National Rally2019

RnRJiver replied on 29/06/2019 20:25

Posted on 03/06/2019 23:03 by Firedragon

There was indeed a lot of traffic this year, unfortunately a lot of it was down to the motor show which was routed through the exits we were using and sadly quite a few drivers were totally oblivious to our 5mph rules and indeed many of us on the gates felt we were taking our lives into our own hands trying to separate car show from day visitors and general C&MC traffic. The decision to send the cars our way was sadly out of our hands but this is a problem when a venue has other events on over the same weekend. It is not easy to find venues whether they be stately homes or showgrounds that will give exclusivity for a bank holiday, showgrounds are even less likely to give us access for the time we need to set up and dismantle afterwards. 

Roll on Belvoir Castle 2020 laughing

Alison

Posted on 29/06/2019 20:25

Hi Alison,

your comment about the show grounds kind of explains why the club doesn't use them. We just returned from Stoneleigh Agricultural Showground, where Warner Leisure held an event with traders, entertainment and food stands. They must have been given time to set up and dismantle.  It was attended by a great number of people caravanning over the weekend.

We are scheduled to attend the Retrofestival at the Newbury Show Ground in August, god knows how many units attend, there are 3 big marquees, steam traction, traders, vintage fair ground and generators for the Berkshire rally attendees as well as the other traders and entertainment centres. Again must have a similar time frame for setting up etc as the National.

Shame the classic car rally had caused upset, had we not been elsewhere, may we'll have attended that with one of the Moggies.

Firedragon replied on 30/06/2019 12:14

Posted on 30/06/2019 12:14

Hi RnR,

the motor show certainly added to the event just the logistics of getting so many day visitors in and out through the gates along with our own that was awkward, as to the showgrounds issue yes we may well be able to get them for the extended time we need - but at what cost ?

I can just imagine the uproar from the members if we had to spend out more on sites for the National, we already get complaints about costs and we have volunteers running it that pay the same fees as everyone else, whereas Warners not only pay their staff, they ship in absolutely loads of hired outfits just for their use over the event. They are obviously a big company that doesn't have to answer to 'members' along the way.

Alison

 

RnRJiver replied on 30/06/2019 22:16

Posted on 30/06/2019 12:14 by Firedragon

Hi RnR,

the motor show certainly added to the event just the logistics of getting so many day visitors in and out through the gates along with our own that was awkward, as to the showgrounds issue yes we may well be able to get them for the extended time we need - but at what cost ?

I can just imagine the uproar from the members if we had to spend out more on sites for the National, we already get complaints about costs and we have volunteers running it that pay the same fees as everyone else, whereas Warners not only pay their staff, they ship in absolutely loads of hired outfits just for their use over the event. They are obviously a big company that doesn't have to answer to 'members' along the way.

Alison

 

Posted on 30/06/2019 22:16

Interestingly, the weekend away at Stoneleigh for us was from Thursday through to Monday for a cost of £48 for the both of us and caravan pitch. We had 4 nights of live music with 12 bands, plus live music during the day and dance lessons. I have no idea how they do this, we run jive dances with jusrpt 1 band in a night and need to charge £10 per person to break even.

As they are a business, there must have been some sort of profit at the end of the day, may be revenue from traders covered the costs, or it was a lost leader.

Will say we didn't have the community stuff though, like sporting competitions, dog shows or the other stuff laid on at the National.

brue replied on 30/06/2019 22:30

Posted on 30/06/2019 22:30

Showgrounds are permanent venues with contractors available to build each event and they often run a continuous programme of events and shows, large and small making money from stall holders and on the gate charges. Plus revenue from conference, catering and social facilities for private hire. They are big businesses but some still struggle to keep going in some areas.