It's very sad that it has got to this state.
The first time I can ever remember going was when Mike Hailwood binned the Ducati at Coppice right in front of us. I seem to be a bit of a magnet for that - as I also saw Luchinelli highside at Redgate at the end of 1981 and Spencer do the same on the underslung tank NSR V4 at the start of 1984.
I also saw Spencer lead for a lap or two in 1987 and was there the year that Mackenzie led on the Marlboro Yamaha. We went mental.
We went mental at Redgate the year that Kocinski's hastily concocted big bang firing order Yamaha dumped fuel as it blew up. Schwantz took to the flags to warn the other riders, but not before Doug Chandler and Foggy had also slid off. Mike Scott referred to us a "howling mob" in Motocourse that year.
The most amazing thing I ever saw was in a 1300cc open class race in the early 1980s. There was everything out from TZ350s, RG and TZ500s, TZ750s and large proddy bikes such as the Honda CB1100R and Suzuki Katanas. Going down Craner a Katana grounded out and threw the rider off in a partial highsider. The bike righted itself and carried on on its own down the hill at well over 100mph, missed the left hander then and went over the grass towards the exit of the old hairpin at 90 degrees to the track. A group of riders looked like they were going to T-bone the bike - but it went past the front of them - they all sat up - it gave them a real fright. The bike then veered gently to the left and at the last moment flopped onto the right handlbar at walking pace leaned up against the concrete wall in front of the spectators facing the wrong way - totally undamaged and still on its wheels. All the marshalls had to do was stick a bale or two in front of it. The rider had to watch the entire race and then walk about a quarter of a mile to get his bike back having "crashed" it at about 110mph. He rode it back to the pits.
My 18 month old (now) daughter attended her first ever world level event there last year for the Superbikes. She was in the pink travel cot that amused so many who walked by us up near - yes you guessed - Redgate. That was a fantastic day of racing - with a big screen opposite us as well and great weather - a good way to remember Donington if we never see racing there again.
I've only ever done just one trackday at Donington and have never raced there. Donington would always be there - or so I thought.
It's a mess but it is far from irretrievable.
Virgin raceway I say - with red tarmac!