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    Hey Guy's,
    I am heading over to the Island for this years race and was hoping some of you could give me some advice on where to stay, where to watch from etc.
    I went to the last 500cc Race years ago but only did the General Admition thing and drove back to Melb at the end of each day and don't want to do that again.
    I'll be meeting up with a mate from Qld and we'll both be cashed up by then, so we are thinking of staying on the Island (Cowes probably) so we don't miss the night time festivities and would prefer to be in some sort of Corporate box so we don't miss any of the action or have to que up for beer's etc.
    Does anyone have any recommendations on Apartments, Box's etc. Basically I'm wanting to hear about your good experience's not so much bad one's.
    We want to make this a Holiday one we'll talk about for the rest of lives(cost isn't much of an issue).
    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
    Cheer's Benno...
    Wounds Heal, Bones Mend, Chicks Dig Scars and Glory Lasts Forever...

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    Hey Benno,

    I took my Dad to the GP last year '09. It was one of the best things I've ever done, and I think if you love motorcycle racing, wherever you are, or whatever you do, you will have an amazing time.

    We stayed in a Bed and Breakfast just off the island, which was very nice, but quite expensive. The down side was we didn't get to take part in much of the night life/festivities that happen on the Island.

    This time around (we're going again in '10) we've rented a place in Cowes (which I hear is a great place to stay). Apparently a lot of the teams/mechanics and riders eat/socialise in Cowes, and that's where a lot of the GP goers get together and socialise obviously.

    As far as where to book seats for the track, it's a tricky one. I spent a great deal of time walking around the track during the superbike runs, trying to work out where I wanted to be for the main race. We had general admission, which was OK, but this time around I will be getting Grand Stand tickets for sure. There are a number of 'tents' situated around the track, which have quite nice seating and have probably got liquor on offer, but I really don't think they have a good view of the track/race. Reason being most of them are right on ground level, and very close to the track, so your field of vision is very limited. Plus, they are around 800-1000 a ticket.

    If money is not an option, I would look at maybe somewhere in the VIP pit lane area. It will be expensive but it would probably be a nice place to be.

    Personally, having been around the track and seen the different areas, I will be getting Grand Stand seating on Siberia Corner, my favourite location. Siberia is amazing, because you're basically situated at the bottom of a hill, and can see everything from the end of the main straight, all the way through to where they disappear over Lukey Heights, which is a significant portion of the track.

    Below is a quick review of my highlights:



    The straight is obviously pretty amazing because of the speed they go, but I wouldn't sit/stand on the straight, it's bikes going fast in a straight line.

    Turn 1 and 2 are nice to watch, but not the best place to be. Turn 3 is unbelievable, and you can see it from Siberia quite well. The speed at which they come through that corner is ridiculous, and shouldn't be possible! Acceleration through 5 is blistering and turn 6 is nice to watch close up. 7, 8 and 9 was an absolute highlight for me, it's incredible to watch the bikes flip through 8 at that speed. Lukey Heights is probably one of the most famous turns in GP, if you're standing between 9 and the road, you see the riders take that corner blind, knee down, it's quite something to watch. Another highlight for me is 10 through to 12 and onto the straight. It's epic, that's all I can say.

    So that's my review of the circuit.

    A quick review: Turn 3 into 4, great to watch. 6 through to 9 also amazing to watch (these are 2 reasons I favour Siberia). 10 through to 12 and onto the straight, eye watering stuff.

    I'm sorry I can't offer any advice on corporate boxes etc.

    My advice would be to assess your priorities and pick a location based on that. If you're going to look at pit girls, get boozed and the race is secondary but would be cool to see bikes going 300+, then pit lane or Gardner Straight stand might be the way to go. If you want to see some ball tearing racing, but also have access to booze (all along the track side of Gap Rd there are food/coffee/booze stalls) then Siberia or Lukey Heights would be great.

    I hope this helps a little, hope to see you there, and sorry for the essay.

    Customer: Look, there's no other way to say this, but I didn't come in here to be insulted.
    Bernard: Well, I didn't ask for the job of insulting you. In another life, we could have been brothers. Running a small, quirky taverna in Sicily. Maybe we would have married the local twins instead of wasting each other's time here in this dump. But it was not to be. So hopit.

