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Old 21 May 2014, 02:16 (Ref:3408454)   #1
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Take Note if you are going to The Glen Six Hours

Hello All:

Unless you want to pay through the nose for Watkins Glen's ridiculous camping fees, you WILL NOT be allowed vehicle access to the infield for the Watkins Glen Six Hour weekend. There is no infield parking access during the weekend, unless you are camping.

You will be directed to one of only 3 open lots, and will be forced to walk in to the circuit from there, and then walk everywhere from spot to spot to take in the race.

This is absolutely insane. The Glen has a massive infield with room for thousands of vehicles. Most of it will be empty except for campers in certain portions.

We had 4 people in our party excited to go. We have all decided to cancel now. We are boycotting this absolutely ridiculous policy.

Trust me. If you have never been to The Glen, you better have really, really good hiking shoes. Picture having to walk around Road America with the infield closed to cars.
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Old 21 May 2014, 02:32 (Ref:3408457)   #2
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I gotta say you are in the minority on this one. Just because Road America allows parking inside the track, doesn't mean people drive around from corner-to-corner (they don't....). It's widely known that if you go to Road America, to bring you hiking shoes, it's common sense.

I camp at Road America, but since most camping locations are down near turn 8/9, you have to hike a mile to get to your car anyways. Bring a bicycle or rent a golf cart (if available). IMO, fans shouldn't be allowed to cruise inside the track anyways, given the amount of alcohol consumed.
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Old 21 May 2014, 03:51 (Ref:3408471)   #3
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Hello All:

Unless you want to pay through the nose for Watkins Glen's ridiculous camping fees, you WILL NOT be allowed vehicle access to the infield for the Watkins Glen Six Hour weekend. There is no infield parking access during the weekend, unless you are camping.

You will be directed to one of only 3 open lots, and will be forced to walk in to the circuit from there, and then walk everywhere from spot to spot to take in the race.

This is absolutely insane. The Glen has a massive infield with room for thousands of vehicles. Most of it will be empty except for campers in certain portions.

We had 4 people in our party excited to go. We have all decided to cancel now. We are boycotting this absolutely ridiculous policy.

Trust me. If you have never been to The Glen, you better have really, really good hiking shoes. Picture having to walk around Road America with the infield closed to cars.
I feel like this is a first world problem. I have always thought that sports car racing = walking and always bring the best pair of shoes I have to walk in along with a backpack cooler and a folding chair.
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Old 21 May 2014, 13:35 (Ref:3408635)   #4
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For Road Atlanta I bring my alpine gear, because I will be climbing and descending all day and night.
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Old 21 May 2014, 14:11 (Ref:3408655)   #5
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Watkins Glen is one of the easiest tracks to get around, and really isn't very far from one end to the other. Not a big complaint.

$175 for camping does seem pretty steep though.
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Old 21 May 2014, 15:33 (Ref:3408689)   #6
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Watkins Glen is one of the easiest tracks to get around, and really isn't very far from one end to the other. Not a big complaint.

$175 for camping does seem pretty steep though.
You get two vehicle passes for that $175. Keeping that in mind, it seems to be a pretty normal deal to me. If you just wanted your car in the infield, which I totally understand even if you don't drive it, I would buy the $115 gate 7 pass which also comes with two parking passes.
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Old 21 May 2014, 17:26 (Ref:3408745)   #7
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You will be directed to one of only 3 open lots, and will be forced to walk in to the circuit from there, and then walk everywhere from spot to spot to take in the race.
Hmmm. Sounds like my experience at Laguna (when I don't camp), CotA, MMP, Sears Point, Long Beach, Monza, Spa, and Le Mans.

There are tracks where that doesn't happen (I guess not any more)...who knew?

How dare they make you walk .
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Old 21 May 2014, 18:32 (Ref:3408754)   #8
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While I love walking around race tracks, I can understand why some folks wouldn't want to, or perhaps be able to. For older fans and fans with health issues, not allowing cars could be a major problem.
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Old 22 May 2014, 02:57 (Ref:3408846)   #9
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I will be camping at The Glen, but am not sure in which section. Any suggestions?
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Old 22 May 2014, 03:10 (Ref:3408847)   #10
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If you are going to watch a world-class endurance sportscar race, you are automatically expected to bring and wear hiking shoes.

Park the car and either hike it or take the shuttles.
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Old 22 May 2014, 15:09 (Ref:3409008)   #11
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Quite a few tracks do offer shuttles for we older/less active folks. Hopefully you will find them at the Glen.
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Old 22 May 2014, 21:39 (Ref:3409122)   #12
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Pfff, when I go to Spa, we have to park the car outside the track and walk everything. and when I go to Zandvoort most people come by train, and have to walk 1,5km to get to the entrygate in the first place, and have to walk around the track through very sandy dunes.
Never mind visiting a stage-rally...
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Old 23 May 2014, 02:38 (Ref:3409205)   #13
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Not to be "that guy" but how do you know this?
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Old 23 May 2014, 02:48 (Ref:3409207)   #14
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Not to be "that guy" but how do you know this?
Do you mean the new rules at Watkins in general?
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Old 23 May 2014, 13:33 (Ref:3409356)   #15
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Been going to WG since 1966, the only times I ever parked in the infield was when I was involved in the event. We always camped free at what is now called Gate seven camping. Interestingly, most of my preferred viewing areas were outside the track. I can also say that the track is pretty compact for its length, my only complaint would be the small number of crossings.
If I had faith that IMSA has learned how to run a race properly again I'd be seriously looking to go to the 6, but the price of camping is quite offputting although the website does not say the gate 7 area camping does not include admission like the others - I'd look into that but kind of bet that's an oversight.
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