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Monday 24th September 2012

Black Tie and Pie 10/11/12 - new and improved

It was already good, but now it's even better...



BTaP 2012 will have a few new features as we try and improve the night for our guests, while keeping the ticket price the same as previous years. Changes have been made throughout, some after listening to guest feedback and others simply to add more to what is already a great night.

BTaP is the traditional end-of-year PistonHeads party where guests wear black tie (BT) and we eat pie (aP). This year we'll be enjoying the sumptuous ambience of Tortworth Court Hotel in the heart of Gloucestershire's Cotswolds. It will have all the atmosphere of a Sunday Service and the glamour of the Oscars, and will be a fine opportunity for us all to relax and be merry with the option of not having to worry about driving home.

Here's the plan for the night.

  • Pre-dinner drinks in the bar
  • Three-course meal featuring pie
  • Wine on the table
  • After-dinner bar tab
  • Dancing to the DJ
  • A few words from the PH team
  • Charity raffle
  • Alcohol breath-testing for the morning after

So, what’s new?

  • Mind magician Paul Roffman entertaining us in the bar before dinner and between courses at your table. Paul usually works the festival circuit and is far from your average cheesy entertainer. We think you’ll like him.
  • PistonHeads casino with Roulette and Blackjack
  • A central stage to ensure all guests feel a part of the festivities
  • Lapel microphones and sound engineer to ensure the speeches are clear for all
  • Custom-made raffle tickets in one colour (regulars will understand the importance!)
  • Reduced raffle prizes but with an increase in quality
  • Better BTaP branding in and around the hotel

We would also like to reintroduce our sponsors, without whom none of this would be possible:

Oracle Finance: Yorkshire- and London-based PistonHeads finance partner, and supplier of sports and prestige cars, Oracle Finance returns for another year of BTaP providing the pre-dinner drinks to get things under way.

HPI: The leading vehicle history check providers, and PistonHeads classifieds partner, steps up once more to provide the wine of the table for dinner.

Adrian Flux Insurance: Insurance experts and long-term BTaP partner Adrian Flux returns to sponsor the after-dinner bar - always a popular addition to the event.

In addition, we would like to welcome a new partner for 2012.

Watchfinder: The online quality watch experts, and PH forum sponsors, will attend their first BTaP, enhancing our bar area with a range of watches in display cases. Their sponsorship will help us to bring quality entertainment to BTaP 2012. In addition, members of the Watchfinder team will be on hand if you have any questions or simply want to try a few pieces for size.

Tickets are priced at the normal rate of £75 per person, which includes your meal, pre and post dinner drinks and table wine in addition to all entertainment. To buy click this link.

Rooms are booked separately by contacting the hotel directly on 01454 263000.

If you plan to come along please email all table requests to us, along with any special dietary requirements (including vegetarian meal requests).

We look forward to seeing you there.

Garlick
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Famous Graham

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Is it just me, or was anyone else's first thought for LHD's wallet on reading about Watchfinder?

NathanJones

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Nothing like an early warning to save up for the event wink

Podie

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Which reminds me... when do I get my tickets..?

Garlick

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Podie said:
Which reminds me... when do I get my tickets..?
I had hoped they would be sent by now, but as I'm with the shop chaps tomorrow I will check on despatch dates.

Apologies for the delay, but you should still get them much earlier than the last few years.

Cotty

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I think on my receipt I received it said sometime in October. Ill check when I get home tonight
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Tuscan Rat

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Reminds me, must book hotel !

Garlick

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And get your speech ready...

madbadger

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NathanJones said:
Nothing like an early warning to save up for the event wink
yes

2012 should really be got out of the way before planning the 2013 event. Either that or sack the proofreader.

smile

Garlick

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Oh FFS....

madbadger

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Garlick said:
Oh FFS....
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RVIANT

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Tuscan Rat said:
Reminds me, must book hotel !
think i have a spare for the weekend wink


Garlick

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No comment on the additions?

Podie

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Garlick said:
No comment on the additions?
Raffle - good.
Gambling - good
Stage / mics - good

Magician - meh. (sorry, that st winds me up)



It's a great event anyway. biggrin

Garlick

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I expected that, hence surprised at the lack of comment smile

Honestly, the word magician gives the wrong impression. Think more edgy than that, certainly more contemporary. Best of all is the fact he won't be on stage demanding attention, instead he'll be amongst the crowd/ diners entertaining you if you so wish.

Podie

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Garlick said:
I expected that, hence surprised at the lack of comment smile

Honestly, the word magician gives the wrong impression. Think more edgy than that, certainly more contemporary. Best of all is the fact he won't be on stage demanding attention, instead he'll be amongst the crowd/ diners entertaining you if you so wish.
Sorry chap, just doesn't float my boat. I know some people love the Dynamo type thing, but it leaves me cold.

Still, mine is one opinion - doesn't mean that others wont love him. smile

Vixpy1

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I plan on being far too pissed to care

Podie

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Vixpy1 said:
I plan on being far too pissed to care
hehe

ali_kat

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Vixpy1 said:
I plan on being far too pissed to care
Nothing new there then.

No, I was worried for LHDs wallet, and Comander Jameson's & Stuart's & Podie's & bored now!!

Magician - nah frown

Casino - could be fun - is it cash or chips?

Raffle tickets - rofl

Garlick

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Well, you'll just have to put up with him now...

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ali_kat

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Oh, I'm sure we will have great fun with him biggrin

Possibly not in the way he thinks we will however wink

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