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Happy Birthday to ME! from Confederation of Australian Motor Sport

Well aint’ that something…. I got a birthday card e-mail from the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, probably the nicest thing anyone in this marshaling hobby has done for me on an ASN level. Good on you CAMS, and Thank You!

We heard it’s your birthday this month…

Dear Russ,

To celebrate your birthday this month the CAMS Shop would like to offer you a special birthday offer: a 10% discount on all purchases over $20.

To redeem this offer, simply enter your own unique code: (want the code? ask me, I’ll share) at the shopping cart screen of the CAMS shop, before the 30th of September.

To access the CAMS Shop, Click here.

This code can only be used once, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or special offers. Stand 21 Club Series HANS Device and Stand 21 Posts also excluded.

From all of us here at CAMS, we wish you a very happy birthday.

 

Kind regards,

The CAMS shop

Granted, this is a marketing e-mail, obviously encouraging me to buy stuff from the CAMS shop. And the offer of 10% off is a big deal, Aussies aren’t often as generous as America is with it’s frequent discounts. But I’m quite impressed with their effort to keep the organization relevant in my mind, they keep reminding me that CAMS exists even though they know that I’m an international member and that I live on the other side of the world.

My home ASN, the SCCA couldn’t give two fucks that I exist. No birthday wishes from them. No invitation to marshal local events at Lime Rock, NJMP or elsewhere (except the personal invite from Jessie to help out at Palmer Motorsports Park with the New England Region). Nope, nothing of the sort… except they’re quick to send repeated e-mails reminders when my fucking $95 annual membership (or $65 now that I’m with Guam region) is due. Greedy fucks! I’m sure I’ve offended them deeply by speaking out about the lack of training, sure I did. So the obvious solution is not to offer the fucking training, but to pretend that I don’t exist and that I am no longer welcome in their club, except of course for that time when the membership fees are due, they’re still very happy to take my money… ugh!

I wish I lived in Australia again… that was some of the best time of my life and you don’t even have to pay a membership fee to be a part of CAMS… imagine that!

Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars Volunteers Wanted!

Dear friends,

The registration process to marshal the Clipsal 500 round of the ’15 V8 Supercars season opener  has started. You are invited to join!

Before I go into details about Clipsal 500 or V8 Supercars, watch this:

That my friends, is quality racing and something you will absolutely enjoy while volunteering in Adelaide, South Australia. I was fortunate enough to participate a few years ago and had an absolute blast. Adelaide is a convenient circuit to get to… If you’re flying to Australia internationally you have plenty of options when searching for an airfare deal. Flying into Sydney or Melbourne is feasible as a connecting flight to Adelaide is very short. Regardless where you stay in the city, the track is walking distance from downtown. CAMS and SAMROA take excellent care of their guest marshals. And so does V8 Supercars organization.

v8 supercars track & event officials

For more information about the event, visit Clipsal 500 web site: www.clipsal500.com.au/

For more information about V8 Supercars, visit: www.v8supercars.com.au/

For more information about V8 Supercars Volunteers, visit: www.v8supercarsvolunteers.com.au/

And do let me know if you require any help organizing your trip!

 

Top photo credit V8 Supercars Australia official web site.

Asia Pacific volunteering trip debrief

It’s my third weekend home without motor sports and it really is a damn shame there’s nothing happening locally at Lime Rock, NJMP or Poconos (besides the Indycar test for which they didn’t require marshals) so I wanted to reflect on the 7 back-to-back weekends in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia that opened this year. I often get asked how I’m able to afford this travel, etc. So I’ll share the schedule and costs below, to prove that anyone can do it, if they chose to.

My schedule went as follows:

FEB 8-10: 12 hours of Bathurst at Mount Panorama in NSW, Australia

FEB 16-17: BNT V8 Supertourers at Hampton Downs, New Zealand

FEB 22-24: SBK Superbikes at Phillip Island, VIC Australia

FEB 28 – MAR 3: Clipsal 500, V8 Supercars at Adelaide, SA Australia

MAR 8-10: Shannon’s Historics CAN-AM at Phillip Island VIC Australia

MAR 14-17: Australian F1 Grand Prix at Albert Park,  VIC Australia

MAR 22-24: Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit, Malaysia

I also did the following non-motorsport trips on this journey:

