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Aussie CAMS Officials Newsletter Why aren’t more ASN’s doing this?

I wish I still lived in Australia… back in 2009 I didn’t even know marshaling was possible (on a volunteer basis). Having gone to my very first Automotive Race as a spectator flying across the whole country to watch V8 Supercars around the Barbagallo Circuit in Perth, Western Australia I really thought it was the greatest job in the world. Well, it’s been almost a decade since then and with 15 countries of volunteering under my belt now, I can say nobody does it as well as the Australians, and their latest officials newsletter is a shining example of what should be done to communicate info with their volunteers:

I’ve highlighted and praised their previous newsletters before, to point out what other ASN’s should learn from… and it’s worth doing again this year! Because none of my other international Motorsport club communication looks like this (especially not domestic for that matter)… there’s really no reason why it shouldn’t. I mean come on, look how elegantly simple it is to drive the important points!

But in case it’s not obvious I’ll go ahead and break down the e-mail bit by bit to make it crystal clear how others can copy a successful communications formula.

Step 1: Have a brief introduction, state latest news, wish happy holidays… Boom! Done! Quick! Easy…

Step 2: Promote Training!  Why would you not? It’s important!

Step 3: Communicate club policies, like my favorite… club’s Alcohol Policy!  So far I’ve only heard my North American clubs advertised how shit-faced you can get by coming to their events. How Dumb? But it’s a thing…

I don’t agree with the idea of drinking and volunteering. I believe alcohol abuse has no place in Motorsport Volunteering, or the idea of providing a “Safety” service could be interpreted as a joke… but I know others will disagree. Well, having a proper Alcohol Policy is something all should agree on. Right?

Step 4: Motorsport Volunteering is not just Flagging or Recovery/Response. There are a multitude of groups of volunteers. It’s good to make everyone feel as an equal contributor to the club, and promote club members to consider trying different roles. That is easily done by spotlighting different roles in a newsletter. Boom!

Step 4: Additional updates…. there’s always plenty of general announcements and news.

Step 5: Spotlight some outstanding people that make the club possible… volunteers love praise. Give it to them!

Step 6: Photos! Everyone loves photos… and since we’re not allowed to take some, have photogs help members out by doing a professional shoot at each event, making those shots available to preserve individual marshals memories. Easy thing to do but often overlooked or scoffed at as unimportant. It is important!

And voila… simple recipe to great success.

I encourage ASN’s around the world to use this example from down under… Please!

What other ASN’s could learn from CAMS: Confederation of Australian Motor Sport

There’s much we could learn from CAMS: Confederation of Australian Motor Sport and I would hope all international ASN’s are taking note of the things this club is doing RIGHT.

The latest Officials Newsletter ticks all the right boxes for me:

cams officials newsletter marshals wanted marshal training online marshal education

First, there’s a call for action: Marshals Wanted!

I really applaud this national ASN reaching out to their entire membership base, including those of us who are overseas / international marshals and asking for help at a particular event. It is not below them to ask. They aren’t losing any face doing it. There are positions to be filled and they are doing the right thing seeking help from the obvious resource: their licensed members. Kudos!

Second, there’s information about Training!

Brilliant. CAMS is one of the few organizations that I’ve had the privilege of working with that push sophisticated and regular (constantly updated) training modules onto it’s membership base. How appropriate! There’s an organization that recognizes that things change in the Motorsport industry, the change is constant. And they make sure that the membership stays abreast of the all changes by offering standardized training from the national organization down to the individual clubs on the ground like those in the state of Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and others.

Third, the most convenient of training modules: e-Training!

One of the hardest things for any club to organize is to bring its membership together at a time and place for a particular event of significance like Training. Solution? Offer Online training! Simple, effective and convenient to both the organizers and the individuals taking advantage of the opportunity to brush up their skills from the comfort of their own home on their own terms (time/place/mood?).

This is why I like CAMS!

