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#1 gerry nassar

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 11:23

Hey everyone,

Its Melbourne GP time again and there are quite a few Atlas members (from all over the world) who will be in Melbourne for the big race.

Therefore, Mat and I were chatting today and have decided to try and get as many Atlas members together for a Meet and Greet (which we couldnt do last year).

Location and Time:

Metropol Bar
60 Fitzroy St, St Kilda 3182 VIC,
(03) 9534 5999 (or +61 3 9534 5999)
http://www.metropolbar.com.au/


Friday 4th March - 6pm.

Please note that Mat and I will be at the Metropol for most of the night - so if you are not there by 6pm - fear not as we can still be found there - though dont blame us if we are slurring and barely able to walk ;)

I'll be contacting each of those that have signed in via PM to give you mine and Mat's phone numbers.

I'll keep a running list of who can make it:

gerry nassar
Mat
Asterix
armchair expert
SchuOz
Full Monty
DaveofOz
A wheel Nut
Clipper
Sith
275 GTB-4
Knightrider
Patrick Fletcher
Sean Valen
pilla
dworsham
f1fan2

Edit - UPDATE : Please also see Mat's post below for the map

Remember it wont be too late to sign in until friday. Even if you havnt signed in and want to join in - please feel free to drop in :up:


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#2 armchair expert

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 11:28

I'm in, happy with Friday night.
Arriving Melbourne (ex-Sydney) Thursday afternoon, staying in Prahran. Looking forward to it :up:

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 11:38

Flying in from Sydney Friday morning, staying in an apartment on St.Kilda Rd.
Have tickets in the Waite Stand.
Would be cool to meet up.
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 13:28

Look forward to seeing all the Atlas'ers!

Metrapol has a nice open area to sit down and drink, and have a meal as well. It should be good. Its on the outskirts of the circuit, so its close. :up:

#5 pRy

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 19:05

I miss Melbourne :(

#6 gerry nassar

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 22:04

Great to see already a few names signed in! Should be a great night. :up:

pRy - get a ticket and get yourself back here! :smoking:

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 22:12

First time I'm missing Melbourne GP since the very first year. Its going to suck, but you get that sometimes. I'll just have to psych myself up for a big 2006 GP. Have fun at the GP fellow Atlasarians.

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 22:24

I'd love to catch up with the Melbourne (CDT) crew, its been a while!

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 00:13

I'll update the details in the next day or two. Anyone who wont have access to Atlas a week or so in advance of the GP - please PM me or Mat.

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 06:51

I wonder if any Grandstand tickets are still available. :lol:

I don't much like the idea of going GA again. :

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 06:59

I'll be there. Coming down from Brissie for the weekend. Still haven't organised any accom. yet... so... if anyone knows of anything that's available it would be most appreciated :)

#12 gerry nassar

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 09:37

Originally posted by Daveofoz
I'll be there. Coming down from Brissie for the weekend. Still haven't organised any accom. yet... so... if anyone knows of anything that's available it would be most appreciated :)


You'll have to hurry - almost nothing left and very $$$

Check here:

http://www.wotif.com...ntry=1&region=8

Good luck :up:

#13 asterix

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 10:42

melbourne is cheap to get around .... stay further out if you need cheap accomm ....

trams are cheap and easy as!

fitzroy street on friday night is mandatory :)

#14 gerry nassar

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 22:38

At this stage we are looking at 5pm or 6pm at Metrapol in Fitzroy St, St Kilda - directions, maps and confirmed time to follow.

#15 SeanValen

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 22:41

I'm seriously tempted to go, but I never foresaw myself going earlier, and very late to plan now, but next year Gerry, I'm in.

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 23:24

Originally posted by asterix
melbourne is cheap to get around .... stay further out if you need cheap accomm ....

trams are cheap and easy as!

fitzroy street on friday night is mandatory :)


Trams are free for the grand prix at least the shuttles to the track are. But you can put on a broken english euro accent and say you thought all of the public transport was free on the grand prix weekend when inspectors pull you up for a ticket :up:

#17 gerry nassar

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 02:08

Originally posted by SeanValen
I'm seriously tempted to go, but I never foresaw myself going earlier, and very late to plan now, but next year Gerry, I'm in.


