Chiarman’s Month

By Barry Lindsay

Been a disappointing month in many ways, hope things get better once the Beast from the East disappears.

Month started with rushing round here there and everywhere borrowing and servicing and fitting fire extinguishers to meet the New MSA rules when Lifeline couldn’t cope with demand to get ready for the Malcolm Wilson Rally. Only for it to be cancelled. ARRRRGH. While at the same time we had to postpone our Spadeadam awards night which was the right decision as on the actual night the A6071 Brampton – Longtown was blocked in several places with cars stuck in drifts.

Moving forward marshalling the Border Counties the week after didn’t happen either again due to the snow and everyone’s safety.

The March 12 car had to be cancelled due to lack of entries and the roads were still rather snow lined at the time. However I’ve got my entry in for the April 12 Car is hope you have too. If you are not competing please help marshal. There may not be many more chances if it’s not supported. Continue reading

Chairman’s Comments

By George Rutherford

Another year passes and we look back on a successful year for the Club.   December should have been a very active month for the members but the weather curtailed many of the activities but looking at what did happen we had a hard weekend marshalling at the racecourse for the RAC which ran some 5 hours late on the Saturday night while we endured temperatures of minus 6 however we were warmed with the news that Phil was running in the top 4. Sunday morning and night ran more to time as did Monday am.   It was most heartening to see the attitude of the competitors who were all smiling and thoroughly enjoying themselves despite the horrendous weather.   As for the organisers they were amazing re routing the event, obtaining new stages within 24 hours and producing the necessary paperwork – pity the authorities are unable to respond to such conditions so speedily.   Our thanks to all the people who gave up their time and froze for the love of the sport congratulations to Phil for a tremendous result coming in 4th in the open event.

The following weekend saw the cancellation of Grizedale with several days to go which seemed strange when the RAC could run while the conditions were at their worst – one would have thought that a few 4 x 4’s could have made the stages goers and given the competitors the chance to hone their skills on such tricky conditions.   When you recall the Monte starting from Glasgow with more or less standard cars on road tyre albeit using chains on their tyres and similar road conditions and the latest technology was a flask of coffee you wonder where it has all gone.

The Galloway Hills ran but more of that elsewhere and unfortunately we had to cancel the 12 car due to the weather forecast.   So now we look forward to 2011 and the forthcoming AGM where you can air your views and elect your new officials and committee.   At present we are trying to evaluate what format you would like the annual prize giving to take.

I would also appreciate if anyone interested in a test day early in the new year at a venue near you could let either myself or Barry know and we can let you know possible costs.

Finally we still have a few Club Calendars for sale for only £7.50 available from myself or Barry.

May you all have a prosperous and successful 2011.