Sol RB organisers thank UK ‘connections’ for spreading the word
Sun, 12/04/2016 - 12:00am
Sol Rally Barbados organisers have thanked regular British visitors for their efforts to promote the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International in recent weeks – Nigel Worswick and Simon Nutter in the UK, Steve McNulty in New Zealand, and the Facebook group Rally Barbados European Crews, started by Rob Brook, which is now just a handful short of 400 members.
Sol RB Chairman Mark Hamilton said: “Word of mouth is so important. Our PR conveys a very positive message about the event and how it works, but in reality you cannot beat a satisfied customer going home and talking about it! For first-timers, it is a leap in the dark – they say goodbye to their rally car, their pride and joy, on a dock in the UK, hoping that it will be cared for.
“The event has historically received encouraging words of support from many of our visitors and we are glad that this continues; thanks to Nigel, Simon and Steve, who have been talking to individual competitors, and Rob’s Facebook group, there’s a lot of personal experience being passed on. We know the event is on a lot of ‘bucket lists’, but the detail is important, shipping, how we look after the cars, Rally Central, all those components. These guys are doing a great job getting that message across.”
Worswick, a competitor for the past six years, and Nutter, who made his Sol RB debut in 2016, were the guest speakers recently at the Kirkby Lonsdale Motor Club’s monthly meeting in the Lake District, close to many famous rally stages in Cumbria. Worswick, who this week joined the growing list of Sol RB regulars to return to the island out of rally season (here to celebrate his birthday), reports: “There were around 50 people there, including my service crew, who are club members, and a few rally drivers who came along to see if it was something they could include on their ‘bucket list’.
“The talk went on from about 8:30 till 10:00 p.m. and we were told that people at the back of the room occasionally start chatting towards the end. There wasn’t one person doing this, so I reckon it went down well! After a run-down of the event, and a bit of mickey-taking between Simon and I, we talked about shipping, what it might cost and stressed how well the teams at both ends of the journey look after our pride and joy.”
British co-driver McNulty, who has competed in Barbados twice with Dick Mauger, has been on holiday in New Zealand, where Kiwi legend Mike Marshall and he have been talking to all who will listen. McNulty, pictured on social media in Sol RB T-shirt and cap, says: “Been putting the word around about Sol Rally Barbados, met up with a few crews. They all knew about the rally and Mike doing the event, so lots of Barbados talk.”