Where do you enter the circuit? I've always gone in from the airport turn off, and parked for nowt along that road that runs into Irelands I think it is, or cochranstown (got memory probs) the junction where they turn right to go up to Budore. I've never been charged for parking along that road. Mined ewe, if your at the grandstand area, it might be different.
I can understand the reaction to the price of 25, especially as I've just lost my job so I can sympathise, but I can fully understand the need to charge something. I joined the Ugp supporters club ( i live in london) and can see what they are up against. The mountain of problems they face for a non profit making body is huge.
£25 might seem a lot, but I would still be willing to pay it. I would suggest leaving the wife and kids at home, as when I took mine there for practice, and race day (it pissed down and both were eventually called off one year) I had nothing but misery and distraction. Wives and kids are not natural road race fans - just look at the faces of the wives and girlfriends there sometime ! Go on your own, on your bike, and enjoy it.
I'm not sure how the people avoid paying to get in, although in northern ireland, that would probably mean parking a bit away, yomping across some fields and barb wire fences and there you go. I don't think you'll ever stop this, but I'll be going this year, as it simply is the best road racing event in the world, and I've seen most except armoy, faugheen and kells.
Not understanding the necessary business models, or health and safety, etc etc, I don't know what to say really, except that it is not simply ok to say this is too expensive as a knee jerk reaction. Just look at the cost of going to any BSB round, or even worse, WSB or MotoGP over here. Astronomical ! And they have just as much chance of being rained off as the UGP is, so at the end of the day, you can't really compare the two, or three.
You said that you could only see the tops of riders helmets through the wire. Where were you watching from? I've always watched along Budore in the hedges, or along the Flying Kilo in the ditches again, and have always been able to get my elbows on the tarmac. If you've only seen it from the grandstand area, which is of course a bit away from the road, get yourself to Budore on your own, and you'll come away a new man.
Lets hope that whatever happens, that they break even, and this treasure will still be here long after I'm in the dust.