Southern Car Club and Farnborough District Motor Club have come to the difficult decision that the Aldershot Rally for Heroes - due to run on 10/11 April - will not now take place, as entries received so far do not make the event financially viable. This is a bitter disappointment to everyone concerned, after the hard work the organising teams have put in to get the event off the ground in such a short space of time.
The organisers apologise to the competitors, landowners, volunteers, the military and the Help for Heroes charity, for not being able to go ahead with the event. They thank those competitors, who had pledged support to the event, but understand that, for some, the timeframe and financial obligation have meant they were not able to show their support
The option to postpone the event to later in the year has been investigated, but as the rally calendar is looking full, and with no clear and obvious slot to move the event to, this is not an option.
Southern Car Club and Farnborough District Motor Club will now work closely with our friends in the military to bring the event back in 2016. This will allow more notice of the event date, which should help people plan for the event and - more importantly - plan to assist our charity, Help for Heroes.
Speaking on behalf of Southern Car Club, Chairman Anthony Concannon said: "Members of both clubs worked hard to bring this event to the Aldershot area. We had a great partnership with all the statutory bodies involved and we will continue to work with the military and Help for Heroes to run a stronger and better event in 2016."
For the Farnborough District Motor Club Chairman Simon Taylor, the disappointment is equal and he said: "We were all ready to go for this great new rally, but - despite all the time and resource invested - it has not paid off, but the event can still be a great one in the future. We have proved that the event is a workable concept and we will run it in the future. The enthusiasm and support shown so far, has convinced us that we can do that.
Military spokesman and liaison Lt Col James Sunderland was equally subdued and said: "I wish to thank everyone involved for their superb contribution, time and energy in (almost) turning the dream to reality and I sincerely apologise for the fact that we didn't quite make it. The chosen format was cost-effective, viable and very exciting and that bodes well for all of us in the future."
More news on the future of Aldershot Rally for Heroes will be made available once the clubs have discussed options with all their stakeholders.