This is Las Vegas, so it’s only natural that among all the high-tech team garages in the paddock, there’s also a pop-up chapel complete with an ordained minister — an Elvis impersonator, no less — ready to perform legal weddings at the race.
It’s billed as the first F1 chapel. Some ceremonies already are scheduled, and there’s a first-come, first-served system for any other ticketed fans who want to tie the knot.
As for witnesses, there’s a row of red velour chairs surrounding the altar, and there are glass walls, so spectators strolling past can get a good look at the happy couple, who are either getting married for the first time or renewing their vows. Organizers are expecting to host about 20 weddings per night from Thursday through Saturday.
The newlyweds-to-be walk down a polished black aisle and through neon, heart-shaped arches. Behind the minister is a neon sign reading “Lights out and together we go.”
“This is the best way to tie Vegas into Formula One,” said Brian Mills, who has been performing weddings in the city for the last 16 years and just finished his 20,000th ceremony. He has done them at NASCAR races, Golden Knights games and the Electric Daisy Carnival.
Mills has the Elvis pompadour, silver-rimmed sunglasses, a studded black jumpsuit, a thick red belt adorned with all sorts of F1-related charms (a tiny race car, disc brakes, wheels) and a checkered-flag scarf.
I now pronounce you fan and wife.