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Old 31 Dec 2010, 12:11   #1
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Autosport Show

Many people going this year? I have found the show to become a bit dull and boring over the years and gearing more towards the boy racer market with huge displays of Max Power style.

The cost is another factor I payed somthing like 80 quid last year, including petrol, parking and show tickets.

I can say that this year I will be staying home.
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Old 31 Dec 2010, 12:19   #2
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Not when it costs as much as it does!! Is for me the most expensive race meeting of the year I would go to, so what do you think!

If you were ALLOWED to just buy a ticket for the show instead of being forced to pay the fee of whoever is poncing about on the stage then I would go. But you HAVE to watch the show thing, what a rip off!!

But 30 quid, 8 quid to park and petrol! Dearer than anything for me but MotoGP and F1 which I wouldnt go to anyway!

So stuff the rip off merchants, when the bike show was 15 quid! You are having a laugh
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Old 31 Dec 2010, 12:48   #3
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I go, but mainly for the Watkins Lecture which this year is hosted by Martin Brundle, who will be interviewing the Red Bull people - Adrian Newey etc.
I find the Classic Show @ Stoneleigh much better, but then I'm probably biased as I'm on a stand there.
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Old 31 Dec 2010, 13:35   #4
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Retro is a far better show overall, far more intimate and what the NEC used to be like years back.

NEC is pretty much a show for meetings and trade and they charge us inasne money cz they know they can coz there is naff all else to do!

If people didnt go they wouldnt charge as much, simple!
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Don't think we'll be going this year, as said, too expensive for what there is of interest, even with the MSA 5 discount, when all the other NEC rip-off charges are added to the fuel cost.

Pretty sure will be at Stoneleigh, though - much more "clubby, if colder!
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if anyone does go, and wants to reduce the car park costs i can recommend looking a few stops closer to you on the train line. it's a shorter walk to the station and it's warmer
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I remember when.........1966 and all that!

Way back we had a Racing Car Show, and it was held at OLYMPIA in London. Mind you the roads were not as busy, and we saved money by parking our caravan on Olympia station right outside. It cost us ten bob for the weekend.
We got in the show for 2/6, and there was so much to see, including a hillclimb! Apart from that we had a good old chat and a fag with the F.1 drivers that were knocking around, and that new coffee from the USA was on sale...er..Maxwell House that was it.
I would have added some pictures, but it appears I can't on this page?
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Not sure why not Gerry.

Personally it's a bit of a hit and miss. I could go and end up getting a deal on a racesuit or a helmet. But to be fair it's just going to cost me twenty five quid to get in without anything else. I don't really care for cars razzing round in the arena. It's like a zoo and safari.
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I've always wanted to go ever since I got my first subscription to Autosport back around 1995. But in that time I've either been financially skint or up to my neck in work. Or the time I went to the UK, I mistimed the trip(it wasn't a well thought out trip, but we all make mistakes in our college years)

Going to the UK is so expensive now, even with a direct flight from Philly or Newark, that I'd have to combine it into a trip with other activities and January is certainly not the best month to go.
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Never miss the show. Going on Saturday 15th.
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I would have added some pictures, but it appears I can't on this page?
Have a read of this Gerry to answer your questions
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OK, I read it, thanks. Just thought perhaps current members interested in the RACING CAR SHOW 2011, would have liked to see just what it was like in 1966.
Who was there, what the innovations were, what new race cars were on show.
Paul Emery had his new Imp, Cooper Car Company had the Type 81 Cooper-Maserati F1.
Great fun, great show.
Anyway, thanks for putting me right about pictures.
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Happy New Year folks.

I used to go taking fotos for Karting Magazine and I am still offered media accreditation by the organisers.

Maybe I am getting too old now but I find this kind of show utterly exhausting and the expense getting there nowadays is prohibitive.

Also IMHO the show was far better 10 years ago.

Mind you, I do miss meeting old friends there....

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I go, but mainly for the Watkins Lecture which this year is hosted by Martin Brundle, who will be interviewing the Red Bull people - Adrian Newey etc.
I find the Classic Show @ Stoneleigh much better, but then I'm probably biased as I'm on a stand there.
lol Ditto and a Happy New Year to you and your better half.

Im going to Autosport because of 360, as Paula has said to see people I havent seen for a while, to also go to the Watkins Lecture ...and get my son his annual Le Mans model of some sorts.

Race Retro is the better show for me.
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I would like to go for the Short Circuit part of the show and to have a look at some of the other stands. I would, I'm sure buy some parts and bits, but I have no intrest in a live show and will not pay the inflated stupid price to get in. Once it was a major part of the season for me but now it's just a boy racers show. Oh, Happy New Year
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