A mum who took her boys to the event has told how they begged to go home, after cars got stuck in the mud and they found themselves sitting cold and bored in the crowded stadium
Image: Hannah Louise/Facebook)
A racing event and fireworks display was branded a ‘disaster’ by attendees after cars got stuck in mud and the fireworks failed to impress.
Hannah, a 30-year-old mom of two, took her boys to the stock car race party, promising them it would be a night to remember.
But she has now told how they begged to go home, after the cars got stuck in the mud and they found themselves sitting cold and bored in the crowded stadium waiting for the entertainment to continue.
Hannah, from Brighouse in West Yorks, spent £36 on tickets for herself, her children and her mum at the event at Odsal Top on Saturday night.
She told Yorkshire Live there must have been “around 5,000 people there with a lot of disappointed children”.
“I had told my eight and two year old sons about it, telling them how awesome it was going to be, but all they were asking was when could they come home,” said she declared.
“It was supposed to be stock car racing, firecracker racing, monster trucks and £10,000 fireworks.
“This whole thing, from start to finish, was a disaster and should have ended much sooner than it did.
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“It started at 4:30 p.m. and ended at 8:30 p.m. and most of the time we were just sitting around, cold and bored, waiting for the tractors to pull the cars off the track because it was a mud bath.
“There were four races which took a bit of time because of all the cars getting stuck in the mud and then an hour of waiting for the tractors to get them all off the track between each one.
“The monster truck was canceled for health and safety reasons, which I can’t understand when it’s so much bigger than the tractors that are perfectly fine on the track.
“The kids were bored as there was nothing to entertain them. Rather than putting two more races on the fireworks, they should have been done early and the event ended early.
“Forty-five minutes before the end, three quarters of those present had left – that’s how bad it was.
“We spoke to a few stewards who all agreed it was a shambles and the event should have ended sooner.
“We waited until the end because after sitting in the cold for hours with no entertainment, we thought we might as well see the fireworks.”
But the family ended up wishing they had gone to a standard bonfire, in which Hannah said the fireworks would have been just as good.
“We were completely disappointed with it all and felt it was a waste of money, especially for the price we paid,” she said. “I’m pretty sure everyone else who attended would agree, which clearly shows how many people left early.”
Hannah said the “poor stewards” were being abused by attendees who were unhappy with their experience, which she said was “also unfair”.
And another man wrote on the Startrax Stockcar Racing Facebook page: “Last night was horrible, poorly organized, half the event didn’t even happen, no monster truck as advertised, the ‘fire £10,000 fireworks spectacular” was far from it, staff were rude and swearing at children, but have yet to see a race take place.
“The commentator did his best to stir up excitement in the face of what can only be considered a disaster, but the odds were stacked against him. Waste of time and money.”
And one woman wrote: “My family often go to watch the races here and it was amazing! Tonight was appalling. A total embarrassment to the sport.
“Poor kids are dumped. No monster trucks and not much racing. I feel sorry for the drivers too. The attitude of the staff/stewards was beyond ignorant and rude. Nowhere where stand, the younger ones couldn’t see. A refund is definitely needed!”
Startrax Stockcar race director Steve issued an apology on the event’s Facebook page, saying the company had “unreservedly” apologized.
“Let us assure you that we have been involved in motorsport and Odsal for 27 years and were even promoted at Odsal until it closed in 1997,” he said.
“We have also invested heavily in his return for 2021. He has staged 11 successful events so far in 2021, including the Stock Car World Finals just last month.
“We care passionately about what we do and, trust us, we are devastated and apologize for the weather and have invested heavily in putting on a great show.”
“It has been deemed unsafe for the health and safety of Monster Trucks to participate, which we have announced, but as advertised, only part of the show.
“I make no apologies, the weather was not a pleasant night for your family or for ourselves and we apologize to your family and friends.”
In a second post on his Facebook page, he wrote that the evening “will haunt me like a bad memory in retirement”, and he strongly denied that his company was looking to make a “quick” buck, saying his reputation was extremely important to them.
Anyone wanting a refund should contact the company directly.