Mo­tor­fest tour plan axed as virus rates rise

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

THIS year’s edi­tion of Orm­skirk Mo­tor­fest has been can­celled – de­spite ef­forts to re­design the event as a bor­ough­wide tour.

The event’s or­gan­is­ers, Ain­tree Cir­cuit Club, be­lieved they had found a way to stage a mod­i­fied event and still com­ply with so­cial dis­tanc­ing guide­lines.

While the tra­di­tional event at­tracts tens of thou­sands of vis­i­tors to view the range of ve­hi­cles, or­gan­is­ers had in­stead planned to take the cars on tour through Orm­skirk, Skelm­er­sale and Burscough.

But with lo­cal lock­downs be­ing im­ple­mented across the North West as Covid-19 rates rise again, they have now con­ceded that hold­ing a pub­lic event will not be vi­able this year. Dis­cus­sions are now tak­ing place about a pri­vate event be­ing held for drivers which could be broad­cast on­line

In a state­ment an­nounc­ing the news, the club said: “As we have planned around the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, we’ve worked tire­lessly to make Mo­tor­fest an event that ev­ery­one can try to en­joy by cre­at­ing a route around the Borough that takes us on tour, gives drivers a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence and the pub­lic the op­por­tu­nity to catch the tour pass­ing through ar­eas of the borough.

“Due to the ever chang­ing cir­cum­stances and with new ar­eas ex­pe­ri­enc­ing higher in­fec­tion rates within the North West and par­tic­u­larly Lan­cashire, the au­thor­i­ties have made the de­ci­sion that Mo­tor­fest can­not go on tour, to re­duce the risk of any COVID-19 spike in West Lancs.

“Al­though this isn’t news any of us wanted, we will make sure that Mo­tor­fest is back on full throt­tle for 2021.”

It is ex­pected that the Orm­skirk Mo­tor­fest will re­turn in its nor­mal form in 2021, and or­gan­is­ers say all en­tries for this year will be re­tained and trans­ferred to the next event.

They also plan to hold the Mo­tor­fest on Tour next year as a new event in ad­di­tion to Orm­skirk Mo­tor­fest, which had been due to hold its 10th edi­tion on Au­gust 30.

The state­ment con­tin­ued: “We are re­ally sorry to all of you who were look­ing for­ward to this year, but in this dy­namic cli­mate, au­thor­i­ties have a much big­ger pri­or­ity, which is to pro­tect pub­lic health, which we stand by and fully sup­port.

“Thank you to ev­ery­one for your sup­port so far this year and let’s come back big­ger and bet­ter to make Mo­tor­fest the event ev­ery­one wants to be a part of in 2021.”

West Lan­cashire Borough Coun­cil’s Cllr David Evans, whose Cab­i­net re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude Mo­tor­Fest, said: “We know how many of you re­ally like the Orm­skirk Mo­tor­Fest and we have tried to come up with a plan to have an event this year. Un­for­tu­nately we don’t feel that can go ahead now, but we hope the event will re­turn big­ger and bet­ter than ever in the fu­ture.”

Last year’s Mo­tor­fest in Orm­skirk town cen­tre

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