Tips for some Kiwis coming to watch the Mint 400

mrlentle

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Heya folks. I'm just looking for some advice from from folks Stateside in regards to do's and dont's for the Mint 400. My partner and I and a couple of friends are coming across from New Zealand primarily to watch the event and want to make the most of it. Any suggestions for the best places to stay (or not to), places to spectate from (or not to) and any cool things off road related (or not off road related but just worthwhile) about LV would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance, Marcus aka @mrlentle
 
Hi Marcus, Kilian here with The Mint 400. We will be releasing out host hotel information soon. I'd love to hop on the phone some time to run you through the event and help you with accommodations any way I can. I'm at Frozen Rush right now but will be back in my office next week. Why don't you PM me and we can set up a call. -Kilian
 

mcornwell

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We went last year in spectator area 4 and had a great time. Definitely go to the Fremont contengency and tech. I recommend staying in Las Vegas and driving the 45 minutes to the race. There you can get an amazing 5 star hotel room for just over $100. My wife and I actually had a email promotion for a free 3 nights at the Venitian that we used last year.

If I could do anything different, I'd buy a parking pass for all spectator zones, I saw a lot of people did that last year. It gives you the freedom to drive around to different areas if you want to follow a vehicle around the track or just want to see something different.
 

mrlentle

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Hi Marcus, Kilian here with The Mint 400. We will be releasing out host hotel information soon. I'd love to hop on the phone some time to run you through the event and help you with accommodations any way I can. I'm at Frozen Rush right now but will be back in my office next week. Why don't you PM me and we can set up a call. -Kilian
Thanks Killan, that'll be great. Will get to it over the next wee while.
We went last year in spectator area 4 and had a great time. Definitely go to the Fremont contengency and tech. I recommend staying in Las Vegas and driving the 45 minutes to the race. There you can get an amazing 5 star hotel room for just over $100. My wife and I actually had a email promotion for a free 3 nights at the Venitian that we used last year.

If I could do anything different, I'd buy a parking pass for all spectator zones, I saw a lot of people did that last year. It gives you the freedom to drive around to different areas if you want to follow a vehicle around the track or just want to see something different.
Parking passes was something we were wondering about - thanks for that! I was confused when I saw your post - my mothers name is M Cornwell too:D
 

Rocket 450

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I would stay near Fremont at one of Hotels, Plaza, Nugget, Main Street E.T.C Then you are there for the entire Party and don't have to worry about driving or a Taxi to and from Fremont everyday. Because there is something cool going on Wed. thru Fri. With time to do other stuff as you choose. Drive down to Primm for Qualifying for sure!!! Stay for the Drivers meeting Fri night always cool, then wake up early and drive to Primm Sat morning and watch the race. Get a room at Buffalo Bills for Saturday. The Start Finish is at Buffalos and has great access to all the spectator spots. And access to all the drivers as they finish or watch the first race.. But that's just what we do every year
 
Drink lots of water, don't wait until you're thirsty. Take some shade/hats. Goggles could come in handy if wind is wrong. Have fun.
 

AZ7000'

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The casinos are built on us losing, not winning, they are many and large.... That "free" beer you just got for losing $50 isn't usually worth it. Caution on the ladies outside the strip clubs, package check....;)

If you wouldn't do it in New Zealand don't do it in Vegas. Get in deep at the activities around contingency, buy a parking pass (or 4), have a designated driver and HAVE A BLAST!!! Don't be shy around the teams, go up and introduce yourself. It will be a long race day but unforgettable!
 

Rocket 450

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I was looking around today on some travel websites. And booking.com has some killer rates for freemont that weekend. I think the cheapest for a OK room was 58.00 for 3 nights(not 58.00 a night but 58.00 for 3 nights) Look into it. Downtown is where you want to be I you want the full MINT400 experience
 
Definitely stay downtown. Please hold off and use the Mint 400 codes that will be released next week! This allows us to track our footprint and bargain next year for more rooms/better rates.
 

MC@ Performance Fab

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Was only at the Mint once, it was so dusty you couldn't see the cars coming thru the pits, you could hear them go by but couldn't see them, never saw any reason to go back.
 

51rcr

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Definitely stay downtown. Please hold off and use the Mint 400 codes that will be released next week! This allows us to track our footprint and bargain next year for more rooms/better rates.
please spread it around when there up. My dad loves it. he can walk around and drink his beer (tip, as long as in a cup which is available at most casino entrances to pour your drink into) look at race vehicles go and watch bands. More like the old days. not much you can do like the old days anymore
 

Stuck Sucks

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

On the Hunter

"The story opens with Thompson and Acosta -- thinly veiled as Raoul Duke and Doctor Gonzo -- speeding from Los Angeles to the valley so Thompson can cover the Mint 400, an off-road vehicle race around undeveloped parts of North Las Vegas, for Sports Illustrated magazine.

"According to Norm Johnson, who founded the Mint 400 in 1967 and raced in it the year that Thompson observed, the author "got the race stuff right."

"Quickly, though, the Mint 400 became inconsequential to the article that Sports Illustrated ended up rejecting. (It ran in Rolling Stone before becoming the book.) Instead, Thompson delivers a sad but funny and truly demented eulogy for hippiedom, arguing that its flowers be replaced by guns. (The drugs could stay.)"
 
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