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F1 Packages: Reputable agents
09-05-2018, 08:26 PM
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F1 Packages: Reputable agents
Hi everyone

Several moving parts have aligned allowing my wife and I to attend the German GP this year.

I wanted to do the Sela Brokers client tour which I thought was great value (which includes Ferrari factory, Tubi Style factory, tour of various facilities around Italy etc) but couldn't make it happen timing wise.

The only place which has bothered to get back to me is f1grandprixtours.co.za

I don't just want to pay the going rate from this single place on one hand and I don't really know of anyone who has done what we want to do. Other travel agents haven't even bothered it seems. The reason I don't want to just book flights and buy tickets seperately is because the tour packages I've seen overseas often include extras like pit walkthroughs and guides, translators etc.

I need someone who can manage the entire travel 'story' end to end.

Any help or pointers appreciated!

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09-05-2018, 10:03 PM
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Ooooo I'm so jealous!
I can't comment on your query but have a great time and take pics for us poor sods.


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10-05-2018, 08:46 AM (This post was last modified: 10-05-2018 08:47 AM by r0ckf1re.)
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(09-05-2018 08:26 PM)TurboLlew Wrote:  Hi everyone

Several moving parts have aligned allowing my wife and I to attend the German GP this year.

I wanted to do the Sela Brokers client tour which I thought was great value (which includes Ferrari factory, Tubi Style factory, tour of various facilities around Italy etc) but couldn't make it happen timing wise.

The only place which has bothered to get back to me is f1grandprixtours.co.za

I don't just want to pay the going rate from this single place on one hand and I don't really know of anyone who has done what we want to do. Other travel agents haven't even bothered it seems. The reason I don't want to just book flights and buy tickets seperately is because the tour packages I've seen overseas often include extras like pit walkthroughs and guides, translators etc.

I need someone who can manage the entire travel 'story' end to end.

Any help or pointers appreciated!

Hey Llew, I am going for the F1 in Abu Dhabi. I got pricing from Pentravel and it was about 3 if not 4 times more than what it cost me.

As for the tickets, this is what it entails.

Super Thursday | Family Friday | Quali Saturday | Race Day Sunday
Pit Lane Walk | F1 | F2 | GP3 Practice, Qualifying & Race
General Admission Access to Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Concerts


I am not sure about the German F1 but perhaps there is something Similar.

I think the saving you would make is worth going about booking it yourself.
If you keen on finding out what a Travel Agent will cost, and what they have to offer, let me know and I can put you onto my Agent, she has arranged many of my trips. Send me a PM, ill put you in contact with her.

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10-05-2018, 09:12 AM
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The various host cities are really quite geared up to host the races and imo it should be relatively easy to buy your tickets and arrange your transport once at your destination. As mentioned the various local tour operators do add almost ludicrous mark ups on the prices.

Did the Malaysian gp a couple years back, took a taxi from the hotel to the circuit. Went to a ticket office at the track, various options on offer. Race over taxi back to hotel.

Had no issues apart from the almost 100% humidity index...

You do pay slight premiums due to the influx of visitors but if you keep your wits about you, should save you plenty.

Was anxious about "winging it" as opposed to the comfort of a pre booked tour but had zero issues and would not hesitate doing it again.

Hope you get sorted and enjoy the trip...Thumbs

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10-05-2018, 12:58 PM
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I used Edusport last year when I went for the Malaysian GP, which was the last one they would host. The pricing and the whole package was awesome. Give them a call for a quote.

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16-05-2018, 08:58 PM
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(10-05-2018 09:12 AM)WyKiD Wrote:  The various host cities are really quite geared up to host the races and imo it should be relatively easy to buy your tickets and arrange your transport once at your destination. As mentioned the various local tour operators do add almost ludicrous mark ups on the prices.

Did the Malaysian gp a couple years back, took a taxi from the hotel to the circuit. Went to a ticket office at the track, various options on offer. Race over taxi back to hotel.

Had no issues apart from the almost 100% humidity index...

You do pay slight premiums due to the influx of visitors but if you keep your wits about you, should save you plenty.

Was anxious about "winging it" as opposed to the comfort of a pre booked tour but had zero issues and would not hesitate doing it again.

Hope you get sorted and enjoy the trip...Thumbs

I did an exercise looking at EduSport, F1 Grand Prix Tours and Pentravel for my wife and I. Rennies who we use at work didn't quite understand my request for this. I wanted to do the 'ring as a passenger in a ring-taxi Huracan Performante or self-drive with instructor in a GT3 RS but nobody could facilitate this... will have to see what's possible when I'm there.

Anyway in summary, it ranged from +R7500 to (wait for it) +R32K like for like vs. doing it myself. If it was a 2K or 3K difference to have some extras and a guide, I might consider it, but the same hotel, flight numbers, limitations etc its not worth it IMHO.

