Tuesday 6 September 2011

Opinion - Officialdom at Large

It’s nearly a year since we lost the highly respected and well-liked MSA Steward, Bill Troughear. In fact, the last time I saw him and spoke with him was on the Sunday morning after the Tunnock’s Mull Rally last October.

It was just after breakfast and we were sitting on the bench outside the Tobermory Hotel looking out over the bay. Unusually, the sun was shining and even more unusually, the weather was warm, and it wasn’t raining. In fact it had been a cracking weekend all round. It was Bill’s first visit to the event and the island was at its best, and there we were, putting the world to rights.

It was with that in mind and the imminent arrival of the annual island thrash next month that probably prompted the subject of my monthly diatribe in this week’s (to-morrow’s!) edition of the weekly ‘Motorsport News’ . No doubt I’ll be in hot water – again.

Over the past 11 months I have noticed three instances where rally organisers were given a hard time by their appointed MSA Stewards. The vast majority of these senior officials carry out their duties fairly and respectfully, but there are one or two who seem to get carried with their badge of office and title.

This minority should remember that they are dealing with volunteers and amateurs without whom the sport simply wouldn’t exist in this country. These sporting stalwarts should be helped and encouraged.

Anyway, it made me wonder. Did I notice these three instances because I am now more sensitive to their actions, or did I notice them because this sort of confrontation is becoming more common? I hope it’s not the latter.

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