Historic marshalling ‘stronger than ever’
‘ We marshal about 95 per cent of all motor sport events in the UK’ STEPHEN WOOLFE, BMMC
Figures posted from the Goodwood Marshals’ Day indicate a healthy volunteer appetite for historic motorsport marshalling – and the British Motorsports Marshals’ Club (BMMC) says that national uptake is similarly strong. Goodwood has 198 marshals to call upon next year, 70 of whom are women; CCW was told that recruitment drives, particularly at Breakfast Club events, have paid dividends.
Stephen Woolfe, BMMC club secretary and marshal since 1973, said that highprofile historic racing events such as Goodwood, the Silverstone Classic and Race Retro (all of which the BMMC attends) have helped to bolster its membership – at the moment, 2500 members are on its books, many of whom are recruited at shows.
Demand for marshals – from traditional grass-roots events such as autotesting and sprinting, right up to Goodwood and the British Grand Prix – remains keen. Stephen said: ‘We’re covering something like 30,000 marshalling days a year.
‘Once you’ve done a taster session, you can apply for any number of shows including historic motorsport – whatever appeals.
‘We marshal about 95 per cent of all motor sport events in the UK, but there are other routes to marshalling, too – you can go to directly to the clubs which organise the meetings.’ goodwoodmarshalsclub.org.uk marshals.co.uk
Historic motorsport has seen a strong influx of volunteer marshals in 2018.