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SuperSpeeders Podcast Video on YouTube Chat about Marshaling

Rob Ferretti has just uploaded a video from the SuperSpeeders podcast I joined him for a month ago. Check it out:

In the podcast Rob talked about some gripes he has with the artificially low speed limit on a local highway that plays right into the hands of the recent findings how Police departments around the US are unfairly targeting citizens for economic gains. He talked about his visit to Hennessey shop in Texas and of course had a lengthy chat with me about marshaling. (International Travel on the Cheap, and Foodie experiences)

I asked Rob for some advice about creating a podcast, something I would really like to do myself on the marshaling topic, and he invited me to join him, which was quite nice. I learned that doing a podcast is surprisingly painless and with a few volunteers I should be able to put something together soon.

I think having a Marshal Podcast would be a great tool to keep the idea of volunteering in Motorsport prevalent in social media, and perhaps act as a recruiting tool for Motorsport fans that weren’t aware that volunteering as a marshal was possible. It would also be a great tool to keep fellow marshals interested in topics that marshals around the world feel are important. An open discussion would cover all sorts of issues and topics that may be of interest to a variety of people.

I’m hoping to get something posted soon. If anyone reading this is interested in participating please get in touch!

I’m also hoping to record an episode on the road at the next event I volunteer, so volunteers are needed for that.

Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix rejection

I have been riding a wave of good luck, participating in some exciting racing around the world though I have been rejected for a number of events. Chiefly among them the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates at the Yas Marina Circuit. While I thought the Malaysian F1 GP was nearly impossible to get into, after applying a great deal of persistence and seeking the right people I managed to participate, and to me it was one of the best F1 experience’s I’ve ever had. Abu Dhabi unfortunately seems like a bust.

Ironically I didn’t plan on volunteering in the middle east until I met a British expat at the Malaysian GP who suggested I should join him in Abu Dhabi where he’s a starter. I thought with such an invitation its a done deal, but boy was I wrong. My contact was a bit too diplomatic about not breaking the news to me that they refuse new international entries. So of course when faced with rejection I step up my aggressiveness and researched all the folks responsible for running this event. In the case of Abu Dhabi the Automotive and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates or ATCUAE http://www.atcuae.ae/ they even have a  marshal site that seems to be under construction: http://www.atcuaemarshals.ae/

Well after a few e-mails back and forth with Sheik Mohammed Ben Sulayem I am still un-accepted which is a shame, I was really looking forward to this event. I had some communication with another official – Tanya Kutsenko, a Ukrainian project manager who informed me that they don’t have enough tabards to have me join them, what a terribly lame excuse. Perhaps I’ll do the Bahrain F1 GP next year instead  http://www.bahraingp.com/come to think of it I should have flown home via Bahrain and participated in the LeMans / World Endurance Championship  the weekend after Singapore GP but I’m already signed up for Rolex Grand Am at the Lime Rock Park.

Enjoy some pix from the Malaysian F1 GP one of my favorite thus far: