Well done MSA

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In my 64th year, 48 years of that as a mo­tor club mem­ber, com­peti­tor, mar­shal, spec­ta­tor area or­gan­iser and a peren­nial critic of the MSA, I have never read such a load of tripe com­ing from our rule mak­ers as the Cat­e­gory 1 sit­u­a­tion. That lat­est nail driven into our sport is typ­i­cal of the dreary drip, drip of rule changes that is killing ral­ly­ing, when the true cause is much nearer home.

The MSA may pro­nounce its spir­i­tual com­mit­ment to ral­ly­ing but the real truth is that they are the sport’s po­lice­men, not there to be at the heart of its cul­ti­va­tion, but to gov­ern it with an iron hand on be­half of the Govern­ment. With costs spi­ralling, and no help from their vast con­tin­gency fund (de­rived from our li­cence fees), there is a con­tin­u­ous stream of rule changes mount­ing cost on cost, which is grad­u­ally de­stroy­ing clubs and com­peti­tors.

And thereby we see the real prob­lem for Cat­e­gory 1. It doesn’t mat­ter whether the ton of metal is off num­ber 1 or 121, be­cause the real dan­ger comes from hav­ing too few mar­shals. And the rea­son for that is clubs are weak­en­ing, year on year, for the rea­sons above.

My ex­pe­ri­ence of com­pet­ing and mar­shalling tells me that slow cars first warn the un­pre­pared bet­ter than a WRC car in the hands of a driver that isn’t WRC!

I won­der how many more will turn their backs on the sport in 2016, when faced with the cost of new HANS devices and hel­mets, on top of seat, seat belt, rollcages etc.

The MSA’S li­cence track record re­flects their guardian­ship and tells us the fu­ture, if noth­ing changes. Jeff Ledger Durham

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