MAR 11-13: Went to visit the old office North of Sydney NSW Australia

MAR 19: Day trip to Penang to visit a friend for lunch Penang, Malaysia

MAR 20-21: Overnight trip to Phnom Penh first time in Cambodia

Mar 26-29: Flight home via Clark and Manila, the Philippines

Mar 29: A quick dinner with friends on a short few connection in Singapore

To book all these trips I used a combination of frequent flyer miles and low cost airlines, for example the trip to Australia was via American Airlines AAdvantage 32,500 miles + tax to fly Qantas from NYC to SYD via LAX. The flight back was on United Airlines Mileage Plus 32,500 miles + tax from MNL to JFK via SIN on Singapore Airlines. Both AA and UA miles were accrued through credit car sign up bonuses. Meanwhile, the flight from MEL to KUL was on AirAsia X with a mere $139 one way price tag ($189 after taxes, luggage and even a nasi lemak on board) still cheap comparing the alternatives. Similarly, within Australia I used Tiger Airways to fly from MEL to ADL and MEL to SYD, for far less what Qantas or even Virgin Australia charged. In Asia I jumped on a bunch of zero dollar / tax only deals, that would explain the $18 trip to Penang, or $36 trip to Cambodia… and finally $24 trip to Clark. This is about as cheap as it gets, and it was nice enough for a number of hosts to put me up for a few nights here and there thanks to CouchSurfing.org

I was also very grateful to a few motorsport marshals that put me up in both Melbourne and Auckalnd. Nothing went to plan from the start of the trip, but somehow it all worked out in the end, and I had an absolute blast over the two month journey.

Finally, let me share some photos from each one of the stops along the way:

apac trip hats

mount panorama bathurst

nz v8 supertouers 2

phillip island sbk 5

clipsal 6

shannons 5

australian gp 5

malaysian gp pit

australian v8s patches

(this is not my collection of CAMS patches, my Melbourne host was nice enough to share his stash of Motorsport memorabilia, very impressive collection!)

A fantastic trip and one I hope to repeat again, though a trip to Europe will be my next big trip this summer followed by one more visit to Singapore for their Grand Prix. Many more photos are posted on facebook.

V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 Adelaide debrief

Fantastic weekend was spent marshaling the Aussie V8’s season opener. Clipsal 500 is actually Clipsal 250 x 2, over two days with two quali and two races. The support line up was equally awesome with V8 development series using last year’s cars, V8 utes, Porsche Carrera Cup, Australian Gt series, OZ race using the tiniest little go kart style covered cars, etc.

It was a blast!

clipsal 1

clipsal 2

clipsal 3

clipsal 4

clipsal 5

clipsal 6

 

Way to go Sporting Car Club of South Australia

Got an awesome piece of news via snail mail this afternoon:

accepted to clipsal

I’m not sure if its a confirmation letter for my acceptance to marshal the Clipsal 500 in 2013 or just a fancy track map with event info, but either way its a wonderful piece of news from sunny Australia to receive on a cold and hazy winter’s day in New Jersey.

As can be seen from the fancy flyer, Aussie V8 Supercars event is no longer a two horse race between Ford and Holden. Nissan and Mercedes-Benz will be making a splash of which Adelaide is the opening race of the season. As if there wasn’t enough to look forward to, this one has suddenly raised to the top of the list.

See you all soon down under!

Signed up for Clipsal 500

I’ve always heard great things about the V8 Supercars season opener at Adelaide, South Australia but never gave it much thought to actually attend. If anything, I always thought hyped up events were terribly overrated, but since I’ll be in that part of the Pacific anyway I decided to bite the bullet and sign up. It pays to have met the good folks that are high up on the food chain of CAMS. And who are apparently affiliated with that venue so my fingers are crossed that I will actually get in. Whatever they choose to do with me there is up to them, I’m more than happy being a flaggie, trackie or a grid marshal. Which I’ve done for V8’s already.

What has really made me come around and give Adelaide a serious thought were two things. First, my plans to stay in New Zealand longer were perhaps flawed. While it would be awesome to visit the South Island and check out Dunedin and Queenstown there is absolutely no guarantee that I could do it on the cheap. And second, of all the races to participate in, Adelaide would be the ideal one. Since the V8 Supercars and all the supporting series race on a street circuit, it means getting there (CouchSurfing) would be quite convenient, certainly better than trying to find a place to stay near Bathurst. So it seemed like a no brainer.

I do have the sign up form if anyone is interested, please feel free to get in touch. No word yet on when registration closes, but as always spaces are limited, especially for foreign visiting marshals. An as is now usual, I expect many Singapore GP officials there 🙂

Read more about Clipsal 500 here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelaide_500