Bang on Paul
Thanks Paul Lawrence; as a committed critic of the Motor Sports Association in its management of our sport, your recent article ( Motorsport News, February 1) has caused me to break my promise to myself to keep my blood pressure down by just accepting that, after nearly 47 years in the sport, no-one at the MSA ever listens.
My long memory stretches back to an exchange at the finish of the Wexford, in the presence of the then MSA rally boss, we started a discussion on what we perceived to be the dangers of the imminent introduction of tyre width restrictions, to cars like full-house RS1800S and Renault Turbos.
Just when we thought we had the upper hand, the discussion was curtailed by the cutting statement: “I can understand your concerns, but you are wasting your time, you do as you are told or you don’t compete!”
That response is at the back of my mind every time I watch the regulations change. The MSA’S decisions over the years vary from being totally inexplicable, to margining on highly questionable.
So as Paul raises the running order, the rest of us scratch our heads with marshal licensing, forest charges, safety officials, HANS devices, dating of helmets, spill kits, tyre restrictions, fuel sampling, fire extinguishers, testing, licence fees and historic events...and they wonder why our sport is going down the pan. Jeff Ledger Durham