It’s not just because they have trained me from the very beginning of my marshaling career. But because they continue to offer me opportunities to further my career in this hobby by doing things right. And not a lot of ASN’s out there take the time or make the effort to keep their membership base engaged and wanting to participate more.

The last e-mail notice I got from my current local club was a reminder to pay my dues…

Team Medical Phillip Island is Looking for Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics and Students (Medical, Nursing, etc.) Great Perks!

If there was ever a time when I regretted making a career choice, this would be it. Why couldn’t I go to medical school? Or why haven’t I followed thru with becoming a Paramedic?

Don’t know… but my Information Systems degree is useless.

If you are however a Doctor, Nurse or a Paramedic. Or even if you haven’t become one yet but are studying to become one, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit wants YOU!

Check out this ad I saw posted on facebook:

medical team wanted phillip island victoria australia

Unlike the rest of us plebs volunteering for a soggy sandwich and swag, the medics get Accommodation provided, which is a big deal.

If you are local to Melbourne or Victoria in general or have the means to travel there, I’d urge you to sign up! I was lucky enough to work several events at Phillip Island in 2013 including the SBK Superbikes and it was a fantastic experience!

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!

CAMS Officials Training Modules Invitation

For all those times I bitched and moaned that my local club was doing it wrong by not offering training, allow me to point out a club that keeps doing it right time and again. I got an invite from CAMS to participate in one of their many training modules available around the country. What would it cost SCCA to scramble one of these e-mails together and blast it to all it’s marshaling members? Can’t be that much… right?

Anyway, look at this amazing e-mail I got:

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Upcoming Officials Training Modules

More courses will be organised for 2015 around Australia and the course information will be updated on the website as it becomes available.For the most up to date information on courses that are available for you to attend, please visit theCAMS website

A full calendar of training courses can be found here


  • Bronze Scrutineer (Vermont) – Saturday/Sunday 11-12th July
  • CATO (Melbourne) – Wednesday 30th September
  • Stewards – See South Australia for Training event on the border (Mount Gambier)

For more information or to register now: vic@cams.com.au

New South Wales

  • Scrutineering (Bathurst) – Saturday 8th August
  • Club Chief (Canberra) – Saturday 29th August
  • Bronze Scrutineering (Newcastle) – Saturday 19th September
  • Scrutineering (Wagga Wagga) – Date TBA September

For more information or to register now: nsw@cams.com.au


  • Club Chief (Brisbane) – Sunday 19th July
  • Course Presenter Upskilling – Monday 27th July
  • Unravelling the CAMS Manual – Monday 28th September

For more information: qld@cams.com.au

South Australia

  • Stewards (Mount Gambier) – Saturday 25th July
  • Scrutineering Theory (Adelaide) – Friday 28th August
  • Scrutineering Practical (Adelaide) – Sunday 30th August

For more information or to register now: sa@cams.com.au


  • Mentor – Saturday 18th July
  • Silver – Sunday 16th August

For more information or to register now: tas@cams.com.au

Western Australia

  • Bronze Scrutineering (Collie) – Sunday 12th July
  • Stewards (Perth) – Saturday 5th September

For more information or to register now: wa@cams.com.au

Modules Available Online

  • Introductory module
  • Bronze Circuit Official
  • Bronze Event Administration
  • Bronze Event Command
  • Bronze Rally Officials
  • Off-Road Officials

For more information or to register now: Call CAMS Member Services on 1300 883 959 or email our Member Services team at: memberservices@cams.com.au

Event Assessment Process

  1. Booking an Event Assessment
  2. Planning the assessment
  3. Conducting the assessment
  4. Submit forms

For more details on each step, please see here

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For any of you Aussies in position to take advantage of this opportunity, I encourage you to participate in the training. I know I certainly would if I had a chance again!

CAMS online marshal training and licensing

Today I took the opportunity to complete some CAMS online marshal training through their Integrated Motoring Management System and received a Certificate of Achievement for the completion of the Introductory Course on marshaling.

cams training

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Training is world famous and is supported by the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability.

