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Old 3 Jan 2011, 12:58 (Ref:2810513)   #16
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Going to the UK is so expensive now, even with a direct flight from Philly or Newark, that I'd have to combine it into a trip with other activities and January is certainly not the best month to go.
Flying in and from America is crazy expensive with all that security paranoia. I'm in Birmingham for the year and I'm excited to see exactly what kind of show it is. The entry price is crazy, especially when converted to American/Canadian $. Hell, I could fly to Amsterdam for the weekend for that kind of money!
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Old 3 Jan 2011, 13:03 (Ref:2810514)   #17
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Then I would do exactly that! They have some good shows in Europe this time of year, far better than the Autosport one I would imagine.
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Old 3 Jan 2011, 14:55 (Ref:2810542)   #18
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Plenty of shows in Amsterdam, not all relating to two or four wheels either ...
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Old 3 Jan 2011, 16:44 (Ref:2810595)   #19
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Went to the first show at Horticultural Hall in London 1960 and most shows since at Olympia ,Donington & Birmingham.Last went in 2008-last time I went on a Saturday I remember feeling ill with the crush of overcrowding. You used to be able to buy a ticket in advance for Friday which was tolerable.Now I guess its just a trade show-the early Racing Car Shows I think were on for a week?
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Old 3 Jan 2011, 20:51 (Ref:2810688)   #20
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I went between 2002 and 2009, but I'll never go again. So expensive these days and I only ever went in the latter years because a subscribing friend had a BOGOF offer and we split the cost of one ticket between us. The best part of forty quid per person just after Christmas isn't ideal. 2009 was the last straw, they totally changed the layout of the place from the one everybody was familiar with and it seemed such a smaller show. Not a lot worth seeing either.

The best show I attended was in 2008 when there was a loophole which let you buy tickets for the adjoining Pistonheads show and in turn gain access to Autosport International on the Friday and it was much better. Less of the Max Power brigade with bags and bags of posters and freebies going about. More of a chance to take photos and admire the cars on show. Unfortunately they closed that for 2009 and it was a Sunday I went.
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Old 3 Jan 2011, 23:48 (Ref:2810735)   #21
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Like Craner Curves, 2009 was my last year there and I had my friend Johanna with me from Albuquerque, New Mexico,USA.

She enjoyed it, of course, as it was her first time there.

We stayed in my usual B & B on the Wednesday night which was rather nice and the breakfast was awesome.

CC is right, the stands were spread out far more and the place looked empty compared to earlier shows. This I feel was to help bigger crowds flow more freely.

The reduction in stands were no doubt due to economic pressures but I gather that the cost is prohibitive so even some of the bigger firms were not there.

I found the Live Action Arena very lacklustre too.

The best part of it was to going home on the Thursday evening.

The Virgin train back to Kings Cross was very full and we could not find a seat so we upgraded to 1st Class which included a good meal and drinks in the price.

Johanna paid by Credit Card but she was never charged.

We think that the person who took her card details felt sorry for us and never put it thru.

Thank you Virgin....

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Old 3 Jan 2011, 23:57 (Ref:2810737)   #22
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The reduction in stands were no doubt due to economic pressures but I gather that the cost is prohibitive so even some of the bigger firms were not there.
I thought the same. It really hit home that there was a financial problem out there.
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Went once, on a freebie. While it was enjoyable I couldn't see anything that I'd want to pay significant amounts to get in for, so I've never even been tempted back. If it were a tenner I might consider it.
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Old 4 Jan 2011, 12:56 (Ref:2811017)   #24
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£10 is about right, but £30 plus £10 for parking and about £35-£40 for petrol, plus food and so you end up spending close to £100.
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Have never understood Haymarkets positioning with this?

If you offere a price of say 18 quid without the boring live show then I would consider going? I would meet up with loats of people I know and make a day of it.

But to almost price normal people out of the market seems a very direct and conspicuous move? They clearly dont want the general public there? IN years gonre by the space was taken up by loads of trade stands and sellers. The last time I went it was manufacturers, teams with far more money then sense having stands and equipment stands.

I guess that answers it, like it or lump it punters!

Can't see it lasting
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The problem is as with anything, if people pay they will continue to keep high prices and will not hesitate to increase year in year out.. if they feel they can get away with it they will!

People should boycott it.. or maybe start a facebook group

Im sure the French would have protested long time ago, not ones to keep quite and get walked over...
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The problem is as with anything, if people pay they will continue to keep high prices and will not hesitate to increase year in year out.. if they feel they can get away with it they will!

People should boycott it.. or maybe start a facebook group

Im sure the French would have protested long time ago, not ones to keep quite and get walked over...
Didnt we try that once with petrol? oh no i remember...everyone got cold feet and worried about how we would cope....sorry we are a pie and pint nation unfortunately we will moan about things individually but not collectively and as long as we have our pie and our pint....then Im ok jack
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Well how on earth are you supposed to collectively complain about things!

The only people that can manage to do that are old people and the Daily Mail!!

I just never buy their products anymore or o their shows! Vote with ones feet, as an individual that's all you can do!
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Well how on earth are you supposed to collectively complain about things!

The only people that can manage to do that are old people and the Daily Mail!!

I just never buy their products anymore or o their shows! Vote with ones feet, as an individual that's all you can do!

As was stated earlier in the thread...the French collectively complain about things...have you ever tried getting into Calais if the French truck drivers are collectively complaining? lol

I guess you have sussed it then...vote with your feet as an individual..that will do it...now...wheres my Pie lol
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Have never understood Haymarkets positioning with this?

If you offere a price of say 18 quid without the boring live show then I would consider going? I would meet up with loats of people I know and make a day of it.
That's around what I paid for my first visit 9 years ago. Mind you everything is overpriced these days. I was on holiday for the weekend in the South East and fancied taking in a Football League match somewhere. Couldn't find much that would have given me change of £50 for the two of us.....
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