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Media post: A Few Intriguing Car Tales

The 1957 Cadillac had a mini bar built into the glovebox

The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham was commonly referred to as “the Frank Sinatra car” because Sinatra loved them. Perhaps one of the reasons was that the Eldorado Brougham had a factory-installed, magnetized minibar in the glovebox. That’s right storage for bottles and stainless cups. How can this be possible? Well, as reminds us, this was way before drinking and driving laws were enacted!  Back then, it certainly wasn’t suggested that one drink and drive but it wasn’t illegal either.

Obi-Wan Kenobi predicted James Dean’s death

The death of Hollywood actor James Dean occurred on September 30, 1955, in Cholame, CA.  Dean was an amateur racer who had previously competed in several racing events and was traveling with his mechanic in his new Porsche 550 to another competition when his car crashed at the junction of California Route 46 and Route 41. While his mechanic was thrown clear of the car and survived, Dean was crushed in the car and died shortly thereafter.

The eerie part of this story is that another Hollywood icon, Sir. Alec Guinness (also known as Obi-wan Kenobi), heard about the Dean’s purchase of a Porsche 550 and reportedly said that “He’ll be found dead within a week”. This, tragically, became the case.

Bond got a free Aston Martin

The Bond movie franchise is enormously popular and James Bond drives a highly customized Aston Martin sportscar in several of the films. In fact, Aston Martin cars are so intertwined with the Bond franchise that the company donated a free midnight-blue Aston Martin Vanquish (Serial Number #007) to Daniel Craig when he was playing the Bond character. Can you imagine, a free Aston Martin Vanquish!

BMW had to recall its GPS system because it had a female voice

Stereotypes are tricky stuff, especially when they involve genders. We all know that these stereotypes are wrong, but they unfortunately exist. Take the story about German male car owners and the female voice used in BMWs GPS systems. Reportedly, BMW had to recall thousands of their built-in GPS systems because their default voice was female. According to the phone calls that BMW received from thousands of German drivers, they found it annoying to take directions from a female voice. Of course, they were really taking directions from a machine, but that didn’t seem to matter; They didn’t like it.

The Dubai airport is loaded with abandoned supercars

Dubai is a nation stuffed with rich people and many of them they love their supercars. So much so that the police drive Lamborghinis. However, due to a quirk of Dubai law, it’s very difficult to declare bankruptcy in Dubai. So, what do the rich do when it all goes bust? They escape prosecution by leaving the country and when this happens, they often leave their cars behind them at the airport. Don’t believe us? Go Google it and you will find hundreds of photos of dusty, abandoned supercars at the Dubai airport. Wow.

BMW had to recall its GPS system because it had a female voice

Gender stereotypes are tricky stuff. We all know that they’re wrong, but unfortunately they exist. Take the story about German males and the female GPS voice. Stanford University’s communications professor Clifford Nass reported that BMW had to recall thousands of their built-in GPS systems. Why? Because their default voice was female. According to the phone calls the BMW help desk received from German drivers, men found it annoying to take directions from a female voice. Of course, they were actually taking directions from a machine, but that didn’t seem to matter.

Media post: Shopping for a New Vehicle? How to Pick the Sports Car of Your Dreams

Buying a new car can be an exciting, rewarding experience. If you’re like a lot of people, the fear of buying the wrong car, then being stuck with it for years and years, can weigh on you a bit. The good news is that you don’t have to be one of the unlucky shoppers dealing with buyer’s remorse as soon as they leave the dealership.

Rent Before You Buy

Deciding to rent a sports car can be a great way to have some fun for the weekend or impress friends, family, clients, or a date for an outing. Renting is also a smart way to test out a car for more than an hour – which is what you get with most test drive situations – to see if you really want to buy it.

Yes, you’ll have to pay out of pocket for a sports car rental, and fees for each day can be relatively steep. Still, compared to buying a car you don’t really like, renting a vehicle for a few days is a smart option.

