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Post by Nick » Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:21 pm

You will also have the joy of paying for parking. £8 now?


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Post by scim_rebel » Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:43 pm

AJL Electronics wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:18 pm
scim_rebel wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:43 pm
Is it really £33 a ticket for the Friday????? :shock:
They are starting to slay the golden goose as far as I am concerned. It is now far too expensive for me to bother. Last time I did go, three of us came away with food poisoning too.

Well, I'm glad that it isn't just myself that baulks at paying that sort of figure. By the time parking, fuel and refreshments are added it makes for a rather expensive day out... and that's without being tempted by any wares!

Fortunately, it isn't really a case of being able to *afford* it, as such, but more a case of being unable to *justify* the costs. Shame, as I was really looking forward to it this year (50th Anniversary of the Great Tamworth Express and all that) and had prematurely booked the day off work... :oops:

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Post by philhoward » Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:25 pm

Nick wrote:
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You will also have the joy of paying for parking. £8 now?
More like £12 iirc - changes depending on the show that’s on.


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Post by AJL Electronics » Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:27 pm

Nick wrote:
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You will also have the joy of paying for parking. £8 now?
It was £10 last time I went. I took two guests and travelled 120 miles round trip. Tallied up, it cost me around £100 before I started the marathon walk to the venue. I'm afraid that's the end of my interest in the NEC.


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Post by *JP* » Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:45 pm

Didn't the annual " new car" Motor Show terminate at the NEC because most of the manufacturer's withdrew saying the charges were too high?



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Post by GTC Ian » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:22 am

AJL Electronics wrote:
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Tallied up, it cost me around £100 before I started the marathon walk to the venue. I'm afraid that's the end of my interest in the NEC.
You could have taken the bus.....thats free.
Never understand how the caravan show manage to have free parking.


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Post by ScimmyMike » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:06 am

NEC parking is now a ridiculous £16 per day, if you are sure you are going book and pay in advance then it's £12 a day, same as last year, sorry this is becoming a rip of now, I have previously parked at a nearby rail station bought an advance train tickets for a 5 minute train journey for £4 a day, doing that is a no brainer to me, even coming all the way from Stockport by advance train tickets is now cheaper than fuel, toll road charge and paying to park not to mention a bloody site quicker now M6 is 50 from Knutsford to Stafford these days
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Post by philhoward » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:12 am

Last time I went to the NEC I parked at Hampton in Arden and caught the train one stop up the line - free parking and less walking :wink:


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Post by scimjim » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:29 am

GTC Ian wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:22 am
Never understand how the caravan show manage to have free parking.
Yep, £10 entry with free parking this year :D
philhoward wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:12 am
Last time I went to the NEC I parked at Hampton in Arden and caught the train one stop up the line - free parking and less walking :wink:
I think that (Autosport show in January) was the quickest and cheapest method I’ve ever used to get in and out of the NEC!
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even coming all the way from Stockport by advance train tickets is now cheaper than fuel, toll road charge and paying to park not to mention a bloody site quicker now M6 is 50 from Knutsford to Stafford these days
Even with advance tickets, there was no way I could make it cheaper than fuel - and if you can share the car with 3 others (which a friend is doing this weekend), even with £16 parking, it’s just impossible to make the train viable.


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Post by ScimmyMike » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:56 am

scimjim wrote:
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ScimmyMike wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:06 am
even coming all the way from Stockport by advance train tickets is now cheaper than fuel, toll road charge and paying to park not to mention a bloody site quicker now M6 is 50 from Knutsford to Stafford these days
Even with advance tickets, there was no way I could make it cheaper than fuel - and if you can share the car with 3 others (which a friend is doing this weekend), even with £16 parking, it’s just impossible to make the train viable.
Train for the Saturday £33.7, car costs £44.4 so going solo as I usually do train is cheaper before you add in the obligatory Costa at Norton Canes plus 3 hours of traveling rather than 4 or more in the car, guess it depends on your location and train journey availability, I'm lucky there are plentiful straight through non stop trains from Stockport, guessing from Gloucester it would entail into New Street the back out again


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Post by philhoward » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:00 am

Autosport was a weekday so peak rail fares - driving was cheaper from Stoke.


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Post by AntC » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:05 am

scimjim wrote:
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it’s just impossible to make the train viable.
The problem there being the viability of the motorway network. If, like me. you would ideally need to do a chunk of the M25 and M1 and the last two time you had been on the M25 you had been stuck for over two hours, the train has its advantages. And I know I could go via the M11 and A14, but that is a nightmare at the moment with roadworks!


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Post by scimjim » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:10 am

I think it was about £35 on the train but it's only 60 miles for me, so £15-£20 in fuel plus a return ticket from Hampton in Arden (£4?) As there were two of us it was a no brainer.

As for entry prices - the Friday is much better inside, but much worse traffic if you're driving.

It's still a great show IMHO but the rows of moderns pushing classics out, just annoys me more every year (not just at the NEC).


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Post by scimjim » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:15 am

AntC wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:05 am
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Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:29 am
it’s just impossible to make the train viable.
The problem there being the viability of the motorway network. If, like me. you would ideally need to do a chunk of the M25 and M1 and the last two time you had been on the M25 you had been stuck for over two hours, the train has its advantages. And I know I could go via the M11 and A14, but that is a nightmare at the moment with roadworks!
Absolutely depends on where you're coming from - I went to see Motown in London and for two of us the train was a lot more but worth the extra expense. We went to Twickenham yesterday and drove but the next three visits on the calendar will be by train.


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Post by ScimmyMike » Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:10 pm

scimjim wrote:
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It's still a great show IMHO but the rows of moderns pushing classics out, just annoys me more every year (not just at the NEC).
Think we all agree on that point Jim, bloody prestige brands it seems as well, not like they are funding it much looking at the ticket prices creeping up year by year


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