An update on Eastwood & District Motor Club’s plans for the Harold Palin Memorial Stages.
Dear Radio Crews and Marshals,
As promised, following on from the Prime Ministers announcement earlier this week, I’d like to provide you with an update on the Harold Palin Memorial Stages, supported by SMR Agriculture and DBM Construction.
In line with the easing of government restrictions over the coming months and Motorsport UK now issuing permits for the resumption of competitive motorsport we are pleased to announce that we are running the event on Sunday 2nd May as planned. Continue reading “Harold Palin Memorial Stages – 2 May 2021”
From John Newlove:
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the non-availability of parts of the venue because of electrical work on the transmission lines during April we have decided to run the Lookout Stages later in the year rather than on our traditional April date.
Hence we are intending to run this year’s Lookout on Sunday July 11th, Government and Motorsport UK regulations permitting.
Clerk of the Course
Lookout Stages Rally
From Simon & Kathy Rolph, Eastwood & District Motor Club’s Chief Marshals:
Just wanted to drop you all a quick update on the Harold Palin Memorial rally scheduled to take place at Fulbeck airfield on Sunday 2nd May 2021.
At the moment we are still intending to run the event as planned, however, like the rest of the country we are eagerly awaiting the Prime Minister’s updates on how and when lockdown restrictions will be lifted and what this means for running rally events.
As and when we have more information we will share it with you and will be sending out requests for staffing as soon as we know more.
Thank you for being supporters of the Eastwood and District Motor Club events and if you have any questions, please just ask!
Hopefully we can all get to take part in some safe and much needed motorsport this year.
Take care everyone and I’ll be in touch again soon.
Simon and Kathy
From John Newlove:
Just noticed this on Border Motor Clubs web site
Border Motor Club are pleased to announce that, having had to postpone our event due to the latest national lockdown, we have joined forces with BLMCC to present a double header rally at Cadwell Park
The Alan Healy Memorial Rally will now take place on Saturday, April 3rd and will be followed by the Cirrus Research Stages (Originally scheduled for November 2020) on Sunday, April 4th.
Both of these events are subject to Motorsport UK approval and will be run with strict compliance to the COVID-19 guidelines available at the time.
All being well, we look forward to seeing you there in April!
For your information …
Below a letter from the Chairman of ANECCC regarding the “Lombard Rally Festival Newcastle” scheduled for July 2021 and an email from the Chairman of ANCC regarding another event planned for Harrogate in April 2021.
Please note the warnings that these events are not running under a Motorsport UK permit and Motorsport UK insurance and legal support would not be available if anything should go wrong on either event.
Lombard Rally Festival Newcastle 1
From: Chris Woodcock <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 at 19:03
Subject: Non Motorsport UK Event – Harogate April 2021
It has come to our attention that a non Motorsport UK group are intending to organise a rally style event based in Harrogate on 9th to 11th April 2021.
Please advise your members that this event is not permitted and to that end will not benefit from the insurance and safety privileges a permitted event would. if anyone competes, spectates or marshals on this event they do so completely at their own risk.
Association of Northern Car Clubs Ltd
North Humberside Motor Club Ltd regret to announce that for the second year running we have to cancel the NHMC Warcop Stages. The 2021 event was scheduled to run on Easter Sunday, 4th April 2021.
Press comments (and some government statements) appear to suggest that vaccination of the top 4 priority groups will be completed some time in February and that 3 weeks after that there may be some relaxation of the current restrictions (the legislation for the current lockdown in England has an ending date of 31st March 2021). That suggests that the earliest that restrictions may be relaxed will be mid-March. Previous restrictions have generally been extended which does not give us any confidence of the quoted dates being achieved.
The organising team have not been on the Warcop Military Training Area since the event at Easter 2019 – we need to see the ranges to check out our proposed stage routes. We cannot do that whilst the current restrictions are in place. Then after we have designed stages, the subjective route notes provider would need access to the Warcop Military Training Area to prepare subjective route notes and the Safety DVD.
The time-scales just do not work.
The combination of an available date for the ranges and access to our rally HQ means that it is not possible to re-schedule the event to later in 2021.
We remain hopeful that restrictions may be relaxed sufficiently to allow NHMC’s running of the John Overend Memorial Stages Rally on 30th May 2021 and the NHMC Cadwell Stages on 21st November 2021.
Clerk of the Course, NHMC Warcop Stages
From Alan Carvell via John Newlove:
Alan Carvell sent me this which might be of interest to some, its £18 to enter but is for charity
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MSN Rally Championship posting on Facebook
📢 ATTENTION 📢
In light of the announcement made by the UK Government yesterday and discussion with Motorsport Vision and the relevant organising clubs, we have taken the unfortunate decision to call a temporary halt to 2020-21 calendar. That means that in addition to Round 2 being postponed, Round 3 at Cadwell Park and Round 4 at Oulton Park have also unfortunately been postponed.
We are currently working with Motorsport UK, Motorsport Vision and all organising clubs to explore all avenues to ensure the Championship resumes. We are working through a revised calendar of events to ensure all 8 rounds of the Championship can take place which will announce in due course.
From John Newlove:
Apparently the message below has appeared on Facebook. For some reason they don’t seem to want to tell me directly that the 2021 event has been cancelled.
The Riponian Organising Team, faced with no further clarification about access to the Yorkshire forests in February, coupled with uncertainty of what the future holds for COVID-19 restrictions after the Christmas ‘freedom of movement’ have decided that the only sensible thing to do would be cancel the event in February.
Additionally with there being no prospect of access to the forests between March and the end of July, which would then take us into clashes with events planning to use the same forests, unfortunately the only option was to have no Riponian in 2021. We plan to not waste the work the team has put in so far and aim to go again in February 2021.
North Humberside Motor Club Ltd has issued the following statement at 20:00 today (24th September 2020):
After considerable soul searching, North Humberside Motor Club Ltd have decided not to continue with the organisation of this year’s NHMC Cadwell Stages Rally which was scheduled for Sunday 22nd November 2020.
We believe that COVID-19 cases are rising. The Prime Minister’s statement on Tuesday leaves us more uncertain as to what the position in late November will be. Whilst expert scientific opinion still differs, it has been suggested that a full UK lockdown may be required; this further increases our uncertainty for the event.
We have already cancelled the NHMC Warcop Stages earlier this year when the lockdown started and we lost a significant amount of money on that event.
A combination of loss of some sponsorship and unavailability of some of our key organisers also has an impact on the organisation of the event.
Most of our organising team are over 60 and several are in high risk groups.
Looking forward to 2021, circumstances permitting, NHMC Ltd plans to run three single venue special stage rallies: the NHMC Warcop Stages on the Warcop Military Training Area in Cumbria on Easter Sunday (4th April), the John Overend Memorial Stages Rally at Melbourne airfield on 30th May, and the NHMC Cadwell Stages Rally at Cadwell Park on 21st November.