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Introducing the NEW Motorsport UK Learning Hub

Motorsport UK is delighted to introduce The Learning Hub – the new, online learning platform for Motorsport UK members. Whether you are an Official, Competitor, Marshal or Event Organiser, The Learning Hub aims to provide an easy to use and time-efficient online learning experience which will help you enhance your skills and prepare you for the role you have chosen to undertake.

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Coronavirus in Scotland - Volunteer appeal begins

The Scottish Government is launching a national campaign in a bid to recruit an army of volunteers to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers could be asked to support the NHS, other public services and established charities, and will be matched to the needs of their local community.

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Rally & Cross Country Marshals Training - Saturday 4th April

In conjunction with the Scottish Association of Motor Sports Clubs, we were due to be running Marshals’ training in Duns next weekend but as with all other events meeting face to face isn’t possible. But that doesn’t mean that we can't run the training... So, in a first for Scotland we are going to be running a shortened version of the training by Webinar.

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Virtual Coffee Shop - Monday

Following the success of our two meet-ups last week, we're meeting again on Monday 30th March at 11am for half an hour. Pop in and have a chat if you want to and stay as long as you want. There's no agenda - it's just a chance to have a blether and set the world to rights, etc.

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Competition - Bring this EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC to life!

Here's a competition to keep you busy over the next few days! M-Sport want you to get creative and bring this image of their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC to life!

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Virtual Coffee Shop

We're meeting in a virtual coffee shop on Monday 23rd March at 11am for half an hour. Pop in and have a chat if you want to. No agenda - just a chance to have a blether and set the world to rights, etc. Bring your own coffee... and toilet roll ☕️😀

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Motorsport UK suspends all permits and Certificates of Exemption until at least 30th April

You will be aware that lots of motorsport events were cancelled or postponed yesterday and today - and with Motorsport UK finally announcing today that it’s suspending all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption until at least 30th April 2020, it’s clear that the motorsport calendar for 2020 is going to be bleak.

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Cancellations and postponements of various motorsport events across Scotland

To slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) people are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary social contact. As a consequence, a number of motorsport events across Scotland have today either been cancelled or postponed.

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Request for radio crews for the Speyside Stages Rally on 18 April

Radio crews are required for the McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages Rally, one of the North East of Scotland's premier motorsport events covering 45 miles in some of Speyside's finest forests. Please take a moment to respond even if you can’t attend as it really help us with planning.

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Request for Marshals - Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally

After the successful running of the Jim Clark Rally in November last year, the event returns to its traditional slot in the calendar for 2020, with a new sponsor in the form of Beatson’s Building Supplies. The dates for your diary are Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May with a competitor’s shakedown on Friday 29 May. As usual, a large number of Marshals of all disciplines is required.

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Motorsport UK statement regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

You will have seen from the latest news that the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) remains both fluid and serious. The World Health Organisation and the UK Department for Health have been issuing frequent updates and the advice remains that the situation is a public health emergency of international concern. Motorsport UK is following the advice from the government and taking a proportionate response.

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Request for radio crews for the DCC Stages on 28th/29th March 2020

Dunfermline Car Club is organising two events at the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, over the weekend of 28th/29th March 2020 and is looking for nine radio marshals for Saturday, and eight for Sunday.

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Marshals Training 2020

The Scottish Association of Motor Sports Clubs has a training programme for marshals and officials of all levels of experience, from complete novice to guru level, and the courses are all free, and run by qualified instructors licensed by the Motorsport UK.

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Formula One champion secures 5-Star status

The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns, Scottish Borders, is hosting a new exhibition, Clark on Canvas. This evocative exhibition of artworks depicts 1960s motor racing, when Jim Clark was the dominant driver. Visitors will be able to purchase paintings from the exhibition, which runs to 30 November 2020.

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Supporting Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

We were very pleased to support Stewart Paton present a cheque to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance from the proceeds of a raffle at the Marshals Social Night in February.

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Request for radio crews for the Annabelle Tennant Memorial Stages Rally on 4 April

The Milltown Stages are back in 2020! They will now be known as The Annabelle Tennant Memorial Stages in memory of Annabelle who was an integral member of the previous organising team. A minimum of eight radio crews are required. Please take a moment to respond even if you can’t attend as it really help us with planning.

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Knockhill wants your help in 2020!

The Knockhill Motor Sports Club organised events are going through their biggest changes for the 2020 season with more racing content than ever before and the KMSC need your help as a marshal. All levels of experience welcome.

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Andrew Cowan: a celebration

Several members of Scottish Motorsport Marshals Club attended the memorial service for Club President Andrew Cowan on Saturday 1st February. The Club was represented by Directors Rod Howat, Garry Headridge and Mike Gascoigne along with a number of members. Andrew was President of SMMC from its beginning in 1973, and will be sorely missed.

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Request for marshals - Greenpower Challenge

Help to marshal at various events around Scotland where teams of students aged 9 to 25 design and build an electric car to race at Greenpower events.

