Maybe we need a 'press relations' officer who liased with both KH and SMRC - though I'm not volunteering!
As far as cost goes, would it be possible to get a sponsor for the telly, like Auto Express sponsors the BTCC coverage on Motors? They then get their ad played before, during and after the telly program. For more coverage, maybe KH would allow a few hoardings around the track, gratis (after all, sponsor or not we'd be aying for their track to be on telly, can't think on much better free publicity!). Just a thought.
Between the proposed new format and the possiblilty of getting on the telly, I sure have to make a serious effort to get back out racing next year!
This TV news could really be a shot in the arm for Scottish Racing and the XR2s in particular, it has kicked me into life to get the car ready for next season and XR2 BAZ has said he will make a big effort to get out next year and im sure there must be loads of old XR2 race cars in peoples garages gathering dust, this could be just the thing to start reversing the recent trend of lower grid numbers in the series hopefully with a bit of luck and work we could have full grids again and qualification races
Oh there's no dust on it, or did you mean rust I've been competing in a few hillcimbs with it whilst sitting out the racing. The XR's not particularly competitive, given the competition has been another XR2 with about 50 horses more, 100 kilos less and super soft slicks! Keeps my eye in and all good fun, until I rolled it a few weeks back Still, nothing a good bash with the hammer won't fix...though that'll probably send the rest of the bodywork crumbling to the floor
Don't know if anyone noticed me passing out some fliers about these proposals between races on Sunday, but as I went around the paddock talking to people from different classes I got the feeling that they liked them . I were quite a few favourable comments as I chatted with people.
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I have always been really suprised how bad advertising for things in Scotland is. When SMRC mannned the stall for VIM (volenteers in motorsport) people living very near by had no idea that race meetings were held there. It was thought in several instances that Knockhill was just a corporate events center . On the west coast very few people have heard of Knockhill and unaware that Scotland even has a circuit! Perhaps River City should have a day at the track as part of a story line and have Charlie as the star even.
I had a real go recently at the Scotsman newspaper for never covering Knockhill except for the BTCC and Superbikes..... I also had a go at a friend of mine at the BBC for never mentioning it... But of course it never features at a political level either.... I've never heard it mentioned by any MSP. We need to improve the level of awareness and to a large extent that has to be down to the SMRC..
As I understand it, Knockhill are responsible for the advertising of meetings not SMRC, who are primarily the organisers. This year Knockhill produced 90,000 leaflets advertising the events of the year though am not sure where they went as I hardly ever saw one! My partner and I took away 1000 at the beginning of the season and distributed them around Edinburgh and East Lothian (she lives in Dunbar).
The newspaper coverage is dire. I wrote to the Scotsman about a year ago asking why they didn't cover the racing apart from Touring Cars and Superbikes and they didn't know! 6 pages about 22 men kicking a ball about a field but nothing for Knockhill....! Back in the 60s and 70s, there were reports, often with a photo, of every race meeting at Ingliston. In those days, we used to get thousands of spectators even just for a club meeting! In fact, on the Friday before, we used to get a preview in the paper of the next Sunday's meeting! That slowly disappeared and results only appeared but for years now.... nothing! The events don't even appear in their forthcoming events list. I visited the Scotsman office a while back and mentioned this to the Evening News editor and he said that if no-one tells them, they can't put it in so maybe Knockhill need to make more contact with some of the press?? Unless they already do and it's the press's general lack of motorsport interest/coverage (other than F1 etc)
David...... Yes it's primarily Knockhill's job to advertise events but I wonder if they issue press releases following a meeting... Same question goes for SMRC of course. It's easy enough to do... If Andrew gets a decent result I always write a short press release for our local papers up here and they always carry something on it.
But then I know these people cos I write a monthly column in the P&J's Energy publication...... I did manage to weave in something about Knockhill earlier this year in an article about bio-fuels and motor racing..... ;D