Rallye Dorset, due for October 2014 in Poole, is cancelled

The 2013 Rallye Dorset, previously called Rallye Sunseeker

The 2013 Rallye Dorset, previously called Rallye Sunseeker

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POOLE’S annual motorsport event has been axed for 2014, with the local economy set to miss out on £1.2million.

As reported in the Daily Echo, Rallye Dorset – formerly known as Rallye Sunseeker – was threatened by a decision to take the British Rally Championship (BRC), of which it is part, in-house.

It was confirmed at the weekend that the BRC will be run by International Motor Sports from 2016, with the championship taking a sabbatical in 2015.

Before the relaunch, IMS will decide which events will take up the championship.

Rallye Dorset had been due to take place on October 17-18.

A statement from the Southern Car Club, which runs the event, said: “Unable to confirm the event's future status, with no BRC in 2015 and no clear idea of what may lay beyond, the club's committee has withdrawn from the sponsorship negotiations. This leaves the club with a large potential financial deficit, so postponement is the only option.”

Bruce Grant-Braham, chair of the Poole Tourism Partnership, told the Daily Echo earlier this month that the international event was a “crucial part” of Poole’s events programme, and brings around £1.2 million into the town.

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4:47pm Sun 13 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

Another one skint.
Another one skint. BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

5:42pm Sun 13 Jul 14

bourne free says...

If Poole council had the bottle to hold a proper stage at Baitor or Canford Arena on the friday evening like Bournemouth did it could have been a proper crowd puller and they may be writing different headlines ?
If Poole council had the bottle to hold a proper stage at Baitor or Canford Arena on the friday evening like Bournemouth did it could have been a proper crowd puller and they may be writing different headlines ? bourne free
  • Score: 7

5:44pm Sun 13 Jul 14

the_baron1 says...

I always prefered it when it was a "local" Sunseeker Rally in Bournemouth. It was nice to see the cars going through the lower gardens. Then it got to big and moved to Poole. Taken over by big enterprise.

Perhaps someone will sponser a local rally again bringing it back to Bournemouth !!
I always prefered it when it was a "local" Sunseeker Rally in Bournemouth. It was nice to see the cars going through the lower gardens. Then it got to big and moved to Poole. Taken over by big enterprise. Perhaps someone will sponser a local rally again bringing it back to Bournemouth !! the_baron1
  • Score: 14

7:48pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Townee says...

Beasley won't want the rally back in Bournemouth he doesn't want cars in the town only bikes.
Beasley won't want the rally back in Bournemouth he doesn't want cars in the town only bikes. Townee
  • Score: 2

8:06pm Sun 13 Jul 14

justme20092009 says...

oh well
oh well justme20092009
  • Score: -8

8:40pm Sun 13 Jul 14

cheeriedriteup says...

I went once and to be honest mobility scooters are faster and more exciting to watch
I went once and to be honest mobility scooters are faster and more exciting to watch cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -4

10:45pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Even my cleaner Kim Kwonk Po would have won the event in my Metro.

I'm glad to have saved the petrol and entry fee.
Even my cleaner Kim Kwonk Po would have won the event in my Metro. I'm glad to have saved the petrol and entry fee. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -9

9:36am Mon 14 Jul 14

rugby_dave87 says...

the_baron1 wrote:
I always prefered it when it was a "local" Sunseeker Rally in Bournemouth. It was nice to see the cars going through the lower gardens. Then it got to big and moved to Poole. Taken over by big enterprise.

Perhaps someone will sponser a local rally again bringing it back to Bournemouth !!
Think you'll find that Bournemouth tourism stopped being a sponsor as they didn't think it to be worth the money, but Poole decided it was worth a try to have the startline event on the quay, just a shame theres nowhere in central Poole to have an opening stage like Bournemouth use to. The event hasn't got "to big" if anything its a heck of a lot smaller the last time I went 2 years ago
[quote][p][bold]the_baron1[/bold] wrote: I always prefered it when it was a "local" Sunseeker Rally in Bournemouth. It was nice to see the cars going through the lower gardens. Then it got to big and moved to Poole. Taken over by big enterprise. Perhaps someone will sponser a local rally again bringing it back to Bournemouth !![/p][/quote]Think you'll find that Bournemouth tourism stopped being a sponsor as they didn't think it to be worth the money, but Poole decided it was worth a try to have the startline event on the quay, just a shame theres nowhere in central Poole to have an opening stage like Bournemouth use to. The event hasn't got "to big" if anything its a heck of a lot smaller the last time I went 2 years ago rugby_dave87
  • Score: 4

11:17am Mon 14 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Even my cleaner Kim Kwonk Po would have won the event in my Metro.

I'm glad to have saved the petrol and entry fee.
Is he the same bloke that runs the minge on chin Chinese restaurant ........
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Even my cleaner Kim Kwonk Po would have won the event in my Metro. I'm glad to have saved the petrol and entry fee.[/p][/quote]Is he the same bloke that runs the minge on chin Chinese restaurant ........ burgerboy
  • Score: 2

12:58pm Mon 14 Jul 14

bourne free says...

rugby_dave87 wrote:
the_baron1 wrote:
I always prefered it when it was a "local" Sunseeker Rally in Bournemouth. It was nice to see the cars going through the lower gardens. Then it got to big and moved to Poole. Taken over by big enterprise.

Perhaps someone will sponser a local rally again bringing it back to Bournemouth !!
Think you'll find that Bournemouth tourism stopped being a sponsor as they didn't think it to be worth the money, but Poole decided it was worth a try to have the startline event on the quay, just a shame theres nowhere in central Poole to have an opening stage like Bournemouth use to. The event hasn't got "to big" if anything its a heck of a lot smaller the last time I went 2 years ago
They could have used baitor to run a special stge on the friday night ?
[quote][p][bold]rugby_dave87[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the_baron1[/bold] wrote: I always prefered it when it was a "local" Sunseeker Rally in Bournemouth. It was nice to see the cars going through the lower gardens. Then it got to big and moved to Poole. Taken over by big enterprise. Perhaps someone will sponser a local rally again bringing it back to Bournemouth !![/p][/quote]Think you'll find that Bournemouth tourism stopped being a sponsor as they didn't think it to be worth the money, but Poole decided it was worth a try to have the startline event on the quay, just a shame theres nowhere in central Poole to have an opening stage like Bournemouth use to. The event hasn't got "to big" if anything its a heck of a lot smaller the last time I went 2 years ago[/p][/quote]They could have used baitor to run a special stge on the friday night ? bourne free
  • Score: -1

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