Thursday, February 28, 2013

Woodvale Rally 2013 plans for airfield return dropped

PLANS to bring the Woodvale Rally back to its traditional home have been dealt a fresh blow after the RAF said the airfield base is still unsuitable to use.

Last year the event, which caters for car and bike clubs along with model aircraft and rail enthusiasts, was held at a venue other than RAF Woodvale for the first time in its 40 year history due to safety concerns about asbestos at the site, but despite hope the show would return in its usual format for 2013 it has now been confirmed the venue is unuseable "for the forseeable future".

In an email sent out to car clubs who have previously entered the event, Charles Scott said: "RAF Woodvale has confirmed that we are unable to use the airfield for the foreseeable future due to asbestos contamination in the soil.   This is a Health and Safety decision and we have been unable to challenge this despite our best efforts and help from others.  
"Last year we relocated to Victoria Park in Southport for a much reduced event.  There were problems but the Rally Board were determined to continue despite the problems.   The Board are exploring the possibility of running a similar event at Victoria Park in late July 2013 but on a reduced scale.  We are thinking about a show based on classic vehicles with a club section also.  
"We envisage a free entry for vehicles, and a Sunday only show, but with the possibility of overnight camping on site (for a small fee).  Public admission prices would be much reduced also (say £5 for adults, children free).  There would be other attractions similar to the rally but no flying and less extensive, eg model marquees, some music and children's entertainment. I would value your reactions and ideas.  Thank you."
The Woodvale Rally has been held at RAF Woodvale since the event's inception in 1971, but due to the asbestos concerns the show was held last summer at Victoria Park in nearby Southport.

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