Originally Posted by John Warner
What would be in it for somebody like Atsushi Hara to want to do this?
I'm sure they would get paid for it. I wouldn't expect them to do it from the kindness of their hearts that is for certain
You really couldn't charge $75 or more a day without having a big name.
Let's look at the numbers... How many people do you think would sign up for this type of event and pay $500 for a week if Hara (or someone of that caliber) was hosting it? I would say a manageable number of people would be 50 so lets use that number. 50 x $500 = $25,000. Not sure but I would gather $5,000 would get a quality driver of notable recognition for a week. That leaves the track with $20,000. $7,500 for marketing (full page ad in RC Car Action or XRC and a banner or two on the most popular websites should suffice) and perhaps another $2,500 in actual costs to host event (additional staff, doughnuts in the morning, etc.) that leaves $10,000 left over in profit. That doesn't even take into account if you get sponsorship like I previously mentioned. You could charge manufacturers say $500 to $1000 to sponsor a specific seminar topic where their product would be highlighted. Or even better they could provide the driver in exchange for getting event sponsorship (RC Racing Camp at Raceway X sponsored by HPI).