Why did I do this?  Why now?

I would like to volunteer the Bathurst 12h race at Mount Panorama in 2016 (I have submitted my application and my fingers are crossed that I get accepted). On the application it was advised that persons without a current CAMS license will be issued a Trainee form which will be signed by the post chief and submitted to the organization so they could issue a CAMS hard card, like this one:

cams membership card

I have marshaled in Australia for two years already, working the Australian Grand Prix in 2012 while living in New Zealand and a slew of events including the Bathurst 12h and AGP in 2013 while living in the US. Both times I marshaled on international licenses first using a New Zealand license and then using the SCCA license. However, on both occasions I went through the same process of filling out a trainee form and therefore theoretically should have had my name in the system for a CAMS license.

So I reached out to CAMS with a question: What is my license #? And the response was to complete the trainee form again, complete the online training module and provide the dates/names of events completed under the supervision of a senior CAMS official in order to obtain a CAMS hard card.

I would be foolish to turn down any opportunity to receive more training in this hobby, so naturally I jumped on the opportunity to receiving more formal CAMS training. And voila, here’s proof:

cams certificate of achievement


Now I have had a number of previous encounters with CAMS training in the beginning of my career as a Motorsport volunteer. SingaporeGP relies heavily on their Australian trainers during Singapore GP. Most of the course material used during Singapore GP training was designed and implemented by CAMS first. When I volunteered in South Korea for the Korean GP, I went on the Singapore GP team there but worked closely with our Australian CAMS advisors who supervised the operation and provided helpful tips during the event. But using their Integrated Motoring Management System to receive direct training using the framework that CAMS developed for their own marshals is something new and I’m glad that I have an opportunity to have access to. Because it facilitates continuous training for me, in this hobby. And I will talk about some takeaway from the concepts covered in the training as they relate to me personally and as I make an “apples to apples” comparison of this system to the lack of any system in my frustrating experience with the SCCA. I will also make a few “apples to oranges” comparison towards the NASCAR and IMSA Track Services training which I did complete earlier this year and while it is still fresh in my mind.

First things first. I am going to use a term from the online training that really hits home with my personal experience, and that is:


I have had a very turbulent three year stint with the Northern New Jersey Club of the SCCA and it was made very clear to me by both the Flag Chief and the Division Administrator that I was the problem, and their solution was to keep me from volunteering in the US.

So my problem obviously is that I have convinced others of the idea that what I do while volunteering is problematic.

What is my problem?

My problem in the past three years of membership was the lack of training from NNJR SCCA. There was no training period.

What’s the solution?

The obvious choice for me was to seek training. CAMS suggests that as part of “self-reflection” once a person figured out what they need to learn, it becomes significantly easier to start learning. And this is true. Once I identified the fact that I would feel better about my marshaling if I sought proper training, I found NASCAR/IMSA track services training and completed both the online and on-site training modules. I cracked open a few Marshal Handbooks I picked up while marshaling in Singapore, South Korea, and Australia. And of course I continue to seek training opportunities like this one from CAMS. My personal training however does nothing to train the other marshals I would be working with while marshaling in the US particularly for Pro-level events. So there’s that.

CAMS has a code of ethics.

As part of the code of ethics they encourage members to accept responsibility for all actions taken. If I were to equate this to SCCA, I broke the rules when it comes to photo taking. I accept the fault for it. But I don’t accept the hostility that resulted from arguing about this subject. Because I broke a rule and got caught doing it, others felt it was OK to resort to harassment in the form of bullying and threatening speech particularly aimed at preventing me from marshaling in the future. CAMS suggests “seeking continual self improvement through training, performance appraisal and regular updating of competencies” which is my goal.

