Written by our fellow member, Chris Constantine!
At the end of this October, the Hollywood Walk of Fame will trade cinema stars for racing stars as Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, and Valtteri Bottas make an appearance on Los Angeles’ most iconic boulevard. This is part of the Formula 1 Hollywood Festival, a celebration of motorsport that both casual and hardcore F1 fans won’t want to miss.
The two-day festival, running Oct. 29th-30th and affectionately named “Tearin’ Up Tinseltown,” will showcase Formula 1 for the first time in Los Angeles, according to an article posted on F1’s website. The aforementioned drivers of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, Renault F1, and Mercedes-AMG Petronas will be there in the flesh alongside their teams and cars, before they’re whisked away to Texas for the 2019 United States Grand Prix in November.
F1’s Hollywood bash is separated into two events, Hollywood Ride of Fame and F1 Live. The former turns Hollywood Blvd. into a typical Southern California-style car show, with a mix of Formula 1 race cars and other unnamed vehicles from different eras on display. It will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29th from 9 a.m-7 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 30th from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Formula 1 Live is when the real party starts however, as Verstappen, Ricciardo, and Bottas will
race up and down Hollywood Blvd in their F1 cars, with smoky open-wheel donuts all but guaranteed. They don’t call it Tearin’ Up Tinseltown for nothing. F1 Live will fall on
Wednesday from 5-6:30 p.m.
Both events will take place right at Hollywood and Highland (6801 Hollywood Blvd.), with the Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theater mere steps away from the action. There will supposedly be much more to do than just watch the three F1 Grand Prix winners terrorize La-La Land, from live music to some “surprise appearances.” It’s not even November but Christmas is coming early for racing fans.
For everyone who has to commute through or in proximity to Hollywood, next week is going to be a traffic nightmare, but for motorsport lovers of all calibers, this is a show not worth skipping.