Long may virtual hill climb continue

I COULDN’T help noticing comments from Karl Marshall, president of the Guernsey Kart & Motorcycle Club, about his disappointment at the delay of the hill climb events in Guernsey as a result of the gradual easing of lockdown.

Having enjoyed the wonderful peace and tranquillity over the past couple of months, it would seem an entirely retrograde step to revert to type and restart what is at best a self-serving minority sport, and at worst a hugely intrusive blight on our collective wellbeing, resulting from the wholly unnecessary noise that huge swathes of the population have the misfortune to endure.

In a similar vein, the holding of rallies in winter months in what are mostly ‘ruettes tranquilles’ almost beggars belief. Furthermore, it seems that there are many users of motor vehicles of all types for whom it is not enough to get from A to B, but they must do it in a manner calculated to make as much noise as possible so that the maximum amount of people have to hear them.

Fortunately, Mr Marshall has a solution when he explains that, ‘Thanks to the clever work of local organisers, a virtual hill climb championship has captured the attention of numerous drivers in the meantime’. Long may it continue.

RUPERT DOREY

Address withheld.

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