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Old 04-27-2009, 09:34 PM   #1
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I want to hear your ideas on how to promote the hobby.

Assuming you have a parking lot, barriers, and lap counting, what would you do to demo the hobby and increase racers?

For those who run parking lot tracks, what was your business plan, budget, and advertising?

What are the top 3 priorities for running a succesful, profitable, and fun track?
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I want to hear your ideas on how to promote the hobby.

Assuming you have a parking lot, barriers, and lap counting, what would you do to demo the hobby and increase racers?

For those who run parking lot tracks, what was your business plan, budget, and advertising?

What are the top 3 priorities for running a succesful, profitable, and fun track?
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I've slowly spent the last 15 months trying to build the local parking lot racing...and it's been a slow go.

It's sometimes a hard mix to have an event that caters to the experienced racer who is looking for a professional type of event, and a NEWBIE Club racer who is just looking for a fun day of playing with his car.

The serious racer wants a very structured race format so he can budget his charging...and follow a similar format to what big races run... but the club guy who might be running 4-5 classes needs time to have all the cars ready, and doesn't want to be rushed so bad...cause they are they to spend the day having fun.

Then, like in my case....I'm also there to RACE - cause I'm NOT doing the racing as a business, but as a way to also get to have a local place to race.

However, too often because I'm directing the race...I don't get to repair my own car if it gets torn up..and when I try to take a few minutes...it drags the program on...

Then I'm faced with - DO I WORK ON MY CAR for a FEW MINUTES or NOT RACE.

After a couple events where I don't get to race myself, I have to step back and say "Do I want to keep holding these events...if I don't get to race myself"
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Well a friend that opened a track here where i live what he does is promote the races at different places like he will go to a autoshow and setup a small track just for the people to see it and invite some racers and have a small race or like the monster jam and events like that. we started at a parking lot once he saw more people interested thats when he went indoors. at the beginning it will be slow but just give it some time.
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oh and i forgot to mention that he has cars for rent so when new people come to check out the track they can also race and once they do they get hooked
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We have a base of drivers, maybe 5-8 regulars. Then another 3-5 guys that randomly show. The track owner and race director is pretty experienced, but does run into the same conflicts when he races - I try to help run races when I can.

I'm also trying to help the track owner gain more racers so we can afford to move into a larger indoor track. It sounds like we are on the same page as most of my promotion ideas are:
* Run at local car show and Auto cross events
* Partner with local business like car dealers, body shops, and others
* Demo at local fairs and city events

Some other ideas to get new racers:
* Renting cars
* Partnering an experienced racer with a new guy to mentor for a race
* Race school
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You right basically the same ideas.
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