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100 F1 fans go into a bar... // The Badger Bash for Brazil goes off with a bang

Published by Bassano

Due to the unknown nature of how I was going to be able to access live F1 for half of next year, I decided to watch the 2011 finale in Brazil in style. When @BadgerGP tweeted that tickets were to be released for the live Badger Bash event, I was straight on the case. Essentially, take 100 F1 fans in a London venue, a 4 metre screen to watch the race, a quiz and some industry insiders to chat about the stuff we know and love and you have a recipe for success.

What more does a man need?
What more does a man need?Credit: Bassano

Fan forum

I found it to be well organised, in a comfortable but not too stuffy environment. Doors opened at 12:30 so there seemed to be plenty in store before the action on track. For the fan forum we had ex-Marussia Virgin employees Geoff Collins (the team's first official tweeter) and Mark Hendy (their ex-interim financial director).

The quiz was suitably challenging (we came 12th), you can try it yourself and see how well you do. Also, included in the admission was a raffle ticket for some F1 gear. I was lucky enough to win a pair of Bang & Olufsen headphones who were sponsoring the event. Others received caps, posters and a luxury camping package for the British GP.

The crowd roared

It was a great atmosphere to watch the race in, we saw all the BBC build up and even the forum afterwards. The crowd roared at some the overtaking moves (Button on Alonso) and cringed at the splintered carbon fibre (Schumacher and Senna). Sadly, there was another event following the GP so at 7 o'clock we de-camped to the Slug and Lettuce pub up the road for more drinks and chats.

Overall, it was a great success and I'd definitely do it again. There are likely to be more events like this next year, in fact @BadgerGP have already started asking if there's any interest in an audience in March for the Australian GP, a Badger's GP Breakfast. Tempting.




  • love the idea of these events, go badger!

  • Sounds pretty cool. What was your score in the quiz, what to know what I've gotta beat! :)

  • *want to know

    I really should proof read!

  • Sounds pretty cool. What was your score in the quiz, what to know what I've gotta beat! :)

    Nothing stellar, we got 33

  • Nothing stellar, we got 33

    I presume it's a point for each element of the video round because the winner got 52 right? So it's out of 54.

    In that case, I got 45. Woot woot!! :D

  • I had a look through the photo album the other day and it looked fun with the quiz and the giveaways.

    I'm still not sure I'd want to pay to sit in a room of people talking all the way through a race, though. I do like watching without people wittering on. Is it intrustive or is the overall atmosphere, cheering etc, enough to overcome that?

    For purely selfish reasons I hope they do a Monza event, I'll be in the London area that weekend for the Paralympics so it would tie in nicely.

  • I'm still not sure I'd want to pay to sit in a room of people talking all the way through a race, though. I do like watching without people wittering on. Is it intrustive or is the overall atmosphere, cheering etc, enough to overcome that?

    As soon as the race started everyone focussed on the screen. There were some oohs & aahs here and there but I never felt like I was missing any of the commentary

  • It was a fantastic event and us mortals at Bang & Olufsen of Swindon were delighted to support the event and put up the prizes. I just hope we get an invite to the next one, we can't wait!

    Gordon

  • Thanks for this article Bassano - really pleased to hear how much you enjoyed it, it's a lot of fun (...and work!) putting them together.

    @Pete52K - yes, it's out of 58 in total (some video clips have 2 drivers) and our resident quiz expert - Craig managed 53. No one it seems could 'beat the badger' :)

    @Pat W - we were concerned about that too, especially when we organised our first event, but thankfully everyone's in the same boat, so as a result, everyone pays attention tot the racing you can always here the commentary (and the cars) - the latest venue has terrific surround sound to backup the 4.5m HD screen, so it's nearly impossible to miss anything!

    Thanks again Bassano, hope to see you at future events, come and say hello! The ideas for an Aussie GP event are already turning into plans - watch this space!

  • It was a great day. Thank you Badger & thank you attendees for the atmosphere & laughs!

  • it's out of 58 in total (some video clips have 2 drivers)

    Oh, in that case I got 49. I'm pretty happy with that :)

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