An absolutely brilliant National Rally Weekend - extremely well done to the organisers - it has to be up there with the best ever, certainly from all the Rallies I have attended.
However I would like to make a couple of suggestions...............
As stated elsewhere - "The Car is The Star"
So why, in respect to the hours, and sometimes days, of preparation invested in the Competition Cars by their owners, do we not display them prominently and proudly in the centre of the arena, rather than tucking them away in rather cramped corner of the field in a fairly haphazard fashion? These are, after all, judged to be the best cars in the club, let us admire and celebrate them, and give them pride of place.
Was I the only person feeling slightly embarrassed to see our Chairman, who should be the most senior and respected person in our Club, standing in front of a crowd of people at the Presentations with a totally inadequate PA System and being laughed at by sections of the crowd? This is unacceptable. Surely the Club has the resources to purchase/hire a PA System suitable for a large outdoor event.
I repeat that this is in no way a criticism of the immense effort put in by the organisers to achieve a very successful National Rally.
What the Club needs is a National Events Co-Ordinator with the experience and expertise to assist and advise the organisers (didn't Gerry Nichols used to fill this role rather well). In addition the role should include analysing feedback from organisers and attendees to inform future organisers and ensure a constant improvement in National Events, perhaps even attending other organisations' events to see how they do it.
And, before you ask Ken, YES, I would be prepared to step forward and offer my services - if asked - I believe I have most of the skills rerquired.