It may sound like wishful thinking now but has anybody ever sat down and thought hard about this and how this can transform the economies of this region?
Firstly formula one is the pinnacle of motor sport and the technologies involved are mind boggling.
A formula one car is a serious machine operating from start to finish at an average 18000 revs per minute. The V8 700 to 1000 horse power engine has a gearbox that propels the car from standstill to speed as shown here-
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph): 1.7 seconds
0 to 200 km/h (124 mph): 3.8 seconds
0 to 300 km/h (186 mph): 8.6 seconds
The G forces involved are like a modern jet fighter pilot undergoes when he takes his plane through the supersonic speeds and turns.
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NOW why do i think we should have a track in East Africa to host one formula one race ?
just imagine the revenue we can generate trough tourism.ONE EVENT of formula one has over 1billiion people viewing on TV between Friday the start of practise and Sunday the race day itself.There is no better advertising platform anywhere on earth better than this.
The teams participating are mobile caravans of engineers,mechanics,media people, advertising executives etc and all these need accommodation .The expense account of one formula one team can run the whole foreign affairs ministry of Kenya for six months.
WE have game parks and good hotels and the week before and after the event these will be deal for Rest and relaxation before the next race.
East Africa used to host the world famous Safari Rally and those days we had very healthy tourism numbers of visitors to our region but since we lost that we are no longer on the world stage,despite the fact that one of the formula one vice presidents for sport is KENYAN named Surinder Thathi who lives in Tanzania.
All we need is our governments commitment to guarantee the sport and then get Private investors to design and build a racetrack.
The track can be put to good use all year round to host motor shows ,weekend carting races and all manner of motoring activities including race driver training safety promotion etc.
WE could organize weekend speed days whereby all drivers are encouraged to come and race under controlled conditions so that we get rid of these speed demons from our roads who cause untold deaths and misery to the public.
This billion dollar industry can bring many benefits to our region and also spar the infrastructural developments to new heights..that is why emerging and semi developed economies like INDIA, SOUTH KOREA.,RUSSIA, are rushing to cash in on this by agreeing to build formula one tracks on their soil
Places like Singapore, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, are relishing the publicity and exposure the once yearly event brings to them.
IT is expensive to set and run these events but to me the benefits outweigh any costs in the initial set up costs.