Was about to ask if local papers carry coverage as I am always reading about local rally teams in our weekly paper in Ayrshire - but you've answered that Andrew's Dad!
Only time I can remember politics getting involved was when there were plans for a circuit in the M8 corridor somewhere - it was opposed greatly as the general feeling was Knockhill would suffer as a result.
When we did the princess street photo shoot people had no idea what it was all about, and there was nothing to hand out either. But it was not a media event for some reason. When we did the Touring Car run up Johnston Terrace I mentioned this to Dan Mayo for the BTCC and he said that it was in the Evening Times in Edinburgh and on Forth radio (or local to edinburgh) But it needs to go out to a wider group not everyone lives in that small area. I live on the west coast and when Johnnie Dumfrees had his event on Bute there was no advertising in our area at all even tho we could practically see it across the river. Local press had nothing about it.
But then I know these people cos I write a monthly column in the P&J's Energy publication......
I'm sure I can see a conscript for XR2 Press Officer .
Maggie Miller and Kevin Pick do a pretty good job for Wheelspin and Kevin quite often does the Motoring News article. I don't know how it would go copyright wise if Kevin submitted it to other publications though.
Unfortunately, when mixed in with other sports in a newspaper this type of post race coverage is missed by most.
You would need a pretty big feature article pre race and a follow up result article. Without the support audience the newspapers are not going to devote much column inches to the sport.
TV coverage, if it happens, will be a major boost, especially if we get shown at a decent time.
Yes - getting it on TV would make a huge difference. Even I'm surprised at the number of armchair racers who watch Motors TV and it would be a major incentive to them to get off their butts and come and watch...
Talking about TV I've been looking at ways of doing a simple overlay for in-car video like Andrew and others take that gives speed, braking/acceleration displayed in a simple graphics format. Been looking at some GPS based black boxes that record such data on a flash card but they all cost more than 4 pairs of front tyres. There must be a cheaper way of doing this... I'm sure you'd know Charlie ;D
No not me David... Last racing I did was in original Mini Coopers at Oulton Park when I was about Andrew's age... Days of Jim Clark driving Lotus Cortinas, Roy Salvadori in Jag Mk2s and I even remember Graham Hill in a Galaxy !! We used to get up to 40 minis on the grid sometimes.... You think racing XR2s is mayhem... You should have seen this lot in the wet .... Bit like a large scrapyard
But it's why when Andrew asked if he could do it I couldn't possibly have said No..... It's just too much fun to miss.... I think his mum and I probably enjoy it as much as he does.... Except for paying the bills for the damage of course!!
We live North of Aberdeen so most consider Dunfermline a foreign land !!
;D I live in Aberdeen and always take my passport with me to Knockhill just in case!
I work for the Shire Council and have put messages on our intranet bulletin board about some of the meetings. I've never had any replies or queries about it, and so I'm sure they all think it's FAR too far to go for club motorsport, or even big meetings like the Tourers. It's a vicious circle - if they don't come to the meetings, they don't get to know the cars and the drivers, but they don't necessarily want to travel all that way for cars and drivers they don't know!
I remember seeing bits and pieces in the P&J 'Your Car' section about Knockhill, but only things like the motor fair. I've been listening to Northsound 1 quite a bit recently, and I know they have an events section on some of their shows, but don't know if they'd include something out with the northeast...will have a look on the website
Chris Edwards has confirmed, on the SMRC website, that the committee will shortly be sending out a questionnaire about TV coverage and formats. Please all fill them out and return them as soon as possible as the committee's decision will depend on your replies.
Chris has already noted that the Hysterics, sorry, Historic Classes are less than enthusiastic though. Let's make sure that we can convince them that it is the way forward for Scottish Motorsport.
Already I've heard more people are planning to return from retirement and others are bringing forward starting dates etc on the strength of TV coverage.
I've also heard that there is a great deal of interest from the Northern Sports and Saloons from the Croft and North England area. They already conform to classes we run for Scottish Sports and Saloons and several have expressed interest competing with us as well if TV coverage goes ahead.
The Caterham entries look to be improving too, with interest from some ex racers and from other areas.
If just the rumour of TV coverage is having this effect, imagine how we could move forward when it happens.
Charlie, Is there anything non-members of the SMRC can do to help Swing the vote for TV coverage(How about sending an e-mail to the SMRC ?). I was my intention to race an XR2 in 2006 but for one reason or another I couldnt.I plan to race in 2007 but there is still some question marks.With TV coverage in the pipeline i am more focused to get out there.