Marshals and Officials
We wouldn’t be able to run our race meetings without the assistance of our volunteer marshals and officials and we really appreciate their time, effort and skill in making sure all aspects of our race meetings run safely, smoothly and on time.
All motor sport involves an element of danger, not only to competitors but also to those involved and, on occasions, to spectators. In the UK we enjoy a good safety record and marshals who have signed-on are covered by an MSA insurance scheme while on duty at motor sport events.
It is up to you to decide the number of events you volunteer for in a season, where they are held and the duties for which you would like to volunteer. You don’t need any special skills or qualifications to begin marshalling but a keen interest in motor sport, an enthusiastic desire to be involved, but not necessarily to compete, a healthy dose of common sense and the ability to follow instructions are all important.
Volunteers are welcome at any age, although the duties of young people may be limited in certain situations. Those aged between their 11th and 16th birthdays qualify as cadet marshals and will be able to get involved in certain roles other than trackside duties. If you already have special skills – technical, mechanical, rescue, vehicle recovery, medical, first aid or administration – you may wish to use them as a volunteer in motor sport.
According to experience, volunteers’ duties include post chief, incident officer, flag marshal, fire marshal, track marshal, spectator marshal, race administration, paddock marshal, pit marshal, startline marshal, race telephones, rescue unit crew, scrutineers and timekeepers.
Although the HSCC doesn’t run training schemes for marshals, novice marshals at motor sport events will be given guidance and advice by experienced marshals to ensure both safety and progression to qualified marshal status.
If you find marshalling really appeals to you there are several good training schemes, funded by the sport’s governing body, the Motor Sports Association, which are run throughout the year by individual motor clubs, regional associations or clubs set up to cater specifically for marshals like the British Motorsports Marshals Club. Training includes both theoretical and practical elements. For details please go to http://www.volunteersinmotorsport.co.uk/
As a Marshal Member of the Historic Sports Car Club you will receive regular copies of the club magazine, HSCC News, which is published five times a year, information about Club activities, opportunities to buy regalia and to attend all of our club meetings. Marshal Membership is only £15, and is open to MSA registered marshals or anyone who marshals or officiates at HSCC meetings