F1 » Coulthard’s Austin demo called off

Red Bull's hopes of bringing F1 to the city of Austin early are postponed for the time being.

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August 19, 2011 2:46 PM

A filming permit! Texas is supposed to be the can-do state sans govermint regulations
keeping it's heal on entrepreneurs neck at least wise according to Rick Perry. Has the liberal leftist professors and their duped students infiltrated city government! Zounds!

Jeff - Unregistered

August 19, 2011 3:26 PM

Despite the conservative reputation of Texas, Austin is VERY liberal. I wouldn't be surprised if someone in city government dragged their feet. The support from the citizens of this area is pretty slim, too.

Frank Wank - Unregistered

August 19, 2011 3:31 PM

What a JOKE!..

The lack of support for this race by locals/all levels of government is astounding. I am afraid this venue and race are doomed. No one has any excitement/passion or party atmosphere at all. What a bunch of slugs! Maybe Texas is a dumb place to put an F1 race track, but without support it doesn't stand a chance.

Should visit our race in Montreal if you want to see how to have a good time.

AussieinTX - Unregistered

August 19, 2011 4:33 PM

Moving here from a country that has an F1 event, I know how amazing it is to even just kick-back by the TV and watch your local race, let alone have the chance to attend something of this scale in your own city.

I hope this doesn't mean city officials aren't pushing for the race, this event would not only do amazing things for Austins economy in a time like this, but it's a chance to Austin off to the rest of the world in a way that it's not usually associated.

clarissa - Unregistered

August 19, 2011 5:19 PM

I'm so sick of everyone blaming the city. It was never going to be a full on street exhibition. Red bull only filed a film permit bc they were trying to film a private commercial. Then the local F1 fans, who are actually strong & vocal, rallied the troops toshow up. No one was prepared for that!

Todped - Unregistered

August 19, 2011 9:50 PM

Folks I talk to around here are jammed at the prospect of F1 but most don't have a clue of the scale of it much less of Moto GP or other events the circuit will draw. I'm confident you will see a Texas size party in 2012 just like you see during SXSW.

Congress is closed off routinely with marathon, parades and the like but I've not see the whole stretch closed for a private company. It's costly to close off 12 blocks or your main street and they may have not wanted to pay the bill. Who knows.

The Red Bull car WILL be on display at the Bullock State History Museum from noon to 3p on Saturday 8/20.

Come on down..

Trying-Yes-Very ! - Unregistered

August 19, 2011 10:03 PM

It might just be that RB were not sending their top star, SV, so the officials thought if they can't be bothered, then they also can't be bothered.

More than likely the dollars did not add up for both sides. Perhaps RB were hoping Austin would pay the bill and RB would get their add for free ?

Even it might be not enough parking slots next to the parade, or not enough doughnuts.

mattyk - Unregistered

August 19, 2011 10:03 PM

So......Here is the process. Permits are filed with the city, APD and in this case DPS (due to the event taking place around the Capitol Complex). The city says they have approved the permit, after some minor modifications. APD has approved the permit, according to the city. Now we are just waiting on DPS approval. The city staffer said there is still a chance this might happen tomorrow.

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