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MARSHALS POST: over 40 years of news, developments, events, and banter

We have recently managed to scan in all of the previous issues of MARSHALS POST and we now have an archive of searchable PDFs containing over 40 years of news, developments, events, and banter. It's a fascinating look back through time to see just how pioneering SMMC was nearly 50 years ago, and what a huge impact the Club has had on motorsport in and beyond Scotland.

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Concussion in motorsport

Concussion is an important health issue in sport and this is also true for motorsport. SMMC are pleased to be supporting the RESCUE-RACER study, the long-term results of which will be used to create guidelines for return to race decisions.

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The Snowman Rally needs you

The first round of the SRC kicks off in Inverness on 7th March 2020 with The Snowman Rally. We need marshals, lots of marshals, of all disciplines for the event to run and run safely.


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Appointment of Club President

I'm delighted to announce that Mike Gascoigne has agreed to become our new Club President. Mike is one of the three founder members of SMMC in 1973 alongside David Swinton and Peter Francis.

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Appointment of SMMC Medical Adviser

I am delighted to announce that the SMMC Directors have appointed Dr John Harrington as the Club’s Medical Adviser. He will work with the Directors on the clinical governance of the Rescue Team and the first aid training for Club members.

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Marshals' Training Day and Social Shindig

SAMSC are organising the 2020 Marshals' Social on Saturday 8th February at The Adamson Hotel, Crossford, Dunfermline - which this year is expanding to include a training day as well.

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Save the date! 8th February 2020

There is going to be a Training Day on Saturday 8th February 2020 in Crossford, Dunfermline. We'll have more details very soon!

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SMMC recognised by Motorsport UK within their Club of the Year competition

I am pleased to advise that we been recognised by Motorsport UK within their Club of the Year competition. Although we are obviously disappointed not to win, we send our congratulations to friends and colleagues at Clitheroe & District Motor Club for their success this year.

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Appointments to Motorsport UK's Specialist Committees and Advisory Groups

We are proud that SMMC members are able to play a part assisting the Motor Sports Council and the Motorsport UK Board with strategic planning of the development and future of motorsport.

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Drew Anderson - Tartan 52

It is with great sadness that we advise that long standing Club Member, Scrutineer and Radio Operator, Drew Anderson passed away yesterday afternoon.

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Good wishes for the festive period!

Festive greetings from SMMC Chair Nick Clarke.

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Memorial Service for Andrew Cowan

A Memorial Service for the late Andrew Cowan will be held in Duns Parish Church on Saturday 1st February 2020, commencing at 1pm.

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Marshals and Radio Operators are required for the MSN Circuit Rally Championship Knockhill Stages on Sunday 8 December 2019

35 miles of action over 8 off-road and on-circuit stages! Marshals of all disciplines are required and DCC will even feed you nice hot food, with as much coffee or tea as you can drink.

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Help still required for the Roger Albert Clark Rally, 21-25 November 2019

Now that the Jim Clark is over, the Roger Albert Clark is rapidly approaching. 300 Stage Miles over 32 Stages, with lots of proper rally cars. Here are details of stages that we know of, where help is still required.

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Katie's enjoying life in the fast lane!

SMMC's youngest member, 11 year old cadet marshal Katie, was helping to provide essential safety services at the Jim Clark Rally this weekend. This is her story, in her own words...

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MSN Circuit Rally Challenge, Knockhill Stages - Sunday 8 December 2019

Dunfermline Car Club is looking for radio marshals for the Knockhill Stages of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship.

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Marshals required for the Craik stages of the Roger Albert Clark Rally

Marshals and radio marshals are required for the Craik stages of the Roger Albert Clark Rally on Sunday 24th November 2019.

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Obituary: Andrew Cowan, Club President

Our Club President, Andrew Cowan, passed away earlier this week. I'm sure all Club Members will join me in remembering this fine man.

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Marshals required: Rallycross, Knockhill, 20th October

Marshals are required for the final round of the 2019 Autosport International BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship at Knockhill on Sunday 20th October.

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Marshals required: Jim Clark Rally – 8/9 November 2019

It is now less than seven weeks until the roads of Berwickshire will once again echo to the sound of rally cars at speed.

To make the event happen we need your help.

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Marshals required: Kingdom Stages, ‪2 November‬

Glenrothes Motor Sport Club are looking for marshals for the Kingdom Stages at Crail Airfield ‪on Saturday 2nd November.‬ The final round of the Cobble Shop Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship, this is always an exciting, if sometimes cold, venue.

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Marshals Development Officer Job Advert

Motorsport UK are recruiting for a new member of the Education & Training Team, with the role being solely responsible for Marshals.

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Electrified vehicles - The challenges and opportunities of the supply chain

This free lecture will address the various challenges in meeting the demand for electrified vehicles and explain the opportunities which lie ahead in the supply chain.