If you decide to rent and you’re not sure what you really want, consider booking a package plan where you can try a few different cars. Sometimes you’ll save money by renting a car for a full week or more – even if they’re different cars on different days.

Splurge on a New Sports Car

Many people dream of walking onto a car lot, picking out their favorite model, and driving it off on the spot. If you’ve got an eye for sports cars, doing this is something that might actually be possible if you’ve got the cash. That doesn’t mean it’s the best way to shop for the car of your dreams.

Instead, take the time to visit a few dealerships – even if they sell the same cars! Why? Because dealerships can offer different prices at different times of the month or year. By doing your homework and shopping around, you can save a significant amount of money when buying a new car over simply paying the sticker price.

Remember, sports cars and luxury vehicles tend to depreciate in value as soon as they go off the lot, so spending as little as you can on a car you love is just smart business.

Scour Used Dealerships

Used car dealerships are an excellent place to find sports cars with limited miles at prices that are a little bit better than what you’ll get for a new model. You’ll also be able to find older sports cars and classic models this way, though pricing for classics may not be easy to swallow!

One of the best ways to do this is to visit used car dealerships and leave your name and number with somebody helpful if you’re looking for a particular model. Most used car dealerships rotate stock and have access to a variety of cars. Soon enough, they may have a line on the exact car you’re after. Do this at a few places around town that have a good reputation and you may be driving the car you’ve always wanted before you know it.

Check Online Classifieds

Online classifieds can be hit or miss, but finding a diamond in the rough is definitely possible. Check local classified sites in your area, as well as printed papers if they exist in your city, to find your ideal car.

Then make sure you thoroughly evaluate the vehicle before putting your hard-earned cash on the table.

Find a Good Mechanic

If you go the used sports car route, which can be a very good choice for your wallet, you’re going to want to have somebody take a look at your vehicle before you buy. That means finding a good mechanic who understands the model of car that you’re after.

Once you narrow down your search in terms of car type you can start making some calls to find a mechanic that seems reputable. They may charge a fee to go over a car you’re looking at buying, but in the end, that’s actually a good thing. It means that they’re not trying to up-sell you on parts – they’re just offering a service at a price they think is fair for the work involved.

Always get a used car checked before you buy, especially if it’s coming from an individual. You won’t have too much recourse once you buy, so getting a lemon can be disastrous.


Shopping for a sports car should be an exciting adventure, not an exercise in frustration. Utilize these tips and before you know it you’ll be behind the wheel of that dream car you’ve been fantasizing about since you got your license.

Media post: All About Presidential State Limousines

Early presidential limousines were mildly-modified Cadillacs and Lincolns but today’s presidential limousines are so heavily modified that only a tiny fraction of each vehicle comes from a car manufacturer. The rest is custom made by military contractors and other authorized suppliers. With the assistance of, we put together an interesting list of presidential limo facts.

