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  1. Didn't look more than a couple of thousands.
  2. First visit in many years to Eastie. The prospect of a decent evening weather wise was more of an influence than the opposition being under-strength. As others have said, Scorpions didn't INicol apart) really turn up until the last third of the meeting. All was well organised and the track well prepared with little to no dust evident during races. A couple of tape malfunctions plus riders anticipating the start extended things a bit but all finished well within two hours. Very impressed with Broc Nicol, looked as if he had been riding the track for years.
  3. Given that a company was sponsoring the meeting, presumably at a rate the promotion were happy with, I don't think the promotion lost out. It was a win win situation for them as some of the newbies may have returned.
  4. I have no axe to grind - just saying how it comes over on tv. The cameras seem to do their best not to show the overall crowd with any close-up focused on the 'densely packed' areas when it is fairly obvious that there were whole sections with hardly anybody there at all.
  5. I don't think the promotion could afford it - attendance last night looked to be a couple of hundred.
  6. Not a bad meeting for early season and object lesson in how to run an efficient 15 heats - 7.45 start and all over by 9.05 - impressive. Very good view from well up in the back straight grandstand but I do wish the track lighting was better - difficult to determine who is who around the bends (particularly bends 3 and 4) and, again from the same standpoint, the start area is rather dim. Really good race between Cam and Max.
  7. TonyE

    Eastbourne 2019

    Hasn't Stuart retired?
  8. TonyE

    Lakeside and the BSPA

    In what way did they do that?
  9. TonyE

    Lakeside and the BSPA

    Totally agree - we are all 'internet warrior's and I have no issues with opinions and suggestions. The point I was trying to make was to highlight the fact that it is the promotion that takes the financial risk on new initiatives.
  10. TonyE

    Lakeside and the BSPA

    No one seems to know the answer unfortunately. Plenty of 'internet warriors' come up with suggestions but it isn't their money at risk. I certainly do not know the solution - Lakeside had Mark sexton as a community officer and I know he specifically tried to get the younger element interested in the sport (school liaison etc) . The one time Arena Essex as then was, offered free entry (in a meeting against Belle Vue and sponsored by a company), it certainly produced a good crowd. There were certainly first timers there but whether or not they were hooked is another issue.
  11. TonyE

    Lakeside and the BSPA

    The is that it the newbies don't come the promoters lose even more money when discounted admission is available. Just how do you differentiate between a newcomer and a die-hard regular. The Hammers tried it a few seasons back and quickly had to drop it.
  12. TonyE

    Lakeside and the BSPA

    The planned second Thames crossing must afford some opportunities and, above all else, will maintain (ultimately) ease of access to Kent based supporters.
  13. TonyE

    Championship race nights?

    Lots of Friday's - that will not go down well in certain quarters!
  14. TonyE

    Lakeside and the BSPA

    As I understand it, there were, potentially, two dates that we could have run. The problem was that we had two league matches, a Championship Shield and likely Play-Off meetings to fit in.

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