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    • #3
      Thanks Heaps Rocky,

      You made some very good points, the last time I was there we pretty much stayed on the Gardner Straight side, had a look a Lukey on the walk round and went to watch turn 2 & 3, but that was quite a while ago and it was a miserable day, they really should change the dates for better weather.
      I imagine the facilities have improved greatly since then, well at least I hope.

      We'd love to get into a corporate box perhaps near turn 4 with a view of the big screens and access to a few bevvies, then wander about during the lead up races. If anyone know's of one we could book please let us know.

      Also a good hotel or appartment we could book for the rest of the week as we are going to do the Afterburner day on the Thursady following.

      Thanks again.
      Wounds Heal, Bones Mend, Chicks Dig Scars and Glory Lasts Forever...

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      • #4
        stay in cowes

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        • #5
          We stayed in cowes at the Sails appartments, 5 min walk to the main strip. Had a ball...

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          • #6
            Best place in 09 was the XXXX MOBILE PUB near the main straight...but you have to get there damn early and have stamina and get there damn early to get in and stay in!
            Seriously, try the Lukey Heights stand or Siberia...if you are into power slides (even with the 800's) Siberia is the place to be...but damn cold with that wind! Oh....Stay somewhere in Cowes...Party town and pretty nice as well.
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            • #7
              Ended up in the champions club in turn 4 not a bad spot if you can afford it pay for a corporate tent the shelter from the wind rain and sun is worth it. Stayed in Cowes they run a bus service forward and back to the track wouldn't bother with driving or riding. If you going all that way go for the full three days too the National superbikes but more interesting the national Historics in full flight are pretty cool viewing too.
              Last edited by Nero Diablo; 20-01-2010, 09:29 PM.
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              • #8
                That Champions Club tent sounds like what we're after. Any info on how to get tickets.
                Most of the sites I've looked at don't offer tickets till after the WSBK's have been and gone.
                Also, It's proving rather difficult to get accomodation as everyone from last year seem's to re-book for the next year, and then some pull out a month before the race.
                I have found one place who has the Yamaha Superbike Team stay with them, and he's told me that they have halved their team, so there may be a openning there. Will just have to wait till after the Superbike round at the end of the month.
                Thanks again for all the advice and keep it coming.
                Cheer's Benno...
                Wounds Heal, Bones Mend, Chicks Dig Scars and Glory Lasts Forever...

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                • #9
                  Go for Turn 4, Champions Club. Well worth the money - full service of food and drinks, without any queues. Done this twice and it's awesome!
                  Don't bother having breakfast, you get morning tea at the track (Corporate), and you probably won't be needing dinner either, after completing lunch and afternoon tea! Huge amounts of food!

                  Call the local Travel Agents on Cowes - they have the listings of all houses for rent, but be aware they only rent them for a full week, not anything less. Still works out cheaper than a hotel room. Most won't be sure on vacancies until after Easter, but get your name down now, and give 'em a few calls to remind them.

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                  • #10
                    Hmmm now Im thinking of going, but I want corporate.......I wonder if it is too late

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                    • #11
                      I'm going this year again, family and friends just picked up our Siberia stand tickets

                      Who else is going?
                      Customer: Look, there's no other way to say this, but I didn't come in here to be insulted.
                      Bernard: Well, I didn't ask for the job of insulting you. In another life, we could have been brothers. Running a small, quirky taverna in Sicily. Maybe we would have married the local twins instead of wasting each other's time here in this dump. But it was not to be. So hopit.

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                      • #12
                        shame!!!corporate sold out-just wanna rossi sig, and pic and......

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                        • #13
                          I'm going, renting a 3Br house in Cowes 5 min from the main strip and have Champions club tickets, should be fun, we are riding over so the trip across will be part of the fun as well.
                          I found renting a house between a few guys much cheaper than hotel accomodation and you get to stay for a week so will be having day trips around the Dandenongs
                          There are two questions in life.
                          1:Which way do I go
                          2:Whats the lap record.

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