July 23rd, 2019
2019 Solway Coast: Statement
Solway Car Club Ltd is disappointed to announce the cancellation of the www.usedcarparts.co.uk Solway Coast Rally on Saturday 3 August 2019, and the associated Historic and Junior events on Sunday 4 August 2019.
Traditionally, the Sunday ‘Junior’ & ‘Historic’ rallies have made a loss due to lower numbers, but this has always been subsidised by a buoyant entry for the Saturday ‘Senior’ rally. In 2019, the overall entry level is well below that required to run the rally.
The majority of the costs involved with the event are fixed, and the potential financial implications of running the event with the current entry levels would have negative implications for the long-term future of the Solway Coast Rally and Solway Car Club.
Coupled with this, is a large amount of as yet ‘unpaid’ entries, meaning the overall number of starters could have potentially dropped even further, and the subsequent loss would be even greater.
The entries required were realistically not going to be received before Thursday’s Closing Date, and we hope that by announcing this as soon as possible, it will allow Competitors, Marshals and Officials to rearrange or cancel any reservations and high cost items planned for next weekend.
This decision hasn’t been taken lightly, as a huge amount of work has already gone in to the 2019 event, and whether it was to be your 1st Solway Coast, or your 39th, you can be assured that the team from Solway Car Club shares your disappointment.
Competitors who had paid will receive a full refund. These will be processed this week.
ARDEN HOUSE HOTEL
Solway Car Club extends an invitation to all competitors, marshals, officials and anyone else associated with the rally to join them for a ‘social evening’ in the bar at The Arden House Hotel (Rally HQ) on Saturday 3 August from 6.30pm onwards. Special thanks to the Coupland family for their understanding.
The small but dedicated team from Solway Car Club will regroup over the coming weeks and months, and will explore a revised format for the 2020 event, which also marks the ‘40th Anniversary’ of sponsorship from www.usedcarparts.co.uk. Solway Car Club is exceptionally grateful to DA Autoparts and Richard, Nadine and Peter Stewart, for their continued support of the rally since 1980.
Solway Car Club
23 July 2019 @ 21:45