consisted of returning to the track for another pit walk. All the teams were busy in their pits furiously working on the cars.

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It was now time to head off to the final entertainment for the night, a special cocktail party inside the paddock club.

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As you can see, the place was pretty packed and the music a bit loud for my liking but we were also treated to some special guest, the main one was Sir Jackie Stewart who auctioned off a number of his photos and a winners trophy for his dementia charity.

A great day at the Australian Grand Prix. Lots to see and do. Tomorrow will be even better with a Ferrari cavalcade first thing around the track. I now just need to find a ride.

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