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The text of my snail mail letter to Billy Meyer, the owner of the Texas Motorplex. [E-mail also sent to General Manager Arthur O'Bright]

Mr. Meyer,

I am a long standing Drag Racing fan who has year in and year out gone to the great Texas Motorplex to enjoy my favorite motor sport. I have been there from the beginning supporting the track. Through the years I have watched prices increase on tickets, souvenirs, food & drinks. And I have taken it in stride as just the cost of living.
I arrived at the track Saturday [4/14/07] morning to find that there would be a $5 charge to park my vehicle. The following is not verbatim, but it is close. The conversation I had with the parking attendant:

"Why am I being charged to park?"

"You are not the first one to ask that, I don't know."

"I just drove over an hour to get here and I have to pay to park?"

"Yes sir."

"They have never charged to park before!"

"I don't know sir."

"That person wouldn't pay?" [pointing to the vehicle in front of me pulling back out onto the highway.]

"No sir, there have been about twenty or thirty that have told me they wouldn't pay to park and they left."

"Well, me either, I am going back home."

"Sorry sir."

Well, needless to say, this is the straw that broke the camels back. Until you undo this, I will no longer visit the Motorplex. Now, I am sure you don't really care that you lost a few people to this, but I will be vocal about it to everyone I know that they shouldn't patronize your place of business. And that hurts me to have to do that.
Why was I not informed of this in the advertisements for the event?
If you are that much in need of money, how about getting someone to sponsor the parking lot. Put up a big sign saying this free parking brought to you by "Brand X".
It's just the principle, we shouldn't have to pay to park in a field, period.
Is this a way to make up for the spectators lost to the NASCAR race in Ft. Worth? You know you lost spectators to them. Maybe better scheduling of the event is in order.
My plan was to come back Sunday to see the finals, but I will not be doing that either.
I was so looking forward to the Fall Nationals this year. It is fortunate for me that I have not yet purchased my tickets.


A disgruntled fan.

Travis Cockerell
Fairfield, TX.

Now, some of you may think I am being petty. That is your prerogative. Sometimes you just have to take a stand on an issue. This is mine.
 

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I have to wonder if the five bucks they gained from the people who paid to park is enough to offset the lost ticket sales of those who went home, which I am sure was more than five dollars each?
 

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I was thinking about this earlier today after paying $5 to park at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the auto fair. I don't know where the track in question is at, but Lowe's is very near a large, upscale mall and many developments. The vast amounts of land that are sitting there doing nothing at least 90% of the time are still taxed, and it's all no doubt worth more than a pretty penny. So we can really blame the government this time :lol:
 

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I quess that I maybe cheap but I won`t go to the autofair either unless I`m invited with the club because of the $5 parking.
I also did go to the new car show every year but when they made me start paying $5 to park on top of the $8 admission fee ,I no longer go to that event.
 

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Maybe I don't get out enough, $13 to see all those cars always seems like an awesome deal to me. 4 hours of entertainment, comes out to something like $3.25 an hour, and that's is I ride by myself. I took a friend, so I guess it was mroe like $11.50, and taht brings it to less than $3 an hour. I think I made pretty good :lol:
 
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