"It’s one of the best events I’ve ever been to," writes our Travel Editor.
Take a Formula 1 race, add a sultry evening, 1600 floodlights and 4800 gear shifts during 308km on a tricky Marina Bay street circuit.
Singapore’s is a successful recipe for a hot night both inside the cars’ cockpits and in the stands.
It’s one of the best events I’ve ever been to.
The 2018 Singapore F1 Grand Prix is on Sunday, September 16, with practice over the two days before that.
It has been run on the Marina Bay Street Circuit since 2008, attracting more than 250,000 spectators a year.
For Singapore GP employees, the three-day event is a year- long project. Straight after the chequered flag, they start the tear down, start conceptualisation for the next race, looking for ways to enhance the spectators’ experience, plan for most of the year, then start the build. It takes 25,000 people four months for this final preparation.
The track is lit four times brighter than a sports stadium for F1’s only full night race. It needs three million watts of power fed through almost 110,000m of cables.
And then Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix organisers built a festival around the race weekend.
Just before the race, the leaders of 10 faiths, including a Zoroastrian, come out on to the circuit to bless not just the race and its drivers but the city’s success with the event.
And part of the success is the way the team builds a whole weekend of entertainment around it, with big international performers.
Bookings and packages are now available.
There are 12 ticket categories this year, with 10 three-day grandstand ticket categories. The other categories include a Zone 1 Walkabout Combination Package and three-day Premier Walkabout tickets.
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 again has a package which includes a seat at the Pit Grandstand facing the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport garage, and the opportunity to spend an exclusive evening with key members of the team. It is $S2128 ($2113) per person.
Tickets at singaporegp.sg, from the GP ticket hotline +65 6738 6738 or from some travel agents.
Farnham show takes it to another level
WA-based Holiday Planet is making its own Singapore event.
It has booked music legend John Farnham and is staging a private concert at Gardens in the Bay.
This unforgettable private concert is part of a 10-night package which includes return airfares, a three-night stay in a four-star Singapore hotel and seven nights in Bali on the way back to Australia.
It departs on October 15.
The package costs from $3799 per person twin share or $4598 per person twin share for a five-star upgrade. For solo travellers, the package costs from $4999 or $5998 for the five-star upgrade.
See holidayplanet.com.au or phone 1300 729 595