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Phil
Administrator

Australia

1770 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  12:03:06  Show Profile
Hi Laurie,

Usually the track day is well supported but this one is on a long weekend and grand final day...just a lesson for us when planning the next one I guess

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Sharee
Small Ford Master

Australia

489 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  13:03:32  Show Profile
Hi Laurie nice to see you on the Forum. Last Track Day was a great day and a lot of members attended. I agree with Phil think it is a combination of the following that has meant this time we are struggling for numbers this time:
1. It was originally just a hill climb which may have turned some people off;
2. It's in the school holidays;
3. It's on a long weekend;
4. it's on Grand Final weekend;
5. It's the second track day this year; and
6. There was a change of date.

I might be wrong but last time I think we had obver 30 people out there. I currently have 10 confirmed attendees plus still trying to get confirmations for about 3 others.

We probably need to ensure that we get more firm commitments from people for any future similar evens including payment of a deposit.

If anyone is coming and has not yet told me please let me know.

Thanks
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n/a
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244 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  13:11:44  Show Profile
The track days are a great idea; and frankly I think there should be more of them. Unfortunately, this one is very badly timed.
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Sharee
Small Ford Master

Australia

489 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  13:18:26  Show Profile
Thanks for th support Brett
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Sean
Small Ford Master

Australia

269 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  14:15:43  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by Laurie S

It may have come to the time where we, as a club have to have to think which direction we should be heading. ie Club runs, shows etc or cater to a minority, sporting activities, drags, circuit runs etc.



Geez Laurie, thats a bit dramatic. I think the club can and does an excellent job in catering both sporting and recreational activities. The variety and frequency of activities the club offers is one of the main aspects which makes it so much fun to be a part of.

As said, the timing of the upcoming track day isn't great, but previous track days have been well attended and brilliant fun!
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Laurie S
Small Ford Master

Australia

126 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  17:03:14  Show Profile
Not really dramatic Sean. When you see talk on Facebook that there were worries about not being able to get the numbers therefore the club would have been loosing out on track hire fees. The trouble is when people are asked for an expression of interest to run at these days three months in advance they do not think about other events, ie wifes birthday,wifes family dropping over, wife giving birth etc. AFL final being a draw and having to be relayed on our track day, NRL grand final, long weekend etc.Being a long weekend is a cop out excuse for not being able to attend. It is the perfect weekend for car enthusiasts to be able to use their cars and have a day to get over it before going back to work.

The committe would have had to get "numbers" before booking the track. Albeit the date was changed, but die had sporting enthusiasts would be undeterred by a date change.I can understand why some people get a little annoyed when arranging these things. I for one would love to run at a track day but I know my roster and job do not allow for me to say three weeks in advance,"I might be able to go if......" Just my thoughts
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Sean
Small Ford Master

Australia

269 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  18:01:10  Show Profile
Yes I can understand the frustration of organising an event which is struggling to meet its target attendees, but I fail to see how this puts the club at a crossroads of which direction club events should take. At worst perhaps a change of tact is required to sustain interest levels in "sporting events".

Anyway, this is for the commitee to decide, but I for one would be very upset if the track days were canned. Unfortunately I can't make it to this weekends event but I will be doing everything I can to get to the next one.
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Sharee
Small Ford Master

Australia

489 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  18:35:40  Show Profile
Laurie,
Is there an underlying issue..wife's birthdsy, wife's.., wife's - why all for the wife...dont blame the wives - LOL, well someone had to stick up for them there are no too many wives on here. I hope yo can live with my bad sense of humour.
I understand it is difficult to make a definite decision so far in advance but unfortunately the club has to foot the deposit well in advance to secure the date. The committee has discussed better ways of managing the booking process in the future with the track and for members and I am sure it will be further discussed.
The recent messages were not intended to upset anyone just to try and determine who was actually going so that we could make informed decisions. The committee just wants to do the best it can by its members.
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Laurie S
Small Ford Master

Australia

126 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  18:36:45  Show Profile
I fully agree with the tact thingy
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Sharee
Small Ford Master

Australia

489 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  18:42:50  Show Profile
So we can take members' views into account can you explain a little more about what you propose by a change of tact Sean and Laurie. I am open minded no offence will be taken to anything you say. The committee is here to look after its members so I would really like to hear your views.
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n/a
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244 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  19:06:36  Show Profile
This debate started in a post tangential to the thread, and has continued to be derivative.

The idea that the club should confine itself to shows and runs and not organise track days is, with all due respect tho those who would contend otherwise, rather inward looking. The club has to change and grow if it is to continue its success, and track days and club level motor-sport are a clear and largely unexplored avenue for growth. I am personally getting tired of looking at parked cars and frankly I want to use my cars. I know a number of other members who feel the same way.

The fact that this particular track day is struggling (for perfectly explicable reasons) is hardly a sensible or proper basis for abandoning further days.

Just my two cents worths.

Edited by - n/a on 29/09/2010 19:09:04
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Sharee
Small Ford Master

Australia

489 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  19:17:18  Show Profile
Bj at this stage there has been no decision to cease having track days, to the contrary discussions have been held between the committee as to when we shall hold the next one.
Thanks for your thoughts.
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Phil
Administrator

Australia

1770 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  19:41:28  Show Profile
Too true everyone There is some great opinions and feedback there. I think the track days will only become bigger personally with several ways of supporting this growth available to us. One way that Im sure will draw a large amount of support is a run at Wakefield in the future The key I believe is quality rather than quantity when refering to events

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hak073
Small Ford Addict

Australia

658 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  20:16:16  Show Profile  Visit hak073's Homepage
I was keen for this one, but just last week my wife got invited to a hens night in Canberra.

So I'm on baby sitting duties now. Not happy about it at all, and apologies to the organisers for the non-attendance.

I'll definitely be up for the next one though. I should get me a track-day credit from this weekend

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fehlbie
Small Ford Master

Australia

305 Posts

Posted - 29/09/2010 :  20:37:11  Show Profile
I would be in full support of holding another track day. For me I was turned off by the fact that it was originally going to be the hill climb section only. And as far a I new was still the hill climb section only until a couple of days ago.
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