The problem with reaching my goal is that the US ASN doesn’t seem to have a Member Protection Policy (MPP) like CAMS does. The CAMS formal MPP states: “The policy will assist in protecting CAMS members from individuals who may have the intent to harm, harass or intimidate others.” And while I complained to the highest officers within the SCCA about the unacceptable behavior of other officers within the club, there was absolutely no consequence for their actions. I had a flag chief threaten to physically punch me, with a witness that he himself brought along to our meeting, and nothing was done about it. That’s pretty sad.

The CAMS training also placed great emphasis on recognizing different communication styles. Particularly in the Quiz at the end of the training given a case study that illustrated Aggressive behavior. I’ve dealt with a lot of aggressive behavior while volunteering in the US especially from those that are supposed to set an example or explicitly utilized to train new marshals, and I think that’s unacceptable. Sure people make mistakes, I made quite a few of them, including during my first Australian GP when dispatched to pick up a large piece of debris from a hot track. People learn from mistakes. I learned to not get distracted by spectators. But some people I worked with were determined to excommunicate me from the hobby of marshaling for ridiculous actions. Not only were our expectations out of whack from each other, but there was no opportunity to analyse the situation, take a deep breath and dissolve the problem or prevent it from escalating. Apparently the easiest solution for people that should know better in the US is: “my way or the highway” approach. And being on the receiving end of the unfair treatment there’s nothing I could do about it. There’s zero communication with the higher ups. Lots of misinformation. And no desire whatsoever to actually resolve the issue whether it arose from emotional triggers, legitimate mistakes or differing perspectives. Some of the mistakes I made or faults I had, were shared with my friend Jessie where we apparently got in trouble together. She went on to become an assistant Flag Chief in her region while I got my Divisional license downgraded to Regional, as if that made any difference to my choice of marshaling opportunities I pursue. SCCA could learn a lot from CAMS, I’ve said it before and having experienced both I’ll stick to my observations.

cams young officials yo team

CAMS does an excellent job of recognizing various differences and approaches to the hobby of marshaling. They have a fantastic program for the young officials called the YO Team. Every country I marshal in should learn from CAMS and implement their best practices as they apply to the individual environments in each country, and that includes the US where I live. Just because I can have a CAMS license making me an FIA accredited marshal doesn’t mean that’s what I want to use when volunteering overseas. I live in the US and I want to use an American licensing to marshal. But things have got to change… status quo is unacceptable, and wrong. NASCAR which provides world class training with better quality resources than the CAMS course I just completed isn’t quite in the same category of racing or accreditation standing to issue me with an international marshaling license. So SCCA as a monopoly holder on such a privilege should step up to the responsibility that I expect of it as a dues paying member.

What do I expect to accomplish by posting this?

Absolutely nothing. All my pleas thus far either fell on death ears or pissed a whole lot ignorant people off, who either claim everything is fine or that they don’t have the resources to make necessary changes. And to that I say this is “only” safety we’re dealing with here, no big deal. If the competitors cannot cover the costs to ensure their own safety who will cover it for them? The sponsors? The event organizers? The marshaling clubs? Someone’s got to take this more seriously…

International Marshals at the Australian GP

Thanks to the dedicated work by our friend Lynne Hunting during Australian GP we could all read the same newsletter that the local marshals get at the mustering tent in Melbourne each morning. And in the Thursday issue of the newsletter I came across an interesting statistic that Lynne is a part of herself:

source: Australian GP/CAMS/Lynne Hunting
source: Australian GP/CAMS/Lynne Huntting

Of the 930+ marshals participating in Melbourne over the four day weekend that we call the Australian F1 Grand Prix, 78 are visiting marshals from countries far and wide (and when it comes to Australia, pretty much everything is far and wide).

Granted, that when compared with the overall number of the marshals that figure isn’t even 10% but when you consider that in 2014 US F1 Grand Prix had only 200+ marshals, having an influx of 78 more people would give the struggling organizer a much needed boost! If only they could get their act together and actively recruit those visiting international marshals… hmm!

