2007 and beyond The Future

Aside from competition itself, the year started well on other fronts, too. Reviewing 2006 at the Club’s 50th AGM, Chairman Mark Hamilton said: “I am pleased to report that 2006 has proven to be a positive year for the Club from a financial and growth perspective. The club continues to perform positively and I anticipate that the trend will continue with the continued control of expenditure and several creative revenue generating projects on the drawing board for 2007. The club has also seen the continued growth of 4x4 rallying, which continues to expand our membership base.”

Support from sponsors old and new for the Club’s programme of 50th Anniversary celebrations also meant that the milestone would be marked in style.


A sign of things to come

As the Club looks ahead, one of the most constant themes of its 50 years – the involvement of family – is again in strong evidence; during the AGM, Hamilton also said: “Young talent will soon be graduating from the karting arena – the likes of Orrie Hunt, Conor Roach and Dane Skeete come to mind. They will join relative new-comers like Neil Corbin, Tristan Gibbs, Josh Read and Danny Williams, who represent the next generation of drivers.”

The three karters listed have more than one thing in common – not only have they all proved themselves with considerable success with the Barbados Karting Association, but their fathers are all former Barbados Rally Club Champions, Don Hunte, Derek Roach (also the BKA Champion in its first two seasons) and Roger Skeete. All are still young and, while their continuing studies may limit their motor sport participation in the immediate future, they will certainly carry forward some names that have made their mark in the Club’s first 50 years.

Read More in 0-50: The Barbados Rally Club, 1957-2007.
Written by Robin Bradford.

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