Ideally it would have been great for you to come to OZ this year. Next year :up: unless you can sneak in last moment :smoking:

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 08:05

Hmmmmm Officials might not get out of the track to 1800....if I feel OK on Friday night after early starts etc I might pop in ....just for the FREE BEER

Who said FREE BEER!!?? :clap: :wave: :rotfl:

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 14:36

Didn't I read somewhere that all Corner Workers and Scrutineers get FREE BEER....

yeah,..that's the ticket

(As part of the new rules package...ya know,..to spice up the show :drunk: )

Jp

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 17:36

i am definatly in!!!!!
only cvoz of free drink :rotfl: .
But on a serious not i will see you there

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 21:38

Originally posted by 275 GTB-4
Hmmmmm Officials might not get out of the track to 1800....if I feel OK on Friday night after early starts etc I might pop in ....just for the FREE BEER

Who said FREE BEER!!?? :clap: :wave: :rotfl:



Those who mention free beer are the ones doing the shouting!

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#22 Pilla

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 22:43

I dont know, do they sell decent beers in this bar or will I have to drink the local variety?

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 00:25

like last year I am arriving from Sydney the morning of the race, jumping in a cab and going straight in, but staying through for 4 days... sucks I know and wish it was the other way around.

Is there anything going after the race?


Last year I took a free bus down to Crowne Casino and saw some crew playing and drinking...

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 10:25

Originally posted by Pilla
I dont know, do they sell decent beers in this bar or will I have to drink the local variety?

Only Speights drinkers would complain - all beer in OZ is good - count me in for at least the first hour.

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 14:00

Originally posted by Pilla
I dont know, do they sell decent beers in this bar or will I have to drink the local variety?


Yes, we sell decent beer, and its australian too! (Try a James Boags'!)

And yes, they have imports as well. ;)

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 00:56

I'm working hard on getting to Melbourne, if I make it, I expect special celebrations, I spend a year thinking and planning silverstone 2005, still going there, and now, out of nowhere, I'm working around the clock trying to get to melbourne, until I'm there it's all smoke and mirrors, but if I make it, giving my fears on being on planes and stuff, leaving cold wet, dreary London at the moment away, to the promise land, the spiritual awakening of Melbourne, if I make it. I wanna buy a parachute for a plane ride, if god wanted men to fly, he would of gave them wings, I'm scared lol.



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Posted 25 February 2005 - 02:26

Sean, just do it!

Think of it as a big bus ride with smaller windows and much cuter conductors (they can be really, really nice to you if you tell 'em you're afraid of flying). If you don't do it, it's something you'll always regret and you'll enjoy Melbourne, despite it being full of Victorians.;)

Besides if God hadn't wanted us to fly he wouldn't have invented aerodynamics.

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 03:31

Originally posted by Option1
Sean, just do it!

Think of it as a big bus ride with smaller windows and much cuter conductors (they can be really, really nice to you if you tell 'em you're afraid of flying). If you don't do it, it's something you'll always regret and you'll enjoy Melbourne, despite it being full of Victorians.;)

Besides if God hadn't wanted us to fly he wouldn't have invented aerodynamics.

Neil


Thanks for the advice.
Tomorrow is crunch time, just finding the cheapest and best deal, got two websites I'm eyeing. Currently 3:3Oam, spent ages, looking for deals, now I'm close, gonna get some rest, and tomorrow make the important payments, it's all scary to me until I'm in Melbourne lol, the airport, making sure the ticket is there, and right, boarding the plane, no NO, don't think the final desintination film and the plane blowing up, that scene scares the living daylights out of me. But I guess, cars on roads have more accidents, so maybe I'm lucky to have avoided car crashes.
I've been on planes before, last time Florida in 1999, still weird to me. I'll see what happens tomorrow, if there's availability to good deals, then destiny demands I go.

This feels like 24, every hour of action, every second counts.

But Melbourne sounds great, the warm weather out there, formula one, atlas people, this could be something, and I've hyped it up too much, so going over the line of no return, no way out.