Who are the International visiting marshals in Australia? For the most part they are Singaporeans, just a little less than half of them in fact, and there’s a reason for that. CAMS trainers play an important role during the Singapore GP, historically providing senior marshals for guidance to the local post chiefs and sector marshals during the event. The Australian GP serves as a training ground for those Singaporean marshals wishing to take the next step in their careers to become “senior marshals” themselves in order to act as “post chiefs” or “sector marshals” back home in September. So that’s understandable.

The rest of the numbers are quite interesting.

Personally, I would be very curious to learn who that single Ukranian marshal is. And in what capacity do they participate back home in Ukraine? Or perhaps it’s an Ozzie marshal of Ukrainian background (much like people refer to me as an American marshal born and raised in Ukraine) that simply choose to identify themselves as Ukrainian even though for all practical purposes they’re Aussie.

It’s nice to see the number of Americans participating growing. A few years ago when I was volunteering there: Lynne, James and I were the only three “Americans” at the event. I’m glad more are taking the time to experience Australia and their F1 season opening event in Melbourne.

I am also quite surprised with some of the stats on the chart Lynne published. For example, only four (4) Kiwis. Now I could assure you that out of the 930+ marshals there are a lot more than 4 New Zealanders present, but with special work and travel visa arrangements between the two Commonwealth nations, many Kiwis call Australia home and therefore are not represented as visiting marshals from NZ. But with only 4 flying across the ditch to participate in the event, those numbers seem very low.

Similarly, there are 2 people from the UAE and none from Canada. I am surprised by that because I know many expats living in the UAE are avid F1 fans and marshal around the world including US, Singapore and Australia. So I wonder whether one of those UAE residents is actually a Canadian citizen, but the AGP considers them a visiting marshal from the UAE.

At any rate, it’s great to read all the important work Lynne Huntting publishes because it obviously provokes thought and sheds some light on the scores of marshals that love the sport so much they would travel half way around the world just to participate in this wonderful experience. Cheers to them!

Also kudos to CAMS: Confederation of Australian Motor Sport the organizer of volunteers for Australian GP, for this:

australian gp 2015 cams awesome marshalsNot only is the number of volunteers in the picture very impressive, and as I compared with the US version, it’s about five times the size of the volunteer base. (And yes I’m aware that a street circuit requires more personnel than a permanent circuit, the same scenario can be seen in Singapore GP (1,200 marshals) vs. Malaysian GP (330 marshals)). The organization went ahead and shared their appreciation on their social media page giving recognition and thanks to all those participants whether domestic or international visiting marshals. And that act is very respectable. In my three years of membership with the SCCA I have not once seen them do a similar act for a non-club event. And maybe they should? Of course they should!

Congratulations CAMS on growing Volunteer base!

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) has recently posted a really kind message on their web site thanking the growing base of volunteers in their organization: “CAMS Gives Credit to Volunteer Officials for 2014 Milestone” read all about it: click here.

To quote the best part of the article:

“CAMS has witnessed a 21% increase on the 2013 number of officials. Remarkably, 1647 more have obtained a CAMS Officials License in 2014, with the overall membership now totaling 9374.”

That is fantastic news! 21% or 1647 more volunteers is a big BIG number especially for a country whose size is similar to Continental US but the population is closer to that of the NYC Metropolitan area. CAMS is fortunate with the great success of it’s home grown V8 Supercars series as well as the Australian GT championship with it’s amazing Bathurst 12 hour headliner event which undoubtedly attracts race fans and enthusiasts to put their hand up and volunteer. But CAMS also attracts people by offering FIA accredited training, uniforms and swag at various events, and typically little or no membership fees to participate.

I mention this aspect because while I was marshaling in Portugal I received a message from an SCCA official that I have been communicating back and forth about my issues with my home organization. He suggested I should leave the F&C (flagging and communications) part of the club. He recognized I am not happy with the lack of training in my local region, and it would be better for me to leave so I can be happier. So after three years of paying $85/year membership fee, and getting no formal training whatsoever in return, it’s the end of the road. Or is it? I’ve posted a request on the SCCA marshals facebook group to see how I can improve myself based on the grievances people have of me. And the only response suggested that I should stop “bragging” about where I’ve been and change my tone of voice and choice of words when I talk about the club.

