When the original plan for a Monaco-style Miami F1 Grand Prix was rejected from taking place at the actual Port of Miami, many lamented, some even cried. Not Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. No, sir. Ross stuck to his guns.
The Hard Rock Stadium was going to ensure that America would have its first Miami F1 Grand Prix the way it was supposed to, and it was going to be the best damn replication of waterfront ambiance at a landlocked venue that money could buy.
What did that money buy you ask? A miracle. Patrons walking on water. Well, not really, but it’s the next best thing to water … a giant blue sticker with an overly pixilated water and ripple pattern running across the side of the track where nearly a dozen lucky yachts would get to anchor for the next two weeks. And built across these 25,000 square feet of vinyl ‘water’ is a sturdy dock to ensure no one tries being a hero by diving in—safety first.
Boats present onsite of this harbor wonderland include two Hinckleys, a Midnight Express, Sunseekers, and an Azimut.
“The construction of a dry-dock Marina at the Miami International Autodrome has been one of the most ambitious projects in the creation of this new facility,” stated the Miami Grand Prix Communications team, assuring that the amenity would bring a new level of fan experience to the race.
Needless to say, the boys at F1 Miami Grand Prix are patting themselves on the back for this one. Who wouldn’t be? They’ve literally demolished the previous record for world’s largest sticker. No, really, the Guinness World Records documented the last one by Samsung at 209 feet in length and 417 feet in width, a mere BandAid compared to what Ross’ boys are pulling off.
I decided to get on the phone with VP of Sales and Marketing Scott Bryant over at Hinckley Yachts and ask their thoughts about the upcoming Grand Prix.
“What?” Scott said, in response to the question, denying his company’s involvement. “They had reached out to us and asked if we wanted to be involved—but they got to us a little late.”
This sounded coy. I asked him what he thought of the setup.
“That was one of the things that helped us make the decision to pass,” he said. “They were going to somehow fabricate an on-the-water experience on the land and that didn’t really sit well for us … no one had ever done that before, and we weren’t willing to be the guinea pigs for it.”
Not only that, but the price Hard Rock’s team were asking for him to dock their yachts at the Miami F1 was north of $100,000.
It turns out the attending Hinckleys belonged to Barton and Gray’s Yacht Club.
It’s a dream most of us could never afford. But in case you wanted to know how much it costs to taste paradise, it’s about $38,000 for a party of four— we’re talking unlimited yacht access for 185 privileged guests.
Sounds too good to be true, right? And it’s already sold out. One quick search at Barton and Gray’s Yacht Club website shows these packages to board their Hinckley Talaria 44s have been seized.
But hey, here’s a consolation prize—an overwhelming number of social media users were so inspired by Hard Rock’s new marina that they’ve been photo editing themselves onto it. Here are a few of the masterpieces we found: