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Old 14th Jan 2015, 14:12
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British Grand Prix admission prices

I happened to see on the BBC Sport web site that the organisers of the British GP are looking at reducing general admission prices for race day to a mere 99 from it's current level of 155.
To me even at 99 it seems expensive.

Does any board member have any knowledge of how much it costs to watch a Grand prix in other countries?
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 15:01
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To me even at 99 it seems expensive
Blame the Poison Dwarf for that. After all, he needed to raise $100 million to pay off the German court so he didn't go to gaol (more's the pity)
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 15:02
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One reason why I don't yearn to attend.

Another reason is the traffic.

As someone who was a 'hanger-on' in the 1960s and 1970s - who didn't pay for entry and had 'access all areas', the concept of paying so much for so little means it is a non-starter.

I would need helicopter transfers to and from the circuit and a pit-pass and access to the Woodcote grandstand or the hospitality area (I'm not fussed about the fancy food and drink, but I'd feel bad about paying extortionate prices for crap fast food, so I'd probably prefer a ploughman's from a supermarket and a couple of bottles of beer).

When you can sit at home and watch it on TV from various viewpoints whilst snacking and supping, it isn't worth the hassle.
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For 12 a head you can go and watch Banger racing on the Mendips, great fun !


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Is the banger racing still going up Mendip?
We used to go there in the late 1980s when we lived at 'Harptree'.
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 15:43
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dunno how the formatting will look on this but for Montreal

GRANDSTAND 1 3 DAYS 575.00 $ DETAILS
GRANDSTAND 11 3 DAYS 460.00 $ DETAILS
GRANDSTAND 12 3 DAYS 460.00 $ DETAILS
GRANDSTAND 15 3 DAYS 450.00 $ DETAILS
GRANDSTAND 21 3 DAYS 450.00 $ DETAILS
GRANDSTAND 24 3 DAYS 450.00 $ DETAILS
GRANDSTAND 31 3 DAYS 275.00 $ DETAILS
GRANDSTAND 33 3 DAYS 275.00 $ DETAILS
GRANDSTAND 34 3 DAYS 315.00 $ DETAILS
POPULAR GRANDSTAND 3 DAYS 175.00 $ DETAILS
POPULAR GRANDSTAND FRIDAY 1 DAYS 70.00 $ DETAILS
POPULAR GRANDSTAND SATURDAY 1 DAYS 100.00 $ DETAILS
POPULAR GRANDSTAND SUNDAY 1 DAYS 140.00 $ DETAILS
GENERAL ADMISSION 3 DAYS 127.00 $ DETAILS
GENERAL ADMISSION FRIDAY 1 DAYS 46.00 $ DETAILS
GENERAL ADMISSION SATURDAY 1 DAYS 72.00 $ DETAILS
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 16:08
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G-CPTN as henry's video shows their still racing up there, sometimes it ends in tears though ! this was September 2009.


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Old 14th Jan 2015, 16:11
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Anyone who saw the German GP last year, might have wondered where the crowd was. Well, they upped the prices by roughly 50% and as a result sold less than half the tickets at an event that used to be totally sold out. Decent tickets were north of 400EUR for the week-end. Gun, foot, trigger pulling.
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 16:14
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Does any board member have any knowledge of how much it costs to watch a Grand prix in other countries?
Free on television.

Surely in this day and age you'll get a much better view of the action from the comfort of your sofa than you will by sitting in an over priced plastic seat in the cold and rain.
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 16:39
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Concur with TV viewing. We gave up going about 20 years ago, when our entrance plus grandstand went over GBP 100, and then you had to book the May before - i.e. 14 months early - and even then most of the best seats were gone to corporates.

Also the place was flooded out with "[email protected] with [email protected]" clogging up what little bit of access was left by the interminable "merchandise" stalls, and even using our "back routes" through country lanes to arrive on the main road opposite the circuit entrance we were leaving home 0500, and we only lived 40 miles from Silverstone!
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 16:49
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Free on television
Free to watch perhaps. But the fees for broadcasting rights are equally bloated. You'll be paying your share if it's only for the inflated cost of products advertised on TV during the race, and for the sponsors' products too.

And as mentioned above, the PD takes his percentage out of everything.
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 19:14
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Not only is it free on TV but if recorded, you can fast forward through the boring bits.

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Old 14th Jan 2015, 22:23
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...you can fast forward through the boring bits
That would be from the bit where all the red lights go out to the bit where a bloke waves a chequered flag then?

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Old 14th Jan 2015, 22:53
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I just can't understand why people would spend money watching noisy cars going around a track, following each other and doing little else.

It think it is more fun standing on a bridge over the M25 and watching the traffic there.

I assume that there is something interesting in watching them but I can't see what it is.


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Old 14th Jan 2015, 23:17
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Thanks for all the replies on this, myself I have no interest in going to a GP unless invited by a corporate, that won't happen because I drink too much and have never missed lunch in my lifetime.
I liked watching the F1 on BBC but once they lost coverage of most GPs I take very little interest, usually only watching the Saturday lunchtime practice, when it is on the Beeb.

I think the time will come when many more spectators vote with their feet for many sporting events, especially football, after all for most Premier league clubs the gate money is just the icing on the cake, and when you are earning 200K per week, that's a lot of icing. and a lot of cake.
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Old 14th Jan 2015, 23:22
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I have attended several F1 races in Oz (Adelaide).

Didn't see much in the general admission areas,the best spots such as the grandstand area at the start/finish line and the chicanes (lots of corporate boxes) were very expensive.

I certainly didn't see much towards the end of the main straight,Nigel Mansell and Niki Lauda were merely brief flashes of colour at 300km/h.

Best view is on TV.
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I must agree. I too, prefer the TV coverage these days.
The only time you see me going to one of those events is when I have a pit pass.

The closest analogy I can think of is that of a giant sheep-shearing shed.
It's painful getting there, you're treated like sheep while there, all you can see is odd bits of whizzing machinery and, at the end,
you're dumped down the chute wondering just how comprehensively you've been fleeced.

Historic Car Racing days at the local circuit - well, that's different.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 05:51
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For good car racing fun, try Rallycross. Now a FIA World Cup event.
I bet the tickets are somewhat cheaper than F1.
Lydden Hill in the UK and Hell (no kidding) in Norway are two of twelve races on the calendar.
2015 Calendar - FIA World Rallycross Championship.
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Old 15th Jan 2015, 06:08
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A good friend of mine is quite heavily minted and a gentleman racer, he races his Jag XK at Brands Hatch alongside other good chaps.
He has been an avid F1 fan all his life and used to be involved in a minor team a few years ago.
Every year when the Bahrain Grand Prix is on he arranges a board meeting, for one of the companies he owns in Bahrain, to be held in the week of the race so that he has an excuse to come to Bahrain.
He attends the board meeting then he attends Friday and Saturday of the GP meeting watching the action and catching up with many old friends (like me).
On Saturday night he flies back to UK and watches the race at home on the TV with some friends and a rather lovely claret.
I have taken a leaf out of his book and I also attend Friday and Saturday and then watch the race at home with friends and some rather less expensive Merlot.
You just can't follow the race at the event.
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