GRRC Membership - Is it worth it?

GRRC Membership - Is it worth it?

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tighnamara

853 posts

89 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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RichB said:
Phone the office and tell them to knock the fellowship fee off. I'm sure they will.
They probably will, just think they should acknowledge being in the fellowship or it is as others say just a money making exercise.
The letter / paperwork should at least mention the fellowship, no mention of it anywhere, seems strange as you now need to be a fellowship member to be on the waiting list.



Edited by tighnamara on Friday 3rd November 22:25

RichB

40,693 posts

220 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Agreed...

Jaaws

44 posts

37 months

Saturday 4th November 2017
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tighnamara said:
They probably will, just think they should acknowledge being in the fellowship or it is as others say just a money making exercise.
The letter / paperwork should at least mention the fellowship, no mention of it anywhere, seems strange as you now need to be a fellowship member to be on the waiting list.



Edited by tighnamara on Friday 3rd November 22:25
Funny, I received my offer to join GRRC too yesterday after three years at least on the w/l and after becoming a 'fellow' last month. Half way down the covering letter it tells me to deduct the annual Fellowship subscription of £39 from the joining fee. It's also mentioned on the separate 'Membership Application Form 2018' in the same envelope. Maybe they were using up the old stationery on you?!

tighnamara

853 posts

89 months

Saturday 4th November 2017
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Jaaws said:
Funny, I received my offer to join GRRC too yesterday after three years at least on the w/l and after becoming a 'fellow' last month. Half way down the covering letter it tells me to deduct the annual Fellowship subscription of £39 from the joining fee. It's also mentioned on the separate 'Membership Application Form 2018' in the same envelope. Maybe they were using up the old stationery on you?!
Just checked again and deffinetly nothing on the letter.
Will just deduct the value and send if I go ahead.
Thanks


arcamalpha

650 posts

100 months

Saturday 4th November 2017
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How many motorsport/factory tours are coming up for GRRC members these days? It's things like that which would make it worth the £200/year.
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Ian Wegg

470 posts

76 months

Saturday 4th November 2017
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The factory visits are done by ballot, a few dozen places on each tour amongst a membership of 6,000 doesn't result in particularly good odds. I've certainly never been lucky.

~iw

ecsrobin

9,315 posts

101 months

Saturday 4th November 2017
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Or me.

The benefits are slim these days but the free driving tours they put on this year were very good, the autosolo (an extra £60) was great fun and the families day at the house is a great day out.

Couple that with discounted tickets and paddock passes and it just abouts makes sense.

genghbotkhan

1 posts

12 months

Sunday 31st December 2017
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I've been a member since 2015 and right to the wire (today) renewed. Because like many GRRC and a few people in the waiting list after reading this thread I was trying to balance out what I was getting for my money.

Ultimately it boils down to FOMO. What will I miss out on if I give up my place? I actually had to wait eight or nine years for because I originally turned down a place in 2010 (because I was having a minor career road bump, and definitely couldn't justify the membership PLUS joining fee at the time!)

Yet here I am on the eve of 2017 having chopped in my Land Rover (I didn't even have a sports car anymore!) two years ago, waiting for either the new Defender or my Model 3 (whichever comes first) renewing for a car club that is 70 miles away from my home in London. Why? Because my step daughter lives in nearby Chichester and like many others in this thread, I make good use of the Kennels clubhouse (staff are excellent and food is good) to meet her and others to have a drink or a bite to eat. We get two free tickets to the Thursday Festival of Speed, which are worth £72. I like this day because there's the 'Moving Motorshow' or whatever they are calling it these days, which if you are organised enough can get drives or be driven up the hill in the latest cars. A privilege, indeed that I've enjoyed in an AMG C63!

And finally I've been fortunate enough to attend some nice events that the GRRC have organised. A talk at the IWC boutique in Bond Street and a track day with Lexus where we got to fling around the latest LC500 around the Goodwood Circuit before it was even on sale in the UK! While these events are drawn by ballot, they were completely free of charge!

So while budgets are tight and I am currently carless I am happy to remain a member of the GRRC.

