Was well organised! I know you cant account for cars going off, shame it was all in the afternoon. On that basis, I cant see limiting it to 50 in the afternoon.... as if it was 70 again next year... It may run all smooth like the morning session did??
Morning session is 3 hours - Afternoon is 2 hours - if people are fools in either session it's going to wreck the session but afternoon it was hard to recover - fewer cars would work better - it's not a money making exercise but we do want to give VFM.......
for me as a spectator it was very nice to watch the hillclimb, nicely organized, cars close together. All in all, a great experience to watch. And the group runs in the end where brilliant!
In some way i liked the demo cars running in between the normal cars, as you get hem spread out a bit, but you are not prepared for them (allthough most where pretty obvious when they went up )when the go up.
Modern content, well, there where indeed a couple, but they never bothered me, and they weren't taking spaces of 'real retro's' because they where filling gaps that the others didn't take. Sure, an Evo or 207 is less interesting then a Triumph Vitesse or an Austin Allegro going up, but still nice in some way.
I never dare to take up my car up the hill, as i have to drive it home afterwards, but the itch gets worse every year!
the main reason we just run a morning and a afternoon group is the logistics of getting the cars in and out of the paddock. doing it twice a day is hard enough let alone if we have to do it ever three runs and you can bet some would want to do a run then go off and do somthing else and come back to do the rest of the runs. I think how it is done at the moment is the best use of the track time we have but reducing the numbers in the afternoon group is worth thinking baout, less time so less cars. the main reason we run it is so you can have some fun
i did find the morning session went well, however something that baffled me is that £30 was charged but almost 20 more cars in each session than last year, not sure how that works out or if that's Prescott but i did think it was a little cheeky!
also haven't the sign on only half hour before the hill opens caused a lot of people to be late, and i got 2 runs in before most people got there and a sneaky run in at the end along with a 2002, totaling 7 runs which i didn't plan or or push in at all, i was just organized and quick...
and as a note i think the method of limiting runs would be a much better idea, pay less get 2 runs in and then more cars can get a chance to go up, that's my idea anyway. however like last year all went smoothly from my point of view and everyone was chatty and very helpful especially the chap at the start line!
I did find the morning session went well, however something that baffled me is that £30 was charged but almost 20 more cars in each session than last year, not sure how that works out or if that's Prescott but I did think it was a little cheeky!
Sorry to correct you but just 6 more cars in the morning and 8 more in the afternoon - I know this for a fact I have the spare stickers from all three years
The few additional cars was driven by us trying to meet the demand and the feedback from last year
also haven't the sign on only half hour before the hill opens caused a lot of people to be late, and I got 2 runs in before most people got there and a sneaky run in at the end along with a 2002, totaling 7 runs which I didn't plan or or push in at all, I was just organized and quick...
Target for the morning was 5 runs minimum - you did well and being in the paddock early does help - bottom line is there is nothing more boring than a hill with nothing going up it so turning avaliable cars round and keeping the hill "occupied" works for me
Sign on time we can work on - maybe 15 mins earlier but not much more
and as a note I think the method of limiting runs would be a much better idea, pay less get 2 runs in and then more cars can get a chance to go up, that's my idea anyway. however like last year all went smoothly from my point of view and everyone was chatty and very helpful especially the chap at the start line!
Limiting runs sucks for me - I don't want to go there...... Herding cats in and out of the paddock yuck
Never ragd it through the villages, although we did have a go at tweaking the map on Saturday afternoon.
It didn't go unnoticed by local residents and complaints were lodged with Prescott - very distinctive car you have...... What Keefy was trying to say in his own way was please don't ever do it again and I'm sure you won't
I hope i'm not speaking out of turn here,never having been to a RR Gathering. .. but i think what ever decision is taken will be met with support and discord ,in other words you'll never satisfy everyone.
As to what to run up the hill, to me its not the age of the car, but whether its 'interesting' to me. So personal tastes dictate, and thats an arguement that'll keep going and going.
As to the 'booking' situation, many yrs back i went to an off road show, and booked a go on the off rd course, to guarantee you a slot you had to prebook,and you were also given a time slot (which was on the ticket) but you had to be there half an hour before you were due to 'set off' (so to speak) your vehicle was checked by scrutineers (general safety check no loose body work etc etc) then off you go ... thing was if you didn't turn up at the allocated time you missed out period. You got 2 goes round the course then you were done. (it was a long course, very good) I don't know about how you organise the show so i can't comment on that, but the off road show had masses of organisers,staff and marshalls,but they were in the buisiness of making money.
From the point of view of a first time driver at this event I felt that the balancwe was very good and that Ian and the team did an amazing job at keeping things flowing and fair. I did 5 runs in the morning (Blue Seven replica) and had a ball.
I have done another event at Prescott for the last 5 years that limits runs for the initial entry and then sells run later in the day. The RR way seems far better to me as everyone has an equal chance of getting runs in without a bun fight for extra runs, but clearly if someone delays the session everyone looses out either way.
The mix of vehicles was pretty good in my opinion a few moderns but not many. This could have been weeded on the gate into the event for the blatant ones. The road legal check seems only fair as the venue is only running the event as a trackday not a race meeting. Although at other evnts this is done upfront and the sessions are booked in advance. (I am about to book for next May!)
There will always been moaners at any event but I would like to say well done and thanks to the RR and Prescott teams.