The Canadian Grand Prix 2019 will be held from Friday June 7th to Sunday June 9th at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. For a complete schedule of events at the racetrack, please consult the following link: montrealgrandprix.com/race-schedule.
Montreal can be known for its smoked meat, numerous church towers, and a year-round revolving door of festivals, making it a dynamic city that never gets boring. The traditional start of summer in Montreal is no exception to the rule, as it’s routinely kicked off by the Formula One Grand Prix held on Notre-Dame island’s challenging Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, a purpose-built race track loved by many drivers for its twists and turns but perhaps hated by a few who slammed into the sarcastically named Wall of Champions at Turn 13.
Off the event grounds, and located in the center of Montreal’s famously boisterous nightlife, the celebrations are echoed at the Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival, a collaborative effort by the members of the Crescent Street Merchants Association. This year marks the 20th edition of the event, featuring great Canadian acts on the main Corona stage such as DJ Shortcut, The Freddie James Project, and the highly infectious disco cover band, the Boogie Wonder Band. Former Quebec professional driver Antoine Bessette’s Felino cB7R also makes an appearance, showing off its ferocious lines and up to 700 blistering hp 7.0L V8 in one “brutally gorgeous” package. One can even try their hand at poker at the Playground Poker Club stand.
BLINKCO’s Montreal Team is happy to present a glimpse of the events surrounding the race. We enjoyed having a drink on Thursday’s beautiful street-front terrace right across from YKW Performance Wheels‘ Maserati GranTurismo convertible, chowed down a Hangover Burger (2012 Burger Week winner) at Burger Bar Crescent, and even took part in the festival’s now-iconic pitstop challenge.
For the uninitiated, Formula One pits the world’s fastest road racecars against each other in a show of raw talent by constructors and drivers alike. A competition unlike any other, nothing is left to compromise as the margin for error between the pilot, the support team, and the technical design team is razor thin. A great documentary for learning more about the inner workings of a Formula One team is Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive To Survive.
For what it’s worth, we have covered only a fraction of the action happening on Crescent Street. There is so much more to do, to see, and to taste during the festivities. If you have the chance to stop by, it’s unquestionably an event you can’t miss!
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