I actually thought Pentravel made a mistake, but she did confirm she wasn't double-counting flights (still wouldn't account for R32K EXTRA). Kind of felt like Outsurance quoting me R10K/month on my car Biglol - that is a LOT of instructed laps of the Nurburgring in a GT3 RS Rofl Pentravel uses EduSport as a supplier as they have the lanyard and earplugs etc listed on the quote.

Looks like I will book myself

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18-05-2018, 02:40 PM
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I did Monaco in 2012 and Malaysia in 2015. We always booked tickets on our own and mad eour own arrangements....pretty certain this is much cheaper that those packages but never really checked. We usually use it as an opportunity to tour another neighbouring country as well so prefer to do our own arrangements...takes some time and planning but thats part of the fun. Must admit that my wife usually does all the arrangements and brilliant it finding the right option.

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21-05-2018, 09:38 AM
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You could contact 3VOM-Wp on the forum as he has arranged a couple of trips for the BMW Car Club Cape Town already .. Perhaps he could assist.

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07-08-2018, 09:22 PM (This post was last modified: 07-08-2018 09:24 PM by TurboLlew.)
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Meant to post this a couple of weeks ago but anyway here goes:

I did end up booking myself. Did end up doing the Ring Taxi thing and did end up thoroughly enjoying the F1 even though Vettel ended up in the barriers...

Hotels I used booking.com. Seamless experience. I booked the car through pentravel and decided on a slight upgrade when I landed after the long flight. Flight on the return leg we were upgraded to business so I can't complain too much (apart from an emergency landing in Athens but that is another story!)

All in all I ended up saving roughly R30K doing things myself vs. an agent part of which went to ring taxi and part to better F1 tickets. I stayed at the Holiday Inn in Frankfurt for a night (largely due to the timings of my wife's flights) and then on to the 4 star Leonardo in Ladenburg which was a very short drive from Hockenheim.

One thing I won't deny is having a sense of adventure... upon arriving after a rather long flight, I hopped into my rental 110kw Golf DSG R Line (I really loved driving this little guy around Germany... over 700km in total!), dropped my bags off at the hotel and headed off to the 'ring. First time in Germany driving, first time in an LHD car, lots of fast drivers, some very 'higher grade' interchanges... trust me it was a learning curve! To make matters worse there was construction EVERYWHERE... a great side-effect of this was that the (rather excellent) GPS in the Golf diverted me through 4 little ancient towns and narrow roads that made the drive very interesting. Germany is a really beautiful country. An extra 50kms in total vs. the route I'd originally envisaged. The adrenaline and signage as I approached kept me going LOL.

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Some of you got live updates as Germany has excellent WiFi coverage, but the 'ring is something you have to experience. A real petrolhead pilgrimage. The videos do it absolutely NO JUSTICE - the undulations, blind corners, elevation changes etc... A lap around this place is both exhilarating and simultaneously terrifying (my lap with the instructor driving anyway!)

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It also attracts such a diverse array of machinery from little econoboxes to a plethora of M-cars, RenaultSports, RSes, Supercars and Hypercars... many modified specifically for the ring.

Ring Taxi themselves are a pleasure to deal with. Got me a slot in a 911 Turbo S with RS goodies on it. They have three levels of experience (I guess to describe it) - Ring Taxi which is essentially the M3s (with an F90 coming soon) and Jaguar cars, Race Taxi (which I did) in the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and 911 Turbo 'RS' and then Apex Taxi which is the McLaren 720S and BMW M4 GTS modified (brakes, wheels and suspension very different to stock).

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My lego GT3 RS model now has something from my real experience at the 'ring.

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F1 was fantastic for my Mrs who is a massive Hamilton fan but not so much for me. My excitement at quali was short lived as the next day it rained... and Vettel ended up in the barriers. Still happy Kimi got a podium. The seats were pretty good. I waited too long and would rather have been closer to the AMG and Ferrari pits, but I can't really complain too much. I got to see a LOT of action.

The F1 cars really do sound better in person and more distinct vs. one another than what you hear on TV (of course still not like the good old NA days)

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All in all 10/10 would do it again. Might do another F1 trip later this year.

PS: there is probably no better advert for Porsche than that experience...

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08-08-2018, 06:52 AM
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Sounds surreal! What an experience, thanks for sharing it with us.


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08-08-2018, 08:13 AM
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Epic report! Loved reading that! Also so incredibly jealous!

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08-08-2018, 09:49 AM
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Nice one Leeu! Hoping to do this soon myself, will call you for tips lol

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08-08-2018, 04:15 PM
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awesome wowPraise. Which corner of the ring was most scary? how did the carousel feel?
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08-08-2018, 10:25 PM
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Awsome stuff, I can wait for my trip to Abu Dhabi for the F1.


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13-08-2018, 11:14 AM
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Awesome!! Definitely something all of us petrolheads should do.

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