The term “Silly Season” is used in sports, to describe periods outside traditional competitive sporting seasons. The final weeks of a Motor Sports season leading into off-time between one season and the next is filled with speculation regarding possible changes involving drivers, staff, and teams. Regardless of whether the speculation remains just that or indeed bears fruit, the moves and the discussions they generate help build interest in the teams, their teams, and their upcoming seasons.
Currently the whole world is going through an extended Silly Season thanks to the Covid 19 pandemic. However, as you can see in the pages of this magazine; some motor sports such as Formula 1 and Formula E have resumed, albeit minus live spectators. From the point of view of event organizers, running of an event of the scale of Formula 1 minus spectators brings up new challenges relating to sponsorships, gate collections and supplementary services such as catering and entertainment. But under the circumstances, it is good to see that at least we lesser mortals can enjoy at least some of our motor sports sitting in front of the TV screen!
As for our local Motor Sports scene, we are still well and truly in the Silly Season. Come to think of it, going back a couple of years, we had more than 50 motor sports events in the year, which translates to an event every week! However, even if the restrictions on public gatherings is lifted, it is doubtful if there will be sufficient interest from among the local drivers and riders to participate, given the fact that vehicle imports and spare part imports are currently stopped, with no indication as to when or if the restrictions will be lifted. All this will of course have a flow-on effect, making it unviable to organize motor sports events locally, with or without live spectators in the foreseeable future.
So until then; locally at least… Silly Season it is!