Marshals and Volunteers
Marshalling can be one of the most rewarding ways to get involved with motor sport up close, and at the VSCC we rely on a huge number of volunteer marshals to help us make our events happen.
If you do not have an eligible car of your own to compete with then marshalling is the next best way to be closely involved in the Club’s activities. The VSCC is proud to boast a dedicated core of marshals, many of whom volunteer for duties at several events each year, making it one of the most social aspects within the Club.
Duties vary from event to event and with a wide variety of jobs there is something for most ages and abilities.
As with all motor sport, the extensive VSCC calendar of events could not happen without the hard work and dedication of its volunteer marshals. They are not paid, although each marshal who “signs on” does receive a sum to cover lunch expenses at our Race and Speed events while Marshals’ Draws take place at all Speed, Trials and Driving Tests, the winner receiving a bottle of champagne.
The highlight of the Marshals’ year with the VSCC is undoubtedly the annual Marshals’ Dinner where those volunteers who have attended the most events are invited for a three course meal by way of thanks for their efforts over the year – this is also where the Marshals Awards are given.
How do I volunteer to Marshal?There are a number of ways to volunteer to marshal at VSCC events: -Club Members can complete and return the Marshals’ Volunteering Form which is sent out each year with the January or February Newsletter. -Volunteer for individual events Online, ensuring to select your preferred duty.
-Downloading the volunteering form and sending it into the VSCC office at Chipping Norton.
-Contact the Competition Department with details of the event and your preferred duty.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01608 644777 ext(4).
Marshals’ Allocations for some events are done by the local organising teams, in which case you will need to contact them directly. Details of who to contact is highlighted for each event both in the Forthcoming Events section of the monthly Newsletter and online.
You will be contacted with Marshals’ Instructions, including your allocated duty and all time and location information approximately 10 days before the event; this will be by email if you have previously provided us with an address or by post for those without or for events where printed tickets are required. If you have not heard from the Club by the Monday before an event, please contact the Competition Department; we never turn away any volunteers!
If you find you can no longer attend an event you have volunteered for, please inform the Competition Department as early as possible so we can ensure we have enough people to cover all duties.
Please download the Motorsport UK Marshal Registration Form.
We always try to give as much information as possible to our volunteer marshals.
To see all the documents to help both experienced and new marshals.(Click Here)
For all other enquiries about Marshalling with the VSCC, please contact us.
What duties could I undertake?Rallies Marshals are required at the start and finish and at each manned control throughout the route, mainly to monitor competitor arrival times to the nearest minute as well as direction of approach etc. This can be extremely pleasant on a hot summer’s day but on a winter’s night…….competitors will be so pleased to see you that you’ll get a warm glow. You nearly always get to meet all of the competitors and see all of the cars entered. Rallies cannot run without marshals at controls. Often marshalling teams man a control in each ‘half’ of the event. Marshals for rallies are normally organised by the local area organisers but if you volunteer to the Club office we will forward your name.
Driving Tests At each test it is necessary to monitor the performance of every competitor that attempts it. You must observe for correct route through the test, whether bollards or markers have been hit, stopping across the line etc and somebody needs to do some timing to the nearest second. You remain very close to the action and must also ensure spectator safety. Marshals for driving tests are normally organised by the local area organisers but if you volunteer to the Club office we will forward your name.
Trials The trials season is usually wet and muddy and you will need to spend all day in a remote location waiting for competitors to attempt sections. Observation of route and achievement are the essential elements but also the safe extraction of cars from sections and spectator safety figure high on your duties. Trials are always great fun and marshals always seem to enjoy themselves. Marshals for trials are normally organised by the local area organisers but if you volunteer to the Club office we will forward your name.
What duties could I undertake?
What duties could I undertake?Start-line
marshals are responsible for ensuring that all competitors are correctly positioned on the grid once released from the assembly area. Start-line marshals usually enjoy a later start than other marshals at VSCC race meetings (but not at sprints and hill climbs where practice runs require a full start-line team). Orange overalls preferred.
These are the Flag/Incident marshals, who operate at designated track-side posts to give flag signals to competitors during a race or to deal with incidents that occur on that section of the track. A certain amount of training is required, as is a good deal of attention during practice and racing. You will be exposed to the elements and should wear full weather protective clothing, including protective gloves. You will be very close to the action but closely focussed on what’s happening on the track. Sometimes you will act on your own initiative as a result of what happens on the track and sometimes on instructions from sector marshals. Flag marshals can also be observers. Orange (VSCC) overalls preferred.
What duties could I undertake?
Pit Lane/Spectator Control The Pit Lane at any race meeting is a restricted area and Pit Lane marshals are responsible for ensuring that only authorised personnel are present. This is particularly important at VSCC meetings where the deliberately relaxed access to the paddock areas can lead to spectators wandering beyond safe limits. At all types of meeting an element of spectator control may be necessary. Such marshals need to be tactful but firm with errant spectators. Orange (VSCC) overalls preferred.