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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyRAC View Post
    A 4X4 event is allowed, because it's classed as 'Elite'. Who decides these things?
    The power of having an organised promoter, compared to the rudderless, Captainless ship that is rallying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    Return to Rally video:

    https://youtu.be/J0ZUpIHsxtE
    Watched this last night and unfortunate to see a couple of marshals filming the action on thier phones one of whom was stood pretty close to the edge of the track. Not a great advert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the sniper View Post
    The power of having an organised promoter, compared to the rudderless, Captainless ship that is rallying?
    Well that is one way of putting it.

    I thought rallying brought all kinds of financial benefits to Wales, or so it is claimed. But not enough that the sport has any influence/bargaining power.

    Is there a better sound than that of Porsche engined Flat-6 ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sal the 2nd View Post
    Watched this last night and unfortunate to see a couple of marshals filming the action on their phones one of whom was stood pretty close to the edge of the track. Not a great advert.
    This was commented on Twitter by a few people, who were 'shot down' for raising it.

    Is there a better sound than that of Porsche engined Flat-6 ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sal the 2nd View Post
    Watched this last night and unfortunate to see a couple of marshals filming the action on thier phones one of whom was stood pretty close to the edge of the track. Not a great advert.
    This could be an issue with fans becoming 'marshals' just so they can get close to action with spectators banned...

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    The only time I've seen a 0 car stop on stage was in Dyfnant on Rally GB a few years ago. Very tight hairpin on a narrow section at the end of a section where they've been flat for 550m. Three marshals stand on the outside of the hairpin, slightly off to the side, while all us speccies had put ourselves up an adjacent embankment. We could hear the 0 car nav shouting at them to move! They'd already been told to move by either the 00 or 000 (can't remember which)...

    I've got a lot of time for marshals, always polite to them and try to chat, but we're all just enthusiasts there to watch a rally at the end of the day.

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    Iain Campbell interview on Dirtfish pod:
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/37I...TPapHfIjt11fbw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    Iain Campbell interview on Dirtfish pod:
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/37I...TPapHfIjt11fbw
    Listened to this now. I've got a lot of respect for Iain as a rally organiser, but I feel he really rather swerved talking about the issues of the BRC in particular, now and in the future. Understandable given his position maybe, but I'd hoped he might be a bit more frank. We all know that this country's never ending love affair with the Escort is not healthy for the future of the sport here, but the BRC has its own issues. I appreciate though that he can't really bite the hand that feeds him or the constituent parts of his Championship that are organised for him. It's a small community. It's funny though listening to him correctly highlight the importance of a pinnacle level, bigging up the WRC in this role, while not mentioning the BRC at all...

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    The Escort and 45 mile one day BTRDA events are seemingly what most British competitors want. Affordable events, good value for money and all done and dusted in one day. Fine, that is what the people want. No point in a series if not enough people are interested in it. Modern homologated cars and longer more expensive events just aren't wanted by UK rallying.

    I remember, not that long ago we had BTRDA, ANCRO/Mintex and BRC. All offered something different; now only the BTRDA is what you'd say is in a 'healthy' state. ANCRO has gone, and the BRC seems to stumble along year to year. It gets a refresh every so often, but with the same result.

    I really have no idea how you change the rallying culture in the UK.

    Is there a better sound than that of Porsche engined Flat-6 ???

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    Look at the entry list for this weekend's Rallye Mont Blanc. Other countries are getting it right. Think a lot of parties are to blame for the demise of the sport in the UK be it the governing body, championship organisers, clubs and yes competitors themselves. Add in landowners who are scared of the green lobby and insurance/liability issues and too many calls for use of ever decreasing locations.

    Other sports like cycling seem to have a very vociferous lobby behind them rallying just seems to want to apologise and dissappear up its own exhaust.

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