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Old 20 Jun 2020, 17:27 (Ref:3982957)   #31
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John, you mean fifteen minutes I suppose… Glad to hear you enjoyed the place morninggents, I agree with John those people always give a warm welcome.

Many tracks have been "offering" so poor quality food that several organisers like VdeV for instance have an agreement with dedicated caterers. Not always fantastic but convenient specially during the long distance races.
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Old 20 Jun 2020, 17:27 (Ref:3982958)   #32
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Interesting reading that tribute and in particular JP's final words which echo everything I've always thought; despite his privileged position Mr Palmer is a very hands on CEO making sure he pays attention to every detail of the MSV operation. I'm not angling for a free pass next year(although I wouldn't turn it down!) but credit where credit's due. The turn around in circuit operation since MSV took control is quite astounding.
fully agree with this post, although i only have one criticism and that’s the lack of staff at the circuits at the moment. they haven’t quite unfurloughed enough, and the folk that are back are having a proper time of it. it’s not fair on them.
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Old 20 Jun 2020, 18:31 (Ref:3982961)   #33
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John, you mean fifteen minutes I suppose… Glad to hear you enjoyed the place morninggents, I agree with John those people always give a warm welcome.

Many tracks have been "offering" so poor quality food that several organisers like VdeV for instance have an agreement with dedicated caterers. Not always fantastic but convenient specially during the long distance races.
No I don't Gerard. The paddock toilets now are very good & always clean. I'm sure Iain would agree.
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Old 21 Jun 2020, 09:37 (Ref:3983027)   #34
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Don't know about the best food, but the worst has to be pre-reopening Goodwood - grey burgers that even the seagulls wouldn't eat, and half frozen & half burnt pies.
I remember a couple of years ago I bought two coffee's and two bacon rolls.Chap said £18.00. !!!!!!.Mind you I paid that money for three cheese burgers and coffees at Brands on Friday. I think we are going to find a massive increase in prices to pay for all the screens and signs.
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Old 21 Jun 2020, 10:13 (Ref:3983032)   #35
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I remember a couple of years ago I bought two coffee's and two bacon rolls.Chap said £18.00. !!!!!!.Mind you I paid that money for three cheese burgers and coffees at Brands on Friday. I think we are going to find a massive increase in prices to pay for all the screens and signs.
Goodwood is my "international measure of high catering prices" and rarely beaten !

Whilst I do appreciate that the apparent quality, it does seem to reflect what the market will bear rather than value for money ... but then isn't that what economics is all about !
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Old 21 Jun 2020, 10:23 (Ref:3983036)   #36
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Since we are discussing catering, I still lament the passing of the Woopy Snacks cabins at Spa.
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Old 21 Jun 2020, 10:40 (Ref:3983039)   #37
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Not an actual race circuit but The Airfield Diner at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground used to serve up a magnificent breakfast (affectionally known as 'A Full Brunty!')
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Old 21 Jun 2020, 11:29 (Ref:3983045)   #38
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Since we are discussing catering, I still lament the passing of the Woopy Snacks cabins at Spa.
god yes. greatest loss to circuit catering on the continent. we always go to a chippy outside the circuit and bring it in, far better quality and supports local businesses as well.
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Seems like that particular food stall will be missed. Massive shame. I bet nothing will be able to replace it if they do frites that well. Those kind of food businesses add something to the race meeting, part of the charm IMHO
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god yes. greatest loss to circuit catering on the continent. we always go to a chippy outside the circuit and bring it in, far better quality and supports local businesses as well.
The bar next to the tree of death still does reasonable food and you don't need tokens.
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Since we are discussing catering, I still lament the passing of the Woopy Snacks cabins at Spa.
If only we could turn the clocks back 30 years and just stay there. Happy days.
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Old 21 Jun 2020, 14:57 (Ref:3983071)   #42
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It’s a good job we have circuits like Spa that keep memories and history alive. That’s the charm of those old school circuits that are still with us
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I thought such an important and emotive subject should have its own thread. (Moved from the Coronavirus Thread).
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If only we could turn the clocks back 30 years and just stay there. Happy days.
You can say that again!
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On the motor racing theme of breakfasts although not at a circuit, going back 55 years, the best brekkie sandwich ever created was to be procured from a converted caravan that was permanently situated at the entrance to Ridley Road Market, in Dalston, E. London.

Whenever we were working in to the early hours getting the Anglia prepped, we would drive the few miles down the A10 from Tottenham to rejuvenate ourselves with a sandwich called The Bacon and Egg Cowboy All-on. This obviously had egg and bacon, but also included lettuce, tomato, cucumber and garden cress which wasn't a common item back then, hence why it still sticks in my mind.

The establishment was run by two guys to service the black cabby trade throughout the night (other people served the market trade during daylight hours), and cabbies would come from all over London to satisfy the appetites for a doorstop sarnie.

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