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 04:35


I miss melbourne.... but i'm working in Malaysia now...travelling all over the world....but, i just couldn't be in Melbourne this time around.....cryyyyyy...... :cry:

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 09:18

Originally posted by SeanValen


Thanks for the advice.
Tomorrow is crunch time, just finding the cheapest and best deal, got two websites I'm eyeing. Currently 3:3Oam, spent ages, looking for deals, now I'm close, gonna get some rest, and tomorrow make the important payments, it's all scary to me until I'm in Melbourne lol, the airport, making sure the ticket is there, and right, boarding the plane, no NO, don't think the final desintination film and the plane blowing up, that scene scares the living daylights out of me. But I guess, cars on roads have more accidents, so maybe I'm lucky to have avoided car crashes.
I've been on planes before, last time Florida in 1999, still weird to me. I'll see what happens tomorrow, if there's availability to good deals, then destiny demands I go.

This feels like 24, every hour of action, every second counts.

But Melbourne sounds great, the warm weather out there, formula one, atlas people, this could be something, and I've hyped it up too much, so going over the line of no return, no way out.


see you at Metrapol on friday night sean! :wave:

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 11:46

ok, spoke to Gerry, and we are confirming a meet up of 6pm at Metropol. Keep that in mind, its Metropol with an 'o', we had been spelling it with an 'a'. :blush: Kind of shows you what state im in when i normally go there!

Some info on the place:

Metropol Bar
60 Fitzroy St, St Kilda 3182 VIC,
(03) 9534 5999 (or +61 3 9534 5999)

http://www.metropolbar.com.au/


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Now, that green section of the map is the bottom part of the circuit. Canterbury Rd, which you can see on the map, runs parrallel to Gates 1 & 2 and the front straight of the circuit. It would be about a 5 minute walk from gate 1 and about the same from gate 10, which leads out onto fitzroy street. You could also take Tram 96 if you were coming from the northern gates (3, 4 & 5) which would take you right down Canterbury Rd.

Let me know via PM or on here if you need anything. We will be PM'ing you all soon with our mobile numbers just in case, so make sure you check them!

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 13:19

Cheers Mat! See you next week!

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 23:02

I'm packing and getting set to go, I made the final call, I'm going.


IT'S LIGHTS OUT AT ALBERT PARK, MICHAEL SCHUMACHER LINES UP A UNCOMPETITIVE 3RD, AIMING TO SHUTDOWN THE MCLARENS, RENAULTS GET A FLYER, WILLIAMS ON THE GRASS, WEBBER RECOVERS!!!!!!.

THE tension can be felt already, MS in the modified ferrari, is looking at a tough race, new cars of other teams, can't wait to see this live.





On Friday, be cool to arrange a kart race which I'm eyeing on a Monday maybe, if anyone else is up for that, indoor or out, not that I'm good, just haven't done it since I was 9




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Posted 26 February 2005 - 02:48

Originally posted by SeanValen
I'm packing and getting set to go, I made the final call, I'm going.


IT'S LIGHTS OUT AT ALBERT PARK, MICHAEL SCHUMACHER LINES UP A UNCOMPETITIVE 3RD, AIMING TO SHUTDOWN THE MCLARENS, RENAULTS GET A FLYER, WILLIAMS ON THE GRASS, WEBBER RECOVERS!!!!!!.

THE tension can be felt already, MS in the modified ferrari, is looking at a tough race, new cars of other teams, can't wait to see this live.

On Friday, be cool to arrange a kart race which I'm eyeing on a Monday maybe, if anyone else is up for that, indoor or out, not that I'm good, just haven't done it since I was 9



Safe flight Sean...check the other threads for advice on what to do etc...

and

http://www.bom.gov.au/index.shtml :cat:

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 03:11

awesome ---

I hope we are all this stoked come Brazil!

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 08:07

6pm is the ideal time. Be good to meet everyone.

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 15:24

updated

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 17:00

Sounds Great! My wife and I will try to make it.
Looking forward to some hot weather and cold beer. It's well below freezin here in Detroit and we've got more than 6 inches of snow. I just got my driveway plowed so I can go to the airport and catch the flight to Melbourne.

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Posted 26 February 2005 - 18:18

Originally posted by 275 GTB-4


Safe flight Sean...check the other threads for advice on what to do etc...

and

http://www.bom.gov.au/index.shtml :cat:



Thanks.



If everyone meets up at 6pm

What time are the bars open to? Remember here in UK, London, were not allowed to drink when it reaches 11am I think. Australia I presume is 24 hours, not that I'm gonna stay there that long, but it's nice to know just in the case. :smoking:

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 14:37

Originally posted by dworsham
awesome ---

I hope we are all this stoked come Brazil!


i doubt it! :p

Originally posted by F1Fan2
Sounds Great! My wife and I will try to make it.


