I take on board all that you say but one flaw in your response is that there were few Ferraris' (one I think!) and no Lambos last year at Tarvit (I think they were all in Yorkshire) yet it was well attended, so I think it is down to "curiosity" to an extent that the public come to such events and for something to do with the Family on a Sunday. How many of them other than the enthusiast (I don't intend for that to sound derogatory) can tell a Ferrari from a Lambo or a Masserati, few I suspect! If all the people that attend for example, Tarvit were really Italian Car fans they would be driving Italian cars but clearly they don't. I just think that if the cost for such events was at least reduced for the owners they would be more attractive given that the enthusiast can attend four or five events during the summer. With all due respect, let me respond to your statement: "The primary aim of SICD is to provide an opportunity for owners of Italian cars to congregate and enjoy our mutual interest in these brilliant pieces of engineering" We can do that in a Tesco car park! Interesting debate that hopefully will go on and come to some sort of level ground.
I have to say a huge element in last year's completely unexpectedly massive attendance was the weather! I agree that a lot of people were curious to see the new venue and YES the reason it was staged at Hill of Tarvit was to encourage Italian car owners to bring their families along by providing something else for them to do.
A lot of people did turn-up in the HOPE of seeing exotica (and you don't need to be much of an enthusiast to tell the difference between an Enzo and a Fiat 500) and the disappointment of some of them was noted. The absence of such vehicles can be a problem but unfortunately their owners cannot be forced to attend - it is interesting that a significant proportion of them do not believe that they should pay an entrance fee as they certainly see themselves as part of the "show".
I note your point about the non-Italian car owners Ė but there are many people who like Italian cars but for whatever reason donít currently own one. I chatted to quite a few of them and you only have to have a look round this forum to see the number of AO members who donít actually have an Alfa.
Your final point about Tescoís car park is an option (well it isnít really, Tesco would throw you out eventually!
) and I alluded to that type of approach in my previous post. The event has been held in a field in the past and there is nothing to stop such an alternative being revisited in the future but AROC have got to todayís position purely as a result of feedback received from previous events.
I have to say that in my experience, last year was exceptional and shouldn't be used as benchmark. If this yearís weather is bad (and letís be honest that has a relatively high probability of occurrence in our part of the world) there will nothing like the number of non-Italian car owners and even the Italian cars will be down.
Anyway it will be interesting to see if AROC can come up with anything to address your concerns.