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Will I ever get to Marshal Macau Grand Prix?

It’s no secret, I’d really like to volunteer for the Macau Grand Prix.

I’ve been wanting to marshal there since 2013 and so far to no avail… I have made contacts but it seems the rules in place favor locals because of the following three criteria:

  1. You must speak Cantonese to work the race.
  2.  You must participate in the training several months before.
  3. You must have a worker permit for Macau or Hong Kong.

I’m zero for three, naturally… but I still want to do it! I’ve visited the Guia International Street Circuit before and am absolutely in love with the place… and for whatever reason I feel confident one day this will happen for me even though I’ve been rejected since I started asking about it back in 2013…

So I thought it would be appropriate to list several reasons “WHY” I’d like to marshal at the Macau Grand Prix.

Reason #1: I really miss Asia!

I started my marshaling in Singapore. I loved coming back to marshal in Malaysia for many years. I even participated at the Korean Grand Prix as part of the Singapore GP visiting team. I really want to go back!

Reason #2: It’s a really unique event!

Macau Grand Prix is one of two International Motorsport events that don’t involve Formula 1! (and I’ve already done the other one: New Zealand Grand Prix) Macau is also unique because it’s the only major event in the world of Motorsport that features Open Wheel Racing… GT (Touring Car) Racing and Moto Racing on the same weekend, on the same circuit… you don’t see that too often these days. I want to see it in person.

Reason #3: The Guia Circuit is Amazing!

I have been to Macao and Seen/Driven on the Guia Street Circuit. It is spectacular. It is challenging. And it is very unique. I want to experience it in race trim. I want to see how the local marshals handle the incidents there. I want to hear the roar of the race cars going by at a million miles an hour. I want to be a part of it!

Reason #4: I want to check out the MX-5 Miata Scene in Hong Kong

Let’s face it, there’s no direct flights from the NYC metropolitan area to Macau. I would most likely burn some American Airlines miles to fly their Cathay Pacific partner to Hong Kong. And while in HK I totally expect to take advantage of the opportunity and organize some amazing Miata activities. The Miata club of Hong Kong is very active on facebook and I have no doubt I can work some contacts to enjoy a meeting with those enthusiasts in order to share my experience on this blog. I want to do a Hong Kong Miata meet as much as I want to marshal the Macau Grand Prix… it’s a must!

Reason #5: Foodie Tour!

I miss proper Chinese food. I miss the Cantonese food of Hong Kong. I want to sample some more of the Portuguese influence in Macau. I crave the food and the food culture that strives in this area of the world… I miss it so much… and the Macau Grand Prix would be a perfect opportunity to immerse myself back into that goodness full-on. I totally need this in my life right now (end of November).

So what stands in my way?

It’s not uncommon to have difficulties establishing the right contacts to get anything done in Southeast Asia. I was rejected for my very first volunteering attempt at the Singapore Grand Prix… but they reconsidered and it launched this amazing hobby of mine. I was rejected in Malaysia and now Sepang is one of my most favorite places to work at and Kuala Lumpur has that feeling of HOME that one day I want to make a reality (and move to live there). I’m sure once I find a key to the door of Macau it will become a place I will come back to. Even if it’s a one-time event, I’m sure I’ll enjoy the hell out of it and all the opportunities that surround that event/location.

Will Macau ever happen?

…stay tuned.

New #MarshalCam Patches arrived from Hong Kong

Great news! My latest $400 order of Marshal Cam patches has arrived from Hong Kong. Yay…

First, I can’t believe I’ve spent that much money on freaking patches. But I’m happy to have a new stash to give out to marshals that share their story on the Marshal Cam web site: www.MarshalCam.com

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What is Marshal Cam?

It’s an idea I started a few years ago to interview marshals I meet around the world about their hobby, with the hopes of promoting the concept of volunteering in Motorsport. I believe by placing these videos online for everyone to see may result in kids stumbling upon them and picking up marshaling as an interest. Something they could do locally like many marshals do, or travel internationally which is what I enjoy doing the most. We as a marshaling community certainly need more people getting involved and sadly few organizations do much about recruiting like they should, this involves the FIA and even local clubs like the SCCA in the US.

So there you have it. It’s my contribution to this hobby which is also a fun thing to do for the people that choose to participate in the project.

So far I’ve given out 100 patches from the previous batch I ordered, read more about it here: Marshal Cam Patches have arrived from Hong Kong. The patches were designed by Joey in Singapore. The red, white and blue design is inspired by the American interstate system sign while the green and yellow design is inspired by the Australian interstate system sign. This should be a neat gift I will be offering to marshals I meet on my travels to the Pacific in February.

For anyone interested in participating in this project, this is what you need to do: answer the Marshal Cam questionnaire in front of a camera, and submit the video through YouTube or Facebook using #MarshalCam hashtag.

For the camera shy people, I will be selling the patches to recoup some of the costs, if you are interested in buying one or a few, please get in touch through facebook. Get them while supplies last.

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Cheers!