  • There are no keys or keyholes on the presidential limo. The Secret Service agents in are the only people who know how to open it.
  • It is 18 feet long and weighs an astonishing 14,000 lbs. By comparison, standard automobiles weigh in the 3000 to 4000 range.
  • Naturally, the presidential limousine has glass that is a multi-laminated matrix of glass and plastic and is a full 5 inches thick.
  • At all times, two pints of blood in the President’s type are inside the vehicle.
  • The present presidential limo has multiple rocket-propelled grenade launchers and a massive tear gas cannon under the hood.
  • A specially modified Chevrolet Suburban with a machine gun capable of firing 4,000 rounds per minute rides in the Presidential Motorcade.
  • The Limo goes everywhere the President goes. If the president goes to an international destination, the limo is often flown there by a massive C-17 Globemaster.
  • Heavy Kevlar mats line the underbelly of the presidential limo to protect the president and guests from IEDs.
  • The vehicles’ tires are a proprietary design that cannot go flat.
  • The driver’s window is the only window in the vehicle that opens, and it only opens just three inches.
  • The air inside the vehicle is sealed completely from the outside air.
  • The Presidential Limo travels with its own mechanic. This mechanic is an armed federal agent who carries a full set of tools.
  • The limo is equipped with a full complement of outside cameras that display to monitors inside the cabin.
  • As many as 12 Presidential State Cars exist and they are used in rotation.
  • Whenever the President is in the vehicle, his chief security officer is always in the front passenger seat.
  • The driver is highly-trained in evasive driving techniques.
  • The rear seats have reclining and massaging capabilities.
  • When a presidential limo is retired, the Secret Service destroys every part.
  • The motorcade always contains the communications equipment necessary to link the presidential limo directly to the Department of Defense.
  • The Presidential vehicle has a maximum speed of only 60 mph.
  • The Presidential Limo is powered by a supercharged 6.5 liter diesel engine, the same type of engine in a military Humvee.
  • Outside noise is pumped in through speakers inside the limo, This is because the President can’t hear anything outside once he’s inside.
  • Sometimes, there is a decoy. The President may travel in an armored bus referred to as “Ground Force One”.

Media post: Four Forgotten Muscle Cars

Buick Wildcat 445

Yes, Buick made a muscle car. The Wildcat 445 was produced by Buick from 1962 to 1970. It  was a full-sized automobile offered big time performance. Power choices for the Wildcat 445 began with the standard 445 V-8, so named because of its torque output not it’s cubic inch displacement. It featured a four-barrel carb and 10.25:1 compression. Beyond that, there were two more powerful engines: A 340 horse “Wildcat 465” and a 360-horse “Super Wildcat.” The Super Wildcat featured two four-barrel carburetors, a chrome-plated air cleaner, cast-aluminum rocker-arm covers, and dual exhausts. Wildcat 445 owners could choose from a three-speed column-lever stickshift, a four-on-the-floor manual or a Super Turbine automatic.

Ford Torino GT

In 1968 with the Muscle Car horsepower race escalating, Ford introduced its all-new 428-cubic inch Cobra Jet engine and made it available in its Torino GT. With 335 hp, the potent 428 Cobra Jet offered a huge leap in power over the smaller 390-cube V8, which was the largest engine in 1967. The GT was available as a 2-door SportsRoof (hardtop) and convertible. While the “Torino Cobra” only came as a 2-door SportsRoof.

Dodge Demon 340

A hotrod Demon? We got some help with this from The Dodge Demon was introduced in 1968 and it could be optioned with a 340 cu in V-8in the Demon models. Demons were unique because they could be ordered in a number of prominent colors and festooned with a cartoon devil on the side. The 340 cu in engine produced 275 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque. In 1971, the Demon 340 was also equipped with a synchronized floor-shifted 3-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drum brakes and a Sure-Grip limited slip differential.

AMC Rebel Machine

This is an interesting one. The AMC Rebel (known as the Rambler Rebel in 1967) was a mid-sized car produced by American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1968 to 1970. A high-performance, muscle car version called the machine was produced in 1970.

The Machine was developed from a collaboration between Hurst Performance and AMC. The standard engine in The Machine was AMC’s 390 cu in V8 engine. Rated at 340 hp, it came with special heads, valve train and cam. The engine was fed by a Motorcraft 4-barrel and had a 10.0:1 compression which requiring high-octane gas.

On the hood of the Demon was an unusual feature: a large ram-air intake hood scoop with a large tachometer visible to the driver. That’s right, the tachometer was visible by looking through the windshield. Standard on the Demon was a Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed manual transmission with a Hurst floor shifter. In addition, the machine offered a limited slip differential as well as power disc brakes.

Media post: Five Iconic Automobiles

AC Cobra

In 1953, Chevrolet introduced a two-seater sportscar with a fiberglass body and a triple-carbureted, six-cylinder engine. Called the Corvette (after small WWII attack ships of the same name), sales were slow at first but picked up quickly. This, of course, did not go unnoticed by the folks at Ford who released their own 2-seater, the Thunderbird, in 1955. The T-Bird also sold well but Ford wanted more than just a pretty sports car, they wanted a sports car that promoted itself by winning races – races such as Lemans.

