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Sg_creative
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Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:37 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just heard, from my friend, that they are sold out. Has anyone else heard this? That is excellent news... especially since it's the first one. Starting out with a bang!
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Formerspringgardener
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Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:58 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

According to the website, only VIP type seating is available on race day.

The prelim day's have tickets.
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Single_malt
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Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 1:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just logged on and attempted to buy tickets, I did everything but click purchase. This indicates to me that there are tickets still available. But who knows, if I would have clicked "purchase" it may have told me sold out.
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Urbanoutdoors
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Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 1:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have been trying to buy tickets the past 2 days and it always tells me my card is declined when my card has plenty of money available so maybe it is sold out. Or maybe you cannot purchase with a debit card...
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Aiw
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Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 2:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's what I heard too. Detroit is sold out, still a few left on the Windsor side.

I just bought mine this AM, and it didn't look to me like paying with a debit card was an option.
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Spacemonkey
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Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 3:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I bought two tickets to see Stevie Wonder at DTE Energy Music Theater today, so I'll have to miss the air race due to lack of funds.
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Urbanoutdoors
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Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

so I bought tickets for day 1 but I don't get it... No chairs, is it standing room only? Only watched on TV once anyone know?
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Tiorted
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 12:16 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here is the info from the site:
https://redbullairrace.showare .ch/Upload/Image/Event/Detroit %20Area%20Map.JPG

quote:

Spectators will have the opportunity to experience the Detroit Red Bull Air Race in one of the four ticketing zones located on the Detroit side of the river. Food and beverage concessions will also be available on-site.
The 4 ticketing zones located on the Detroit side of the river will be:
- Zone 1: Located on the river side of Cobo Hall at the west end of the race track. Plenty of parking available at Cobo Hall and the Joe Louis Arena.
- Zone 2: Located at Hart Plaza close to the center of the race track with slighly elevated grass areas and great views of the course.
- Zone 3: Located around the GM Promenade with great views of the course and near our Race Headquarters - interactive exhibition. Ideal to take the People Mover to the GM Plaza stop.
- Zone 4: Located at Rivard Plaza where you can see the start and finish of the race.

Tickets are available for:
- Saturday, May 31st - Qualifying Day
- Sunday, June 1st - Race Day
- 2-day (Saturday & Sunday)

Ticket Prices:
- Qualifying Day (Saturday, May 31st): $ 15
- Race Day (Sunday, June 1st): $ 25
- 2-day: $ 30

Tickets will also be available to purchase on Friday, May 30th and during both race days at the Box Offices, located at the gates of the spectator areas.

Prices for Box Office sales will be:
- Qualifying Day (Saturday, May 31st): $ 20
- Race Day (Sunday, June 1st): $ 30
- 2-day: $ 35

All prices in USD.
$ 5 discount for reduced price category (Children 6 - 15 years old and Military Personnel).
Children up to 5 years old will be admitted for free if accompanied by an adult.
Above prices do not include delivery, order handling and transaction fees.

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Timeless
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 12:51 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We spoke with someone from the group 'Detroit Air Racing' today and they suggested seats on the Windsor side.

Contact info at...
http://www.313rd.com/vie/red-b ull-air-race
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Aiw
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 8:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Ticket Prices:
- Qualifying Day (Saturday, May 31st): $ 15
- Race Day (Sunday, June 1st): $ 25
- 2-day: $ 30



Heh. I bought 2 day tickets yesterday and it only cost me $25.00 Canadian.

How times have changed.
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Detroitpetanque
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 9:20 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Golly, if the tickets are sold out, does this mean I can't keep my eyes open if I stand alongside any of the 3-4 miles of the Detroit River because I had hoped to bring a lawnchair and a cooler and watch it for free...

Aww shucks...
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Kingofdetroit
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 9:58 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Aren't there a million places to see this without paying. Belle Isle? Parking structures? Regular Hart Plaza? Jefferson?
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Tiorted
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 10:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

is Hart Plaza going to be closed off and accessible only by ticket holders?

I don't remember hearing city council approving this

what about the rest of the river walk? is it going to be closed also?
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Detroitpetanque
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 11:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think the jet planes are coated with a special paint that only VIP ticket holders will be able to see with specially lensed "glasses"

We will be able to hear to engine roars for free however.
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Funaho
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 4:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Urbanoutdoors,

I've heard some people had trouble ordering because the charges actually come from overseas, and many banks will block overseas transactions by default unless you call them and let them know what you're doing. Not a bad policy really, though it seems they don't tell people about it until after they run up against it.

