INDY 500 - NASCAR DOVER DOWNS - F1 CANADIAN GP
MC2 NORTH AMERICA MOTOR RACING TOUR With Bob McMurray and Michael Clark A once in a lifetime ‘bucket list’ tour for the motor racing enthusiast. This uniquely created opportunity to travel to some of North America’s most prestigious motor racing events on the world stage was the brain child of two motor racing personalities, Bob McMurray and Michael Clark. Michael and Bob (together known as MC2 on the speaking circuit), will be leading this tour and adding true value and insight to an already exciting itinerary to make even the most ardent motor enthusiast’s mouth water.
22nd May - 11th June, 2013
ITINERARY Thursday 23 May Arrive at Indianapolis and transfer from the airport to the hotel for our five night stay. Friday 24 May Arrange credentials for the Indy 500 and optional visit to Gasoline alley. Remainder of the day is free time. Saturday 25 May Following breakfast, early morning transfer via shared motor coach to the Speedway to visit Gasoline Alley and take a seat at the start/finish line for the Indy 500 driver introductions. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, or take in the Indy 500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis. At 5:00 pm, enjoy a race preview party hosted by former Indy car driver Derek Daly. After join Bob and Michael to talk over the days racing action. Sunday 26 May Following breakfast, coach transfer with police escort guarantees a quick trip to the Speedway, home of the legendary Indy 500. Head to your grandstand seat for all the pre-race entertainment. Join Bob and Michael after the race to discuss the days racing action. Monday 27 May After breakfast transfer to speedway for full day museum visit (or half day and half day shopping), if no re-run of the Indy 500 due to rainout from Sunday – return early evening. Tuesday, May 28 This morning, board your deluxe motor coach and depart for Niagara Falls, Ontario. Arrive in the late afternoon to the thunderous sounds of the mighty falls as we arrive at Niagara! Check into the Marriott Gateway on the Falls hotel for an exhilarating two night stay. Wednesday, May 29 This morning will be a fun filled day around Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake. We will enjoy a cruise aboard the ‘Maid of the Mist’ to fully experience the rush of the water all around us as we explore the roar of the Falls. We then take to the skies for a thrilling helicopter ride with awe inspiring views. In the afternoon, we will head to the beautiful Niagara-on-the-lake region and visit one of the renowned Vineyards for a tasting and some free time in the village of Niagara on the Lake before returning to our hotel. Thursday, May 30 This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and free time to take in more of the spectacular falls before we bid farewell and depart for Philadelphia. En route, we’ll make a stop at Watkins Glen International. Arrive at our Philadelphia hotel late afternoon/early evening for a 3 night stay. Friday 31 May - Sunday 2 June Breakfast daily and transfers to Dover Downs Speedway for 2-3 days of racing action. Monday, June 3 This morning, our motor coach will pick us up at our Philadelphia hotel and we’ll depart for Lake Placid, NY. Afternoon arrival at Lake Placid, nestled in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains and home to the 1980 Winter Olympics. Check into the Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club for a relaxing two night stay. Relax and enjoy all of the wonderful amenities the resort has to offer.
ITINERARY CONTINUED Tuesday, June 4 This morning, we’ll meet our local guide for a tour of the beautiful Lake Placid area and a visit to the Olympic Jumping complex. Here you'll see up close, the ramp that ski jumpers launch from before flying over the length of a football field. Take the glass enclosed elevator to the observation deck of the K-120 meter jump. At the top you will find a panoramic view of the Adirondack High Peaks as you stroll through the ski jumpers preparation room. The remainder of the day is ours to explore the village, relax at the resort, enjoy the spa or play a round of golf! Wednesday, June 5 This morning we depart by motor coach for Montreal where our local guide will meet us for a tour of this cosmopolitan city. Highlights of the tour include Old Montreal, visit to Notre Dame Basilica, Mount Royal with a visit to St. Joseph's Oratory. Later, we’ll arrive to our Montreal Hotel for a five night stay. Thursday 6 June Following breakfast we will take the Metro to the track for an open house pit walk, then catch up with Bob and Michael and get some inside racing information Friday 7 June After breakfast we return to the track for practice day. At the end of the racing join Bob and Michael to talk over the days racing action Saturday 8 June Following breakfast we take the metro to the track for qualifying followed by an evening race preview party with the race commentator Sunday 9 June Breakfast – and return to the tack for Race Day Action! Following the race you will be able to catch up with Bob and Michael to go over all the days racing action. Monday 10 June A free day in Montreal. Tuesday 11 June Following breakfast we will transfer to Montreal airport for our trip home.
MEET YOUR TOUR LEADERS
BOB MCMURRAY “I have spent a lifetime in Formula 1 and now motor sport, in almost all it’s varied forms, is still a major part of my life. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to watch it and talk about it and a tour of this type, taking in three of the world’s most watched and popular, yet totally different, disciplines is a dream come true. It will be an added pleasure to be with people with whom I may be able to share my own knowledge and enthusiasm.”
Bob McMurray has had a long relationship with motor sport - especially Formula 1. He spent over 30 years with McLaren International and 7 years as a commentator on TVNZ ONE Sport and Radio Sport where he is currently cohost of the 'On Track - Off Track' weekly radio show. He is also a trustee of the Motor sport New Zealand Scholarship Trust, a committee member of the Bruce McLaren Trust, ambassador for the Toyota Racing Series and director of two sports marketing companies. In 2006 Bob was awarded the 'Motor Sport New Zealand Personality of the Year Award' and in 2007, the 'Motor Trades Association Award for Contribution to Industry'. He has also authored a successful book about life in Formula 1. He is a multiple visitor to the Indianapolis 500 and various Indy Car and NASCAR events both in a professional capacity and also as a plain old fan.
