ALTHOUGH entries for the R.A.C. Rally do not close until Monday, 5th February, over one hundred have already been received by the Club. The maximum number that can be accepted is four hundred, and not more than one hundred may start from any control. Fifty-one entrants have already selected London as their starting point.
The arrangements at Bournemouth are progressing well. The final check will be at the Ramp .Garage, Westover Road. This is a large modern building with accommodation on nine floors—five of which will be placed at the disposal of the R.A.C. The floors are all connected by ramps, and so simple will be the parking of the cars this year as they arrive, that the R.A.C. proposes to group them in classes. It will then be possible to run off the Eliminating Test in classes instead of as hitherto with all three sizes of car mixed.
The Rally Ball to which the Corporation of Bournemouth is inviting all competitors, will be held on Friday, 16th March, at the New Pavilion, which will also be the venue of the Mayor’s Reception on the day of arrival at Bournemouth on Thursday, 15th March. Numerous other functions are being
arranged in the town during the Rally for the benefit of competitors ; invitations have been received from golf and other clubs to enjoy their hospitality, and it would appear that Bournemouth is making every attempt to equal if not surpass, the hospitality that competitors have already enjoyed both at Torquay and Hastings.
The R.A.C. is sending to all entrants a complete list of the hotels and garages In Bournemouth, giving particulars of accommodation and prices. All enquiries regarding accommodation however, should be addressed to the Publicity Manager of the Bournemouth Corporation.
A number of queries have been received by the R.A.C. arising out of the Regulations and the following information may be of interest to all entrants.
TEAMS. Entries for the Club Team Prize must be made by Club Secretaries. Only clubs associated with the R.A.C. are eligible to nominate teams. Entries for the Manufacturers’ Team Prize must be made by the manufacturer of the make of car entered. As soon as possible after entries close a list will be circulated to enable those eligible to nominate teams. ELIMINATING TESTS. In no circumstances can any information be disclosed
regarding the nature of these tests. They will not be of such a nature or over such surfaces as to involve any risk of damage to competing cars.
RouTEs. The routes given in the Regulations are the shortest distances between the various Controls. Competitors need not necessarily follow these routes providing they check in at each Control during the hours which it is open.
L RIVERS. Two drivers must be carried, additional drivers or passengers up to the capacity of the car may be carried at the option of the entrant. Anybody driving a competing car must be in possession of an • Open Competition Licence.
CONTROLS. Competitors may check in at intermediate controls at any time during the hours of opening. Marks for being early or late can only be lost at the Final Control.
COACHWORK COMPETITION. Only cars that have completed the Road Section of the Rally are eligible to enter the Coachwork Competition.
The cost of all additional fittings must be included in the total cost of the car. Where such total cost exceeds the maximum price limit in any class by less than one pound, the odd shillings will be ignored.