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Old 2 Feb 2012, 10:49 (Ref:3020251)   #1
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Donington Historic Festival 2012, 5/6 May

Provisional timetable is out, which is nice considering that it's still some 3 months away.

Good selection of machinery out for this again - I hope the Group C race has a few more entrants than last year though. And that they last a bit longer than they did in 2011!

But... to pull from other threads, Saturday particularly is a long day. I'd hazard a guess that will mean lots of "I'm not doing that" responses!
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Old 2 Feb 2012, 15:30 (Ref:3020453)   #2
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wow saturday is a long day.. glad i only do sundays now...
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Old 2 Feb 2012, 17:42 (Ref:3020561)   #3
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That is a long day for Saturday but don't most events have late finishes on the Saturday now days?

I can only marshal on Sundays mostly anyways as my partner works on saturdays and i have the children to look after
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Old 2 Feb 2012, 21:52 (Ref:3020729)   #4
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I'm sorry to go on about Donington, but I made exactly that decision several years ago because of their timetabling.
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Woolley -you are going on with out of date information and it's disappointing because it puts new marshals off. It is not the same situation as 'back in the day' - and I'd challenge you to visit this year and then make a considered statement (good or bad!)
I soooo want to be proved wrong. I'm sure this is just a one-off.
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Old 2 Feb 2012, 22:03 (Ref:3020736)   #5
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I could swear those quotes were from another thread...

I shall leave the word "choice" to stew overnight. I shall likely choose to support this event (for what it's worth) because it's only 20 minutes up the road from me.

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Old 3 Feb 2012, 07:14 (Ref:3020877)   #6
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I did the Sunday of this event last year (on my way back home after marshalling the 360 meeting at Snetterton on the Saturday) and it was really enjoyable. Some fantastic cars and decent racing.

Marshals were a bit thin on the ground though (numbers, not sizes before the comedians out there reply!). My post (Coppice out? cant remember the number) was manned by 2 flaggies with one of them acting as PC. I was the incident team! Apparantly on the Saturday there was only the 2 flaggies on post. As normally happens when there are only a few of you, I had a multi car shunt in a single seater race with a driver sustaining a broken ankle. Had to quickly prioritise my actions in that incident.
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Old 3 Feb 2012, 11:31 (Ref:3020989)   #7
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I could swear those quotes were from another thread...
They were, but relevant.

I would actually like to go back to Donington, especially to support enthusiastic owners at a lovely circuit. It grieves me not to do so because of an issue which has existed for a long while - long before I eventually gave up - and has been commented on frequently. I'm frequently encouraged to return on the basis it's changed, only to be proved too often that it hasn't. The result is emphatically highlighted in Mike's response as the direct result of the policy of ignoring this problem is marshalling numbers which are, in that case at least, insufficient for the task.

I know some marshals don't mind the long days and that's fine, no criticism is aimed at them at all. It is, however, an established fact that many do mind. The positive thing is that this timetable has been published well in advance so that I can take it into consideration when I decide what to volunteer for in the next couple of weeks.

However, that is moving away from the discussion of this event and the wonderful machinery that will potentially be present, so for a continuation of that subject, I refer everyone back to the thread the quotes came from.
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Old 3 Feb 2012, 13:29 (Ref:3021044)   #8
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I soooo want to be proved wrong. I'm sure this is just a one-off.
I wish it was.

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Old 3 Feb 2012, 21:42 (Ref:3021256)   #9
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Hi y'all. I usually work Oulton and would really like to try Donington, but have been put off by tales of very long days on post and poor facilities. Will this still be the case this year? Also I've a journey of over an hour each way.
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The answer my friend is to try it for yourself and make your own decision based on your own experience.

I have no ill will towards anyone but there are people on this forum who continue to criticise tracks, events, clubs well past the sell by date of the original grievance. This, as in your case, clouds and puts doubts in the mind of those who haven't been there or done it yet. If you have a gripe about track, club etc voice it in a constructive manner then let the world carry on living.
It is well known that I have an issue with a particular circuit/club and have voiced that concern, it is now my problem and not something I need to bias the opinion of others who haven't been there.
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Old 3 Feb 2012, 23:15 (Ref:3021279)   #11
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The answer my friend is to try it for yourself and make your own decision based on your own experience.
Despite my posting history, I agree with this statement entirely. I can only comment based on my own experiences and opinions, and I'm very realistic that plenty of people won't agree. Donington, as any venue, has those who love it and those who don't and a bunch in the middle. It's a wonderful circuit and there is a balance to be found whether the positive outweighs the negative. You can only find which camp you're in by trying it so I exhort you to give it a go and find out for yourself.
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Historic races by there very nature tend to be long which in turn leads to late finishes.
The up side being that it is the Saturday and with camping rather than a long drive home it tends to be acceptable.
The cars are worth the extra post time as well. I have a permanent grin on my face when the Group C cars are out and with the noise police forever flexing their muscles I will be one of the few occasions when unsilenced cars are allowed ........

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The answer my friend is to try it for yourself and make your own decision based on your own experience.

I have no ill will towards anyone but there are people on this forum who continue to criticise tracks, events, clubs well past the sell by date of the original grievance. This, as in your case, clouds and puts doubts in the mind of those who haven't been there or done it yet. If you have a gripe about track, club etc voice it in a constructive manner then let the world carry on living.
It is well known that I have an issue with a particular circuit/club and have voiced that concern, it is now my problem and not something I need to bias the opinion of others who haven't been there.

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Old 4 Feb 2012, 08:51 (Ref:3021375)   #14
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Silverstone is my least favourite circuit but I'm aware that my bias is largely based on events that took place years ago and it may be very different now. So I will get round to trying it again soon. Maybe the Classic...now there are some long days .

I was never all that keen on Donington either and the comments I've read here haven't been really encouraging. But it's fairly close and it has some good meetings so I've signed up for a day and after that perhaps I can make my own mind up. Can't say fairer than that .

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Old 4 Feb 2012, 10:36 (Ref:3021404)   #15
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I feel like I'm going to be in a minority here but I love Donington, granted i have only done 3 events there and one of them being a tester day but so far not had any of the problems that people keep mentioning on here....

Maybe I am just inexperinced and yet to see the problems... I hope not!
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