Gary, at our last get together at Don's we were told that the council needed a $1,000 deposit to ensure we didn't damage the relatively fragile surface of the airstrip (it's not drag strip quality, apparently it's a softish tar sprayed over fine blue metal or similar) so no burnouts or we lose the grand. Presumably we'd also lose the grand if a car rolled and chewed into the surface.
After poor old Bob Ellis drove himself mad for weeks hunting for insurance, the best quote for only the ONE day was $6,000. I kid you not. The council will NOT let us run without insurance and we can only have one day, twice a year. That means if we only got 20 entrants to pay up each one would have to part with $350 to race carefully over only one kilometre for one day. I can't really remember what our start and finish times were but for the purpose of argument let's say 8 hours. With only 20 starters and no delays (aircraft movements and such) we'd each be getting maybe a run an hour with each run costing about $40. If we had double the entries we'd get half the runs so the cost per run wouldn't change. Half a dozen runs isn't much of a deal for our interstate friends. While we certainly haven't given up on the idea we really need to find a much better deal on the insurance before we can start sending out invitations.
Good, Fast, Cheap, pick any two!