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#1 FastReader

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Posted 09 February 2024 - 16:04

I wonder if anybody else is going this year after last year's rather disappointing event? I've decided to give it another go in the hope that it'll be better than last year and because I need a motorsport fix after 3-4 months of inactivity on the motorsport front but with a 350 mile round trip the event is living on borrowed time for me. At least there isn't a clashing London Classic Car Show this year as "Olympia is undergoing a significant upgrade".


Edited by FastReader, 09 February 2024 - 16:05.


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#2 Collombin

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Posted 09 February 2024 - 16:12

Sounds like a bigger event this year, with an extra hall in use.

#3 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 09 February 2024 - 16:54

I'm there Friday with only a few minor commitments and time to mooch. I want to get a book from BHP/Bob Evans though, thats the main highlight for me.

#4 FastReader

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Posted 09 February 2024 - 17:24

Saturday for me. Apart from having a good old browse I'm hoping to get a look at and possibly buy the new Dalton Watson book on the Maserati 450S; also got some books I want to get autographed by John Watson and Mike Wilds.

#5 sabrejet

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Posted 09 February 2024 - 20:45

I'm giving it another go. I rarely stay beyond lunchtime but it's been a worthwhile fix for me in the past.



#6 Allen Brown

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Posted 09 February 2024 - 21:05

I will be there on the Friday. For me, it’s the one show of the year I never miss. Good to have the Autojumble back this year.

#7 john aston

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Posted 10 February 2024 - 07:16

Saturday for me too. And ,like Richard , the Bob Evans book to collect .  



#8 2F-001

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Posted 10 February 2024 - 09:43

I'd like to give RaceRetro another go.

 

Am I completely out of touch, or are the admission charges a little on the high side?



#9 Steve L

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Posted 10 February 2024 - 10:22

Thought it was pretty crummy last year, and relatively expensive to get in. I'm thinking of giving it another go on the Saturday, but would welcome reading reviews from anyone who attends on the Friday!

#10 Allen Brown

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Posted 10 February 2024 - 10:31

It’s £28.50 on the Saturday, which would only buy you a cup of coffee at Goodwood (after queuing for 30 minutes) so I think that reasonable.

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Posted 10 February 2024 - 10:39

Although recently one could watch a whole day of good racing (with pits and paddock access too) at an MSV circuit for half of that.

 

I'll most likely still attend - I'm just concerned what the turnout numbers might be, with a thought to ongoing viability.

 

I'm assuming, Allen, that the comment about Goodwood coffee is in jest? (I don't often drink the stuff.)


Edited by 2F-001, 10 February 2024 - 10:40.


#12 FastReader

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Posted 10 February 2024 - 10:44

I'd like to give RaceRetro another go.

 

Am I completely out of touch, or are the admission charges a little on the high side?

Ticket prices are pretty similar to last year but the show is bigger this time so whilst it was overpriced in 2023, it should be better value this year.


Edited by FastReader, 10 February 2024 - 10:46.


#13 Derwent Motorsport

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Posted 10 February 2024 - 11:23

As it's a long way south I go down on the Thursday, go to the show on Friday, see the rally action on Saturday morning and then drive home.  I've never missed on but last year was a bit poor. I think if there was no rally action then I would not go.  As with all shows now there are less sales stalls. 


Edited by Derwent Motorsport, 11 February 2024 - 09:19.


#14 sabrejet

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Posted 11 February 2024 - 08:54

As it's a long way south I go down on the Thursday, go to the show on Friday, see the really action on Saturday morning and then drive home.  I've never missed on but last year was a bit poor. I think if there was no rally action then I would not go.  As with all shows now there are less sales stalls. 

 

I have to say I've been to a few but never seen any of the rally stuff. I may have to see where it's done and take a look this year.



#15 Derwent Motorsport

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Posted 11 February 2024 - 09:20

The rally stage is just a short walk from the main halls. The rally cars are indoors on Friday as well.  Most people go for the rally demos now.



