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13 October 2011 @ 08:31 pm
And THIS is why I love working in the city!  
Lunchtime today, RIGHT OUTSIDE MY OFFICE, Team Vodafone and Jamie Whincup did a pitstop. In the city. At lunchtime. And did you get that "right outside my office" bit? See the red St.George signs in the background when the car comes to a stop?

And in this still photo, if you panned just a fraction further to the right you'd see the frosted glass of my office window.

I knew I transferred for a good reason.

(edited because I found a better clip)
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
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miwahnimiwahni on October 13th, 2011 10:57 am (UTC)
Thanks - it really made my day. And it was so loud - the V8 blatt-blatt-blatt just echoed up and down the concrete canyon.
In between you seeing my post and me replying, I changed the youtube clip to one that better shows the bank where I work. You can see it in the "cover" of the clip that appears above now.
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- WHEEEE! (Pros)draycevixen on October 13th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)

I know you're a big fan so this must have been really exciting for you.

In the South, NASCAR is king -- actually it's hugely popular nationwide but they're more open about that love in the South where it started *g* -- but I never got in to it.
miwahni: V8 whincup leftmiwahni on October 13th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
It was a huge thrill!

The only NASCAR races I've seen on tv were held on oval circuits, which got a bit monotonous after a while. They had massive crowds there though so I can't deny it's popular.
Darrell Waltrip was in Australia recently, too - he came over to do the commentary for our Bathurst 1000 which was actually broadcast live in the States (at some ungodly time of your night last weekend).
Strike while the irony is hot: LOM -- Cortina I see you babydraycevixen on October 13th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)

Probably the oldest playground joke about NASCAR is that its drivers turn left for a living. *g*

It's huge enough that I know the names of several drivers even though I don't watch/follow it. The drivers are regularly featured in adverts and it's even used as a reference in politics here. During the last election, political pundits were making reference to NASCAR republicans.
miwahni: v8 murph3miwahni on October 13th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
Probably the oldest playground joke about NASCAR is that its drivers turn left for a living. *g*

Wouldn't it be fun to send them round in the opposite direction one day!
Newsynewsy891 on October 13th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
Best part of Waltrip's commentary wasn't actually commentary - it was the bit in pre-race coverage where he rode along on a hot lap with Jason Bright and had his face scared off. =D

(And the other American commentator kept talking about a driver named "Van Geese-berg." You know falcadore has been a powerful influence on me when I notice that and know it's wrong!)
miwahni: v8 murph3miwahni on October 13th, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
Yeah I saw a clip of Waltrip being frightened witless, it was quite funny! Over the years a number of "guests" from overseas have come to the mountain and undergone the same sheer fright; us Aussies just grin to ourselves quietly... it's like we're springing the greatest joke on them. "Hey, come and play on our favourite track, where the road climbs up a mountain and at one point you can't even see where the track goes - it just disappears in front of you!" Awesome fun for the uninitiated.

Van Geese-burg? Thanks for the hilarious mental image! And see? See? You'll be all aussie-fied before you ever get here.
sunray45: Bev B'day 2010sunray45 on October 14th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
You sounded a tad excited there yesterday. Heaven's only knows what would have happened if it was Craig driving the car. *bg*

Thank heavens I didn't see this headline in the paper today:

The madness starts down here very soon.

miwahni: V8 whincup leftmiwahni on October 14th, 2011 09:59 am (UTC)
Oh god your comment made me laugh so much I choked on my chardy!

You'll see this film clip (or similar) on channel 7 soon, it was filmed as an ad for the Gold Coast 600. And yes, I'd have hugged Craig. Dear lad that he is!
andrea: lom-gene got yaandreathelion on October 14th, 2011 10:48 am (UTC)
Now that just sounds like the perfect place for a pit stop :D
Bet you were more than excited! *g*
miwahni: V8 whincup leftmiwahni on October 14th, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)
You picked up on my excitement? I can't imagine how! *g*.
Yes, I was thrilled to bits over this. I've followed the V8s for years.