Brooklands new year day classic gathering

Brooklands new year day classic gathering

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Fishy Dave

575 posts

191 months

Tuesday 1st January
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We shall be there in the Corvette, aiming for 10ish. First time to Brooklands.

TVR_Steve

2,590 posts

111 months

Tuesday 1st January
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I'm aiming for 10am, trundling down from Baldock services at 9am if anyone fancies a convoy.

TVR_Steve

2,590 posts

111 months

Tuesday 1st January
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Queued for ninety minutes to get in, only to get to the front of the queue to be told that it was "Full" with twice the amount of expected cars.
Still, got squeezed in somewhere and didn't have to pay the entry fee, so that's something.

Lack of communication and no idea why they weren't turning people away at the entrance, instead of throwing 600 cars down that one way ramp.


However, an excellent array of cars there!

Huw Janus

1,297 posts

14 months

Tuesday 1st January
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Brilliant turn out.
Never seen it that busy before, even for Auto Italia.
Traffic was dreadful in the whole area, not helped by the accident on the Byfleet road.

Glad I took the bike.

Schmoopy

142 posts

174 months

Tuesday 1st January
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It was the craziest I’ve ever seen it!
Brilliant turn out, some lovely lovely cars. I really feel for the people that got turned away. The volunteers and staff did a great job. It was nowhere near as busy last year so I just don’t think they expected it or could plan for the turnout they got.

delta037

399 posts

119 months

Tuesday 1st January
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Missed previous two years so this time it was 'catch up'. Left home with two friends half hour earlier this time but with queued up traffic got parked in the Heights at 10.10. Thoroughly enjoyed the sheer diversity of machinery and left at 12.30. As mentioned elsewhere there were still cars coming in which we would have missed. Sunshine, dry, mild weather and more capacity was a recipe for reaching the limit within Brooklands boundaries.

Superb selection of diverse machinery turned out for the event. Full marks to all those owners who braved the queues. Even spotted the Chrysler Alpine which won the 2018 Exhibition of the Unexceptional!

Pericoloso

40,567 posts

109 months

Tuesday 1st January
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delta037 said:
. Even spotted the Chrysler Alpine which won the 2018 Exhibition of the Unexceptional!
Thanks for reminding me to look this up.

2019 Festival of the Unexceptional is on 20th July at a new venue ,Claydon house Bucks.

Never been before but want to take the unexceptional FIAT with me.

LaSource

2,364 posts

154 months

Tuesday 1st January
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Gosh it was busy, wasn't it?

I got there just before 10 and parked in the Sportscar/supercar area - left around 11.45 as had a lunch engagement as well. Sadly almost lost my splitter to the crazy speed humps on exit until a good Samaritan offered to hold up the splitter with his fingers whilst I slowly drove over it awaiting a yelp as I chop his fingers off!! (all worked out ok in the end!)

Nice day for it, busy, large diversity of well maintained machinery.

People were still queuing to get in when I left and I suspect they may not have had the best experience given the high demand for the day.


Miner49er

373 posts

151 months

Tuesday 1st January
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A great event as usual and busier than previous years... The cost to attend totally justified.

A big thanks to Brooklands, their staff and their many volunteers.

Nik da Greek

2,492 posts

96 months

Tuesday 1st January
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That was CrAzY. I've never been so glad to be in a vehicle with no coolant as being stuck in that queue in the bus eek Felt for the poor sods who brewed up right when the Campbell Gate was in reachcry . And also for the dude with the Mustang who ran out of petrol at the roundabout rofl

To those moaning about the entrance cost; I've been to many organised car shows with a poorer turnout than this "meet". Worth every penny IMHO, there were sooooo many cool things to look at. Plus the Museum and all the usual attractions. Or even better, as someone already pointed out, join as Trust Members and then today and the next two events would have been essentially free

lotus72

777 posts

212 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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I've been a Brooklands Member for over 20 years ...... and still get upset when they make people who are essentially making the show for them pay full whack to actually get into the place in the first place, it is a bit much. BUT........ saying that, take out an individual membership for around £30 (or is it £35 now?), go to two events and it's paid for itself. So, if I go to New Year's Day and the VSCC Winter Trial in Jnauary again (which I usually do) ....then EVERY visit for the rest of the year is free. That's the way I look at it. I'm lucky in that I live just 15 minutes away, so even during the week, if I'm out and about, I'll pop in for a cup of coffee or a bit of lunch.

NDA

16,292 posts

171 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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Huw Janus said:
They should make it free with entrance to the museum a chargeable option.
Other than a handful of events, they struggle with the big crowds.
With all the extras they can charge for, they could make far money.
If I was running it, it's exactly what I would do. They'd clean up.

I refuse to go to Brookwood to show my car as I don't think they should charge a full entrance fee for entrants.

jeremyc

17,780 posts

230 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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NDA said:
Huw Janus said:
They should make it free with entrance to the museum a chargeable option.
Other than a handful of events, they struggle with the big crowds.
With all the extras they can charge for, they could make far money.
If I was running it, it's exactly what I would do. They'd clean up.

I refuse to go to Brookwood to show my car as I don't think they should charge a full entrance fee for entrants.
Given the layout of the site and the distributed nature of the museum I suspect the logistics of a separate charge for museum entry rules this out. It would demand significant resource to manage access to each of the sheds individually.

Fast Bug

7,369 posts

107 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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Most static shows are somewhere around £10 for entry for just seeing the cars, an extra £5 for entry to all of the exhibits seems a bit of a bargain to me

NDA

16,292 posts

171 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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Why charge exhibitors? The point remains the same and is the reason I don't go.


jeremyc

17,780 posts

230 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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NDA said:
Why charge exhibitors? The point remains the same and is the reason I don't go.
Your face doesn't look the same with that nose cut off! wink

Understand your point, but if you bought membership for £40 you'd break even after three events and be able to enter thereafter for free. smile

Schmoopy

142 posts

174 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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It is a tricky one I do see your point.
I’ve been doing various car shows for 20 odd years now and I’ve always had to pay entry for me even if I’m exhibiting. Sometimes I’ve got away with it on a trade stand, but the trader has paid the entrance. It is a high cost and clearly by turning people away yesterday as well as people who gave up, they weren’t short of people willing to pay it.
They sort of phrase it like ‘come to the museum and if your cars old enough you can park in the grounds’. So it’s not the traditional turning a field or hanger into a display of cars.
As a pp says the tiered entry wouldn’t work as they would need so many more volunteers to Man every exhibit.

Nik da Greek

2,492 posts

96 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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NDA said:
Why charge exhibitors? The point remains the same and is the reason I don't go.
Sad times. Everyone there really missed you, too

fatboy18

16,541 posts

157 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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Nik da Greek said:
NDA said:
Why charge exhibitors? The point remains the same and is the reason I don't go.
Sad times. Everyone there really missed you, too
They must have missed me too then tongue out

Fast Bug

7,369 posts

107 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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I've always paid the entry fee when showing a car, the only show I can think of that I didn't was a big VW show in Esher where they gave us weekend passes as your car was in the show all weekend. I really don't see the entrance fee as a big deal in all honesty, nor did all of the people that came, so many in fact that it was crammed to capacity.