We’re sure every one of you, like all of us, would have already started to think about what should have been the 24th running of the club’s flagship event – The McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages Rally – this weekend.
Unfortunately, as much as we all miss rallying and motorsport, the event seem far less important now. The world is changing, as is our day to day lives, and these events have rightly so been put on hold for the time being.
During these times we, as the club’s committee, wanted to update our members on the situation with the club and our events and what has been going on over the past month in the club.
Alongside the measures implemented by the Scottish & UK Governments, Motorsport UK have suspended all motorsport events until at least the 30th of June. The club will, of course, abide by that and all clubs events within this timescale have be cancelled. Some of these events may be rescheduled later in the year but right now it is too early to say. One event that won’t be rescheduled is the McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages Rally. The sheer amount of organising involved with the event, along with the continued uncertainly over the worldwide pandemic leaves the club with only one option – to cancel for 2020 and focus on the 2021 when the time is right.
The committee are continuing to keep in touch regularly with each other and last week we held our monthly committee meeting over a video chat on Zoom.
For general motorsport updates from Motorsport UK on the coronavirus pandemic please click on the following link: www.motorsportuk.org/covid-19/
The Snowman Rally would most likely be the last motorsport event many of you attended and Colin Christie would like to thank all the marshals who helped run the Glen Urquhart stage twice during the day. Well done to all crews who finished too, and commiserations to those that had to retire.
Looking ahead – the North East of Scotland Motorsport Club are organising a quiz tomorrow (Wednesday 15th) which will be streamed live on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/northeastofscotlandmotorsportclub). This will start at 8pm sharp and have different rounds on various topics such as motorsport, general knowledge and music.
David Law is planning on running his second virtual table top navigational rally having organising one using the Stonehaven OS Map 45 over the past week. David is going to run this one on the Banff/Huntly OS Map. These events can be done using either on a paper map or by using a digital map online. If you’re interested, details can be found on the club website and Facebook page.
For now though, the whole club wish everyone the best. Please stay healthy, stay safe and most importantly – stay at home. Once this is all over we can assure you the club will be back to running events – be it autotests, navigational rallies and of course a couple of social events.
The 63 Car Club committee