The annual Jim Clark Memorial Rally is back under Starter's Orders. Following the final completion of new legislation by the Scottish Government this week, the way is now open to bring the rally back to Berwickshire.
Originally the organisers sought to run this year's event on their previous end-of-May date, but, having checked with the 'Motorsport UK' competition calendar, this clashes with other events around the UK in this very busy season.
However, in a bid to get back on the road, the organisers have opted for an end-of-season date which would cause the least interference to a very busy motor sporting calendar.
Following discussions with Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland the new dates have been confirmed as the 8th and 9th of November 2019.
Many people have worked tirelessly to ensure that the sport can return to 'closed roads' and following a recent public consultation process, support for this type of event proved overwhelming.
At the forefront of this campaign were the two clubs most affected by these changes in Scotland, Mull Car Club and the Jim Clark Memorial Motor Club. However this could not have been achieved without the unstinting support of the sport's governing body, Motorsport UK, and the Scottish Parliament's supportive and encouraging team in Transport Scotland.
Throughout this process both Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland have worked with the Jim Clark Rally organising team to ensure that the rally would be ready to run once the legislation process had been completed.
To that end, a number of options with regard to route and timetable have been evolving at Rally HQ and once final plans have been completed, more details will be revealed in due course.
Potential rally competitors, officials, volunteers and fans right across the UK can now mark their diaries with two important dates, 8th and 9th November 2019, and plan their routes to the eastern Scottish Borders.