I am often asked the question 'what is the secret of the success
of the Moffat Car Rally?' I think the fact that so many people, from
the Moffat community, businesses, right through to our financial
sponsers, have wanted to see this event enjoy continued success and
the event has been built up on that basis.
It is sometimes said that many good ideas are
formed from a relaxed mind and that is exactly how the Moffat Rally
came to be.
Driving home in my Hillman Convertible on a glorious
sunny afternoon after having attended an excellent Hillman event
near York in 1997, the idea came to mind to organise a major Classic
Car Rally in my own region. Moffat stood out as the perfect choice.
My wife Alison and I had for three years been
organising a Rootes Club event at our home near Dumfries for between
20 to 30 cars.
through our car club, the Scottish Rootes Enthusiasts,
The Moffat Car Rally was born and the inaugural event was held
I am delighted to say that we still have entrants
who have been at each event since.
The hospitality shown from the Moffat community
to all our visitors is exceptional. From my point of view as the
organiser, the biggest bonus to me is in having an excellent suppport
from our team and the voluntary sector performing over the weekend,
making sure things run smoothly.
Dumfries and Galloway Regional Council have given
exceptional financial support to this event over the years and I
am delighted that the figures shown from a recent survey we conducted justifies
the level of support given.