His­toric mar­shalling ‘stronger than ever’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

‘ 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.

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