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Merci Denis Castilloux et Équipe Course Sécurité / Puits E-Prix Montréal 2017 GP3R Organisation!

Merci, merci, merci beaucoup Denis!

This is a time I really wish I spoke enough French to express my gratitude to my friend Denis Castilloux for an excellent time at this weekend’s Formula E Motreal ePrix! Not only did Denis go out of his way to make me feel welcome, the entire team from GP3R and the local Quebec marshals made me feel part of their family and I appreciate that very much. Merci a tous!

I had the pleasure of working with Denis at the New York City ePrix just a few weeks before we met again on the Canadian soil. Although we’ve known each other for a bit longer through various projects on the Internet including my very own #MarshalCam to which Denis generously contributed with an interview at last week’s event:

So I’m super thrilled to have had this opportunity. I can say with certainty that this visit to Montreal was way better than any of my previous trips up there before. Things went very smoothly, and perfectly. I had only positive experiences and I’m happy to share them with the world.

Denis was also kind enough to introduce me to his colleagues at GP3R, the organizing body behind the marshals at Formula E Montreal ePrix and they all made me feel absolutely welcome, which makes such a huge difference when travelling to volunteer for events. Even though I spoke no French everyone I came in contact with was super friendly and went out of their way to make sure we understood each other, which was awesome. In fact I feel quite guilty that I didn’t do my part and study up a little bit more to at least try and speak in the local language. So Franklish had to do… But it’s certainly on my to-do list. And I definitely want to volunteer for the amazing Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in the future as well.

So, Merci a tous! Merci beaucoup… A plus tard!

Marshal Interview at the 24h Rennen Nürburgring

Last year I did a bunch of marshal interviews for my #MarshalCam project on my 24h Enduro Euro Trip including filming some Belgian marshals at the Nurburgring 24h. This year I was the one being interviewed for German TV.

A friend from France said he saw my interview on EuroSport.

Of course I haven’t had the luck of finding the clip, but if any of the readers come across it, please be sure to share it.

For now all I have is a few snaps from friends to preserve the memories:

marshal interview 24h nurburgring

Big thanks to Ingo and Pol, my fellow marshals at Post 120 for taking these pictures for me. Much appreciated!

Hopefully this promotes marshaling to the race fans watching the program during the 24h Rennen at Nürburgring.

PS. marshal in German: Streckensicherung or Sportwart 😉

(Marshal) Podcast with Rob from SuperSpeeders (SuperSpeederRob)

I would like to do a Marshal Podcast.

I’ve expressed my interest before and I would really like to put the wheels in motion to do it for a few reasons. First, no one else is doing it and I think the marshaling community would benefit from having a podcast about the topic of volunteering in Motorsport. And second, I think it would help with recruiting Automotive and Motorsport enthusiasts to actually volunteer (as marshals), wherever they live.

I asked my buddy Rob from SuperSpeeders YouTube channel fame for some advice about starting a podcast and he invited me to check out how he does it with his SuperSpeeders podcast. Great!

To my surprise when I arrived at Rob’s day job at Gotham Dream Cars in Englewood, New Jersey, Rob invited me to jump onto the podcast and put my 2 cents into the topics he was discussion on his most recent episode, which is available for download on ShoutEngine.com:

http://shoutengine.com/SuperSpeeders/episode-9-fixing-the-broken-traffic-system-and-tra-8727

So what have I learned from Rob?

It’s not terribly difficult to do a podcast. It helps having good equipment to record the sessions in a quiet environment without much background noise. But to get the ball rolling we can easily get started with a free tool like Google hangouts.

The topics to cover are infinite. The time will fly without a doubt. And the more people that participate the more interesting the discussion would be.

Of course in our case, the idea is to bring a couple of people from the marshaling world and have them call in on Google chat from Australia, Brazil, Spain, Belgium, etc. And Rob advised me that issues may arise with buffering based on individual people’s internet connection, etc. So there is potential for bugs.

But the key is to go ahead and start doing it.

Listening back to the podcast Rob recorded I noticed that it takes some practice to answer questions more directly. Finding a way to compress the answer from multiple paragraphs into shorter and more meaningful sentences. I certainly didn’t do that when talking about my marshaling experience veering off into a million different tangents while trying to cover a few topics at once.

I’m looking forward to hearing other people’s feedback on what they thought about this podcast to see what we could use and what we could scrap from the #MarshalPodcast idea.

PS. on the way home I took the Palisades Interstate Parkway and while cruising along at 60mph other traffic was blowing past me like I was standing still… Rob isn’t the only one bitching about the artificially low speed limit. Quick Google search resulted in this Change.org petition from a few years ago that tried to deal with this issue: https://www.change.org/p/palisades-interstate-parkway-police-disband-palisades-interstate-park-police Hopefully there will be some changes in Policing in America in the near future to stop law enforcement departments from shaking down random citizens.

#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!

MarshalCam.com Launched

We did it!

MarshalCam.com has been registered and launched! I’m pretty excited with the fact that so many marshals are participating in the project. Especially, it is humbling to see the global reach and acceptance of the simple concept behind the idea of promoting volunteering in motorsport to the general public (and by general public I mostly mean automotive and motorsport enthusiasts).

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Our YouTube channel is kicking ass… but we are most active on the Facebook page and the Twitter tweeter. Most impressively (and somewhat shocking) is that I was able to register “Marshal Cam” brand with all the big players including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Like: www.facebook.com/MarshalCam #MarshalCam

Follow: www.twitter.com/MarshalCam @MarshalCam #MarshalCam

Let this be a start of a beautiful thing… and be sure to check out all our social media outlets to watch some awesome videos of real marshals sharing their enthusiasm towards this hobby.

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