I had an email from Peter Greenfield of Water Craft this morning.
He begins by announcing that too much of the valuable time needed for him to promote the high level of Water Craft's involvement at Beale has passed without a deal being struck with the organisers.
He wrote to Ben Lane of the Show Team as recently as January 11th to convey his worries about the Show: 'We have been promoting the 2019 Show in the magazine, both with ads and editorial, yet there is very little evidence that it’s going ahead.'
Pete then attaches the complete letter sent to him in reply by Ben Lane, which says among other things that, '...there is no money in the pot' and '...we can't work under the strict unrealistic terms of the new management at Beale Park.'
As one would expect, Pete has lost no time in spreading the word among those of us who see Beale as an important landmark in our year. I will send him my commiserations today – and my thanks for including us in his email distribution list of 14.
In such a disordered situation anything is possible, even a rescue, but it is far too late for the Show to be anywhere near as complete as it should be. The best that Pete hopes for is, '...that the show is cancelled this year to be reinvented for 2020, at Beale Park or elsewhere, which could provide the opportunity to reinstate our competitions and more.'
He concludes: 'With regret... and my sincere thanks for your sponsorship over the years.'
We must not include Beale 2019 in our rally programmes, obviously, but at the same time we might remain alert to the possibility of a slimmed down event without most of the usual exhibitors present, which we could decide to support – or not.