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DECEMBER 2019 / JANUARY 2020

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Almost Christmas!

Championships are done and dusted, champions have been crowned and the ‘if only’ moments are being relived. Plans are underway for necessary repairs and refurbishment, or maybe a replacement or a new category for 2020. Doubtless everyone is also planning a bit of a break after another busy year of motorsport, one way or another. Congratulations to all those riders and drivers who have enjoyed the year of competition, whether you took home the silverware or simply had a great time in our sport. And, just as importantly, well done to all those team members and supporters who contributed to the on-track activity, plus of course a big ‘THANK YOU’ to all our fabulous volunteers in so many different roles.

Physical change is again imminent at SMSP with delivery expected before Christmas of the poles to house the circuit lighting, for installation in 2020. The contract to supply for the lights has been awarded to Musco Lighting, arguably the world’s leading provider of sporting venue lights. Yas Marina and Bahrain are examples of their race-track work. Our lighting system will be connected with a fibre-optic cabling network and use LED lighting to maximise energy efficiency and minimise operating costs. The fibre-optic network will also facilitate other projects, including a new public address system. The Board is very much aware that this has been a pressing need for quite a while, but the new PA system is in the plan for next year.

The various project works that will be underway next year will have an impact on parking and circuit access at different times and places. There is a notice elsewhere in this newsletter with more details, so please be aware of back-up or overflow arrangements when required – and please be patient and allow extra travel time when necessary.

The club’s budget process for 2020 is close to complete and the budget will be presented for final approval at the December Board meeting. Overall our financial position remains strong, cashflow is particularly robust and we have planned for another healthy surplus in 2020. It is fair to say that trading conditions are more challenging than they have been in recent times, but that will probably not be a surprise to most people. The budget includes the first increase in ARDC membership fees since 2017 and will be in the order of 6%, depending on your membership category, whether single or family and whether your membership is for one, two or three years. The best value remains in the multi-year memberships, but of course that requires a larger up-front fee. Multi-year Members are not affected by the fee increase until the membership is due for renewal.

That’s about it from me for this year. I hope you all have a joyous Christmas and happy New Year celebration and take the time to have a bit of a break with family and friends before 2020 kicks off in a few weeks. Have fun, don’t party too hard and DON’T mix drinking with driving.

Cheers,

Andrew

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