F1 Euro GP Race Viewing Party at Cool River

Sunday, June 26th, 2011 was the European Grand Prix at Valencia, Spain.  My wife & I attended an F1WatchParty.com watching party to experience that race.  This event took place in northwest Austin, Texas at the exclusive Cool River Cafe restaurant/bar.

Cool River, 4001 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX

These events are hosted By Zinger Hardware in association with John Eagle European and Ferrari of Austin. One of the beneficiaries of this event is: Your Ride Is Here. This thinking-outside-of-the-box non profit organization provides transportation to cancer patients from their homes to the treatment center, in exotic sports cars.

Your Ride Is Here logo

There were a number of Ferrari, Lotus & other high sports cars on display in the parking lot outside.  Unfortunately, we had no time to check them out – we had gotten there just in time for the start.  This event has a loyal following.  There were almost 200 people waiting to enjoy watching the race.  We lucked out & were able to score front row, center seats.

Formula 1 race fans at Cool River, F1 Watch Party - European GP - June 26, 2011

The projector screen was HUGE & the sound was loud (just right) & clear.  The live  race had already been run and been decided hours before.  What the folks at Cool River Cafe had done was record the Formula 1 race on DVR & made it available to the fans to enjoy at 1:30 in the afternoon.

HUGE screen at Cool River, F1 Watch Party - European GP - June 26, 2011

The race ran well, but was less dramatic than the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, two weeks ago.  Sebastian Vettel won & is doing very well in the points standings.

Sebastian Vettel of Team Red Bull wins the 2011 European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain

During the race I was able to meet up with Robert DeGroff of AustinSuperTrack.com.  He rents out PC-based racing simulators for any sort of enthusiast event/party.  As his tag line says: “Race the world’s best tracks and cars 24/7”.  Check out the equipment he can make available for you!

AustinSuperTrack.com - Racing Simulator

After the race, I saw this big slot track set up on one of Cool River’s unused, oversized pool tables.  I met Warren Peck, of Races2U.com.  Not only does he set up these Mobile Digital Slot Car Racing venues, he has a large trailer with a permanent track set up with all the scenery to allow you to get into the racing action with your own slot car digital controller.  Warren can bring the racing to you!

RACES2U Trailer - Digital Slot Car Racing

Races2U - interior of digital slot car track trailer

Following the race viewing party, key members of the Austin Formula 1 Club met for a quick meeting.  We are planning an announcement for the San Antonio area – but that’s all I can say, for now…

Austin F1 Club logo

These last 3 weekends with Racing Ready in Austin have been interesting & they will be fruitful.  Stay tuned, all you race fans!



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5 thoughts on “F1 Euro GP Race Viewing Party at Cool River”

  1. Great job, Andrew! I thought it had pblraboy been a long time since your last running race .looks like you still got it. And you even outsprinted someone!

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