International superstar Justin Timberlake is to perform at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas (COTA) on the Saturday of this year’s 2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. This is exciting to me since I live in Austin and the COTA is only a 15 minute drive from my condo plus I am a huge fan of JT! Continue Reading →
Though all the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix racing fun was at the Circuit of the Americas, they also had several other events in downtown Austin, Texas as part of the F1 weekend. I attended 2 of the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix events over the weekend, the Bose virtual “F1 Garage Experience” and Fan Fest.
The first event I attended was the Bose virtual “F1 Garage Experience” in downtown Austin, Texas. The experience starts with putting on the new Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones and going into a dark room which was the size of a one car garage. Once it starts you are transported into the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Garage. Before they start virtually working on the car to be raced the walls and floor light up with a timer, different 3D patterns of the race tracks and other images, and foot prints on the floor walking around the car that you are supposed to step on.While wearing the new Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones you can listen in on mechanics talking and also when they begin working on the car. Soon after hearing the mechanics chatting the floor lights with an outline of a race car and you can hear them beginning to work on the car. At the end the car is ready to hit the tracks and the experience was over. Before I left I also took a few pictures of items on display and this car. All in all is was an awesome experience and I am now a HUGE fan of the Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones.
The following day I went to F1’s Fan Fest in downtown Austin where they closed off 3 blocks on the infamous 6th street for F1 fanatical who aren’t at the races. Fan Fest had live music, car displays, photos, exhibits and the activation booth from Facebook plus Bud Light, Topo Chico, Perky Jerky, and Advance Auto Parts booths.
Besides taking pictures and listening to live bands performing on different roof tops of bars I also checked out Facebook‘s VR Glass Room. I have tried the Oculus Rift many times for VR gaming demos but not for a VR experience of being in another country or in outer space. While waiting in a short line I was asked to take a picture wearing the Facebook branded Gear VR headset. I am convinced no one can look good wearing those. Even the most beautiful woman in the world would look silly wearing a VR headset.
While in line I started talking to the Facebook’s staff members to get the skinny before going in. The Facebook staff informed me the demo was using Gear VR hardware powered by a smartphone for the visuals and audio. That perked my curiosity and made me excited to have this new experience! When I entered the Facebook VR Glass Room I was quickly outfitted with a pair of Facebook’s implementation of Gear VR goggles and geared up for my 2 minute demo. Once it started, I started having the VR experience of being in different lands and outer space. It was amazing since everywhere you would turn (up, down, left right and behind you) it was as if you were really there.
One of the Asian countries featured in the experience had you on boat (or canoe) and when you would turn behind you there is a person in the boat with you that seemed very real, somewhat spooked me out a tad. I do have to say that since I’ve experienced gaming demos on the higher-end Oculus Rift, the Gear VR’s graphics were not as crisp as I would prefer or have experienced in the past. Regardless the Facebook VR experience was amazing and got me excited to see what the future will hold for VR and Oculus.
I hope all that attended Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix had an amazing time in my hometown Austin, Texas and enjoyed our fabulous BBQ plus all the live music. As this was my first time covering the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix and events I had a blast! Till next year Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix fans!
Today is day 1 of the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix that is held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The gates at the Circuit of the Americas will open each day at 7am. The 3-day F1 event will include performances by Taylor Swift and Usher with the Roots on the Super Stage.
On Friday the events at Circuit of the Americas will end by 6:40pm. On Saturday the Taylor Swift concert starts at 7pm and on Sunday the Usher with the Roots concert starts at 6.00. The concerts will be general admission and all holders of a Saturday ticket for USGP weekend (including the 3-Day GA wristband) will have access to the Taylor Swift concert.
If you are not going to the Formula 1 Grand Prix races there are still some events in Austin that are Formula 1 themed. Below are some events that are celebrating the Formula 1 races this weekend.
Time: 10:00pm – 4am
Where: 213 West 5th St, Austin, TX View Map
FRIDAY NIGHTS MUSIC:
- DJ Jake Brice
- Chicken George
- Go Go Garcia
SATURDAY NIGHTS MUSIC:
- Mixer Rogers
- DJ Bigface
- Chorizo Funk
When: 10/17/ 2016 – 10/23/ 2016
- Monday October 17 through Friday 21st of October from 11AM to 5:30PM
- Saturday, October 22, from 10AM to 8PM
- Sunday, October 23, from 10AM to 6PM
Where: 323 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701
Where: 6th Street between San Jacinto Blvd and Neches Street
- 5 PM – 6 PM: White Ghost Shivers
- 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Wino Vino
- 8 PM – 9:45 PM: Boss Street Band
- 10:15 PM – 12:00 AM: Flying Balalaika Brothers
- 4:30 PM – 6 PM: Peligrosa’s DJ Manolo Black
- 6:30 PM – 8 PM: Stella Cottrell
- 8:30 PM – 10 PM: Riders Against The Storm – Body Rock
- 10:30 PM – 12:00 AML Ducado Vega in celebration of Prince
The drink of the night was created by Jenson Button himself called SPARK by Jenson drink that is made with Chandon’s Brut. It was delicious! I included the recipe in my post before the event but below is the recipe just in case you didn’t get a chance to read the post.
The SPARK by Jenson
- Ice cubes
- 68 oz. dry gin
- 17 oz. lime
- 1 tsp. vanilla sugar
- 06 oz. Chandon Brut
- Twisted lemon peel
Directions: In a Burgundy glass filled with ice, pour the gin, add lime juice and sugar. Mix lightly and fill with Chandon’s Brut. Twist the lemon peel and flame it over the glass using a blowtorch.
During the event Jenson Button did an on stage interview and towards the end there was some Q & A plus you get to get a picture with Jenson Button himself. Here is a video after asked how he got started racing.
Here is another video ask Jenson Button what’s next after he retires from racing. He mentioned he was really into cycling and marathons; maybe that will be what’s next for him. Here is a video with him candidly answering the question.