Any alternative ideas to buying my own trailer for trackdays?

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AMBO
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I can't help with your query, but am selling a Brian James trailer if you decide to go down that route...Nick

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...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.  

Yes there is.  I live in New York City area.  I have kept a Caterham in the UK for many years for track days.  Prior to that I rented Caterhams through Bookatrack but man math worked out it was cheaper to buy...   I fly in frequently for work in London and then have an offsite...ahem...."business meeting" for a day at a track.  Car is there ready to go.  I am supported for the day and they take the car back to the workshop for storage and keep it maintained.  

I started with Bookatrack based out of Donington.  That morphed into Want2Race/Ginetta that eventually ended up at Blyton Park.  I am now with TFL Racing based in the Stratford area.  There are other C&L7 Club members who also use TFL Racing.  TFL are ex-Bookatrack so know their Caterhams.

I think Boss Racing in the south east offer a similar service (plus rental Caterhams).  There are other places I know of in the south but they are not Caterham specialists.  

 

 

Mike

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Agree with #11. No more new ICE cars for sale does not equal the death of ICE. If anything I'm expecting the resale values of niche ICE cars like Sevens, Elises, Atoms etc to go up. Supply and demand will ensure that anyone wanting an ICE driving experience will have a smaller pool to pick from over time and thus cars will be priced accordingly.

I also anticipate that niche car manufacturers may yet cut a deal with the government for an exemption to the "no new ICE" mandate given that many of them may go out of business if they can't meet the capital requirements for electric R&D. So, in my view there's no need to be concerned about the end of our way of life as niche sports car owners.

To your question about car transportation, I guess it depends if you already have a vehicle capable of towing. I don't, so I'd be interested in a towing service like you're suggesting which would be cheaper overall and avoid any upfront costs associated with buying a tow car/retrofitting a tow bar to an existing car. But if you already have a car with towing capability then the used flatbed trailer option seems hard to beat, especially when you could sell it on in future and recoup some of the cost.

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Let's stay away from the ICE conversation.  I just don't assume the kit I have at the moment will be relevant going forward, as a result any out layout I make at the moment has an increased risk of loss etc.  At the end of the day, I might find it very difficult to purchase petrol on the Isle of Man when most 'daily drivers' are using electric, who knows.   I can't buy R98 now!

Needless to say my intention is to keep both the 420R and 620R until I can no longer drive them, or alternatives offer a better experience.

But let's keep on the topic at hand.

Caterham 420R S3 Lotus Toxic Green,  Caterham 620R S3 Exocet Red. Blog: https://www.caterham7diaries.com
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I think the £7k economics aren't the only way as may have been said already.  For example, my BJ trailer cost £1000.  It has a home made cover and is at the bottom of the tree as it were, but fully functional.  Running costs over 5/6/7 (can't quite remember) years have been 4 new tyres (£140) and a service at £250 inc new brake cables and two new front position lights.  It's still fully functional and worth £1000.  What's that?  About £70 per year.

Also, I am amenable to loaning to other like minded owners, but I'm too far away for the OP!

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I think it might be easier to arrange storage, prep and delivery rather than actually picking up from your UK address. If you're interested in that it's worth a call to PT Sportscars or 7 Workshop. It's not going to cost less than the £280 you quote, but allowing for less fuel used and considerably less hassle it might be worthwhile. As a guide PT charge £1 a mile for transport (probably plus VAT) and if you want them to support you at the trackday - or just to hang around waiting for you to finish - then that's going to be on top.

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Many of the businesses that support race series store & maintain customer cars. Perhaps give McMillan or Team Parker Racing a call? Both in Leicester.

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I also use TFL and they are very good. They specialise in Caterhams and Radicals.

 

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I had given such businesses some thought in terms of storage and support.  At the moment I'm not that enthusiastic simply because I'd only be able to drive the 620R say 2 to 3 times a year.  When you consider the amazing roads at home and the cost of the car, it doesn't really stack up.  

I still think a pick up drop off service is the way to go.

Caterham 420R S3 Lotus Toxic Green,  Caterham 620R S3 Exocet Red. Blog: https://www.caterham7diaries.com
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Alternative, hire a self drive car transporter. £150 for 24 hours when I needed to collect a non-runner bought at auction.