In order to quickly build a world-class racing car, Ford approached racer Carroll Shelby and signed him up. The first thing Shelby did was shop around for a race worthy body/chassis and he quickly settled on a chassis he liked at AC Cars of Britain. As for engines, Ford had just released the 427, a lightweight, thin-wall cast big-block V8. Shelby popped these engines in the AC body and called the completed car the “Cobra.” And what a racecar it was. In 1963 and 1964 AC Cobras swept the top winners at Lemans and the rest is now history.

Volvo P1800

In the 1900s, Volvo was a serious-minded Swedish manufacturer of boxy-styled cars that were considered some of the best built in the World. Many people don’t know that besides Volvo’s list of family haulers, they made a sportscar too. Released in 1961, the P1800 and was a two-seater, front-engine, rear-drive coupe that looked like nothing else. The P1800 became highly popular starting in 1962 as it was the main car driven by Roger Moore in the hit television series The Saint. Like the rest of the Volvo line at that time, it also was ultra-reliable. In 1998, an 1800S was certified as the highest mileage private vehicle driven by the original owner in the world having exceeded three million miles (as of 2013).

Jaguar E-Type

The E-type evolved from the earlier XK150, XK140 and XK120 series. Released in 1961, it was considered a very good-looking car. Discarding the styling of the 1950s, the E-type was a sleek, long sports car with a triple carbureted, dual-cam, six cylinder engine and independent rear suspension. In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of the World’s Top Sports Cars and in March of 2008, The Daily Telegraph ranked it number one on its list of the world’s “100 most beautiful cars.” Jaguar Motorcars made the E-Type from 1960 until 1971.

Aston Martin DB5

Released in 1963, the Aston Martin DB5 is a British luxury grand tourer car made by Aston Martin, LTD. We learned from our source at that, believe it or not, the DB5 body was designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria and the DB series was named in honor of the owner of Aston Martin from 1947 to 1972, Sir David Brown. The DB5 is a famous, highly sought-after model because it played a central role in the James Bond movie franchise. It first appeared in Goldfinger in 1964. The same car (registration BMT 216A) was used again in the following film, Thunderball, a year later.

Buick Riviera

The Riviera is a luxury car produced by Buick and was highly praised by automotive journalists when it debuted in 1949. The name Riviera (latin for coastline,) was chosen to evoke the affluence of the French Rivera. Buick offered a Roadmaster Riviera coupe which was to become extremely popular over the next 30 years. While early models stayed close to the original form, the styling of subsequent generations varied substantially over the Riviera’s thirty-year lifespan. In all, 1,127,263 Buick Rivieras were produced before being discontinued in 1999.

Media post: Car Cleaning Tips

Perhaps there are a few people who don’t mind a messy car, but we think it’s reasonable to say that most people would rather have a clean one. Problem is, it’s easy to say you’d like a clean car, but then you have to do it (clean it) and that takes time, a scarce commodity these days. Thankfully, we are here to help. Here’s a few tricks to make your car cleaning job a little more manageable.

Removing smells

Cars can smell badly after a while, particularly if you have fabric-covered seats. But, no matter where those odors come from, and Lord knows there are a lot of sources, there is hope. Just pull out some baking powder from your kitchen, spread it all over your car seats, then suck it up with a vacuum cleaner a few hours later. It may take a couple of applications, but you should find that this freshens up your car nicely.

Remove bumper stickers

There aren’t many bumper stickers that don’t fade and tear as they age. Most people leave them on their cars, however, because removing bumper stickers isn’t easy. Well, here’s a neat trick. Soak the sticker down with WD-40, wait 10 mins or so and you should find that the sticker will peel right off. If not, apply the WD-40 a few more times and give it enough time to soak in.

