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Thread: Monterey Motor Week Cancelled: RENO 2020?

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    Default Monterey Motor Week Cancelled: Now Oshkosh cancelled.

    The Quail, the Concorso Italiano, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the LeMons have all officially cancelled for 2020.
    With Pebble Beach being the anchor show its expected that most of the remaining shows and car auctions will cancel or reschedule.

    There is talk The Monterey Motorsport Reunion (the "Historics") may go on, but be closed to the public.

    These events were all scheduled for the middle week of August, a month before Reno.
    Last edited by Lon Moer; 05-01-2020 at 10:10 AM.
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    Default Re: Monterey Motor Week is cancelled.....

    But the historics are still a go.

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    Default Re: Monterey Motor Week is cancelled.....

    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR View Post
    But the historics are still a go.

    Will
    At first I thought having the air races without spectators may work, but on second thought the area around the course would just get trashed as would all the private property. Enforcement would be a nightmare.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Desertdawg View Post
    At first I thought having the air races without spectators may work, but on second thought the area around the course would just get trashed as would all the private property. Enforcement would be a nightmare.

    Interesting thought...though I have to say the first thing that crosses my mind on this concept is that in doing so (no spectators), RARA's revenue stream would be virtually destroyed but it's overhead (i.e. insurance, contracts for support services (your's truly, etc.), et al) would remain in place. I'm no Copurnicus but that math doesn't work so well.

    And your point about thrashing the "environs" is a good one! No doubt about it. Can you imagine the Valley of Speed fenceline? Burning Man...without the Man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Air Boss View Post
    Interesting thought...though I have to say the first thing that crosses my mind on this concept is that in doing so (no spectators), RARA's revenue stream would be virtually destroyed but it's overhead (i.e. insurance, contracts for support services (your's truly, etc.), et al) would remain in place. I'm no Copurnicus but that math doesn't work so well.

    And your point about thrashing the "environs" is a good one! No doubt about it. Can you imagine the Valley of Speed fenceline? Burning Man...without the Man!
    Boss, I truly hope we can escape the madness of all of this and get back to normal.. But, I fear, even if RARA forges ahead and sets up the stands, pays all the services... yadda and beyond.

    What if you build it and they do not come?

    I'm pretty sure that the commission off beer sales alone can seriously affect the bottom line.

    Despite my delirious mental misconception that if you keep your blood alcohol content high enough for enough time each day, ****in virus don't got a chance...

    I wonder if enough butts-in-seats can be guaranteed at this... wishfully untrue, but really late date!

    I am afraid that something like this could cause financial failure.. I know they are soliciting donations.. https://reno-air-racing-association-...ng-association

    I probably should split this thread.. any moderators know how to do this?

    I'll do it tomorrow if not.

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    Default Re: Monterey Motor Week is cancelled.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Air Boss View Post
    Interesting thought...though I have to say the first thing that crosses my mind on this concept is that in doing so (no spectators), RARA's revenue stream would be virtually destroyed but it's overhead (i.e. insurance, contracts for support services (your's truly, etc.), et al) would remain in place. I'm no Copurnicus but that math doesn't work so well.

    And your point about thrashing the "environs" is a good one! No doubt about it. Can you imagine the Valley of Speed fenceline? Burning Man...without the Man!
    Boss, I truly hope we can escape the madness of all of this and get back to normal.. But, I fear, even if RARA forges ahead and sets up the stands, pays all the services... yadda and beyond.

    What if you build it and they do not come?

    I'm pretty sure that the commission off beer sales alone can seriously affect the bottom line.

    Despite my delirious mental misconception that if you keep you blood alcohol content high enough for enough time each day, ****in virus don't got a chance...
    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

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    Default Re: Monterey Motor Week Cancelled: RENO 2020?

    Don't know if the board software has a SNAFU, or I'm just an idiot..

    My "split thread" option does not appear in my admin options, so, since only the first couple messages were about the original title, I did the next best thing and re-titled the thread..
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    Default Re: Monterey Motor Week Cancelled: RENO 2020?

    Some things are starting to reopen, but with masks being mandatory. I would be all for having a Reno with masks enforced. I know there has been a lot of talk about masks not really helping, but a lot of news blurbs are recommending using bandana/handkerchief and other "thicker" material that may actually help stop the spread.
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    Default Re: Monterey Motor Week Cancelled: RENO 2020?

    Quote Originally Posted by GRNDP51 View Post
    Some things are starting to reopen, but with masks being mandatory. I would be all for having a Reno with masks enforced. I know there has been a lot of talk about masks not really helping, but a lot of news blurbs are recommending using bandana/handkerchief and other "thicker" material that may actually help stop the spread.
    I'm not privy to the detailed discussions about whether or not it makes financial sense to hold the races, even if we have put Wuhan behind us in large measure. Sure folks smarter than me have crunched the numbers. I'd expect that depending on how things are going with the pandemic, both registrations and attendance may be down, not to mention concessions and vendor participation (though they'll likely be in financial difficulties and judge it worth the risk to earn some much needed revenue themselves).

    I think there's also some marketing opportunities here as well. For example, not sure at what cost but I can envision something like RARA providing Fri-Sun guests with bandana's and/or hand sanitizer bearing the Reno logo. It would certainly reflect well on RARA by showing additional concern for guests welfare and reasonable steps to mitigate the spread.

    I'm no marketing guru by any stretch, that's for sure. Just a thought...
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    Default Re: Monterey Motor Week Cancelled: RENO 2020?

    Hot August Nights presser said THEY needed to pull out six weeks before. I would guess this is similar.

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