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Eric says...Firstly can I say a huge thank you to all the exhibitors and spectators who despite the horrendous conditions we were faced with this weekend, still turned up and made the rally a success. Also, the volunteers and tractor drivers who had the task of trying to keep the rally running as smoothly as possible, you guys were amazing and we cannot thank you enough for your efforts. This weekend has been the most difficult in the history of Selkirk Rally. We had 45mm of rain on Friday, followed by more on Saturday and Saturday night. This caused huge problems on the rally field and the camp site.
I would like to address just a couple of the comments made by previous posters. The delays on the way in to the rally was due to us having to close one of the access gates. On rally day we use 2 entrances so that the traffic can enter the field as quickly as possible. However, due to the wet conditions we had to temporarily close gate 1 to allow us to do some ground work to make it suitable for vehicles to get in. Also, because the field was so wet, rather than let vehicles just drive in through gate 2, we had to space them out so that the vehicles had plenty of room in the wet conditions. This obviously caused delays, but it was the only way to do it safely. As for finding it difficult to find compounds, we had to make the decision on Sunday morning to take down some compounds and move others in order for the incoming vehicles to always have clean ground to run on. I personally told several entrants to park anywhere they could in the field if they were happy to not be in their compound. The response I received from that was 100% positive as they were just happy to be on the field. I should also point out that the field staff were stretched to breaking point by the extra work that the conditions caused, hence, other less experienced staff had to be drafted in to help. I am truly sorry that some entrants did not find Selkirk Rally to be an enjoyable day, as without the support of the exhibitors we would not have a rally. I would also like to add, (although this is not an excuse for anything) we are a new committee. Mike and Maria did an incredible job of running this rally and we have a huge task to live up to their high standards. We have made mistakes this year, but we are learning from them and if we make the same mistakes next year, we will deserve to be torn to shreds.
Finally, I cannot stress this enough.........thank you so much to those who were patient, understanding and supportive on our most difficult of days. It was truly a baptism of fire!
Our Chairman (on the left)