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Razzle Dazzle

May 25, 2012

It is the second smallest country in the world.  A tiny principality on the French Riviera with a population no larger than 36 000 people.  It is a playground for the rich, a holiday destination for the famous and, once a year, host to the most prestigious and glamorous motor race in the world.  It is Monaco.

Nothing comes close to the glamour and culture that surrounds the Monaco Grand Prix.  The event brings the super-wealthy and mega-famous flocking to the coastal city-state, many of them arriving in their multi-million dollar mega-yachts.  These yachts fill the port for the weekend, billions of dollars floating in the small harbour in the shadow of the famous Monte Carlo Casino.  During the day the sound of racing engines fills the air and when the sun sets the sound of the parties replaces it.

Of all the races that make up the Formula 1 calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix is the one I would most like to experience.  It certainly isn’t the most exciting race; it hardly involves any overtaking as the cars wind their way through the narrow streets.  Every now and then a brave driver will attempt a pass that causes your heart to stop briefly, but those moments are few and far between.  The reason I want to go to Monaco over the race weekend is because I think it is the race that best embodies the spirit of Formula 1.  The sport is all about the glitz and the glamour.  The million dollar yachts and super cars, the champagne functions hosted by the sponsors and the maverick businessmen, actors and drivers.  That is what formula 1 is all about for me.  That is what Monaco is all about.

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