Clean your vents

You know those gray foam paint brushes that are commonly sold in hardware stores? Those things are great for cleaning the air vents in your car. The conveniently shaped flat brushes can be slid in between the slats to clean the dust and dirt that has settled in there.

Cupholders protection

This is a great hack. We got this one from Charlie’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Maumee, OH. As they say, it doesn’t take much time before a car’s cup holders are simply disgusting. One simple hack to prevent them from collecting lots of gunk is to put some cupcake molds in them. The cupcake holders will collect all the spills and can simply be thrown away once they become dirty.

Clean your windshields

This might sound like the most counterintuitive advice steel wool can work wonders when it comes to cleaning up your windshield. Steel wool will clean just about anything that has dried on your car’s windshield. Just use some common sense and don’t rub too hard. Its hard to scratch glass with steel wool but it can happen.

Rejunvenate your wipers

The rubber on your windshield wipers can get dry over time. In many cases, it might be best just to buy new wipers but you can also rejuvenate your old ones with some rubbing alcohol. Just put some on a small cloth and rub your wiper blades down.

Clean your floor mats

Yes, floor mats can get really dirty. Want to clean them up? Here’s a cool hack. Clean them at your local commercial laundry and then bring them back home to dry. When done you will be amazed at how good they look.

Media post: The DIY Supercar

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a supercar is a type of exotic sports car which offers ultra-high performance. Some of the more common names are McLaren, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Ferrari and Koenigsegg. Each of these companies makes their own distinctive type of supercar and all have outrageous price tags. Essentially, supercars are playthings for the rich and famous, but that does little to reduce desire of the masses wanting to get their own,

Satisfying the demand

A British company has been building an unusual car for almost a decade that can only be described as a supercar. The company is the Ariel Motor Company and the vehicle is the Atom. According to , the Atom is a supercar but dressed as a small Formula One racecar. It is open like a Formula One and lacks doors, a roof and even a windshield. This is a car designed for thrills.

Ariel History

Ariel, the company that makes the Atom, was founded in 1898 and is one of the oldest names in British motoring. Ariel started manufacturing motorcycles in 1902 and produced both 350cc and 500cc bikes until the late 1950s. Although best known for its motorcycles, Ariel Motor Company also produced various cars, trikes, quads, delivery and military vehicles in small quantities over the years.

Atom History

The Atom began as a student project at Coventry University. Student Niki Smart, a transportation design student, developed the concept in 1996 with input and funding from various automotive industry members. As fate would have it, Ariel Motor Company boss Simon Saunders was a senior lecturer at Coventry and got to know Smart and his project., Soon, Ariel acquired the rights to the Atom. Not much later, Ariel was making the first generation of the Atom sports car.

United States licensing

In 2005, Brammo Motorsports of Ashland, Oregon signed a deal with Ariel to manufacture the Ariel Atom in the US. Production started with the Atom 2. The Atom 2 was available with a supercharged GM Ecotec engine. Sales were strong but in 2007 Brammo ceased production of the Atom 2 to focus on the manufacture of a new electric motorcycle design.

In 2008, a specialty motorsports manufacturing company TMI AutoTech became the US manufacturer of Atoms and theirs were powered by Honda Civi Si drivetrains. In January 2016, TMI moved to a newly refurbished 60,000 ft/sq building in South Boston, VA.

Ariel Atom 500

In 2008, Ariel introduced a mind-blowing new Atom. Called the Atom 500, it features a 500 horsepower 3.0 litre V8 engine, carbon fiber body panels, chromoly wishbones, an integrated function steering wheel and Alcon four-piston brake calipers. The 198 lb V8 is coupled to a SADEV six-speed sequential gearbox and this delivered a car that accelerated from 0–60 mph in less than 2.3 seconds.


