For some reason the forum has not copied me on responses to this thread, so I will attempt to answer them now....
Our plan was always to encourage people to book early by offering a "full event" ticket for 4 days, with camping and entry to all shows and activities.
We did this for one reason.... to raise the funds to enable us to book and pay for the infrastructure, bands, chairs, tables, site, toilets, showers, fencing, security, posters, flyers..........
So consider this... our estimate is that the turnover of the event (the amount we need to pay all everyone to make it happen) is in excess of £250,000
We focussed on the "big ticket" item - the 4 day ticket.
We offered the ticket at £50 for over 2 years and clearly stated "buy now and double your money"... we also stated that the price would increase in stages.
It would increase from £50 to £80 on 1st Jan 2011
It would increase from £80 to £100 on 1st Jan 2012
Ok, so we failed - we delayed the increase and publicised the fact that the date had been extended in both cases - over 3 months.
We stated that there may be further increases before August 2012, depending on how well the advance, 4 day tickets had sold and how the budget we had planned in 2008 would meet the increasing cost and expanding scope of what we wanted to offer...
We realised that it was ridiculous to expect anyone to book a ticket in 2009, 2010, 2011 or before 1st June 2012 without some assurance that if they paid the £50 in 2011 and discovered that they were working on the Olympics in 2012 that they would have their booking protected by our refund policy.
So far we have had 37 refunds requested and all have been refunded with no questions as to why cancellation was requested.
Try asking the NEC for a refund if you pay in advance......
We intentionally avoided offering day tickets at £5 and raising them to £10 then £15 and finally to the price of £20. We debated this for many months and came to the conclusion that we were not aware of any other event that took this approach with day tickets.
A day ticket is a day ticket. it's nothing else but that. it's simple. it's what people who turn up at the gate on the day pay.
For a vehicle and driver (with any number of wheels) to gain entry to the site it is £20
For each passenger > 16 accompanying the Vehicle and driver it is £10.
For 2 people that works out at £15 per head.
For 3 it's just over £13
and for 4 it's just over £12
How does that compare with the NEC if you really insist on a price comparison?
If you want to compare the day ticket rate with the NEC... don't.
There is no comparison with the NEC.
This is a CITROEN EVENT.
You are Citroen "Fans".
At the NEC, you might be lucky to see 15 Citroens.
At the ICCCR you will see at least one thousand five hundred Citroens.
You will see cars that you have never seen before.....
..... you will see cars that you will never see again in the UK.
This is a "once in a lifetime" event - the last ICCCR held in the UK was in 1984, the 6th ICCCR was held at Knebworth house (Near Hatfield). It was preceded in 1976 by the 3rd ICCCR, which was held at Kenilworth near Coventry, England.
... and for children 16 and under, there will be dedicated entertainment and play areas.
... and for your passengers who don't really want to spend 1,2,3, or 4 days "looking at cars" there is Harrogate, York, Leeds and easy access to some of the most beautiful countryside that you could ask for...
Planning for the 15th ICCCR started in 2005.
I joined the team in 2006.
6 years later, following many requests for people to join us and participate in the phases of the project: planning, bidding for (in 2007/8) and now delivering the event we are where we are.
The day price is the day price.
The location is the location.
If you don't like that then there will be an ICCCR in 2016
.However, it won't be in the UK
.... unless you want to put in a bid for it (deadline was December 2011... however the 2020 ICCCR is only 8 years away, so this is a good time to start that planning - Note may be brought forward to 2019 as it's the 100th Anniversary of Citroen.... £5 says it'll be in Paris!
However it is not too late for you to be part the 15th ICCCR.
Book your 4 day ticket now and save (£100.00 now, £120 from 1st August, )
Book your day ticket(s) from 1st July
What's on in terms of entertainment?
add to that the Beer festival, Charity rides in the car of your dreams and many more ideas that are coming to fruition...
We want you to join in and help - come along early, the site will be open from Monday 6th.
Drop me an email telling me what skills you have that you can contribute. We need you for as little or as much time that you can spare.
This is your event, as much as it is mine and everyone who lives in the UK.
We also need your ideas and suggestions and ideas for what needs to be done to make this the event that you want it to be
- don't just be a "spectator" - tell us what you think we should be doing and work with us to make it happen!
My email is always there for you to tell us: [url]Mick.firstname.lastname@example.org[/url]
My mobile is always on so you can ring and talk and tell us what you think: 07766 785 563 or 0044 7766 785 563 - English language only!
You talk....I listen.
If your idea "works"... then I make it happen... may need your assitance.
I'm waiting to hear from you.
PS check out the video:"old geezer in old car" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elXDxaJcTKA&feature=youtu.be