Originally Posted by IWillRVToo
Those cars are more advanced than anything NASA or the military has ever built. An F1 cockpit is one of the safest places on earth.
Astonishing amounts of money are involved in F1.
Compare a V8 that can spin to 14,000 RPM all day to a domestic V8 that cries above 7 grand or so...
I don't disagree, but at a cost of $7,500 for 3 nights of camping, I better be able to test drive one of the F1 cars
But seriously, I think that this is just another case of race tracks and promoters not being in line with what is a reasonable cost for coming to a race for a weekend in today's economy. We would love to travel to more NASCAR races and RV camp, but some of the tracks are really just asking TOO much for 2-4 days of camping.
We're diehard NASCAR fans and watch every race - boring or not
- and when they showed some of the flyover shots from this past weekends race at Dover, it was kind of sad how empty the campground were. I could see in the TV shots that the reserved lots on the track property were not full, and the camping lot at the dover mall was almost empty. From the flyover shot it looked like there were less than a couple hundred (maybe even only a hundred) RV's camping at the mall - a place that in the past was typically pretty full
I will say that we went to Pocono Raceway in June and had a "premium" RV Trackside spot that retails at $500 per race - we paid $400 for 4 days of camping. Sure it's Pocono, but it's still only a few feet from the track and we had a great time that weekend. After looking at some other tracks, Pocono is definitely one of the best RV camping deals on the circuit - "premium trackside spots" or infield spots - plus the facility and people are really great.
But look at some of these other tracks:
Charlotte Motor Speedway:
600 Terrace RV Parking - Perched above turn 2 with spots ranging from 30x60 to 40x60. These sites have 30/50amp as well as water and sewer, cable and WiFi. A season pass with 20 passes and 20 infield/pit passes per race ranges from $17,000 - $22,000.
Infield camping at Charlotte ranges from $100 - $175 per race
: They took down the stands in turn 4 and put up a "premium" RV camping site. These sites include water and electric on paved spots with picnic tables, and start at $1,600 for a race weekend and include 2 passes -with add'l passes at a cost of $250 each
: Gecko Ride RV camping for the 2nd race of the year (a Chase Race) - $1900.00 for the weekend, but hey it does include electric.
Daytona RV Camping
: Infield from $1,000 - $3,000 with mid to high dollar sites including electric,water and maybe sewer.
I'm sure I could go on and look up the rest of the tracks ... but my real point is that I think the tracks and promoters need to look at their pricing so that it's affordable for us "regular" folk to be able to go to a race (or two or three) a year.