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Re: SAAC-45 Convention Update
« Reply #60 on: September 28, 2020, 08:27:21 AM »
My vote is INDY
Whenever it happens.
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Re: SAAC-45 Convention Update
« Reply #61 on: September 28, 2020, 02:22:07 PM »

I would agree, especially if the bulk of the prep work was already in place prior to cancellation, would make Indy an obvious choice. But who knows ???
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« Reply #62 on: September 28, 2020, 05:41:07 PM »

I would agree, especially if the bulk of the prep work was already in place prior to cancellation, would make Indy an obvious choice. But who knows ???
It is typically is hinged on the vintage racing group and where they are having their event so that we can reduce cost for the track. It hasn't been stand alone SAAC for some years now because of rising track costs etc. Our venerable chairmen of the board has a in with those guys to keep us in consideration . ;) They don't have to have us but we need them unless we want to have prohibitivly higher event fee's. At least that is my take on the situation . Someone update me if I am off base.
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Re: SAAC-45 Convention Update
« Reply #63 on: September 28, 2020, 05:47:57 PM »
Bob, if you don't know or don't care to reveal, I fully understand.   

My totally respectful question: Have recent SAAC conventions had enough entrants/spectators to cover the expenses? 

I sincerely hope the club is making money on the events. My question is not based in anything but curiosity, and forward-looking thoughts about the future of club events.
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Re: SAAC-45 Convention Update
« Reply #64 on: September 28, 2020, 06:23:47 PM »
Bob, if you don't know or don't care to reveal, I fully understand.   

My totally respectful question: Have recent SAAC conventions had enough entrants/spectators to cover the expenses? 

I sincerely hope the club is making money on the events. My question is not based in anything but curiosity, and forward-looking thoughts about the future of club events.
Van
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Re: SAAC-45 Convention Update
« Reply #65 on: September 28, 2020, 07:00:22 PM »
Big tracks cost big money. Lynn Park can get by for $200 per car at a Willow Springs weekend. There are far fewer cars taking to the track and even fewer (compared to past conventions) on display. Several reasons. Many own multiple cars now and would only bring one. Lots of people also own "new" models and prefer to take those on a trip. Reduced track participation mean costs spread over fewer participants so higher cost per car keeps some away. Moving each year does add to the cost. If they could make a 3 year deal with a hotel and track the prices would come down.
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Re: SAAC-45 Convention Update
« Reply #66 on: September 28, 2020, 07:32:11 PM »

Big money indeed, while this article and data is old it does give an idea of what just track rental costs (corner works, Ambulance crew, Safety crew are extra) for a weekend. Personally I think it's wise to "piggy back" with a SVRA Vintage race venue to reduce costs for SAAC.


https://blog.motorsportreg.com/global-race-track-rental-fees#.X3JxKi2ZNKM
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« Reply #67 on: September 29, 2020, 12:04:02 PM »
Track expenses are the big ticket item. I can correlate, as I have run, priced, and set up track days. Three days at a major facility is $50 - 75K plus with all the extras. If SAAC was to shrink down to a one-day event at a lesser track, such as NJMP, NOLA, Autobahn, Willow, or other club-style tracks, they could probably do so solo, but it requires a major re-think of the convention. And pricing.

The Bosses like a name track, and Bob did identify on who's coattails we ride. It is felt that we'll attract more going to a famous place.

Me personally, I don't care, as long as the track is fun. Why not just have a one-day track frenzy, and spend another day with the car shows at the host hotel location, and maybe other fun social things? Heck, I've been asking for years at the Jersey Shore, one day at NJMP, car show on the boardwalk the second day, and one day in the Pine Barrens hunting for Jimmy Hoffa or other Soprano's victims......
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« Reply #68 on: September 29, 2020, 03:21:51 PM »
Track expenses are the big ticket item. I can correlate, as I have run, priced, and set up track days. Three days at a major facility is $50 - 75K plus with all the extras. If SAAC was to shrink down to a one-day event at a lesser track, such as NJMP, NOLA, Autobahn, Willow, or other club-style tracks, they could probably do so solo, but it requires a major re-think of the convention. And pricing.

The Bosses like a name track, and Bob did identify on who's coattails we ride. It is felt that we'll attract more going to a famous place.

Me personally, I don't care, as long as the track is fun. Why not just have a one-day track frenzy, and spend another day with the car shows at the host hotel location, and maybe other fun social things? Heck, I've been asking for years at the Jersey Shore, one day at NJMP, car show on the boardwalk the second day, and one day in the Pine Barrens hunting for Jimmy Hoffa or other Soprano's victims......
Why leave out searching for the Jersey Devil in the Pine Barrens ? That would be Ed Meyers preferred hunt. ;D
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