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FREE Marshal Training Videos

There is little doubt in my mind that the better marshals are trained the better quality racing we get to enjoy as Motorsport enthusiasts. And while not every organization or club offers regular training to their volunteers, there are organizations out there providing valuable training material FREE of charge for everyone to benefit from. It is up to you to take advantage of such generosity!

I am of course talking about the Motorsport Safety Fund (motorsportsafetyfund.com/) And even though I have talked about their helpful videos before, and have plastered permanent links to those videos on each page of this web site, it’s worth the effort to promote the videos time and again especially in the winter off season when many of us Motorsport volunteers have too much free time on our hands, because we’re not trackside.

Lets start out with an introduction to Motorsport Marshaling:

fast forward to minute marker 13:28 to watch Race Marshaling if you wish to skip Rally Marshaling information (though its very useful).

Vehicle Recovery: Safety

Vehicle Recovery: Initial Response & Assessment

Vehicle Recovery: Snatching

Vehicle Recovery: Straight Tow (Flat Tow)

Vehicle Recovery: Lift Tow

Vehicle Recovery: Flatbeds / Tilt Bed

Vehicle Recovery: Full Lift (Wrecker)

Vehicle Recovery: Reprise (for the Racing Driver!)

Vehicle Recovery: New Circuit Operators (Truck Drivers/Not Marshals)

Vehicle Recovery: Radios (Communications)

Motorsport Fire Fighting:

There are a number of other useful videos from the Motorsport Safety Fund that I have omitted from this post to keep it concise and focused on circuit racing. Plenty of marshals volunteer for rallies which the Motorsport Safety Fun does a great job in capturing best practices on video to help you be a better marshal. The ones I posted above are a great start, but remember even if you know exactly what you are doing it’s worth refreshing your knowledge by watching these videos. Keeping in mind that some tracks do things differently, though following the advice in the videos you would be very smart to ask whomever you are working with on the game plan for a particular response or plan of action.

I hope you find these videos as useful as I think they are, and remember to spread the word and share the videos with your friends and colleagues to make all of us better marshals working for the same goal: SAFETY in Motorsport!

Motorsport Safety Fund: youtube.com/user/MotorsportSafetyFund

Application Process: CAMS (Australian GP) & MSA (British GP)

Dear friends,

This is a general call for volunteers should you wish to participate in the Australian GP in Melbourne, March 2015 or the British GP at Silverstone, July 2015. For the American readers, you may not be accustomed to the idea of applying to an event taking place next year when our home USGP is still recruiting people a month before the race, but that’s how the world works. Don’t think for a minute to go on a whim to the UK or to Australia last minute and expect to be welcomed as a marshal. Please follow this application process for a better chance of actually getting accepted.

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To apply for the Australian GP you should visit the CAMS web site and fill out your online application here:  www.camsvms.com/SignUp/Signup.aspx Once you’ve done this step don’t forget that you may need a visa to visit Australia and an electronic permit is easy to obtain at a cost of about $20 from the Australian Department of Immigration.

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The British GP application can be downloaded on the MSA web site and e-mailed to the appropriate party:  www.msaevents.co.uk/bgpmarshals.php The application process for the GP at Silverstone consists of getting nominated, then your name is voted upon and if you’re accepted you will receive a notification e-mail. Unlike Australia, no visa is required for Americans visiting the country.

Remember to submit your applications early because unlike other events that are desperate for people, Australia and United Kingdom get oversubscribed and many applicants are turned down.

Good luck!

2014 Formula One Application Forms

For anyone considering participating as a marshal in Formula 1 during the 2014 season, the application process has opened for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park to be held next March. The online application is again handled by CAMS and is a fairly quick and painless process. For anyone requiring a recommendation please don’t hesitate to ask though I highly encourage their home ASN to provide an official letter of recommendation for something as prestigious as F1.

The nomination process for the British Grand Prix is also open. A nomination form must be filled out and accompanied by supporting documentation to be considered as a marshal during the British GP. A vote is then taken to approve or deny candidates. I would highly encourage folks to follow the instructions on the application. When it says tick one box for specialty do not tick two… I made this mistake this year selecting both flag & track specialties… because you know… I can do both… I was assigned “track” but due to my injury early before the start of the event, ended up doing “flag” anyway. Again, if anyone requires a referral, don’t hesitate to ask.

Best of luck!

Australian GP link: http://camsvms.com/signup/Signup.aspx

British GP link:  http://www.msaevents.co.uk/documents/Nomination_Form_MASTER.pdf

British GP photo book ordered for the collection

A photo book to capture my 11th Formula 1 Grand Prix participation has just been completed and will soon be sent to the printers 🙂 Excited the way it came out.

Below is the growing collection thus far:

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Formula 1 Participation in 2012:

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Formula 1 Participation in 2011:

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British F1 Grand Prix debrief

Its not easy to volunteer major international events like the Formula One World Championship. Like many others, in order to be selected for the British GP I had to fill out forms, provide letters of recommendation, wait for a decision, etc. And when the time came to get dressed and perform at the top of my game, I fell flat on my face!

