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Buy a #MarshalCam Patch. American or Australian Versions. Or Both!

A few things to accomplish in this post:

1st: I wish to express my gratitude to my buddy Joey in Singapore for designing the Marshal Cam patches which I have recently re-ordered to distribute to marshals that participate in my interviews about their volunteering experiences.

2nd: I will have both versions of the patch with me at the following events to distribute to marshals that wish to participate in my interviews:

  • WEC 6h of the Americas at COTA in September
  • Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October
  • Sepang 12h – Malaysia in December
  • Bathurst 12h – Australia in February
  • Auckland Car Club – New Zealand in February

3rd: If I am not at an event near you and you’d really like to get a patch for your collection, you are welcome to buy one or many. Just get in touch about pricing and shipping charges and we could set up a package for you in no time.

The patches cost me $400 USD for 400 pieces. My break even point is to sell 100 patches at $4 USD apiece (or more at a cheaper price). Plus shipping and handling charges which killed me the last time I mailed out a ton of the original Marshal Cam patches, paying for everything out of my own pocket.

I am going through serious withdrawal right now, my last event was NASCAR at Watkins Glen in early August and it’s been a month without any volunteering whatsoever. So I’m eager to get back to the race track. I’m also very much looking forward to traveling again. Especially to my trip back to Southeast Asia!

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For any of you on the list of stops above I’ll be sure to have patches with me if you’d like to meet over lunch or dinner and catch up about marshaling in your neck of the woods. I’m sure that besides my right hand drive Miata exploits in Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur I’ll be hanging out with some marshal friends too.

Again, huge thanks to Joey in Singapore for designing these awesome patches, they look fantastic!

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The original Red, White and Blue design resembles the American Interstate system sign. While the Green and Yellow design resembles the Australian Interstate system sign. They were designed specifically for my trip to Bathurst in February of next year, and I’m very much looking forward to that journey.

Stay tuned for more, and get in touch if you want one, or a bunch!

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#MarshalCam from Road Atlanta, Petit Le Mans Edition

Petit Le Mans seems like a distant memory right now, and yet it’s still fresh on my mind because: #MarshalCam! I am still uploading the videos shot at Road Atlanta during that amazing weekend, and I wanted to share them with you, the reader for some excellent examples of what this little project is all about.

First up, Mr. Jim from Texas. One of the assistant flag chiefs of the WEC race at Circuit of the Americas a few weeks earlier. We were meant to shoot a COTA edition #MarshalCam interview but the days were so ridiculously long, there wasn’t a good moment to make it happen. But Jim came through big time since we worked Turn 5 together on the first day:

Our corner captain that day was Willy from Michigan. Someone I admire greatly. Because, of all the people I’ve watched and learned from volunteering in the US with the SCCA, Willy has been the most professional. Ironically this was the first time we’ve worked together even though I’ve seen/heard Willy do his magic at the Detroit GP on Belle Isle, Long Beach GP in California and of course the US GP at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. I’ve said this before and I’m sure many will take offense but a lot of volunteers beat themselves on the chest to tell you how great they are, Willy on the other hand shows exactly what professional marshaling is all about, by example:

For the rest of Petit weekend I got magically swapped to Turn 1 again, to work with Nancy from Gerogia. I had the pleasure of working with her last year on race day only, and was thrilled to return. Nancy is a very colorful person and runs a tight ship. She wants things done her way and she will tell you exactly how to do it. That’s what I love about working with her, there’s no dancing around, no whispers and taking behind your back. You do something wrong, she tells you. And hopefully you correct yourself:

Jason from Tennessee joined our team on race day. And even though it was the first time we worked together we got along really well, which I definitely appreciate. I’m really glad he agreed to do the interview because it was concise, meaningful and direct to the point. If anything, I’m a little envious of Jason’s story of bonding with his father as my dad sees my hobby as a complete waste of time:

Please stay tuned for more outstanding videos featuring marshals from around the world. And if you wish to send in your interview (do a selfie!) I’m happy to send you #MarshalCam patches for your efforts!

PS. there are some Waffle House edition videos coming soon >.<

John’s post card from Vintage at Waterford Hills

While I’m stuck home this weekend, wasting a perfect opportunity to be track side somewhere, my friends are doing a fantastic job of rubbing it in with their racing adventures. Take John for example who along with the rest of the Michigan marshals trio from our last weekend together at Mosport are playing with Vintage cars at Waterford Hills Road Racing Int’l. Check out the photo of a Can-Am car with a GTP racer from the Camel GT era:

 

My first marshalling experience from the Can-Am series came earlier this year in Australia where I volunteered for the Historics at Phillip Island: http://myroadtrip.net/?p=1975 I have also done a bunch of events in New Zealand working the Formula 5000 events before I knew what those cars were. (Formula 1 with big engines?)

John also shared some more pictures of his GoPro set up:

 

 

This is making me more jealous than the race cars. I’ll be in a market for a GoPro starting next week, I think the waiting and wishing is over 🙂

 

Oh… and for anyone wishing to contribute to our GoPro fund, do so on Sponsor A Flagger web site, be sure to specify your Donation is for the GoPro Flagger Cam fund: click here!

Another day at COTA, another lesson: GoPro

Being a latecommer to this hobby has its drawbacks, by the time I come up with an idea someone is already doing it. Take for example my friend Chris – the ‘Superbunny’ and his hat mounted GoPro camera. While I have been debating whether or not I could reasonably do it, he showed me today that it can be done and the results are awesome. Chris showed me some raw footage from Sebring, Long Beach and Petit Le Mans.

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The look of even an older GoPro video is amazing, watching the footage has a feel of a video game which could be a perfect tool to shoot training videos with like we used in classroom modules in Singapore. Still photos are also possible and look far better than what I take with my phone while keeping your hands free.

The V8’s races today were uneventful but fun, blue flag got a fantastic workout for World Challenge. Snuck in on station wearing orange making it easier for my Aussie friends to spot me on TV. Looking forward to more!