The one per­cent

Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say -

Jack Benyon’s ar­ti­cle (in Mo­tor­sport News, Jan­uary 25) hits the nail squarely on the head. How­ever the peo­ple who he aims it at are, un­for­tu­nately, un­likely to be read­ers of MN and so will never read it and take heed be­cause these are the peo­ple who are mak­ing life in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for the knowl­edge­able spec­ta­tor, mar­shal and me­dia per­son­nel alike.

Ever since ral­ly­ing started to get ‘col­umn inches’ in the na­tional dailies in the late 1970s, when Lom­bard spon­sored the RAC Rally, the task of spec­tat­ing by the true ‘anorak’ spec­ta­tor has steadily be­come more and more dif­fi­cult.

Time and time again when I’m at a stage start to sign on, mar­shals are ask­ing for a lo­ca­tion where there will be no spectators be­cause of the ag­gra­va­tion they re­ceive when try­ing to do their job.

These days I split my ral­ly­ing at­ten­dances be­tween spec­tat­ing and mar­shalling, I am an Msa-reg­is­tered mar­shal and over the years have of­fi­ci­ated up to and in­clud­ing clerk of the course/chief mar­shal on for­est events.

The MSA mar­shalling scheme is a good scheme but falls some way short. I talk to mar­shals who never at­tend the motor club they joined the scheme through or do not re­join the club once they’ve reg­is­tered on the scheme, be­cause the reg­is­tra­tion card is reis­sued when you’ve done the on­line train­ing.

The MSA needs to find a way to pre­vent the card from be­ing reis­sued un­til con­fir­ma­tion is re­ceived from the re­spec­tive club that an in­di­vid­ual is a mem­ber. Also in an ideal world in­di­vid­u­als should be ac­tive within their club. Gor­don Wadding­ton Via email

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