Scotland has produced over the years many an International roads great, including Steve Hislop, Bob McIntyre, Alex George, Iain Duffus, Ian Simpson, Jim Moodie and Keith Amor, but in the modern era hasn’t hosted national, International level roads competition. Is this about to change though in the near future?
Yes, there will be those who state now, well we’ve heard all this before, about proposed new roads events in the UK, but in this case it’s a genuine, realistic possibility.
The reason for this, is that new regulations encouraging closed roads events to take place in Scotland, have been backed by the Scottish Parliament, a major breakthrough in terms of bringing roads action to Scottish shores.
Commenting on the extremely positive news for pure road racing fans across Scotland, Chairman of the SACU, Major Sandy Mack MBE stated:
“This is great news for all motorsport in Scotland, lifting a legislative bar to these events opens up a huge potential for closed roads racing in Scotland.
Our Scottish Motorsports Partners Motorsport UK have been working on this for some time, the SACU’s invitation to contribute has secured our position and authority to permit such events.”
Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, provided additional comment:
“We have a proud tradition of Motorsport in Scotland, and this government recognises the need to balance the potential for economic benefits and public enjoyment from motorsports with a high degree of safety.
We have listened to motorsports governing bodies and taken steps, which will simplify the consideration of events by creating a robust and proportionate framework for the authorisation of motorsport on public roads in Scotland.
We know that motorsports can be dangerous and that the risk needs to be correctly assessed and managed, however, this step will help usher the return of major sporting events to our communities, boosting local economies and help to continue Scotland’s rich legacy in motorsport.”
Words by Stevie Rial