Any alternative ideas to buying my own trailer for trackdays?

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Any alternative ideas to buying my own trailer for trackdays?

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I've been doing some man maths surrounding my intended trailer purchase so that I can more easily attend club track days across the country.   Such a purchase was on the cards in 2020, but of course, life took a back seat.  

I'm  now questioning such a purchase, and wondering whether there's a 'service' I could leverage.  As an example, a company that can collect my Seven from a UK address (Lancs/Cheshire), not the IOM, take it to the track day and return it to the UK address at the end of the day.  This might sound a bit crackers, but if you consider the wider factors it might make more sense.   For example, I'm at best going to get 2 to 3 track days a year, my remote location just doesn't permit more.  Let's call it 2.5.  Even if I keep the Seven 10 years, which I think is optimistic considering the demise of ICE etc, that's 25 events.  If a quality covered trailer is costing me 7k.  That's £280 per event.  The Seven in question is my 620R so using the Sadev box, not the best for road mileage.

I've not found a sensibly priced service from a business compatible with my needs but thought it worth pitching here.

Thanks

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Apart from the full service option would you consider separating the storage from the delivery and recovery?

There might be Members who would offer the second...

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I would have thought you'd do well to find someone to transport a car there and back even a relatively short distance that ends up as an average less than that. Costs will only go up over time as well. Once you've bought a trailer it will be paid for. Ok your tow car costs are also to be taken into account. No idea why the ev swearing has to come into the track day bit? The tow car yes and possibly the potential transportation vehicle. After your 10 years the trailer still has value. Why do you 'need' covered? Other than it's more flash. A good fitted cover is adequate I'd say so you can probably get a £2k trailer easily 

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The popular trailer for 7s has always been the Brian James Minno - which you can get for even a bit under 2k secondhand.

Plus, they always seems to sell well within the 7 community, I think you can probably get close to your money back if you keep it in good condition.

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Plenty of good trailer options form Ifor Williams, PRG, Fountain, Hazlewood, Woodford,  - assuming your licence permits towing...  I know osmeone who came unstuck after investing in a truck and trailer.... Rofl 

Add a SB4S Storm Cap too.

 

Tazio used a car transport specialist - cant remember the name but will ask for you , so you can look at the cost options

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I knew the question was a bit of a long shot.

@Jonathan, delivery to and from the venue is the key thing really.   We tend to stay in Cheshire for a week, making the a mini break out of a track day, so timing isn't critical.

@simon_h,  I'm not counting on the value of my Sevens or trailer.  We've no idea what's in the future, will track days even be a thing in 10 years time.  Will trailers be in demand, who knows.  I'm not trying to provoke an debate, merely express the view that I'm just looking it at the outlay as an expensive.    At the same time I bought my 620R I bought a V90 CC for towing, with an integrated tow bar setup. She's cracking car and perfect for towing.

@BenF,  Personally fancied a PRG.  One of the challenges I have is being able to act on an advert, they seem to go pretty quick, given demand, and being located in the IoM makes viewing etc etc very difficult.  Thus the new or nearly new was on the card.

@7 wonders, I actually have the storm cap, used it on the 420R during the Taffia road trip this year.  Plan was a fully covered for security.  Great if you could ask Tazio for me.

 

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Even if I keep the Seven 10 years, which I think is optimistic considering the demise of ICE 

Is that not more reason to keep the Seven? Why would not being able to buy new ICE cars anymore cause you to sell the Seven?

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How about the curved ball option ... I know Bookatrack used to rent out their cars for trackdays but not sure whether anyone else does, maybe look to see if there's car rental available and leave your 620R at home?  

Your 620R may we'll be the fastest car at a trackday but it's certainly unlikely to be the quickest. There's much more fun and reward to be had on track with a lower powered car, been there done that!

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I'm not trying to debate the future either. I just find it odd when people say that once a restriction on buying new normal petrol cars comes in everywhere stops. The world won't become electric only. Only the teslarati think this really. I'm pretty sure track days will be a thing still, possibly even more so

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I can't see why trackdays wouldn't still be a thing, or indeed normal road use?

Classics don't meet current emissions or safety standards and people are still still enjoy them. You can even drive a steam traction engine on the road if you really want...

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Wandering slightly off-topic here, there are around 32 million cars in the UK. The vast majority of those are ICE powered, ICE/hybrid cars will continue to be sold until 2035. The last information I saw was an expectation that a significant majority of the cars on the road would remain ICE powered until at least 2050.

That doesn't take into account investment in e-fuels and hydrogen combustion engines which will also provide alternatives to electric/fuel cell powered cars.

If anything I'd expect track days to become even more popular as road-based driving gets more restricted and automated.