There a problem for those that want to drive an Atom on the street, though. A turn-key Ariel Atom cannot be sold as a street-legal car. Due to federal regulations, the Atom is only street-legal if assembled as a kit vehicle. This may affect sales to some degree but they are thousands of DIYers who are now building them.

Media post: Change Intervals for Functional Fluids

There are several systems in your car that use oil-based fluids for “functional purposes.” This means the fluids are a part of a particular system and perform things like hydraulic movement and lubrication. A non-functional fluid would be something like the cleaning fluid in your windshield washer system. In this article, we will look at the manufacturer’s recommended change intervals for the three most common functional fluids.

Automatic Transmission Fluid
The suggested change interval for today’s automatic transmission fluid is 60,000-100,000 miles. In the past, some manufacturers suggested that the fluid would be replaced only when a change in transmission shifting occurred. Today, modern transmissions are “smarter” and can mask worn and depleted transmission fluid by changing shift points automatically. However, it is still possible for transmission fluid to wear out, you just can’t feel it when the transmission shifts anymore. What happens is that the original fluid’s viscosity changes and gets dirty, issues that can damage the clutches and bands. This can damage an automatic so it is smart to change both your transmission’s filter and fluid according to the manufacturer’s suggested schedule.

Power Steering Fluid
The suggested change interval for today’s power steering fluids is 60,000-80,000 miles. Not long ago, there was no definitive change interval for power steering fluid because it really didn’t get dirty and worn out. Things are different today. Wider wheel and tire packages are putting more strain on power steering systems and this means more heat is generated. If it gets hot enough, the heat can degrade the fluid and eventually damage the seals in the pump and rack. Hence, most manufacturers now have recommended change intervals for their power steering systems.

A note for do it yourselfers: Our subject matter experts for this article, King Buick Chevrolet GMC in Longmont, CO, remind us that there’s an old saying: There is no such thing as a universal fluid. Different manufacturers use formulations for their power steering, transmission and brake systems that are matched to the type of seals they have installed in the system. If you add the wrong fluid to your car’s automatic transmission, for example, you may end up ruining the transmission seals. So, make sure that before you add any fluids to your car, check your driver’s manual for the correct fluid type, or with your local brand dealer for their recommendation.

Brake Fluid
The suggested change interval for today’s brake fluids varies from every 100,000 miles to 150,000 miles. The specific time depends on the manufacturer, of course. Some old timers will find this odd because in the old days, brake fluid was rarely changed. Today, systems like ABS have become standard on most vehicles and these can be hard on the car’s brake fluid. The high pressure and force exerted on the fluid can degrade the fluid and additive packages.

Media post: 5 ways to prevent whiplash in a collision

Everyone knows whiplash is a common injury in car accidents but not so many people are aware of how serious the symptoms can be and how important it is to take steps to prevent it.

The main cause of whiplash is car accidents. It is typically associated with rear-end collisions although this isn’t always the case. Slips and falls can also cause whiplash injury and boxers and rugby players are at risk.

In the situation of a motor collision, whiplash occurs when the vehicle moves forward quickly causing the seat to push into your back while your neck and head continue moving back. Usually, the head will be stopped by the head restraint on your seat but if this isn’t adjusted correctly, it could do some serious damage to the muscles in the neck.

In severe cases, symptoms can last over a year and sometimes force sufferers to stop working or even carrying out simple daily activities. Because of this prolonged pain, many long term sufferers are diagnosed with depression.

Following some basic advice on how to adjust your car’s seat and head restraint could mean avoiding whiplash altogether or at least reducing the damage caused to your neck if you are unlucky enough to be in a crash. These five steps will help you be ready:

  1. Get your seat in the correct position

Safety experts recommend that your driver’s seat should be adjusted so the back rest is at a 100 degree angle to the seat. This slight incline will make sure you stay in the seat in the event of a collision, while providing support for your lower back.

  1. Line your head restraint up to the top of your head

Every car’s head restraints are different so there is no single rule for how it should be positioned exactly. However, the general rule that is agreed upon is that the top of the restraint should be as close to the height of the top of your head as possible.