MICHAEL CLARK “In 1994 I was approached by a specialist sporting tours operator to ‘escort’ a tour to Adelaide. Some of the people I met on that, and subsequent tours I ‘led’, have remained friends – sure the initial connection was motor racing but we’re not only one dimensional and often you find other shared interests.
Often, when they jointly MC motor racing events, Bob McMurray will introduce Michael Clark as ‘the walking Formula 1 encyclopaedia’. It is not a term that Michael covets but he will admit to reluctantly storing an excessive array of trivial facts relating to motor racing – and Formula 1 in particular. In the mid 1980s he started as a weekly contributor to Radio Pacific’s ‘Sportsline’. A decade later he had his own hour long weekly radio show dedicated to motor racing – by then Michael was also contributing monthly columns to magazines in New Zealand and since 2002 he has penned ‘Motorsport Flashback’ in New Zealand Classic Car. He assisted his good friend Eoin Young with ‘Forza Amon’ and ‘Memories of the Bear’ and more recently has penned the books produced in conjunction with the New Zealand Motor Racing Festivals on Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. He has also completed a book on Denny Hulme in conjunction with the 2013 Festival. In addition to numerous Formula 1 GPs, Michael has attended a wide range of events overseas including Goodwood Revivals, Bathurst, Phillip Island Classics, the 40th anniversary of Can-Am at Elkhart Lake – and even a round of the British Hillclimb championship at Doune.
ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS BY BOB McMURRAY “It has taken a long time for us to develop this tour and we are proud of it in that we believe it really will be the tour of a lifetime taking in three of the biggest motor sporting events in North America at that time, as well as visiting truly world famous places like Niagara Falls and Lake Placid.
Anyone who has never been to the Indy 500 will never understand the incredible atmosphere that the event generates. Anybody who has been there will understand that atmosphere perfectly and want to go back.
It is the world’s largest one day sporting event in terms of spectators and takes place in the world’s largest sporting stadium - bar none. Scott Dixon made history by becoming the first Kiwi to win the event in 2008 and from 2006 to 2012 he has never been out of the top six finishers - there is no reason to believe that 2013 will be any different.
After Indy we travel to Niagara Falls, truly a world wonder. I have been fortunate to visit the Falls once or twice and the experience of being on a boat and motoring right up to the very edge of the cascading water is at once exhilarating and awe inspiring.
From there we go back down and across the country to Dover, Delaware for that most American of motor sports, NASCAR, at the ‘Monster Mile’. Always a place to guarantee incident and accident at speeds of more than 300kph with some 40 plus cars racing around the one mile oval.
Every seat in the house gets a great view and I think the ones we have chosen are the best. They certainly looked it on my last visit there.
We then journey northwards to Lake Placid nestled in the beautiful Adirondack region of upstate New York and after a stay of two nights, and a couple of local visits, we go on into Canada en route to Montreal - one of my favorite cities, and most certainly favorite Formula 1 Grands Prix.
The city itself is a unique blend of old and new, French and Canadian. The language of the locals is a very old form of French, much the same as if we were speaking English as it was in Shakespeare’s days. Many French simply cannot actually understand the nuances of the language and prefer to speak in English.
The old town on the hill has classic architecture but the city has a subway system that takes spectators straight to the Formula 1 track, the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, situated just a twenty-five minute ride from downtown. The Formula 1 race itself has never been without drama and incident and is usually one of the most exciting races to be held each year.”
After each day at the track it is back to the nightlife in the city which, I can assure you, is second to none with the best and most diverse restaurants that can be found anywhere in the world - the bars and clubs are pretty good as well!
So, both Michael and I hope you can join us in what will surely be the trip of a lifetime. Regards
Indianapolis 500 NASCAR at Dover Downs International Speedway Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal Deluxe coach touring Nineteen night’s superior hotel accommodations Meals as specified in the itinerary Niagara Falls Helicopter tour Maid of the Mist Cruise Vineyard visit and tasting Guided tour of Lake Placid Montreal City Tour All resort taxes, fees and gratuities
Tour Options The full tour outlined as per the itinerary is also available to those with less time to spare or perhaps with a specific interest in the Indy 500. We have included the Indy 500 tour option which is part of the full tour, but able to be purchased on its own.
18 NIGHT FULL TOUR Featuring: Indy 500 NASCAR Dover Downs F1 Canadian Grand Prix Full Tour Including Airfares
5 NIGHT INDY 500 TOUR Featuring: Indy 500
per person Share Twin $14,950.00
per person Share Twin $5,450.00
Land Only Tour - Excluding Airfares
Land Only Tour - Excluding Airfares
per person Share Twin $11,950.00
per person Share Twin $2,950.00
Full Tour Including Airfares
Booking Terms and Conditions Tour departure is subject to minimum numbers and maximum numbers. Prices are in NZ Dollars and are subject to change Tours including airfares EXCLUDE airline taxes which will be applicable at time of ticketing. Deposit of $5,000.00 on full tour (Deposit of $2,500.00 per person on Indy 500 tour )will be required within 10 days of receiving booking confirmation. A second payment of $3,500.00 per person on Full Tour ($2,500.00 per person for Indy 500 only tour) will be required by Tuesday 15th January, 2013. Full Balance of payment for both tours will be required on or before Wednesday 20th February, 2013. Event Travel Office highly recommends travel insurance. For further information on Travel Insurance please visit www.eventtraveloffice.co.nz
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