Changes at Barbados Motoring Federation ahead of new season

Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

As the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) prepares for this weekend’s start of the 2018 motor sport season, it does so without long-standing Vice-President John Sealy, who has retired. In a heartfelt tribute to the former VP, BMF President Andrew Mallalieu acknowledged that “replacing John with just one person is impossible”, so there will be some changes in the BMF structure.
  Nearly 50 events to be organised by the BMF’s seven sporting Member Clubs are listed on the Approved 2018 Calendar, published today (January 23), which runs for 10 months until the first weekend of December. A broad cross-section of motor sport disciplines is covered, from grass-roots autocross, dexterity and karting events, through circuit racing and drag racing to off-road 4x4 navigational events, rallycross, rallysprints, special stage rallies and speed events.
  The key international dates currently confirmed are: Sol Rally Barbados, which will run from Friday to Sunday, June 1 to 3, with Flow King of the Hill the previous Sunday (May 27); the Barbados Historic Rally Carnival is scheduled for November 16 to 26; the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship will return to Bushy Park Barbados over the weekend of September 1/2.
  While Sealy has retired from his position as VP of the BMF, he remains President of the Barbados Automobile Association (BAA) and will continue to work in his private capacity as manager of the Federation’s insurance scheme. Mark Hamilton has been elected as BMF Vice-President for 2018.
  Mallalieu says: “A transition is under way, as we seek the best structure for the BMF moving forward in our fast-developing motor sport environment. The committee has recognised that replacing John with just one person is impossible, so we have agreed to split the load that he was carrying by having Champions in the areas of competitor licences, event permits and training. John has been key in our training programmes and we are working with him on the plan for this year, which will be led by Mark Hamilton through the training committee Chairman Warren Gollop.
  “It is difficult to find the right words to acknowledge the contribution John Sealy has made, not only during his time with the BMF, but also in his many years as an official of the Barbados Rally Club. We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude for the determined way in which he worked on the complex insurance issues within our sport on the way to creating the environment in which we compete today.
  “I am delighted to confirm that, through his Presidency of the Automobile Association, he will continue to push ahead with further initiatives in the Mobility field. This is an area in which his commitment earned the respect of our peers at the FIA, not only for John as an individual, but also for the BMF and for Barbados as an affiliated country. John has also retired as a delegate on the World Council for Mobility, where he represented our zone for the past five years, the first such representative from the Caribbean.”
  The BMF’s seven sporting Member Clubs are the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD), Barbados Auto Racing League (BARL), Barbados Karting Association (BKA), Barbados Rally Club (BRC), Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI), the Motoring Club of Barbados Inc (MCBI) and the Vaucluse Raceway Motorsports Club (VRMSC).

Editor’s note: affiliated to the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which rules the sport worldwide, the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) is the island’s governing body for motor sport; it also represents the interests of its Member Clubs in discussions with Government departments which facilitate the sport in the island, in particular the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which permits road closures for an agreed number of events each year. Away from motor sport, the BMF affiliate which answers the FIA Mobility remit is the Barbados Automobile Association (BAA), which is an executive committee member of the Government’s Barbados Road Safety Council.

For media information only. No regulatory value.

For further information, please contact BMF Vice-President, Mark Hamilton:
e-mail: mhaminc@gmail.com

BMF18-01a: January 23, 2018

Barbados Motoring Federation
2018 Calendar at January 23

Jan 27/28 – Challenge Series (BPMSI) – Bushy Park
Feb 11 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park
Feb 25 - Autocross (BRC) – Vaucluse Raceway
Mar 4 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park
Mar 11 - Navigational Rally (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide
Mar 18 - Speed Event (MCBI) – venue to be confirmed
Mar 18 - Drag Racing (BADD) – Bushy Park
Mar 25 - Race Meeting (BPMSI) – Bushy Park
Mar 31/Apr 2 - RallySprint (VRMSC) – Vaucluse Raceway
Apr 7 - Autocross (BRC) – Vaucluse Raceway
Apr 8 - Speed Event (MCBI) – venue to be confirmed
Apr 14 - Navigational Rally (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide
Apr 15 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park
Apr 22 - Special Stage Rally (BRC) – Islandwide
May 1 - MudFest (BRC MudDogs) – venue to be confirmed
May 6 - Race Meeting (BPMSI) – Bushy Park
May 20 - Drag Racing (BADD) – Bushy Park
May 20 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park
May 21 – Dexterity Driving Challenge (BARL) – venue to be confirmed
May 26/27 - Speed Event (BRC) – venue to be confirmed
June 1-3 - Special Stage Rally (BRC) – Islandwide
Jun 16/17 - RallySprint (VRMSC) – Vaucluse Raceway
Jun 23/24 - Navigational Rally (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide
Jun 30 - Race Meeting (BPMSI) – Bushy Park
Jul 8 - Drag Racing (BADD) – Bushy Park
Jul 8 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park
Jul 15 – Dexterity Driving Challenge (BARL) – venue to be confirmed
Aug 11 - Autocross (BRC) – Vaucluse Raceway
Aug 18/19 - Rallycross (VRMSC) – Vaucluse Raceway
Aug 26 - Speed Event (MCBI) – venue to be confirmed
Aug 26 – Dexterity Driving Challenge (BARL) – venue to be confirmed
Sep 1/2 - Race Meeting (BPMSI) – Bushy Park
Sep 9 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park
Sep 16 - Navigational Rally (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide
Sep 16 - Drag Racing (BADD) – Bushy Park
Sep 22/23 - Special Stage Rally (MCBI) – Islandwide
Sep 29/30 - RallySprint (VRMSC) – Vaucluse Raceway
Oct 7 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park
Oct 14 - Challenge Series (BPMSI) – Bushy Park
Oct 21 – Dexterity Driving Challenge (BARL) – venue to be confirmed
Oct 28 - Speed Event (BRC) – venue to be confirmed
Nov 4 - Autocross (BRC) – Vaucluse Raceway
Nov 10/11 - Rallycross (VRMSC) – Vaucluse Raceway
Nov 11 - Navigational Rally (BRC MudDogs) – Islandwide
Nov 17 - RallySprint (VRMSC) – Vaucluse Raceway
Nov 18 - Kart Race Meet (BKA) – Bushy Park
Nov 23/24 - Special Stage Rally (BRC) – Islandwide
Dec 1 - Drag Racing (BADD) – Bushy Park
Dec 2 – Dexterity Driving Challenge (BARL) – venue to be confirmed

NB: events are described by the generic names under which they are granted a BMF permit. Organising clubs may apply different titles to their events, for instance to reflect individual sponsorship commitments

Key to abbreviations:
BADD - Barbados Association of Dragster & Drifters (www.baddmotorsports.com)
BARL - Barbados Auto Racing League (www.barl.com.bb; Facebook/BarbadosAutoRacingLeague)
BKA - Barbados Karting Association (Facebook/barbadoskartingassociation)
BPMSI – Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (www.bushyparkmotorsportsinc.com; Facebook/BPMSInc)
BRC - Barbados Rally Club (www.barbadosrallyclub.com; www.rallybarbados.net; Facebook/BarbadosRallyClub; Facebook/SolRallyBarbados); BRC MudDogs (www.muddogsbarbados.com; Facebook/MudDogsBarbados)
MCBI - Motoring Club of Barbados Inc (Facebook/Motoring-Club-Barbados-Inc)
VRMSC - Vaucluse Raceway Motor Sport Club (www.vaucluseraceway.com; www.barbadosrallycarnival.com; Facebook/Barbados-Historic-Rally-Carnival)

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