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7/8 May 2021

Machars Car Club have confirmed that their planned ‘Coast2Coast Rally’ due to be staged on the 7/8 May this year has been cancelled.

Although plans were well underway and the route confirmed, the organisers were only too well aware of the ongoing situation regarding the Corona virus pandemic, but had delayed this announcement in December to see what the New Year would bring.

Unfortunately, with Covid continuing to blight the nation and no sign of a solution any time soon, the organisers were faced with no option but to cancel. The decision was taken at a full committee meeting last week with sponsors and partners being informed at the weekend ahead of this formal announcement.

The organisers wish to express their gratitude for the hard work and patience of all those involved including Dumfries & Galloway Council, Roads Department, local community councils, Stranraer Development Trust and Police Scotland, Motorsport UK, and of course the good folks of Stranraer & District and the wider Dumfries & Galloway community who have all been very welcoming and proactive in their support of bringing this exciting new event to Stranraer, Wigtownshire and the Dumfries & Galloway region.

Many sports fans and followers will also be disappointed, although not surprised, by this decision.

Event Rally Manager Roy Campbell said: “Of course we knew last month this would be the likely outcome, but decided to wait and see what might happen in the New Year. Despite the  promise of new vaccines and treatments we are only too well aware that this sad nation-wide situation will not be resolved any time soon.”

“On that basis the club is seeking a new date next year for this exciting new motor sporting spectacle in the South West and have provisionally declared Saturday the 7th of May as the date for the 2022 Coast2Coast Rally. Too many club members and helpers have put too much time and effort into this project to lose it now, so preparations will continue to be made and plans refined. We really want to get this show on the road for the benefit of all who live and work here.”

Date: 01 February 2021

PR/C2C02 – Issued on behalf of the organisers by: John Fife

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