Doors opened at 4.30am and the venue was full of F1 fans by 4.45am who were greeted with an Aussie F1 atmosphere with flags, chequered table cloths and bunting, Red Bull Racing merchandise and the smell of a tasty full English breakfast being prepared. And of course, the big (4.5m!) screen was on with the all-important build up to the first race.
We got through more than 50 cartons of juice, a seemingly endless supply of coffee and by 5am, 100 F1 fans were enjoying a full unlimited English breakfast, with our big screen Twitter feed keeping them informed of what’s what and the pre-race developments as well as providing much banter (see the #BadgerBash hashtag on Twitter!)
To kick off the event, we gave away Lewis Hamilton – and he was won by big McLaren fan, perfect! – here he is ‘celebrating’ with Lewis. Following the build up, the room fell silent with anticipation while we watched cars line up on the grid, before much cheering and gesturing (face-palming from the Aussie and Webber fans) as the race got underway.
Thankfully, the 2013 Aussie GP was a cracker of a race and kept us entertained all morning with many different leaders and overtaking. Kimi was a popular winner and we all enjoyed his Champagne antics on the podium.
After the podium and post-race interviews, it was time for the “Badger’s Grand Prix Pub Quiz” which was well contested (you can have a go yourself here) with winners walking away with Red Bull Racing year books and photo prints. Big prizes were won in the seemingly endless GP raffle too. Following the frivolities, fans continued to enjoy the post-race atmosphere, socialise and some were even enjoying a pint of Guinness (it was barely 11am, but it was St Partricks day!).
We have to say a massive thank you to the following – Infiniti Red Bull Racing, who very generously gave all of our attendees a gift in the form of ‘My Other Car is an RB9’ bumper stickers and driver autograph cards – as well as an awesome raffle prize which included a Vettel and Webber signed cap.
Huge thanks to Paul Oz, the F1 artist who provided the prize of a framed print of his awesome Mark Webber portrait, Linear Edge were also brilliant with providing a track sculpture of Albert Park and the plush circuit coasters too. Fans also got to meet rising F1 photographer, @ShivyF1 and win some of his fantastic prints from pre-season testing as well as shots of the champions courtesy of OctanePhotos. Two lucky folks won signed team shirts from Caterham F1 too. Our venue, the Roxy Bar and Screen and the staff were superb, managing to provide endless breakfasts to the fans and ensuring we all enjoyed our favourite sport in the best way possible this side of Melbourne.
Most of all, all of us at Badger GP would like to thank the brilliant F1 fans who made the effort to get to central London for a silly hour on a Sunday and make the event so much fun for everyone – well done!
Our camera man in his authentic Aussie headwear caught the event in photographs, have gander through these and find yourself! In case you’re wondering, we had a real life Aussie bogun presenting the prizes – a great effort from Badger’s own Nicko Beano.
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