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  1. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    Had a look already and would go occasionally if £13 but not £16. The Leicester deal looks good £1 off programme early admission, prize draw. It's not just the admission but petrol, car park (I'm on my own), programme something to eat, it works out at just short of £30 for 15 mins racing and a burger. Not blaming, Somerset they have to cover costs, but cannot understand how a club who owns it's own facilities cannot offer a bit more. I remember the last time a had a season ticket, many years ago, you had a free programme included.
  2. oldtimer

    Tomasz Gollob

    shocked to hear this, when you can picture him how he was when racing to the description now
  3. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    I remember a few years back our team in the 2nd division was Doyle, Nick Morris and Josh Graz' so what's changed, have the riders costs gone way up and why? as a result are riders asking for more money? are the owners of some stadium's charging more rent? Is the financial situation so bad Somerset cannot reduce admission for OAP's? If people are going to pay more for less something needs to be done to make an evening at speedway more than 15 minutes of racing. There is now plenty of speedway on TV, you have Swedish and Polish speedway with top stars. So why would you want to go and stand in the cold to watch it live. If it was football, or Darts or many other sports the answer would be, Well it not the same on TV you don't get the atmosphere. and there's the problem, speedway at many tracks has no atmosphere, love them or hate them air horns added to the excitement, the jingles like you have 2 minutes, or music specific to each rider or wipe out when you got a 5-1, or perhaps even one firework at the end of a meeting, or not doing interviews when the tractor grade obliterates the riders reply, or a club mascot for the kids, (used to think Wolverhampton's Mr Wolf was great). I remember the old Bristol flag man dressed up in his flashy suit, dancing around when he waved the flag. It's difficult if you don't have a grandstand as people are spread around, but there is no excuse not to play up to date mood and uplifting music to create excitement, or an announcer who sounds enthusiastic. Why in boxing do the competitors get such an over the top introductions, it's not to make the match boring is it. Speedway does nothing to attract new young customers, and the old boys, who make up a large percentage of the fans, will drift away because of it's no longer value for money and they will sit in front of the fire in the warm with a glass of wine and remember the old days when you could smell the methanol and the bikes were louder and your favourite rider ( for whom you had his coffee cup and rosette and badge) stayed for more than one season.
  4. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    This season the riders will know everyone of the crowd by their first name.
  5. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    And it's a £2-99 admin charge
  6. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    I clicked on booking form link and see it's £16 admission or £17-50 including one person for car park No concession for OAP's as far as I can see. I think it's a cunning plan to stop me going again, if it is, it's worked
  7. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    With a reserve tailed off at the back you virtually have a 3 rider RACE anyway.
  8. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    The sensible thing for the BSPA to do is have two reserve races, that will be more entertaining and give the reserves a chance rather than them getting low points every match and getting demoralised.
  9. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    Season ticket at £215 for 15 matches works out at £14-33 a match, so I assume full admission is £16 giving a saving of £25 and as Najjer says if you miss two you are out of pocket, as most people have 2 weeks away on holiday, not counting absences for sickness or family occasions, I cannot see why anyone would buy one. Perhaps the admission is actually £17 which would give a saving of £40 which seems unlikely. So far no price quoted for OAP concessions just students.
  10. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    Heat 2 will be ok, but watching the reserves tailed off at the back not very exciting. Waiting for the good news, will it be Conference League admission prices?
  11. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    Think the new points limit is too low, you used to be able to follow your favourite team rider for a few seasons and watch the young riders progress in your team. Assuming the points limit stays the same, at the end of the season you will lose half your team to get back down to 38.
  12. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    Assume Harris will be number 1? Think you need someone who is consistent as heat leader a description you could not apply to Harris. Lets hope they put some banking on the bends so Harris can blast round the outside.
  13. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    should these post be in the Championship category ?
  14. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    Will certainly give it a try, depends on admission price, number of guests and presentation improvements before becoming a regular again. A number of suggestions in last weeks Star on how to improve the latter
  15. oldtimer

    Somerset 2019

    I assume Somerset are dropping down for financial reasons, I'm a bit puzzled however as Somerset do not have to rent the stadium, perhaps only on paper, and I assume have the food and drink outlet also, so how do some other tracks survive that don't have that advantage. I think it's good news, they will now have more teams and variety visiting, assume admission prices will be reduced, and I don't care if the top stars are missing, as long as the racing is good, don't think it matters much if it isn't an expensive name on the bike..
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