  1. Find the rigid part

If you push on your head restraint with your fingers, you may notice that the middle is more rigid and the top more spongey. The rigid part should be positioned in line with your eyes or the top of your ears in order to reduce the impact of a collision.

  1. Check the restraint is close enough

Crash testing suggests that a head restraint that is close enough to the back of your head is twice as effective in preventing whiplash as one that is poorly positioned. While the back of your head shouldn’t actually be touching the restraint, it should be no more than 5 centimetres or 2 inches away. The less distance your head travels following a collision, the less time it has to build up speed, therefore reducing the force of the impact.

  1. Make sure your seat belt is fitting correctly

As long as your seat is set up correctly, the seat belt will do its job by keeping you in your seat. Check where the belt sits on your body when you buckle up. If the horizontal strap stretches across your stomach, you should move the seat up so the belt will catch on your pelvis in the event of a crash, keeping you in the seat better and protecting your neck.

Taking the time to follow these simple steps to get your vehicle ready for any possibility is very important. Not underestimating the effects of whiplash by following this advice will give you every chance of escaping an accident with nothing more than minor strains. However, if you are unlucky enough to sustain a whiplash injury that affects life, there is help available to you. A specialist solicitor could help you claim whiplash compensation that could cover expensive physio costs and time off work.

Media post: Tips For Enjoying A Formula 1 Race

It’s hard to truly appreciate high-end cards without developing at least a mild affinity for Formula 1 racing. We’ve written about some of the major manufacturers that play the biggest roles in the sport (most notably Mercedes), and mentioned Formula 1-style pilots as well. But diving into the thrill of a Formula 1 race is a different story altogether. That’s what we’re tackling now however, with the following tips on how to enjoy these races, and the stunning cars and incredible drivers that come with them.

Start Following The Sport

The very first thing to do if you’re interested in attending a Formula 1 race is to start following the sport. Now, this may be something you’re already doing if this is something that interests you, but whatever the case may be, a good idea of how things are going in F1 will make the race that much more enjoyable. You’ll want to know the standings, understand which drivers are competing with which vehicles, and possibly even study up on the history of specific grand prix events. The experience will still feel new if it’s your first race, but the background information you have will make it all the more interesting.

Choose Your Favorite Destinations

This is a pretty basic step, but still an important one. Formula 1 happens to travel to some of the most interesting places on the planet: Australia, Singapore, Japan, Monte-Carlo…. There are differences in the tracks and the style of racing at these different stops, but if you’re traveling to see a race you might want to prioritize by destination rather than by race. That way you can enjoy a trip that means something to you in the days before or after the race itself.

Look Into Budgeting Tips

From travel to securing race tickets, Formula 1 can be an expensive hobby. It’s going to be easier to enjoy if you spend a little bit of time finding some budgeting tips. For instance, one guide to attending the Monaco Grand Prix for $100 (which sounds borderline impossible) provided the incredible tip of getting a ticket to free practice. The drivers feel out the track and test out their cars in the days before the big race, and sometimes you can get very close during these practice sessions without spending much (or any) money. That way a cheaper ticket for the race itself probably won’t bother you. It’s just one tip, but it gives you the idea.

Look Into Betting Options

While it’s not essential, and there are certainly some who are uncomfortable with it, wagering is a fairly big component of Formula 1 culture. For this reason, you might want to devote some of your research to finding the right platform to bet on a driver or car from. In Australia, there are plenty of sites to sift through in this regard, and you can look at a number of different factors (welcome bonuses, fees, betting options, etc.) to make your decision. However, your selection may change depending on where you ultimately end up going to a race.

Enjoy The Race

Finally, don’t overthink it! Formula 1 is an incredibly exhilarating experience. It does require some advance planning, but you don’t want to be too preoccupied with the details once you’re there. The race itself is the main attraction, and you’ll want to focus on every moment of it.