So maybe this is a good opportunity to address the actual complaints I’ve had against me. Though none of them were addressed with me face to face by the senior staff in the club who accused me or even by the DA that send me the message to leave the SCCA. Instead everything has been done secretly. Same time last year I found out about some of the accusations strictly by accident, because I needed an SCCA release to marshal the Le Mans 24h with the ACO in France. And the outcome was for me to lay low, keep hush and things will blow over. They haven’t, since there were still no training and no sign of it being offered in the near future I published a few posts about it and made some comments on facebook pointing out the incompetence of the people that run the club, and it seems I’ve hurt some feelings. The powers that be would rather get rid of me than actually solve the problem of the lack of training.

So what have I been accused of? And what have I done to resolve it?

1). Taking photos at pro events. Specifically at the Canadian GP. My SCCA post chief warned me against it. I took some shots anyway when I saw a local Canadian whip out a DSLR and blatantly disregard the photo rule. And I got caught posting my pix on facebook. The SCCA post chief claimed to lose all trust in me and refused to ever work with me again. The Canadians invited me back the next year under probation to work with a different post chief, so long as I didn’t take any pictures. But couldn’t guarantee that I will have an opportunity to take some photos to keep as a souvenir. So I didn’t go back. Since then however I have cut my picture taking down almost completely. I’ve discovered that visiting the paddock and pit lane gives me an opportunity to take all the pictures I would ever need. (And not just mental pictures like the Canadians suggested, real pictures) Problem solved!

2). Taking pictures in the paddock has introduced a new problem. I’ve been accused of being late to the station. Specifically at Lime Rock and more recently at Daytona 24h. But at both events I was there early enough for the shuttle vans but the vans weren’t big enough to take all the workers to a station. Especially at Daytona, our 6 passenger van was meant to take 10 people to the turn. I didn’t fit. The post chief and his wife jumped on a golf cart when one showed up, leaving me and another marshal behind. Later I discovered that the post chief started the morning meeting as soon as he arrived which I and the other marshal missed. This begs the question: if he left us behind why the hell would he start the damn meeting? So maybe some basic people management training is in order. I certainly need to improve my time management myself. But trying to contort myself to cram into a tight van typically results in me ripping my pants or shirts. And since the SCCA doesn’t pay for my uniforms I don’t want to do damage to my own property.

I’ve also requested to work Start/Finish, this way I am not always on duty and with any free time I could take all the pictures I want. But the few events I did with the club this year, the flag chiefs either forgot my request or disregarded it. So maybe I’m expected to kiss more ass, or maybe the Starter role isn’t as accessible as people claimed it was, by simply asking to do it.

3). In Daytona I got kicked off my station. The post chief that accused me of missing the morning meeting didn’t trust any of us on his team to assume the leading role when he went off station to take rest, so he requested the local Central Florida Region to provide a temporary post chief. And the guy they sent started cracking the whip and barking orders at us. To me he said not to blue flag, which was the main reason I came to Daytona, so I didn’t appreciate it at all and wished I was at a different station where the post chiefs were more reasonable. Long story short there came a point where I’ve had it with the orders, and I refused to listen. I considered walking off the station and asking to be moved, or refusing to listen to the orders and hoping I be moved at the post chiefs request. I figured the latter would be less bad of the two horrible options, and so it happened. The flag chiefs of the event moved me to a better station, and said personality clashes were common and it was a simple solution. But what happened in Florida didn’t stay in Florida because I stand accused to this day, and have heard people talking about it not just in the US but also in France during Le Mans. So what did I learn from this experience? There’s no reason to work with an asshole when volunteering. If I see a personality clash possibility I request to be moved immediately, and if it’s not possible I would rather go home than be abused. It absolutely sucks paying money to fly to another part of the country, spend more money for transportation and accommodation only to have a shit time. Or be punished, unfairly.

