Bang on Paul

Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say -

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

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