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Old 17 Aug 2018, 13:35 (Ref:3844243)   #16
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Reported locally, that it is going to be a car storage and 'de-fleeting' centre for a car auctioneers.
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 15:39 (Ref:3844263)   #17
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Reported locally, that it is going to be a car storage and 'de-fleeting' centre for a car auctioneers.
Well, there's certainly been a lot of that going on at Bruntingthorpe over the last goodness knows how long, so there obviously is a demand for that typr of thing.
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 18:36 (Ref:3844319)   #18
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There cant be many noise complaints, its on a massive industrial estate!

I would think the car storage is a perfect answer, no need to build and there are probably already issues about building, I gather the outer stands are never used for that reason. And we all know the histiry behind the previous usage meant issues with seepage subsidence.

So storage is the perfect solution.

Wonder if they would let us build a short oval there...
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Old 18 Aug 2018, 09:46 (Ref:3844423)   #19
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Having run motorcycle race meetings at Rockingham, I have to say that it isn't the best track for bikes (or anywhere near it).
I did remove it from our calendar last year due to ongoing issues that I won't go into. The circuit staff have always been excellent and I really feel for those who have lost their jobs. Whichever circuit is lucky enough to secure their services will certainly benefit from their positive attitudes.

If they had been open to the idea of abandoning the big oval (and maybe replacing it with a 3/4 mile oval on the infield, to acknowledge the oval roots) in order to make the main track more appealing to both competitors and spectators, it may well have not only survived, but prospered.

The really sad bit from my perspective, is that none of the mainstream motorsport publications seem to care about it. When Mallory Park and Donington Park were facing extinction, there was loads of media coverage and support. With Rockingham they seem to be reacting with no more than a gallic shrug.......... Sad.
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Old 18 Aug 2018, 10:09 (Ref:3844424)   #20
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Hopefully, I have managed to attach an article I wrote for our Race Programme back in 2016.
Sadly whilst the Automotive Hub may be arriving, it appears that it won't be in conjunction with an active circuit like the old Brooklands.
What a wasted opportunity.
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Old 18 Aug 2018, 12:14 (Ref:3844440)   #21
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Reported locally, that it is going to be a car storage and 'de-fleeting' centre for a car auctioneers.
isnít that exactly what it is at the moment? presumably itís just going to scale up.

personally i wouldnít value the old debt at anything. itíll be a convenient tax write-off for someone somewhere thatíll be conveniently lost. so much money now is imaginary.

like woolley, i have some good memories there from the champcar days, but from a present day perspective i wonít miss it one bit. nothing looks good racing there thanks to the empty, condemned stands and it doesnít exactly produce great racing unless itís raining.

which in common with silverstone, it only ever does sideways.
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Old 18 Aug 2018, 20:10 (Ref:3844532)   #22
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I've been to Rockingham twice - the temperature never got above freezing either time. I don't think I saw it at its best but it's a strangely souless place.
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Old 20 Aug 2018, 10:06 (Ref:3844931)   #23
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Sad to read this about Rockingham. But after all, the oval course was largely outdated by any US-based major series standards. And racing at the road course - a common problem with all 'roval' courses outside Daytona - seemed artificial "direct-to-TV" or "British Touring Car Lite".
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Old 20 Aug 2018, 15:57 (Ref:3845016)   #24
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I've been to Rockingham twice - the temperature never got above freezing either time. I don't think I saw it at its best but it's a strangely souless place.
Echo that sentiment, been twice for rally stage meetings along with a few other hardy souls. I also attended the CART race with Gil de Ferran winning on the last bend but only after hours of sitting around waiting for the track to be dried out with gas turbine heater/blowers!
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Old 20 Aug 2018, 18:10 (Ref:3845045)   #25
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Agree there-only been once(for the Indycar race) and was not impressed-watching TV coverage since never seen a single spectator in the open stands-
I think that the outer stands have never had a single spectator in them. The dreaded Health and Safety said they had to fully man any grandstand with any spectators at all, so they were always closed to save money.
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I think that the outer stands have never had a single spectator in them. The dreaded Health and Safety said they had to fully man any grandstand with any spectators at all, so they were always closed to save money.
they were open for the first champcar race at least. official excuse for closing all four eventually was subsidence.
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Old 21 Aug 2018, 19:18 (Ref:3845262)   #27
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Certainly the open grandstand at Turn One was in regular use for the major meetings up to around 5 years ago. In recent years they've even fenced off some of the Turn Four end of the main covered stand.

I rather like the place - mostly due to the viewing from the main stand allowing you to see virtually the whole circuit and I've gone to BTCC, British GT & clubbie races there every year since attending the opening meeting and both Champ Car visits.

It wasn't without its drawbacks however - mostly due to the main stand facing east which means it was in shade for most of the day and never really warm plus the PA system wasn't up to the job.
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If enough entrants can be found, there's going to be an open all-comers meeting running the last full weekend in November. Could be an exceedingly eclectic set of grids, if some of the social media around it turns up entries rather than just talk
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Sounds interesting - may have to get my thermals ready for that one.

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It's now a one-day meeting on Saturday 24th. Provisional timetable:

https://barc.blob.core.windows.net/b...k-v1-fqf94.pdf
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