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Old 17 Apr 2004, 14:36 (Ref:942562)   #1
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HGPCA Donington Park

Just been reading the new Motor Sport magazine and learnt of this 3 day meeting over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

On the Saturday, there will be separate races for 1950s GP cars, 1960s GP cars and also races for similar period sports racers.

Does anyone know what entries have been made ?
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Old 19 Apr 2004, 09:27 (Ref:943849)   #2
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If you go ionto the BRDC website you can see the 50' Historic Sportscar entries. Carol Spagg has a round of Gentlemen Drivers on Saurday as well. On Sunday and Monday its FIA GT and Touring Car rounds.
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Old 19 Apr 2004, 10:00 (Ref:943876)   #3
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Thanks for the link details, Simon.

It looks a good entry.

Hope you have a good run in the Lotus !
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Old 19 Apr 2004, 10:12 (Ref:943883)   #4
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thanks so do I!!! after last season a trouble free run would be very welcome!
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Old 27 Apr 2004, 14:52 (Ref:953552)   #5
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Sunday and Monday will feature qualifying and then races for the FIA events. All in all, what with Saturday's race card too, Donington's Historic GP this coming weekend looks set fair to be an exciting meeting with lots of action on track. We will be bringing out the Cooper to try and get into the FIA Lurani Trophy race. However, the Bishop was somewhat over exposed to Easter eggs.
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Old 27 Apr 2004, 19:42 (Ref:953821)   #6
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And there's me already agreed to go to the Jousting at Belvoir Castle...why do I make these rash promises...hopefully nip in on Sunday and catch the qualies
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Old 3 May 2004, 21:03 (Ref:959703)   #7
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I went along on saturday and had a really good time - my one year old son's first ever race meeting! The stuff dreams have been made of for the past two years.

The point I want to make is, I was rather suprised that I was charged £15 for entry - rather steep for an unpromoted (in advertising terms) club event. I enjoy the atmosphere at historic meetings better than any others, but wondered if I would have set off if I had known it would be so much. I appreciate that many of the spectators (of who there were very few) will not have payed at all and will have been on freebies, and that the circuit has to make money somehow. But do the clubs involved/circuit promoters wish to attract spectators to these types of events of are they ambivolent about the matter?

The following day I went to a Superleague Rugby match, £15 entry and watched a non-contest for all of 80 minutes. Does this make Donington good value? I can't decide. How much should it cost to spectate at these types of event.
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Old 3 May 2004, 21:24 (Ref:959723)   #8
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I went along just on the Saturday, too.

Yes, tickets "on the day" were £15 each. The ad in Motor Sport magazine said if you called the number provided and mentioned the magazine then tickets would only be £10 each in advance.

What they didn't tell you is that on top of the £10 would be a £2 handling charge plus a £2 charge for using a credit card! So, a £10 ticket bought over the phone was actually £14! Hardly much of a saving......

I did save a bit by posting a cheque for a ticket, so with handling charge it cost "only" £12.

I was surprised how small the crowds were on the Saturday.

The races were a bit disappointing, too. They ended up being very processional.

I was looking forward to seeing the "hot shots" Barry Williams in the Aston DBR4 and John Ure in ERA R9B shake things up in both their races, but neither ran. I don't know if they'd been entered at VSCC Silverstone the week before and had hit problems there?

There were hardly any trade stands to browse around either on the Saturday, although going by the small crowd I wouldn't blame the trade for not attending.

The commentaries on all the races were very good (although I don't think non-starters were mentioned), and enthusiastic!

And it was good hearing Julian Bronson being interviewed after his race in the Lister! It was said he'd been timed at 183mph in it recently!!!!!!
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Old 4 May 2004, 08:33 (Ref:960061)   #9
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I am sorry it all looked processional, I was in the 50's sportscar race and if it is any consulation it felt far from processional!
I thought the race bfore mine where Sytner crewed up the start was fantastic, especially seeing that Bugatti running so high, the Gentlemen Drivers qualifying was quite fast and furious, for a Lotus Eleven to be outqualifying Cobra's was quite impressive. sadly I didnt watch the other races. I thought the paddock was much better organised than on previous occassions. I didnt go Sunday/Monday so dont know how the FIA events went. If this was a tatser for 5/6 June Silverstone meeting it looks good!
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Old 4 May 2004, 08:46 (Ref:960070)   #10
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Simon..the Gentlman Drivers looked and sounded great, as usual. I had all sorts of trouble with the sun (true sign of a rank amateur) so didn't get as much as I would've liked but there are a few nice(ish) pics here
http://www.paulsands.org/don020504/gents/gents.html
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Old 4 May 2004, 08:59 (Ref:960082)   #11
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as usual great photo's Paul! Thanks so which race had only 3 starters?
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Old 4 May 2004, 09:09 (Ref:960088)   #12
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wasn't there on the Monday but I'd hazard a guess at the pre 77 Historic Tourers & GT's? there were only 7 qualifying..that made for an interesting session
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I was also surprised at the £15 for entry on Saturday, I'd been expecting it to be 10 or 12 and the crowd was surprisingly poor.

The racing on Monday was great, thoroughly enjoyable day out. The only disappointment was the three cars left circulating at the end, there's no way you could even call that a race and a shame the day ended on that note because the rest of the day had been fantastic.
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Old 5 May 2004, 09:38 (Ref:961233)   #14
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Originally posted by Bishop Ranter
We will be bringing out the Cooper to try and get into the FIA Lurani Trophy race.
Did you overcome the problem with your helmet Bishop? Your Eminence's presence was missed at Curborough.

Duncan

PS Was it just the Easter Eggs that caused concerns?
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Old 5 May 2004, 10:15 (Ref:961256)   #15
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The Bishop wore a FIA approved mitre but alas to no avail. Coming onto the line switch engine off. Wait for countdown board for green flag lap. Start engine. Fail to start. Prayers not answered. Engine seized!

Cooper in dog house. Bishop has taken up gardening!
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