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Posted 12 February 2024 - 17:52

I’ll be there on Friday

Edited by PRD, 16 February 2024 - 22:07.


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Posted 12 February 2024 - 18:48

I gave up going a few years ago because of the general decline.

 

I will go on the Saturday this year, to meet up with a couple of chums.

 

It will be interesting to see what's it's like.



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Posted 19 February 2024 - 18:24

Nobody's going now. Just had an email to say that it's cancelled due to the floods in the show ground :mad:

 

I was really looking forward to the day too

 

 

https://www.raceretr...5PlaIbv_eOF3eHg


Edited by PRD, 19 February 2024 - 18:39.


#19 FastReader

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Posted 19 February 2024 - 18:56

Nobody's going now. Just had an email to say that it's cancelled due to the floods in the show ground :mad:

 

I was really looking forward to the day too

 

 

https://www.raceretr...5PlaIbv_eOF3eHg

Oh bugger. :cry:



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#20 sabrejet

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Posted 19 February 2024 - 20:13

Yes it's a shame: we were looking forward to it too.



#21 elansprint72

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Posted Yesterday, 16:26

Looks like heavy flooding is the issue. I wonder if this has anything to do with the massive nearby excavations for HS2, or has flooding been an historic problem?

#22 BRG

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Posted Yesterday, 17:03

More likely due to having the River Avon on three sides of the site.



#23 john aston

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Posted Yesterday, 17:18

Very odd place is Stoneleigh. It has the look and feel a scruffy , long abandoned secret research base- the sort of thing  you'd see in The Avengers. I've  looked in vain for Mrs Peel's Elan though . Or her successor's AC 428     



#24 Odseybod

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Posted Yesterday, 17:51

No Steed but the site used to host the Town & Country Show - a sort of redneck antidote to its Royal Show earlier in the year, with pedigree cattle and umpteen-farsand-parnd farming machinery replaced by beery blokes with traction engines and the outrageous riotousness of tractor pulling. Great fun.

 

Mind you, Race Retro's rally stage has also had its moments ...

 

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#25 FastReader

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Posted Yesterday, 17:55

Very odd place is Stoneleigh. It has the look and feel a scruffy , long abandoned secret research base- the sort of thing you'd see in The Avengers. I've looked in vain for Mrs Peel's Elan though . Or her successor's AC 428

Actually, her Elan was there last year as part of the classic car auction! Full details here:
https://www.iconicau...stoneleigh-0223

#26 SteveJones

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Posted Yesterday, 19:22

I understand that Iconic Auctioneers have been able to get the use of the Wing at Silverstone for their auctions so if you were looking to bid, seems you still can. :clap:

 

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#27 ensign14

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Posted Yesterday, 20:05

Looks like heavy flooding is the issue.

I'm claiming shenanigans.  There's nothing outrageous about the weather forecast in the next few days.  The official flood risk is being given as very low and although there is an alert in place there is no warning.



#28 Vitesse2

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Posted Yesterday, 20:20

I'm claiming shenanigans.  There's nothing outrageous about the weather forecast in the next few days.  The official flood risk is being given as very low and although there is an alert in place there is no warning.

Something in the small print of their pluvius insurance, perhaps?



#29 Allen Brown

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Posted Yesterday, 21:07

I'm claiming shenanigans. There's nothing outrageous about the weather forecast in the next few days. The official flood risk is being given as very low and although there is an alert in place there is no warning.


Have you seen the pictures of the current flooding in the car parks?

#30 Richard Jenkins

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Posted Yesterday, 21:12

My concern is that, given this is held in February, we know the British weather is dire and the area is suspectible to flooding, is it realistic to expect it to not reoccur in future years?
Given that I think stallholders patience might be stretched with one event in 4 years and the flood risk, I'm seriously doubtful if it'll attract the people who could give the show that oomph factor.