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Hot Wheels Motorsport Spotter Guide

The more time I spend away from participating in Motorsport the more nostalgic my Hot Wheels hobby makes me feel. So I had an idea to catalog my collection into a Motorsport spotter guide much like those famous Andy Blackmore sportscar guides I would often share before every endurance race I went to marshal. This is going to be my attempt to create something similar. For not just sports car racing but also open wheelers, moto racing, rally and historics.

Should be fun!

Hot Wheels 24h Endurance

Hot Wheels 60’s Historics

Hot Wheels 70’s Historics

Hot Wheels 80’s Historics

Hot Wheels 90’s Historics

Hot Wheels 00’s Historics

Hot Wheels 10’s Historics

Hot Wheels Grand Prix

Hot Wheels Rally El Segundo

Classic Rallye

Hot Wheels Moto Grand Prix

Hot Wheels Formula Drift

The photos for this spotter guide came from HWCollectorsnews.com

This post is a work in progress will add more cars as they are acquired for my collection.

For a complete catalog of my HW and Matchbox collectibles: click here.

Happy Volunteers Day!

Congratulations Motorsport Volunteers… tomorrow, May 12th you are getting your very own day of recognition. Go ahead and pat yourselves on the back for giving up your time for this hobby!

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile has posted this:  http://www.fia.com/2017-fia-volunteers-day-resource-page

2017 FIA VOLUNTEERS DAY…

Announcement

The first FIA Volunteers Day will take place on 12 May, celebrating those who dedicate their time to make motor sport possible around the world. Capitalising on a packed weekend of FIA competition – six headline race events will raise awareness and give thanks to the volunteers who carry out the wide variety of essential roles without which the events would simply not happen.

Throughout the day, the entire motor sport community – from volunteers and officials to fans, drivers and members of the media – are encouraged to join in and show their appreciation on social media. Using the hashtag #FIAVolunteersDay on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, people can share photos and stories of themselves in action on the day connecting motor sport volunteers at all levels from all around the world – from club events to world championships.

“This is an opportunity to embrace the day as an occasion to thank all volunteers who support our events at all levels,” said FIA President, Jean Todt. “It will also promote the positive benefits that they gain from their involvement in motor sport, and help attract new people to get involved.

“It is important for the FIA to give the appropriate recognition and publicity to acknowledge that each volunteer’s commitment is an essential part in ensuring the safety and success of every motor sport event.”

yada yada yada…

What does this mean?

Will the FIA finally take my suggestion to recruit and train marshals at the grassroots level for major events and then have a great pool of trained professionals available to volunteer for other non-FIA events? Nope… not that. I guess the volunteer numbers are so damn low around the world, the FIA had to come up with a gimmick to push local ASN’s to promote the volunteering business with FIA graphics.

What a shame!

Probably the biggest insult is the FIA using a picture of a Monaco marshal for this V-day promotion. Monaco is not hurting for volunteers. Monaco is typically oversubscribed. Monaco is pretty arrogant about who they choose to work their events from a very small pool of very local volunteers.

Ugh…

To be perfectly clear, I fully support Volunteering in Motorsport. I mean that’s basically the whole point of my blog. I volunteer around the world and share my experiences to encourage others to do the same… but the FIA has done very little to “help” me in my endeavor to volunteer even when I reached out to them time and again. Only certain contacts within the ASN’s of the individual countries I wanted to visit were helpful. And that’s a good thing because without local contacts I’d be shit out of luck. But it would be so nice if the FIA helped with (at the very least) establishing or facilitating the contacts for me and others to use. The FIA should take the leading role on that!

And then there’s the US of A. America doesn’t give a fuck about the FIA… The SCCA… America’s only ASN that provides marshal licenses recognized by other ASN’s that recruit international marshals for FIA events… definitely doesn’t give a fuck about the FIA. I haven’t heard anything from the SCCA to promote FIA Volunteer day on May 12th….    USAC an ACCUS/FIA member didn’t share any news about this “promo” either. Wouldn’t it be nice if the whole world (of Motorsport) was on the same page and recognize these dwindling numbers of Volunteers and done something about it, even if paying lip service to it like the FIA V-day hashtag they created for May 12th? I for one would really love to see more done.

Good luck to the FIA!

And have a very happy V-day Motorsport Marshals of the World…

#FIAVolunteersDay

May 12

mark your calendars for the future…

FIA International License

Excellent news from the World Motor Sport Council 2014 held in Doha, Qatar earlier this week. According to this press release: fia.com/news/world-motor-sport-council-2014-doha there will be an FIA license available to volunteers and officials as soon as end of 2015:

VOLUNTEERS AND OFFICIALS COMMISSION
An International Licence for all persons designated by the FIA to act as officials at an event will be launched at the end of 2015, as well as a FIA web platform dedicated to volunteers and officials.

Thanks to our fellow marshal Paul from California for pointing out this little gem. What does this mean for volunteers like me and you reading this?

I think it means that anyone participating as a volunteer race official or marshal will be recognized by the FIA directly and not just by the local club providing marshals for each FIA event, be it Formula 1 Grand Prix or a WEC endurance event (and everything inbetween). Furthermore, a web platform will be developed to allow for registration of volunteers for each event. This will centralize the process of volunteering for races, again taking some of the responsibility of local ASN’s to recruit marshals and opening it up to everyone using the same system to apply and participate.

I see it as a fantastic opportunity.

Now if only FIA offered / mandated identical training for all participants I’ll be the first in line to sign up to receive such training because that will make us all better race officials.

Can’t wait to participate!

Making memories at Formula 1 Grand Prix

One of my favorite activities after participating as a race official at Formula 1 Grand Prix is to make lasting memories. Sure you build friendships at the track, through facebook, etc. but my truly favorite way of preserving those memories is through a photo book.

And the collection is growing, from 2011:

and 2012:

This is also a great way to share my experiences with others. I think one of these days I’ll be printing extra books to give as gifts to friends and family.