Tourists At Monza
Posted Apr 28 2019 - 03:05 PM
Posted Apr 29 2019 - 02:53 PM
I'm presuming you are fine with English text ν Ύν΄
As far as any Scotsman can be :-) The link you posted is the one I found, and leads through to http://www.tempiodellavelocita.it/ which tells you all about the tours...except how to book one... like the idea of cycling round, esp the old banked section...
Posted Apr 30 2019 - 07:39 AM
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Posted May 16 2019 - 11:03 AM
Even though Monza is a suburb of Milan it felt complicated to get to the circuit - there are links but you have to choose them carefully or the bus/train connections can have big waits in them. I got to the circuit in time for my tour without too much trouble, only to see a bunch of modern Lambos flying round. I knew immediately that this meant there was no chance of cycling round the full circuit.. hey ho. I don't know what difference that makes to the tour I did get, which was essentially a tour of the building above the pits. We got a really good look at this, although the pits themselves were off limits. We saw the VIP invite only room opposite the pole spot, the rooms where the journalists work and where the drivers are interviewed after qually etc. Naturally there was historic memorabilia everywhere, but the focus of the tour was how the modern GP is run. They switched on all the TVs in race control for us, so we saw what Charlie W's team would see (everything!). After that, we got to go out and stand on the winner's podium above the circuit (nice to have some really loud Lambos screaming about to create some atmosphere), and then after the cars stopped we were able to walk out onto the start grid. The one thing I'll say about Monza is I had not appreciated how narrow it is. This same even more into focus when we got driven round the circuit in a transit - I'd have been upset if I hadn't been in the front seat, as you wouldn't see that much in a van with tinted windows... As you drive through the Lesmos you can see the traffic lights on the other side of the wall just past the run off area - again I had no idea that civilisation was so close to the circuit, which sits inside a massive public park.....
After the lap, the tour ended, so I naturally decided to go see the old banked section, so asked where to go and hired a bike. There are loads of paths through the woods, and I cycled off on a crappy little shopping bike (basket at the front) and things just went downhill from there. I got to where the banked section started and a security guard made it clear I was going no further. I turned around and looked for another way on to the circuit. I found a path underneath the banking and followed it round - its solid enough, but the edges are crumbling away. I came round onto the straight area after the first banking and the ***** basket fell off, causing me to crash as I laughably tried to reach out and grab it whilst continuing to cycle... then as I approached a break in the fence to join the circuit another guard appeared. This guy spoke English and said that even the old circuit was closed... he also said the Lambos were about to come round - rather them than I, would not fancy something so stiff on a road that bumpy!
After a bit of a wait the Lambos did indeed appear - doing about 15mph on the bottom of the banking, and then flooring it as soon as they got to the straight. I waited to see if that was just a sighting lap and if any would be brave enough to come round again on the banking. And I waited.... and some more. I heard the Lambos going back out on the main circuit, and asked what was happening. The guard had no idea, and it was clear from his interactions on the walkie-talkie that no one seemed to know, he was just told to keep people off the track. I waited a while longer but eventually had to admit that this wasn't my day. I got to 6m from the banking and 2m from the old back straight and no further. The tour of the complex was nice, but I was really more interested in riding the track, which would have been boring on the crappy bike available, never mind that ****** basket to carry back to the tour office. They didn't care about the inconvenience of the basket issue and claimed to be as surprised as me that the old circuit was closed... All in all, I walked away mostly disappointed.
Not sure if I'd bother going back next time i'm in Milan, given the hassles getting there and back and the vagaries of what might happen if I did. Just like Monaco, there is a statue of Ascari standing on the side of his Mercedes. There are 3 or 4 more dotted around the world, maybe i'll focus on visiting them..
I need to go through the pics I took, will post some when I can, but don't get too excited waiting for them.
Posted May 16 2019 - 04:35 PM
Edited by marco lenarduzzi, May 16 2019 - 04:36 PM.
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