Edited by genghbotkhan on Sunday 31st December 12:48

hurstg01

2,569 posts

179 months

Tuesday 2nd January
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genghbotkhan said:
I've been a member since 2015 and right to the wire (today) renewed. Because like many GRRC and a few people in the waiting list after reading this thread I was trying to balance out what I was getting for my money.

Ultimately it boils down to FOMO. What will I miss out on if I give up my place? I actually had to wait eight or nine years for because I originally turned down a place in 2010 (because I was having a minor career road bump, and definitely couldn't justify the membership PLUS joining fee at the time!)

Yet here I am on the eve of 2017 having chopped in my Land Rover (I didn't even have a sports car anymore!) two years ago, waiting for either the new Defender or my Model 3 (whichever comes first) renewing for a car club that is 70 miles away from my home in London. Why? Because my step daughter lives in nearby Chichester and like many others in this thread, I make good use of the Kennels clubhouse (staff are excellent and food is good) to meet her and others to have a drink or a bite to eat. We get two free tickets to the Thursday Festival of Speed, which are worth £72. I like this day because there's the 'Moving Motorshow' or whatever they are calling it these days, which if you are organised enough can get drives or be driven up the hill in the latest cars. A privilege, indeed that I've enjoyed in an AMG C63!

And finally I've been fortunate enough to attend some nice events that the GRRC have organised. A talk at the IWC boutique in Bond Street and a track day with Lexus where we got to fling around the latest LC500 around the Goodwood Circuit before it was even on sale in the UK! While these events are drawn by ballot, they were completely free of charge!

So while budgets are tight and I am currently carless I am happy to remain a member of the GRRC.
hurstg01 said:
I'm leaning towards not renewing this year - The Members Meeting now being open to non members, the FoS having the Kinrara is nice but not super-essential for me nor are the Grandstands, I haven't been to the Revival for a few years as it clashes with my Daughters Birthday and that isn't going to change anytime soon so the desire for a Members only pass to the paddocks isn't there, and the membership cost minus the discount on tickets offered still leaves me paying for stuff I don't really need to. I live over an hour away so I'm not too local, I've no current interest in any of the Driving Days, don't interrupt a good walk with a stick and a ball, and have only been to the GRRC Open Day once and it was OK but not awesome, the Kennels are lovely and for me the main sticking point for keeping the membership going is access to it but apart from that, there's not much else that not having the membership gives me

All IMHO of course
I folded on NYE too once I found out my Dad, his broker and cousin [all in their 70's] have invited me to go to the Revival this year for my dads 75th Birthday present, and I believe without membership you cant get to the good bits like the pits etc [well, that was the case when we went for his 70th] and they asked me to ort it out for them

Might have to inflate the ticket price I charge them to cover the cost of the membership - they'll never know wink

WJNB

1,368 posts

97 months

Thursday 8th February
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No ideas for a name said:
the carpark guys are not too brilliant at directing you unless you point it out. To be fair, with it pouring down with rain the carpark guys have other things to look out for... Usually no one takes a blind bit of notice them and they get a bit frustrated with trying to help every one.
To be fair it seems that most car park marshals are imported from what I assume are inner cities & are new to the countryside, have absolutely no interest in cars & even less interest or anything in common with the owners. In fact I have detected much envy on occasions. No doubt they are otherwise unemployed or unemployable & knowing Goodwood paid a pittance. Can be a long boring day for them.
I drive in very early before they are switched on & park (in the dark sometimes) where I want not where they want me to.

crispyshark

1,185 posts

81 months

Friday 9th February
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Having been on the waiting list for 3 years i turned down the offer i got last spring. Goodwood events are impressive but they are oversubscribed. Further, why start a members meet and the sell tickets to all and sundry (i know, to generate higher revenue)?

Just can't see where the value for money is tbh, especially for those who don't live nearby.

shoestring7

5,699 posts

182 months

Friday 9th February
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crispyshark said:
Having been on the waiting list for 3 years i turned down the offer i got last spring. Goodwood events are impressive but they are oversubscribed. Further, why start a members meet and the sell tickets to all and sundry (i know, to generate higher revenue)?

Just can't see where the value for money is tbh, especially for those who don't live nearby.
Presumably Goodwood didn't want to run the Member's Meeting at a loss, and when they didn't get the take up they expected from GRRC members they offered a couple of thousand tickets to MoPs. Someone told me there are 1/3 the numbers of tickets compared to Revival.

