"I imagine it as being like the scene described by Hunter S. Thompson in his story 'The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And Depraved,'" says Codling. The race draws every kind of being: gearheads and scenesters; blokes wearing dirty T-shirts and refined gentlemen in blazers; Brits, Germans, the French, and South Americans. Visitors can spend the night at campsites around the course, or stay at a lodge in the town center. There is a certain rhythm to the 24 hours. Spectators watch the start and stay for a few hours until sunset. Then they seek out sustenance and drink. "You can get tipsy and take a nap, which is what I usually do," Baime says. There is a food hall, carnival, and shopping district to pass the time. During the night, people either go to bed or return to the town center to party. Fans return to the track in the morning to watch the race finish.