The future of Selkirk Vintage Rally hangs in the balance this week, with poor ticket sales on Sunday meaning the annual event could be in jeopardy.
Despite a “brilliant show”, chairman Gordon Edgar said the lack of public support, due to terrible weather conditions on Sunday morning, meant the state of the bank balance could decide if the event goes ahead next year.
Mr Edgar appealed for more sponsors to come forward to support the event, which would celebrate its 20th rally in 2014.
“I wouldn’t say I’m confident that we will have one next year. We need to have money in the bank,” he said.
Mr Edgar added: “We really are at a point of 50/50 now.”
On this year’s event, Mr Edgar said: “We put on a show, but it is just unfortunate that the public didn’t come because of the weather.
“By the time the weather became acceptable, people seemed to have made their minds up about where they were going – to watch the Flodden events, or the bike race, or just go shopping.”
The organising committee does not even have the scope to hold the event earlier in the year, Mr Edgar said.
As a member of the Scottish Vintage Vehicle Federation, the events calendar is very restricted, and is also aimed at ensuring that two events within 50 miles do not clash so as to ensure good entries.
The chairman praised the volunteers, particularly the cadets, for their support on Sunday and the rally’s sponsors for their backing.
However, reflecting on the weather on Sunday, he concluded: “It was just one of those things, and decisions have to be made about where we go from here.”