Please do!

Originally posted by SeanValen
If everyone meets up at 6pm

What time are the bars open to? Remember here in UK, London, were not allowed to drink when it reaches 11am I think. Australia I presume is 24 hours, not that I'm gonna stay there that long, but it's nice to know just in the case. :smoking:


Metropol will be open to atleast 1am. I dont think it will be any later than that. But keep in mind, if you are still in a party mood, Fitzroy St is the perfect place to keep on raging. Among others, there is the Mink Bar which will be open to 3am i believe, and there is the night club section of the Prince of Wales hotel, which will be open until the sun rises. There is a heap of cool places on Fitzroy St, but honestly, only a couple that are open all night.

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 15:57

Originally posted by SeanValen
What time are the bars open to? Remember here in UK, London, were not allowed to drink when it reaches 11am I think. Australia I presume is 24 hours, not that I'm gonna stay there that long, but it's nice to know just in the case. :smoking:


Enjoy your trip Sean, give my best to Fisi. :smoking:

And when back, clean your PM inbox. :cool:

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 20:28

I know that it doesnt really belong here but does Melbourne have a prepaid WIFI internet service?

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 21:21

Originally posted by Ghostrider


Enjoy your trip Sean, give my best to Fisi. :smoking:

And when back, clean your PM inbox. :cool:

:up:

Thanks
inbox cleaned up, I haven't left yet, tomorrow evening.


Originally posted by Pilla
I know that it doesnt really belongs here but does Melbourne have a prepaid WIFI internet service?




WIFI not sure what that means.

Internet cafe? Or public phone that has sms capability?

I don't know, I think gerry nassar or Mat will know if they reply, or PM them

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 21:25

Have a helluva great time kids ! :smoking:

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 21:49

WI-FI is wireless networking so that I can sit in a cafe or in a park or something and do work/check emails, etc. There is nothing worse than a stuffy internet Cafe with sticky keyboards.

It seems that there is a choice between Azure and Boingo, they both seem to have a variety of hot spots around the city. Does anyone know which is better? If there are no differences then I might go with Azure.

#46 dworsham

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Posted 27 February 2005 - 21:58

I use azure in the hot spot in Collins place. fairly comfortable sitting and place to grab lunch a beer or a coffee.

#47 Mat

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Posted 28 February 2005 - 07:24

For WiFi, most coffee shops, etc in the CBD now have access. There's also a few places along the StKidla foreshore that offer it for patons while you have your beer or coffee.

Also, check out whitepages.com.au, they recently added capabiliy to search WiFi hot spots. Make sure you choose Victoria though.

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Posted 28 February 2005 - 09:48

Ah the Metropol. Last time I was there the line for the toilet was so long - its one toilet, at least I think it is :drunk: - that I ended up going out back, jumping the safety fence and urinating beside the tram track with my mate. He saw the tram coming. I didn't. But the commuters on the packed tram certainly saw me. :blush:

I should be able to make it but I might be playing indoor soccer so I might not be able to get there till lateish.

I dunno, I haven't kept up with whats hot in Melbourne, but I remember there being some fine women when I was there last. Hopefully we'll get some of this mid 30's weather for the weekend! :up:

#49 gerry nassar

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Posted 28 February 2005 - 11:20

Originally posted by A Wheel Nut
Ah the Metropol. Last time I was there the line for the toilet was so long - its one toilet, at least I think it is :drunk: - that I ended up going out back, jumping the safety fence and urinating beside the tram track with my mate. He saw the tram coming. I didn't. But the commuters on the packed tram certainly saw me. :blush:

I should be able to make it but I might be playing indoor soccer so I might not be able to get there till lateish.

I dunno, I haven't kept up with whats hot in Melbourne, but I remember there being some fine women when I was there last. Hopefully we'll get some of this mid 30's weather for the weekend! :up:


Yeah get their when you can - its not a problem - we should be there for a while.

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Posted 28 February 2005 - 14:30

Originally posted by A Wheel Nut
I dunno, I haven't kept up with whats hot in Melbourne, but I remember there being some fine women when I was there last.


Yes, its still like that. :cool: