A wonderful weekend of CrackBerry fun at the Canadian Grand Prix!

By Kevin Michaluk on 10 Jun 2014 01:05 pm EDT
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What an AWESOME weekend!! The 2014 Canadian Grand Prix is now racing history, and what a race it was. I can't help but think maybe the CrackBerry team's presence brought a bit of bad luck, as for the first time this year the Mercedes F1 Team — who is sponsored by BlackBerry — was not at the top of the podium on Sunday afternoon. That said, it was easily the most exciting race of the season and we had a blast all weekend long spreading the CrackBerry and BlackBerry love through the streets of Montreal. Be sure to watch the Story Maker video above for a recap of the weekend, and keep reading for more of the details, including the contest winner for a CrackBerry Racing Polo shirt!

FRIDAY - KARTING FUN!

James Falconer (Mobile Nations' Community Manager) and I arrived in Montreal Friday afternoon. After checking into the apartment we rented for the weekend, we immediately walked over to the Westin hotel — the Mercedes team hotel for the weekend —where BlackBerry had a reception room. While BlackBerry didn't have a consumer-facing presence on the streets of Montreal this year as they did last year, they still took advantage of the event as an opportunity to meet with and entertain corporate customers.

As always, BlackBerry was AWESOME knowing the CrackBerry team was in town, and they hooked us up with a big box of Mercedes Formula 1 gear to give away to CrackBerry fans over the weekend. They also gave us the thumbs-up to catch a ride on the BlackBerry shuttle which went back and forth from the race track (a total God send). HUGE THANKS to BlackBerry for this!

Once we picked up the SWAG and got back to our CrackBerry pad, Adam Zeis and his friend Tom arrived (they drove in from New Jersey). We had a half hour of down time before heading to Action 500 for a CrackBerry meet up and some karting action. This was SO. MUCH. FUN. We had 11 people on the track for FIFTY minutes of racing. Turns out Adam reserved the track so we could do a "Championship" series, which included a 10 minute practice, 15 minute qualifier and 25 minute race. It was GRUELING. And so awesome.

I was cocky thinking I would be top of the podium, but I ended up coming in 4th. Tony Guiga and his two buddy's Santino and Michael showed up just before we were going to start the session, and they were all FAST as hell. It really was a great time though. The consensus was we HAVE to do it again next year. Everybody who attended the karting also walked away with F1 gear (including some of our CrackBerry Racing Polos!).

From the track we made our way back downtown, ending up at awesome patio of La Saint Sulpice, where we drank lots and lots of lots of BEER. :)

SATURDAY - MEAT SWEATS!

Wanting to make sure we were all in GOOD SHAPE for Sunday's race, we took it easy on Saturday. The CrackBerry team hit up Eggspectations for breakfast, then made our way up to St. Laurent street where we found a pub to watch qualifying at (where we also drank lots and lots of Sangria). From there we walked further up St. Laurent to world famous Schwartz's deli, where we consumed lots and lots of smoked meat. At which point we made it back to our apartment to sleep off the meat sweats. :)

While the rest of the boys stayed in Saturday night to watch the hockey game, I went to the Mercedes Gala event. It was a great evening of fun, food and entertainment, complete with an appearance from Mercedes driver and pole sitter for the race, Nico Rosberg.

SUNDAY - RACE DAY

Everybody woke up bright and early on Sunday and we made our way back to the Westin for breakfast and to catch the shuttle which left at 9am. With the race not starting until 2pm, we took our time getting to our seats, checking out all F1 merchandise that was for sale and we of course made time to drink a couple of Bud Lights in the presence of some new friends we made (see photo above!).

Our CrackBerry F1 shirts we're AMAZING. We had more than a few people walk up and ask us where they could buy them, and we also got spotted multiple times by CrackBerry fans at the track. Totally awesome.

Also awesome were our signs, made for us by CrackBerry's Michelle Haag and her kids (THANKS MICHELLE!!). The double sided signs were brilliant!

The weather was perfect - and we enjoyed the time in the grand stand leading up to the race, drinking beer, eating hot dogs and watching some of the pre-race entertainment, which included other races - like the historic F1 series (old F1 cars racing each other) and the Ferrari challenge. Once those races were done it was time for the driver's parade and then the real F1 racing began!

The race itself was awesome. We were a bit off of the big hairpin turn, so it there was plenty of action and attempted overtaking from our vantage. As the race kicked off, things went a bit crazy — Lewis dropped back to 3rd out of the gate, and a big wreck on the first lap sent out the safety car for quite a few laps. As the action went on, Nico and Lewis took a commanding lead until Lewis ran into some mechanical issues and was forced to retire. We were all cheering on Nico when we found out he too was having some problems. It totally crushed us when we heard the announcer say that he had slowed on the straight and Daniel Ricciardo passed him to take first, and ultimately win his first ever Grand Prix.

Overall it was an amazing day! Lots of great fans, plenty of beer and an epic race. Though I can't help but think we were a bit of bad luck for the Mercedes team!

See you next year!!

We had so much fun this year that we'll definitely be back again next year (and years to come). We've already started the planning, so stay tuned for more F1 awesomeness in Montreal next year!

T-Shirt Winner!

Don't worry, we didn't forget —we still have to announce the winner of a limited-edition Team CrackBerry Racing Polo. And that winner is:

Rudiv

We'll be reaching out to you soon with details — congrats!

Reader comments

A wonderful weekend of CrackBerry fun at the Canadian Grand Prix!

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Looks like it was an awesome time.

I spent my weekend with my best friend who got married on Saturday. But looks like you had more fun lol

Man! Love Karting and F1, wished I was in Canada. Woke up at 145am in Malaysia time zone to watch. Epic race!! Looks like it was heaps of fun!!

Good to see Kevin rocking a white Q10

Posted via CB10

Don't worry, I was up all hours of the am here watching the Malaysian Grand Prix--and all others that play at 2am est!

My eyes were introduced to both Montreal and FormulaOne racing on the same weekend and now I have a second favorite sport behind soccer and a new place to visit more frequently....
It was an amazing weekend and I'm already looking forward to 2015.

Posted via CB10

Hahaha!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  ) new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureeverthatishortenedabit

Damn it! I so wanted to win one of those shirts. Congrats to the winner you lucky S.O.B

Waiting on the Z50 with 32gb of internal memory

How about just a tshirt,wife beater and hoodie with a simple BlackBerry logo on it?

I would wear one of those, whenever, I was doing my gate climbing exercises that I learned from Kevin...

Kevin.....quick question...
Do you burn extra calories if you go over a gate with barbed wire on it?

Founding Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile

BlackBerry needs to get serious and deliver products and services now. The enterprise client base is not a foregone conclusion. If only governments remain the company will be for sale to IBM or some other parasitic services non-delivery company. You can put lipstick on CrackBerry Kevin but that won't transform him into Honey Boo Boo. ROFLMAO Sorry Kevin.

Posted via CB10 on BlackBerry Q5

Sounds like you guys had fun. I was waiting at the Casino for 3hrs before deducing the CB team was a no show.

Posted via CB10

I guess BlackBerry channels is not that efficient for organizing group events. Reading the posts on crackberry grand prix it looks like it is a one way conversation.

Yeah, it's difficult to coordinate an event this way. Maybe a BBM group would have been more effective.

On the plus side I won $40 bucks at the casino.

Kevin,
I'm totally drooling while reading about your weekend. You being a tech guy should take advantage next year of being in the pits on Thursday and Friday. These are the days a crew member can explain some of the advance features of how a F1 works. Like the Blackberry QNX. Or maybe getting your F1 shirt autographed. I would like a sponge taking in all that new technology.

I would hope that last weekend is the start of your racing addiction.

Gotta love being drieven directly to the race track!

Oh well maybe next year you get at least your shirt autographed.

Dean

I was just gonna ask.... looks very cloudy...

Was it warm enough for that one lady in the last pic to wear flip-flops?

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

It was hot and humid at times and I'm sure the number of people and asphalt didn't help either but occasionally we were blessed with a nice breeze or a cold beer.

Anyone eat at "3 Brasseurs" near Old Port? Outside of a killer sandwich called the EuroSandwich they had a refreshing raspberry beer that I enjoyed and definitely helped cool me down.

Posted via CB10

Damn! If only I was able to VIA RAIL it there, i'd be there! :D
Great race indeed.

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

Was up at 4am to watch it in Australia.....

Great effort by the Crackberry Team.
Presumably however they had to pull out their Android/Apple to view the Live Timing... given the F1 App dropped support for the BB this year (last year years Playbook version was as good as other devices).

Like everyone else has mentioned the Polo's are badass. Hopefully next year I can make the drive up. That race never disappoints.

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oh zamn! that was my bad.. I did not realize it was a video. I was just scrolling thru the pics on the article on mah phone yesterday and just thought "Story Maker!" Great vid!!

Congratulations to the winner of the shirt and man you guys had so much fun! The food looks yummy!!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  ) new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureeverthatishortenedabit

Montréal is one of the best city in Canada... downtown was cray grand prix weekend girls, girls ,girls and more girls

Posted via CB10

Glad you guys had a great time up there.
It was a heck of a race. The 1st turn of the race was ridiculous, what a start! I can't believe Rosberg was able to get his brakes to make it to the end of the race. Glad one of "our" guys made it on the podium, once again.

I'd like one of those sweet CB polos too!

Lovin' BB10!