April Fool: 2009 Rally Dates Changed to November

On the 1st April (should have been a clue there!) we published the following on our website – it was of course a spoof! Lots of people spotted straight away that it was an"April Fool Joke", but many people (including some of the committee) were taken in by it! (you know who you are, so be embarrased). If you cancelled your accomodation and rebooked for November and will now loose your deposit – BAD LUCK! Actually, just go back and tell them "it was all just an April fool joke & surely they couldn't be so foolish to have been taken in by it?"….

STOP PRESS: 2009 Tour of Mull is now taking place on the 27/28/29th November. In celebration of the 40th Tour of Mull, the 2300 Club Committee have decided to put on a real spectacular in terms of the Rally Route. This is going to start with a special stage from Salen past Aros Bridge and up to the cattle grid, where the new road to Tobermory starts. On Saturday afternoon, we are now running the special stage in Tobermory, with a twist – two way traffic!

To make the Tobermory stage more exciting, we will start cars as usual by the MacDonald Arms and run them up Main Street to MacBraynes Pier. Cars will then negotiate a special chicane and hand brake turn round and then proceed back down the Main Street to the start line and then exit Tobermory up towards the roundabout. With 30 second starts, this means that cars will be passing each other in opposite directions on Main Street and in order to meet with the safety requirements of the Police and Roads Department, we will need to clear all parked cars from the street and ensure all shops and businesses on Main Street are closed. As the weekend that we usually hold the rally in October is an especially busy time of year in Tobermory, we have agreed to change the date to November, when there are typically far fewer people around and so there will be less impact from the parking restrictions and closures of businesses.

Unfortunately, as this is out of the main season, most of the accomodation on the island won't be available and so as a special concession we have made arrangements with a group of farmers near Bunessan, who have agreed to make four fields available for camping. This means that all of the competitors, marshals and spectators that normally attend the event will still be able to come and can take advantage of the special (subsidised) pricing that we have secured in these fields (Pitch for tent, up to four people and parking for a car £63 per night, with an extra £120 for crews with a trailer).

 We look forward to seeing you on the 2009 Tour of Mull in November

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