I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Albert Park High Octane Action
It's that time of the year again when any self respecting petrol-head gets out the earplugs, dons his or her favourite manufacturer's colours and heads for Melbourne's Albert Park Grand Prix track for the 2017 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
With millions of Formula 1 fans around the world coming out of hibernation and chafing at the bit to get season 2017 underway the first Grand Prix of the year, to be staged right here in Melbourne between Thursday 23rd and Sunday 26th March, is a guaranteed winner.
The elite of Formula 1 racing will battle it out at Melbourne's Albert Park from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th March.
Apart from the Formula 1 main event spectators across the entire weekend will be thrilled by contests such as the Porsche Carrera Cup, the MSS Security Ultimate Speed Comparison, the Coates Hire Supercars Challenge and Shannons Historic Demonstration.
As well as this year's program will see nine of the world's leading manufacturers take to the track when the Australian GT Championship is contested as part of the 2017 Rolex Australian Grand Prix program.
All dressed up with somewhere to go - the 2017 ROLEX Australian Grand Prix.
Australia is home to the strongest and fastest growing national competition in GT3 racing anywhere in the world.
With a fleet value in excess of $20 million, Ferrari, Mercedes, Bentley and McLaren among others will battle it out in a compelling test of speed, skill and endurance.
Albert Parks Grand Prix pedigree goes all the way back to the 'open wheelers' of the 50's & 60's when household names like Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham fought for the Australian title.
This year's Formula 1 event will be the 67th year that Grand Prix racing has spearheaded world motor sport and will represent the 33rd Grand Prix event staged in Australia and the 22nd raced here in Melbourne.
A host of different vehicles will contest a thrilling range of events over the Grand Prix weekend.
Again fronting up for the Red Bull Racing Team Perth's Daniel Ricciardo will be confidant of putting up a good performance after his 4th career win in Malaysia last year and with 7 podium finishes he is a real contender to challenge the might of the Mercedes team.
The heat is on ..... drivers and their pit crews will be tested right throughout the weekend of the Australian Grand Prix.
The range of hospitality and ticketing for this event is just incredible – way too much for this writer to detail here. Suffice to say prices range all the way from a single day General Admission pass on Thursday costing $30 and a 4-day General Admission pass costing $175 all the way up to the grand poobah of sporting opulence the Formula One Paddock Club Premium Suite costing $4,675.
In between those extremes there are, believe it or not, 106 different ticketing options available for your consideration.
General Admission tickets can be purchased online until February 28th at discounted prices or at the gate on the day. Visit the website to check out all the prices and get additional ticketing information.
Put the pedal to the metal and make sure you're at Albert Park for the 2017 ROLEX Australian Grand Prix from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th of March.
Whether you're a dedicated petrol-head or simply someone who wants to be part of one of the world's truly great sporting events you need to be at Albert Park sometime between Thursday 23rd and Sunday 26th March.
Cost:Prices start at $30 for a Thursday, single day General Admission ticket. Children under 14 years can access General Admission areas for free provided they are accompanied by a paying adult ticket holder. Concession rates apply to children aged 15