Some plans are afoot to improve the level of hospitality provided at Race Meetings during 2014. Those of you at the AGM or who frequent the forum will be aware of the news, but here it is for those of you that haven’t heard yet.
At the end of last season, I asked Simon if there was anything I could do to help him out at race meetings. It didn’t take long for him to ask if I’d take on the running of the hospitality unit.
I’ve heard tales of how hospitality was when Ray Dackombe was around. I feel it’s my own misfortune that I wasn’t around to experience Ray’s take on hospitality and, whilst I don’t imagine getting anywhere close to delivering something that Ray would have been happy to put his name to, I get the feeling from talking to some of you at the AGM that it’s that sort of hospitality you feel is missing and is needed.
I won’t be able to get to every race meet this year – I will be missing from the round at Oulton Park and Brands GP (fear not – the usual supplies will get there even though I won’t) – but for the meetings I am there, I have a plan.
It’s my intention for Hospitality to be open from around 7.30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday morning (those of you up at that time may appreciate a hot drink) with Hospitality shutting down in the evening on Saturday to coincide with the circuits own quiet time – usually 11 p.m. Sunday will see Hospitality close immediately after the final prize giving of the day. It’s intended that Hospitality will be available at times when you may not be tinkering with your cars and may just want to congregate and chat. However, there are a lot of hours to fill and so I’m after ideas from you as to how to fill them.
Ideas already received are:- Karaoke night, Gravity/soapbox racing, Fish and Chip supper night (with food delivered to us*) and, if we can persuade a circuit to lend us a room, a short first aid course – possibly 2 hours per Saturday evening run over 2 weekends but possibly squished into 3 hours on one night. Please do let me know if you are interested in the first aid course as that will take a bit of organising – to reassure you, I am a qualified trainer with all the necessary kit and can provide certificate’s to prove attendance.
The overriding thought that people have expressed to me so far though is that there is a wish to have somewhere to go to of an evening where people call pull up a chair, open a can and a bag of crisps and get to know each other better. Circuit bars are invariably expensive so the Monoposto Hospitality awning could fill this gap when the weather is vaguely passable. We’re keen to improve the evening atmosphere for those of you that suffer the weekend camping in the paddock and not escaping to hotels, and for those that do escape, we hope you’ll feel like joining us once or twice for the right event.
At the end of the day, we want to provide to you an area that you want to use, so if you have any comments or suggestions regarding hospitality or how we can pass an evening away, please let me or Sarah know. We wqill be in the paddock at Snetterton and will be pleased to hear suggestions. Alternatively, click here to email me with ideas.
*If we have fish and chips delivered to the hospitality unit, will it be known as The Haddock Club? (Emma wishes me to emphasise this is asst ed's joke and not hers.)
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The competition is obviously the F1 Paddock Club(TM) (pic Paddock Club)
But the Paddock Club doesn't have Monoposto cake. Monoposto 1, Paddock Club nil.
Fish and Chips, yesterday.