The Decline of Rallying in the UK

LICENCE AND EVENT STATISTICS
Licence figures by discipline

Race                                                                2009    2010    2011     2012    2013
International                                             1,436    1,391   1,360   1,393   1,388
National A                                                   3,761    3,924   4,122   4,180  4,186
National B                                                   4,424    4,485   4,464   4,529  4,494
International Historic                             396         394        357       366     309
Truck                                                                    29            34           40           31       30
Total Race                                            10,046 10,228 10,343 10,499 10,407
Kart
International                                                  218      219      204       221        232
National A                                                    2,222  2,026  1,922  1,760     1,571
National B and Clubman                     2,310  2,364   2,394   2,272    2,183
Total Kart                                                     4,750  4,609   4,520  4,253    3,986
Rally
International                                                  408     350       301     273        226
National A                                                    2,134  2,119  2,059  2,027   1,954
National B                                                    4,467 4,202   4,005 3,981     3,956
Navigator                                                    1,368  1,229   1,081  1,039     1,042
International Historic                                  15       19           15        11            11
Total Rally                                                    8,392  7,919  7,461  7,331     7,189

 

The MSA think that they are doing a good job for Rallying but the licences show the truth a decline year on year and if they were brave enough to look back even further to the 90’s they will see how they have driven  people away from grass roots rallying with the greater and greater demands on safety etc

Blades Rally Team

How to set up your rally Car

Computer Controlled Four Wheel Alignment and Full Corner Weight Scales Setup
Many people believe that the easiest route to make your car more competitive is by spending money tuning the engine.
What is often overlooked is the potential that can be released by paying attention to the suspension.
Blades Rally Team are pleased to announce that it is able to offer four wheel alignment after purchasing a Hunter J 111 Computer Alignment system and Longacre corner weight scales.
As well as measuring toe in/out, caster, camber, KPI – it will measure
front to rear thrust axis and bump steer.
Corner weights are an often overlooked area which is very important in suspension setting up. If your wheels are not exerting a uniform force from side to side then the handling characteristics will also vary regardless of suspension geometry, (Imagine sitting at a restaurant with a table that wobbles. This is due to it having a leg which is not touching the ground in the same way the other three are) In this particular case the ground may be uneven but with your car it is the suspension which is uneven and giving the car the wobbly table effect. By corner weighting a car, handling can be transformed. Corner weights are set first then suspension geometry. A saloon car can normally be balanced without the Driver or Navigator.