Great news! Andy Blackmore has just released the 2018 IMSA Spotter Guides ahead of the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona this weekend.
You may download the guides on Andy’s web site spotterguides.com or on official IMSA site, or do like me and get a printed booklet at the paddock in Daytona International Speedway. It’s a great collectable.
I’m writing about this while sitting at the gate in Newark Liberty International Airport about to board my flight to Florida to volunteer this awesome event.
My plans for this weekend were to check out the Millionth Miata Tour visiting the East Coast… my options were to go to Wayne, NJ for the NYC stop of the tour where the car would visit Wayne Mazda dealership or if that failed I could go to the Philadelphia stop where the tour would visit Easton Mazda in Pennsylvania…. I blew my chance! But instead I go to marshal the Global MX-5 Cup round at VIR – Virginia International Raceway (my first visit there!)
I came across a facebook post from Mazda Motorsports inviting owners to come join the Mazda Corral at VIR for the MX-5 Cup weekend and I figured I’d sign up… then I learned this was in support of the IMSA weekend and suddenly I knew it would be an uphill battle to even consider this event… I was convinced I’d be signing the Millionth Miata instead. But the stars aligned just right and there I was both flagging and playing pit fire marshal for the races. Freaking amazing!
Here’s some pix from the paddock from the day I arrived at VIR:
With a few days left to go until the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Andy Blackmore Designed has released another amazing spotter guide for the IMSA events of the weekend.
Download your copy from: www.facebook.com/SpotterGuides/ or pick up a printed version at the gates during the event, which is what I typically try to do. As a huge fan of Andy I have a whole collection of his spotter guides from various events that I’ve volunteered.
Be sure to pick up an official IndyCar spotter guide too… and as the TransAm fields are growing HUGE! I hope they come up with a spotter guide also… only recently I’ve noticed Pirelli World Challenge has started offering spotter guides for their events, I was lucky to pick one up at Lime Rock (and I’m talking about an actual spotter guide and not the magazine program that they printed at the beginning of the season and distribute throughout the year).
Posting this a bit late, but better than never… check out the outstanding work of Andy Blackmore with his latest spotter guide for the Tudor United SportsCar Championship season finale, the 2015 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
I’ve had an amazing opportunity to actually meet Andy Blackmore for the first time during the pit walk at COTA a few weeks ago during the Lone Star Le Mans and made sure to thank him in person for the fine job he does with all his spotter guides. I always leave an event with a printed version as a keepsake. Sharing the link on my blog does two things: 1. shows my appreciation for the work especially since this is a very useful tool while marshaling and 2. promoting the sport to others who may not have known about the series or the cars that race in it. The detailed spotter guides sure provide a wealth of information on everything from cars, to teams to individual drivers.
As it turns out this is not an Andy Blackmore Design creation, which is weird. I’ve been a huge fan of Andy Blackmore since day one of my volunteering in Motorsports and have build quite a collection of his printed spotter guides that I’ve saved as keepsakes from various events I worked around the world. Apparently Andy has got competition now. Who’s designing WEC official guides? Does it really matter? Competition is good!
I will post an update once Andy’s version becomes available, along with his official IMSA spotter guide when it is released in the next few days. In the meantime, enjoy the “official” version from the FIA WEC.
Andy Blackmore Design has released his version of the unofficial WEC spotter guide and the official IMSA spotter guide fro the COTA event:
Andy Blackmore of Andy Blackmore Design has released his latest creation for the 2015 Formula 1 Season, in time for the Australian GP behold the 2015 F1 Spotter Guide! Free download on Andy’s web site: http://www.spotterguides.com/portfolio/15-f1/
I’m a huge fan of Andy’s work, and as a marshal found his spotter guides to be most useful especially when working as an “observer” to call in vehicles involved in incidents.
The coolest feature of the spotter guide? Andy’s attention to detail:
Thanks Andy for your awesome work! And thanks for making the downloads available for FREE for anyone that wants them.
Since the last time I posted an F1 Spotter Guide for the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, there have been changes. Caterham and Marussia both pulled out and are seemingly going through financial hardships. While this is in no way a Motorsports news site, it’s important to reflect the starting grid more accurately as the spotter guides are a necessary component of a marshal’s kit. But if I were to make a comment on the happenings, I am amazed that we won’t see these four backmarkers in Austin, I had no idea teams could do that – simply pull out from an event.
Special thanks to Andy Blackmore Design for his excellent work with this unofficial spotter guide. Download the full scale version directly from his web site: www.SpotterGuides.com