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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 >.<

#MarshalCam Video Spotlight

As the idea of #MarshalCam has grown nicely and my supply of patches has dwindled, I wanted to spotlight a few recent videos that I think were done exceptionally well and should serve as an example for others submitting their videos.

Mike and Dani from Belgium send their submission while highlighting their “Belgian Marshal Team 31” group. The video is professionally shot, and if not for the sudden gust of wind is perfect, exactly what I’d love to see more of. I encourage others to promote their home club, track, or marshaling group. There’s no shame in self promotion!

Graeme from Australia did an excellent job of filming at home, in the shed with wonderful Ford Falcon posters in the background. (though my favorite noise in the video came from the local wildlife, see if you can spot it – sure brings great memories when I lived there). This is an excellent example showing the concept can be perfectly shot off track in the comfort of one’s home.

Faten from Bahrain send one of the most comprehensive submissions I’ve ever received. She admitted that there were a few errors like when she meant to say V8 Supercar series but blurted out NASCAR instead… I’ve done that. Just goes to show that pointing a camera in your face and acting natural isn’t easy. When I did my invite video it took me well over two dozen attempts to get the storyline right, the video was only 30 seconds and I still managed to stutter in closing. But back to my friend “Lefty” she did an awesome job and I wish other people also put as much thought into their #MarshalCam interview.

The last video I want to highlight is one I shot myself at the Vintage event held at Lime Rock Park. Yes, I did stutter again and messed up my friend Trevor’s name (did I just call him Trouble?) but I have to give credit where credit is due, and Trevor killed it. Excellent job especially since we shot his interview all in one take.

So please send your submissions via DropBox and I will gladly feature them on MarshalCam.com and our Facebook/Twitter and YouTube social media channels. Everyone’s submission is welcome and you get a Marshal Cam patch FREE for your efforts. Thank you for your participation, it is truly appreciated. Thank you also for helping to promote volunteering in Motorsport!