You can definitely use a debit card though. My debit card went right through when I ordered my tickets about a month ago.
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French777
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Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 4:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Time out

Couldn't you have a picnic lunch on Belle Isle and watch the races?

The plans are like over 300 ft in the air
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Raptor56
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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 7:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We decided to have my buddy's bachelor party downtown for air race saturday. Is there a decent bar along the riverfront with a roof deck or outdoor seating that has a view of the course?there's probably only going to be around 10 of us, but we'd much rather sit, relax, and drink draft beer, than stand like sardines in the public viewing area drinking $7 bottles of beer. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I've got the post race bar crawl all figured out, but could really use some tips on a race viewing joint.
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401don
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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 8:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Raptor,
Here's my suggested itinerary:
The best free viewing will be in Windsor along Riverside Ave. which is nicely elevated. I suggest hitting the strip clubs followed by "The Beer Store" as we now call it. Watch races and drink Blue until you're approached by Windsor's finest. Play "dumb American" (i.e. you're from over there and didn't know it was illegal to drink in the park) politely accept ticket, toss in dumpster, and return to the D for barhopping.
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Downriviera
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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 8:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

401don,

I'm with ya, just add in a stop at Havana Heaven cigar shop for a Monte Cristo #2.
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Raptor56
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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 9:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

ok... a couple of the guys are vetoing the whole over the border trip. Any ideas State side? I appreciate all the input so far.
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Ndavies
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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 9:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Since this event has never occurred before we can only take a wild ass guess as to the places that would have views. For free and BYOB start with the west end of Belle isle, Mt. Elliot park or the riverwalk behind GM UAW education center. There are the patios at the Omni Hotel, the rattlesnake, andrews, and is Karras brothers still open? I don't know if the state park will be in or out of the ticketed area. The race map is a little vague.

Downtown you could try the motor cafe, Andiamos or Seldom blues in the ren Cen. You may also get views from the Rivers edge grill, Captains or even Toms Oyster bar. If you know someone who lives in the Riverfront towers that would be an ideal spot. There is also the ancient riverwalk behind the old newspaper printing plant site.
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Urbanoutdoors
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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 10:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My sources tell me that that this is a great marketing scheme that they will release more tickets in about a week to increase the hype around the race. So we will have to see if that holds true.
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Goat
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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 1:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

401Don, you can just stay on your side of the water and do the same. We don't need more louts such as you on this side.

For those too cheap to buy tickets is it any wonder places like Detroit/Windsor are never looked at for events such as this?
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401don
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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 1:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was actually kidding about the drinking Blue in the park part Goat. In case you can't tell from the name, 401 is for Hwy 401. I live on your side, just 180 km east. Now take a pill (which does not mean I'm suggesting illicit drug use).
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Bigb23
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Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Any online links for me to park and ride the bus in from Pontiac to Belle Isle/Downtown for the races?
I would like to have a few pops while there, and have a ride back, close to home.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 10:52 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As I will be gone on my honeymoon, I fully expect to come back and see many many many pictures posted here of this air race. :-)
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Downriviera
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Johnlodge,

Congrats, all the best to you and yours.
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Django
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 4:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Congrats JL, where are you heading for the honeymoon.
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Pgn421
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 8:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

whats the name of the park next to Ceasars Casino in Windsor?
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Aiw
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 11:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Ticket Zone 5"
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Urbanoutdoors
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 2:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The red bull planes are flying over city airport right now!
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Curly98
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 2:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thunder in the skies, so pumped now for the races, these things hall ass!
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Docmo
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 2:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We saw nine planes flying in formation over Dearborn/SW Detroit yesterday afternoon. Assumed they must be the Red Bull Planes.

Anyone have a prediction on how long it will take to get across the tunnel on Sunday? We'll be heading from downtown to Windsor for the race.
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The_rock
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 2:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And speaking of Thunder in the skies, The 10th Annual "Thunder Over Michigan," hosted by the Yankee Air Museum, takes off on August 9th and 10th at Willow Run Airport, this year saluting the P-47 Thunderbolt, and also featuring 4 B-17's, Two B-24s, and the Avro Lancaster. The Lanc, by itself, is worth the price of admission. Be There!!
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Gianni
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I've been trying to scope out where to watch for free and I've got a feeling it won't be easy. The river walk security guards confirm that most of the river walk will be closed, although they don't know exactly which portions. Same with DPD reserves, Homeland Security, and Ren Cen security I talked to at the Ren Cen plaza on Monday morning. One of them said that the planes fly low near the water so there might not be good viewing except from up close on the water. I've no idea about that.