The good news is that this year they won't be selling to 'all and sundry', so it's GRRC and the new fellowship members only.

See you there.

Or not.

SS7

crispyshark

1,185 posts

81 months

Friday 9th February
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shoestring7 said:
crispyshark said:
Having been on the waiting list for 3 years i turned down the offer i got last spring. Goodwood events are impressive but they are oversubscribed. Further, why start a members meet and the sell tickets to all and sundry (i know, to generate higher revenue)?

Just can't see where the value for money is tbh, especially for those who don't live nearby.
Presumably Goodwood didn't want to run the Member's Meeting at a loss, and when they didn't get the take up they expected from GRRC members they offered a couple of thousand tickets to MoPs. Someone told me there are 1/3 the numbers of tickets compared to Revival.

The good news is that this year they won't be selling to 'all and sundry', so it's GRRC and the new fellowship members only.

See you there.

Or not.

SS7
Plenty of people i know are members so getting a ticket shouldn't be too difficult. I will be very surprised if anyone who is not GRRC or fellowship and wants to go, finds it hard to get a ticket.

You can convince yourself you are in an 'exclusive' club but ultimately Lord March will do all he can to maximize his revenue. I'm not knocking that as that is what makes the Goodwood Estate great. As stated above and imho, the cost of membership simply does not stack up against the benefits for those who do not live in the immediate vicinity.


Edited by crispyshark on Friday 9th February 12:05

dreamcar

940 posts

47 months

Monday 16th April
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I am almost certainly going to ditch membership this year having been a member for 15 years. Every year the subscription goes up and the benefits reduce. At one time you’d get 10% off in the Goodwood Hotel and restaurant, that stopped a few years ago and now discounts are only available on special occasions. The Kennels used to be superb but again prices have risen steeply there, and quality of food and service has gone from superb to patchy, sometimes plain poor. Sadly GRRC is not an enthusiast car club it is purely another money making scheme for Earl March.

edo

16,699 posts

201 months

Saturday 9th June
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Just got a letter saying I should at current rates be able to join by end of year..

Rockatansky

1,440 posts

123 months

Monday 11th June
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edo said:
Just got a letter saying I should at current rates be able to join by end of year..
Similar here but it said the end of next year.

150mph

30 posts

30 months

Wednesday 13th June
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Eco and rockantsky,

How long were you on the waiting list please?

I’d be very interested to know.

Rockatansky

1,440 posts

123 months

Wednesday 13th June
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150mph said:
Eco and rockantsky,

How long were you on the waiting list please?

I’d be very interested to know.
I honestly couldn't say for sure, I think this is my second year of fellowship and I was on the list for a year or maybe two before that.

RickRob

71 posts

49 months

Wednesday 13th June
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I joined the GRRC waiting list about 3 years' ago and joined the Fellowship last year.

I recently received a letter from the GRRC advising that ".....you are very likely to be invited to become a Member either in late 2019 for the 2020 season, or else the following autumn for 2021."

They're clearly in no rush to have me as a Member!

I am by no means certain that I will join when invited. I hope to retire in the next year or so. Currently we live within 40 minutes of Goodwood, so can easily make the car events and we - wife, dog and me - would use the Kennels quite frequently. However, if we move out of the area once I'm retired then any business case quickly evaporates.

ecsrobin

9,315 posts

101 months

Thursday 14th June
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RickRob said:
I joined the GRRC waiting list about 3 years' ago and joined the Fellowship last year.

I recently received a letter from the GRRC advising that ".....you are very likely to be invited to become a Member either in late 2019 for the 2020 season, or else the following autumn for 2021."

They're clearly in no rush to have me as a Member!

I am by no means certain that I will join when invited. I hope to retire in the next year or so. Currently we live within 40 minutes of Goodwood, so can easily make the car events and we - wife, dog and me - would use the Kennels quite frequently. However, if we move out of the area once I'm retired then any business case quickly evaporates.
The problem they have isquite a low turnover of members and a waiting list of quite a few thousand. I imagine though most of those who are on the list don’t appreciate the cost involved so drop out when asked which is why you get given a few possible dates as they just don’t know until people choose not to become a member.