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Brooklands - New Years day

Post by 67stiletto » Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:04 pm

Anyone doing Brooklands on new Years day, weather and hangover permitting?

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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by bazzateer » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:30 am

Couple of the Chiltern lot might.
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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by 617sqn » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:44 pm

The last time i did this, entrance was FREE if you went in your classic. Now its £13.50 pre booked or £14.50 on the day. Thats no way to encourage risking ones classic for their display, is it ? :shock:

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Post by bazzateer » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:13 am

617sqn wrote:The last time i did this, entrance was FREE if you went in your classic. Now its £13.50 pre booked or £14.50 on the day. Thats no way to encourage risking ones classic for their display, is it ? :shock:

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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by ganderson888 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:08 am

I'm not going either...
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Post by Grahame59 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:28 am

617sqn wrote:The last time i did this, entrance was FREE if you went in your classic. Now its £13.50 pre booked or £14.50 on the day. Thats no way to encourage risking ones classic for their display, is it ? :shock:

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Not sure where the 'risk' is. Many attendees only want to park their car and chat with fellow club members and are not interested in exploring all Brooklands has to offer; those people will probably be deterred by the charge. Personally, I love Brooklands and all it has to offer but I'm aware that not everyone feels that way.
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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by John Simister » Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:20 am

It hasn't been free for a while. Brooklands has had to raise a lot of funds for its huge renovation and improvement programme which had ensured the site's preservation for future generations, so the charge is reasonable given the interesting things on the site and the very sociable atmosphere on NYD. I'll be there with my Stiletto.
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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by 617sqn » Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:54 am

Obviously the "risk" is driving your cherished classic out on the roads on the day when there could be a number of over-the-limit drivers from the previous nights revelry. Notwithstanding potentially poor weather conditions. Obvious to me at least. And when it was free, I'm certain that they made money from other sources : charges to stall holders, photographers etc. They benefit from each and every classic that turns up on the day. There's no need to take the micky
out of the punters. Why do these authorities insist on grabbing the money early, in order to make improvements to what is after all their own property ? I won't pay that much. I would pay half that, and take the RISK ! But now they won't earn a dime out of me will they, nor have my car there for others to gawp at. :?

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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by John Simister » Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:49 pm

And a happy Christmas to you too!
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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by 617sqn » Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:40 pm

Why, Thank You, John. We don't ALL have unlimited spare cash to indulge. But you have a great time....

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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by 67stiletto » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:53 pm

I did hear a few weeks ago about the cost to get in, it is a bit rich considering that if no-one bought their cars, they wouldn't have a show at all..... Having said that it is local for me and a chance to display my imp super for the first time and give it it's longest run out to date. Also a couple of friends are going so I might bite the bullet and pay the entry fee but I do feel is is unreasonably steep, last time I went it was around a tenner which was on the edge of what I would consider acceptable.

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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by 617sqn » Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:22 pm

Not just me then, John :roll:

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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by ganderson888 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:47 pm

You're not alone, Andy

Charging classic owners the same admission fee as the general public is not on because without our cars they wouldn't have a show.

Some acknowledgment of the work we put in to get the cars there could easily be reflected by offering reduced entry fee of say five or six quid, and that would be perfectly acceptable.

This isn't a one off for me either, I planned to attend a nice local show back In the summer and decided against it on exactly the same basis.

I can think of several shows where the organisers welcome you with open arms and are completely free to those displaying their cars, and they get my support.

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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:56 pm

ganderson888 wrote:You're not alone, Andy

Charging classic owners the same admission fee as the general public is not on because without our cars they wouldn't have a show.



Shepton Mallet tried that and everyone complained via email , the last show was 1/2 price for classic car owners
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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by John Simister » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:27 pm

I agree that the Brooklands cost is too high. About half of what it is now would be about right, given the huge numbers of cars that arrive and the fact that it is the cars that make the show. There is a new regime of directors at the museum, who are a bit too corporate and don't understand the classic car community as well as they need to. This needs to change. However, there has been some brilliant recent work at Brooklands under the previous management – restoring and relocating the Wellington hangar, unearthing the Finishing Straight, creating engineering and aircraft manufacture displays etc - and it has all cost a lot to do. Brooklands is a charity; the money is not going into rich people's pockets.

I, too, will wince at the entry fee (a curious inference earlier in the thread that I am somehow ridiculously affluent is very far from the truth), but it's still a great event.

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Re: Brooklands - New Years day

Post by 617sqn » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:42 pm

Wasn't implying that you are rolling in it, more that a number (including me) certainly are not, plus it appeared that you wished me a merry Christmas with a degree of sarcasm. I said I'd pay a tenner : now you suggest half of the £14 odd would be sufficient. Sorry, but you've confused me greatly ! Somebody needs to inform them that their current policy is not encouraging. If you have an in-road into the management, perhaps you'll be kind enough to present my views ?

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