4). The most recent accusation that arrived with the suggestion to leave the SCCA was that I claimed participation credit for an event that wasn’t SCCA sanctioned. It happened in Pocono, SCCA had a three day race weekend, but since I work Saturdays and Sundays at my job, I only came to marshal on Friday. Turns out Friday was a track employee day and even though I stood there for the whole day waving flags at incidents, it didn’t really happen. As far as the SCCA is concerned I wasn’t there, even though I spend $50 in fuel and tolls to get there. When I signed up for the event through the MotorsportReg.com web site nowhere did it say that SCCA didn’t welcome me, but it turns out it didn’t. Fine! I’ve seen this before overseas, I understand. The difference being overseas we used a physical Log Book, and if the flag chief didn’t sign off in your Log Book, the event wasn’t club sanctioned. Of course the SCCA doesn’t do the log book anymore, because if it did I wouldn’t be accused of trying to steal $5 that I could only use towards my outrageously high $85 annual membership fee and nothing else. Bring back the Log Book dear SCCA and this problem is nipped in the bud. But No! We do things secretly! Nobody is told anything in fear of losing them as volunteers, but everyone that does something that the upper management doesn’t agree with they get torn a new asshole, and then nothing happens except more secret abusive treatment and bullying. Unless of course you’re me, then I get asked to leave and not cause problems. Because you know, training is so detrimental to everyone. We’re only dealing with safety, human lives… no big deal!

Why can’t the SCCA be more like CAMS in Australia so I can be proud of it? Why not give back to the volunteering officials? The main reason I must have been asked to leave is because I was criticizing how SCCA spends it’s money both from my membership dues and from fees billed to the venue for providing marshals, like me. Pro events pay the club for the marshals, that money rarely finds it way back to the marshals instead the SCCA uses it as scholarships and incentives. Funds to grow car fields in club racing and to help up and coming drivers. I think that’s pretty ridiculous considering how bad the volunteer situation is in the US. In New Zealand the drivers not only took care of the marshal club needs, but provided food and drinks and even did hot laps at the end of the race day to show their appreciation for the volunteers. In the US, forget the volunteers we need bigger car fields… Good riddance.

I wish the SCCA was more like CAMS! Especially since SCCA holds the monopoly on issuing marshal licenses like the one I need to volunteer overseas. From my recent post about helping me choose a different license, I discovered no one but SCCA can actually give me a marshal license, even though in the eyes of the SCCA the highest you can go as a marshal is to a “National” level… because you know, USA is a bubble, there’s no such thing as “International” level.

Application Process: CAMS (Australian GP) & MSA (British GP)

Dear friends,

This is a general call for volunteers should you wish to participate in the Australian GP in Melbourne, March 2015 or the British GP at Silverstone, July 2015. For the American readers, you may not be accustomed to the idea of applying to an event taking place next year when our home USGP is still recruiting people a month before the race, but that’s how the world works. Don’t think for a minute to go on a whim to the UK or to Australia last minute and expect to be welcomed as a marshal. Please follow this application process for a better chance of actually getting accepted.

australian gp 2015

To apply for the Australian GP you should visit the CAMS web site and fill out your online application here:  www.camsvms.com/SignUp/Signup.aspx Once you’ve done this step don’t forget that you may need a visa to visit Australia and an electronic permit is easy to obtain at a cost of about $20 from the Australian Department of Immigration.

british gp 2015

The British GP application can be downloaded on the MSA web site and e-mailed to the appropriate party:  www.msaevents.co.uk/bgpmarshals.php The application process for the GP at Silverstone consists of getting nominated, then your name is voted upon and if you’re accepted you will receive a notification e-mail. Unlike Australia, no visa is required for Americans visiting the country.

Remember to submit your applications early because unlike other events that are desperate for people, Australia and United Kingdom get oversubscribed and many applicants are turned down.

Good luck!

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.

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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.