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Old 15 Mar 2005, 10:48 (Ref:1252317)   #1
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Coys Historic Relaunch?

Just read a bit of the latest Ding Dong (Top Hat Magazine) and it says that the Donington Classic this year (1/2 May) is a precurser to the "next instalment of the Coys Historic Festival in 2006".

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In the current circumstances, we need to do all we can to help local businesses. With this in mind I suggest we all schedule our visits to the pub so we can keep the 2m social distancing and whilst there get completely slamied for two hours before handing over to the next shift.

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Old 15 Mar 2005, 11:07 (Ref:1252327)   #2
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I don't have a comment as such more a whoop of delight: Hurrrah!

Coys was always good. OK we have Goodwood now, but we have Coys. Relaxed, spacious, many clubs were present and some very enjoyable racing.
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Old 15 Mar 2005, 12:51 (Ref:1252415)   #3
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Good news. I like how it complements (in time and location) the Gold Cup and Revival. It begins to complete a season of high profile historic events.

My big concern is that I hope the organisers appreciate quite how far Lord March has raised the bar (with both the Festival and Revival). I felt the old Coys was OK, it had all the right ingredients (the mix of cars, the owners' clubs), but didn't quite tie them together properly. It felt like a very big regular meeting, not an event. They need to identify their proposition and position in the market, particularly:
- Establishing their uniqueness (it can't just be an early summer replica of the Revival)
- Their choice of races
- Making more of the owners' clubs (for whom it should be one of the major social meetings of the year)
- Adding features for visitors (stalls, displays, etc.)
- Perhaps establishing a theme for the event (e.g. one year focussing on '70s - F1, Group 6 and saloons).
- Encouraging and assisting people interested in staying for the weekend (so some evening activities).

Don't get me wrong though, the opportunity is huge.
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Old 15 Mar 2005, 14:51 (Ref:1252543)   #4
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In fairness a good bit of the organisation for Goodwood is through the Top Hat organisation so I see it as one more in a series. Goodwood may well be the "elite" but with this, Oulton Park, Chimay and if they'd allow it, Spa, it would be a fantastic portfolio of "Festivals". Of course I'm getting carried away. Been up since 3:30 this morning! (Its 5:50pm here). *yawn*.
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Old 15 Mar 2005, 20:12 (Ref:1252855)   #5
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Remember this is a new 'Coys' at Donington - not the old Silverstone event moved up the road. Like the Rockingham event was a new 'Coys' and not the Silverstone event moved up the road.
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Old 15 Mar 2005, 20:24 (Ref:1252880)   #6
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Sounds great as long as it does not go down the route that Goodwood has taken. I hope it is more open to the grassroots historic racer. You can still have nice cars at the meeting, but as I have mentioned before, scrutineering must be tough. FIA papers for all cars and only Dunlop L or M section tyres.
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Sounds great as long as it does not go down the route that Goodwood has taken. I hope it is more open to the grassroots historic racer. You can still have nice cars at the meeting, but as I have mentioned before, scrutineering must be tough. FIA papers for all cars and only Dunlop L or M section tyres.
Why? Given the amount of fakery in cars with FIA papers, does it matter any more?
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Old 16 Mar 2005, 00:58 (Ref:1253047)   #8
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Why? Given the amount of fakery in cars with FIA papers, does it matter any more?
Lets face it, we probably know who the consistent 'fakers' are. I think it is more a case of making sure that the cars are as the homologation papers. If scrutineering was a bit more strict regarding the cars technical basis, surely it can't be a bad thing?

There was a German guy who used to race an Austin Healey 3000 to which was fitted a 5 speed Getrag dog box!! He got through scrutineering at german meetings because he was, apparently, a Count!!
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The old Coys meeting is being replaced by the BRDC meeting at end of July. The last Coys meeting at Rockingham was a disaster.Rember Coys are not what they were either
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Here Here John !!!!!!!!!
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Old 16 Mar 2005, 09:44 (Ref:1253241)   #11
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be careful where we go with the Coys comments!! JEB is right the new Coys is mostly a sponsored Julius day, which is great and I will be racing for sure but is it going to be the same as the old Coys - which I belive the July BRDC meeting will be, I am really looking forward to that event
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Old 16 Mar 2005, 09:49 (Ref:1253249)   #12
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To clairify - The July Silverstone event is organised by Silverstone Circuits Limited, with the race management by the HSCC.
The BRDC are advisory - and will run the BRDC 500 race for Pre War cars and a round of their Historic Sportscar Championship only at this event.

The BRDC will be running the BRDC Summer Races at Silverstone on Sunday June 12th.
This will be a nine-race Historic Meeting - full details to be announced in three weeks time.
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will there be a race for 60's sports racers in that event James? I am gutted that I wont be with you this weekend but my engine is hopefully being sorted at the moment
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All being well - if I have enough interest.
I plan an interesting mix of races - something for everyone !
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there are some very sceptical people out there . . . . . .

Goodwood is seen as being elite, so what if they have high standards, in many classes they need raising anyway! . . .but anyone can turn up at a test day there and hope to get noticed, we did ,and judging by the presentation of cars (FiA or otherwise) I'd say we're in with a shout, I won't cry if we don't get one but it'd be a treasonable crime to turn it down if we did !
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