In anticipation of Formula 1 returning to Texas for the first time since Fred Akers and Barry Switzer totally made out with their sisters (1984, with the Grand Prix at Dallas), the Austin Convention Center's hosting a gearhead-exploding Formula Expo on June 16th-17th. Just a few of the things that'll inspire your awe
F1 Simulators: Climb in and race both COTA (Austin's new track) and the streets of Monte Carlo. Those with the fastest lap times can compete in a championship race, with the winner getting a sweet trophy for his mantle, and then later his garage once he gets married
Lotus F1: These dudes introduced F1 aerodynamics to the world in the '70s. In Austin they'll be showing off the World Championship-chasing car driven by Finnish F1 god Kimi Raikkonen, who likes to say things like "I'm here for racing. All the other bullsh*t I can do without". Like, you know, people making fun of him for being named Kimi
Peripheral Vision and Reaction Time Tests: Compare your kinesthetic abilities against two world champions: Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button -- beat him, and that'll be one curious case
Pit Stop Challenge: Grab an air gun and try to change a tire as fast as you can; in F1, the fastest crews can finish in under three seconds, which probably explains why most of them are single
Heavy Hitter Q&A: Pepper current and former drivers like Roberto Guerrero with questions like "How do you keep your head straight at 200mph?", or "How do you feel about ties?"
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