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!
I’ll be setting my foot on the ground in Frankfurt for the second time in two months next week when I do another round-the-world trip for the Korean GP. However my next proper visit to Europe will be a bit longer than a three hour connection. My goal is to marshal the 24 hours of LeMans for the first time, the pinnacle of sports car racing followed by another stint marshalling Formula 1 at the historic Silverstone circuit in the United Kingdom.
I’ve met people both in the US and overseas that have done these events in tandem and they come highly recommended. But there’s also a stark warning that its not so easy to participate as the selection criteria is pretty strict, so unless you know someone you’re not getting in.
Naturally, I’m starting my planning way early to make sure I do in fact spend a few weeks in Europe next June, doing what I love: marshalling trackside at some of the most amazing events in the automotive world.
Motorsport Marshal, Miata Driver, Hot Wheels Collector