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The fast and the fashionable.

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium--Champers is the breakfast beverage of champions here at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.

If you have $3,500 to spare, you can enjoy all the delights of the Formula One Paddock Club on qualifying day Saturday and race day Sunday.

The Paddock Club offers a magnificent view of the fast and the fashionable. A red suit worn by my friend Duncan Quinn, from New York, was so eye-catching that even Sebastian Vettel stopped to admire it.

For me it was more about such culinary delights as veal shank and rack of spring lamb, served with sweet corn terrine, sauteed summer vegetables, oven roasted pumpkin and port wine jus. The Chateau Villa Bel Air 2011 from Bordeaux was the perfect complement.

Icy treats, desserts, anyone?--I think even looking at them caused a weight gain.

Time to take a pit stroll, access via the 'Millionaires' trailer park', where owners entertain VIP guests. On Saturday, the team's garage boomed with music but now the crew was in serious race mode. Outside they practiced pit stop changes, as they do daily at their Milton Keynes HQ. They hold the world record for a wheel change in 1.923 seconds! Every one-hundredth of a second can mean the difference between a win and loss.

Knowing they were working so hard, I almost felt guilty tucking into the gratinated lobster, arugula and artichoke salad, while quaffing the Mumm's champagne. I had an extra glass to celebrate the win by Infiniti-Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo.

Caption: Gratinated lobster and champers: a suitable celebration for a Infiniti-Red Bull victory

Caption: Infiniti-Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo

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Title Annotation:Travel
Author:Morgan, Keith
Publication:Asian Pacific Post
Date:Oct 2, 2014
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