So when does a good intending marshal with an injury become a liability? I feel my presence at the British GP came close if not crossed that line. Was I useful? Not at all. Despite my best intentions, I feel I was getting in the way of other marshals doing their job, and that sort of distraction shouldn’t happen when dangerous tasks are performed at a racing circuit (especially at professional events, when there are cameras everywhere).

Am I thankful for the powers that be to allow me to remain there? Of course I am. I had come a long way to marshal in the UK, and to be asked to leave would have been devastating. But standing there cringing with excruciating pain, wasn’t a much better alternative. This experience reminds me to remember to carry a first aid kit, the one item I had left out from my luggage this time. Of course being more careful is the plan for all future racing, including ALMS and World Challenge at Lime Rock this weekend.

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Injured at the British F1 Grand Prix

Guess it was bound to happen, sadly my injury came early Friday morning, before the start of BGP. I twisted my foot and the weekend was ruined. Went to the Medical Centre twice, as the pain became excruciating. But I made the best of it. Luckily the IO allowed me to flag instead of working incident response as I was required to, it was interesting.

Definitely have some unfinished business in the UK.

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Fanatic: Motor Sport, Formula One, Grand Prix

I’m mere hours away from my first marshalling trip to Europe. Its after 3 o’clock, of course I can’t sleep. Probably shouldn’t have had that Red Bull energy drink a few hours ago, but at this point it doesn’t really matter. So I’m reading stuff on the Internets… F1 Fanatic blog to be precise, and I’m quite happy to find all the “how to become a marshal?” posts by Keith Collantine over the years. Why couldn’t I have searched for his web site back in 2005, I could have been doing this much longer, eh?! Why not 2010… Damn, I’m behind the times!

Check out these reader submitted articles:

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It is good to read other people’s experiences volunteering. At least to me it’s more interesting than reading the many recent articles by professionals describing how important our contribution is to the sport… These stories have the power to inspire enthusiasts to get involved, or similarly discourage those that are probably better off buying a spectator ticket.

So that brings me to the next random thought of the night. As is illustrated above over the years of F1 fanatic’s coverage, most vocal marshal recruiters are those with few years experience under their belt… if that. Some have only completed a race or two on a “major” pro-scale. Others started marshalling when they were still in their mother’s bellies. heh! It begs the question, how come the veterans don’t blog about their experiences? Is it dangerous to air your thoughts to the public in fear of getting excluded from future pro events? I hope not.

And to close the ramblings, I’m fascinated with what I’m about to do!

Organized automobile racing has it’s roots in France. Folks used to race from city to city for a big prize – “Grand Prix?” A piece of history I had a chance to experience first hand when I visited my family in Clermont-Ferrand, the home of Michelin. They were kind enough to take me to a museum in Vichy which was a pretty special experience. But back to the history lesson. One of the first Grand Prix motor racing events took place in the early 1900 in Le Mans. The first World Championship of post-war Formula One took place at Silverstone in the UK.

Mind blown!

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_motor_racing  &  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Formula_One

Perhaps the true reason I can’t sleep is the fact my TGV/Eurostar tickets still haven’t arrived and at this point it looks like they are well and truly lost. Wouldn’t be the first time my trip to Europe went completely sideways. Of course last time this happened, I ended up having the time of my life… showing up at a bus station and purchasing a ticket to any destination for the soonest departure – that trip took me to amazing Valencia for the first time. From there I flew to France… unplanned! Came back, went to Morocco for a few days, and then when there was no more shuttle buses left, I hired this little jem… a Smart fortwo with 8km on the clock, glass sunroof, and an adventure around Costa Blanca from Alicante to Benidorm and around Murcia, Spain. Whatever awaits in Le Mans and London will be another adventure!

If you happen to find other marshal written articles, please share in the comments below! I love to read them and share with other potential candidates to recruit into this hobby 😉

Accepted to the 2013 British F1 Grand Prix

“We would like to invite you to attend this year’s Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix in the capacity of Course/Incident Marshal” says the letter from the MSA – Motor Sport Association.

How wonderful?

So far the application process for British GP has been one of the most interesting ones I’ve taken part in. First you fill out a form to submit your candidacy. Then they publish a list of nominee’s that is made available to the public. After a decision is made who’s in and who’s out, they send the invitation  letters to which I’m to respond with my acceptance. Seems very British 🙂

But I’m looking forward to this event for sure. (especially if I can piggy back Le Mans onto the trip) This will be my first event in the UK, and first event at Silverstone.

http://www.msaevents.co.uk/

2013 British F1 Grand Prix registration open

For anyone interested in marshalling the 2013 British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, the registration process have just been opened. Unlike some other events this one seems pretty strict with the number of days one must satisfy on track to qualify as well as stringent licensing rules for marshals. But I’m sure it will be a fantastic venue and my application has just been lodged as a visiting international marshal.

More details about BGP marshals can be found on www.ten-tenths.com marshal forum.
Check out also the official Silverstone Circuit web site: www.silverstone.co.uk