I can't imagine that all of Hart Plaza will be closed off. But looks like the ideal spot (the elevated area behind the Pyramid Stage (perhaps not coincidentally where the Red Bull stage was at Movement) is a ticketed area.

One possibility may be the gravel lot just east of Rivard Plaza. The site of future riverfront condos but the fence has been breached for a long time now and people have been driving up to the river, fishing and barbecuing there for the past several months, just like the old days. Of course I would not be surprised if they have security and it's closed for this event. That's happenned with the Freedom Festival fireworks.

Another possibility is the State Park on Atwater or even better the big hill just west of it. And maybe the old riverwalk west of Riverfront Apts where the Free Press Plant used to be. I think anything further, like Belle Isle or the Riverwalk portion near Rattlesnake Club will be too far away to have a decent view.

(Message edited by Gianni on May 27, 2008)
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Downriviera
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Agreed. I was scoping it out today. I think some of the hydro plane boats get more air than these planes. They will be flying really low, so it may be tough to find a decent free spot, but I'm sure there will be some.
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Docmo
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 7:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

$20 Canadian tickets still available in Windsor. Helluva backdrop with the Detroit skyline.
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Lowell
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^That's where I'll be, on the southside takin' in the backdrop. Who knows maybe I'll run into AIW and the Goat?
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Cub
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 9:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Has anyone seen the setup at the City Airport? It looks futuristic.
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Elsuperbob
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I'm thinking Windsor would be the better spot because of Riverside's elevation over the water. Plus in Windsor the sun will be at your back.

Docmo, the planes you saw Monday were the T6s over the Memorial Day Parade in Dearborn. There were 10 of them, a B25, a DC3 and 2 F16s.









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Docmo
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Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 10:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Elsuperbob,

Thanks. That's what we saw.
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7051
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http://www.redbullairrace.com/ img/areamap/detroit/area_map_d etroit.jpg

This map places the River princess at the start and finish of the race. The boat is to be docked between Chene park and Belle Isle according to their web site.

http://www.detroitprincess.com /cruiseinfo.php?date=2008-6-1& cid=15247

This viewing location would be better if it featured the midpoint of the race with its multiple turns. Looking straight at the planes or even a 45 degree angle at the start/finish doesn't seem to be that great? Actually, pretty poor. Any thoughts???
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Alley
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Posted on Friday, May 30, 2008 - 12:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

where's the best spot to watch them practice today?
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Tonyt
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So everyone thinks the race is sold out but you can watch it for cheaper on the Canada side of the river.

It's only $20CAD with a $3 or so bridge fare. You can also get cheaper gas at the duty free on your way.

A win win situation!
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Otter
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Posted on Friday, May 30, 2008 - 6:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I rode downtown to watch some practice from the riverwalk in front of the Winter Garden and it was oodles of fun. Everything with an IC engine that goes fast and is loud makes me giddy - it's just as much fun now as it was when I was 3! :-)
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Stromberg2
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Posted on Friday, May 30, 2008 - 8:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wonder what kind of view it would be from the top of Cobo garage?

Stromberg2
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Urbanoutdoors
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well that sucked the wind canceled todays races.
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Tetsua
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Certainly did indeed suck, are they gonna do Sunday's events on Monday now?
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Nainrouge
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It very much sucked. I had a great seat in the RenCen looking out on the river. I won't be able to go tomorrow.
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Urbanoutdoors
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Yeah I only had seats for today I may try to watch from the state park tomorrow, we will see.
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Jams
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quote:


31.05.2008
DETROIT: QUALIFYING STATEMENT
Due to bad weather conditions, windgusts exceeding 34 knots / 39 miles per hour, race planes were unable to fly in the race track. Therefore Qualifying was cancelled. For refund information check redbullairrace.com later tonight or call the consumer hotline at 877-673-9444. Tomorrow's race will be on.



http://www.redbullairrace.com/ news.php?id=338

We were SLAMMED after the cancellation, and I'll assume other bars and restaurants were as well, so at least, money was spent in the CBD, despite the disappointment.
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Raptor56
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Spent $20 to see the race from the top of Miller PArking garage. great seats. BIIIIGGGG bummer when it got canceled. Ended up spending the remainder of teh afternoon bar hopping and enjoying a stellar Detroiter burger.

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