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Classic car owners in Northern Scotland... read on!

MotorTrend.com are producing a show filming in Scotland over the next two months, and they're looking for interesting people that drive classic or exotic cars. The route covers over 300 miles from the Applecross Peninsula to the centre of Inverness.

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How many metres do you travel per second when driving at 60mph?

Over 40 marshals gave up their free time on Saturday for a days training focused on closed road rallies.

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Scottish Forest Rally Championship Survey

Please take a moment to complete this brief survey relating to the Scottish Forest Rally Championship. A wide range of views is sought including marshals and event officials.

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Scottish Tarmac Rally Championship Survey

Following on from the online discussion around the future of stage rallying in Scotland and the recent meeting held in Stirling, the organisers of the STRC have set up a brief survey to gather a range of views specific to that championship.

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Notice of SMMC AGM

Notice is hereby given that the Fortieth Annual General Meeting of Scottish Motorsport Marshals Club Limited will be held on Wednesday 25 September 2019 in the Fowler Room, DoubleTree by Hilton, Queensferry Crossing at 19.00 hours.

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Bo’ness Revival – request for marshals

Hill climbing returns to Bo’ness this weekend for the 12th year under the organisation of the Bo'ness Hill Climb Revival Club. Marshals are still required for both days with Sunday being particularly short at present.

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Request for Marshals – Doune Motocross this weekend

Round 4 of ScotMX All Comers will be held at Doune Motocross Track, Argaty, FK16 6EN, this Saturday 31 August and they are looking for marshals.

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Marshal requests - North of England and Scottish Borders

It’s typical rally weather here on my hilltop this morning! (Drizzling and misty!) There are a few requests for help for events that are coming up in the next couple of months. If you are able to help it would be good to hear from you.

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Rally Marshals training with a focus on Closed Road events - 7 September

The last quarter of 2019 sees rallying in Scotland take a major step forward with the reintroduction of closed roads rallying – the Beatson's Building Supplies Mull Rally (11-13 October) and the Jim Clark Rally (8-9 November).

The training day on Saturday 7th September has been added to the calendar to provide rally marshals with more of the knowledge required for this unique type of event.


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Marshals required for Doune: 14th and 15th September

Marshals of all levels of experience are required for the Doune Hillclimb on the 14th and 15th of September. Don't worry if you are new to motorsport, we'll make sure you are buddied up with someone who has been to the Hill before.

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SMRC Track Night, 14 August

Scottish Motor Racing Club are excited to announce that they will be running their first track night, on Wednesday 14 August at Knockhill. The evening will also act as an open evening for those looking to start racing, with opportunities to receive coaching, get a passenger lap and pick up an information pack.

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Future of Scottish Rallying – Open Meeting: 18 August, Stirling

An open meeting for everyone with an interest to give their input to help shape what our sport will look like. There is one agenda item: How can we ensure our sport survives and thrives going forward?

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Super Lap Scotland rounds 5 and 6, with the MG Trophy, BMWs and Scottish Legends - Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August 2019

This coming weekend sees rounds 5 and 6 of Super Lap Scotland, the Rockstar Chase Series and the Scottish BMW Compact Cup kick up a gear as the season really heats up at Knockhill. For marshals, it also counts as attendance signatures to put towards qualification for the 2020 British Grand Prix.

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SMMC at the cutting edge in Albania

Last year, SMMC donated a full set of specialist extrication equipment to the International Fire and Rescue Association (IFRA) which they have taken to Albania, along with vehicles and other equipment.

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Diana Baines receives Jim Clark Marshalling Award

Diana Baines is the 2019 recipient of SMMC’s prestigious Jim Clark Marshalling Award, recognising a significant or meritorious contribution to motor sport marshalling in Scotland.

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Anniversary of Jim Clark’s historic Indy 500 win marked with announcement on opening of new museum

The new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns will open to the public on Thursday 11 July, with a modern and vibrant celebration of Jim Clark’s incredible career and impact on motorsport around the world.

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Make a difference: race around Knockhill for charity

Let’s raise £1,000 to make a difference with men’s mental health and promote suicide awareness.

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Calling all marshals! Jim Clark Memorial Rally 2019

Registration for Marshals of all disciplines is now open and you are invited to Berwickshire over the weekend of 8th & 9th November 2019 to be part of the team working together to deliver a fantastic Jim Clark Memorial Rally in 2019.

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Urgent request - marshals still required for this weekend

Whether you are interested in a hill climb, tarmac rally or off-road action, events still require your assistance as a marshal this weekend.

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Kames Classic Car Show

We'll have "Rescue 14" on display at the Kames Classic Car Show on Sunday. Little kids, big kids, and adults who still wish they were kids can see inside one of our specialist vehicles and we'll also be demonstrating the medical and extrication equipment.

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Not interested in Tarmac events on 15/16 June?
Another event looking for marshals on the weekend of 15 / 16 June.  And this time, no tarmac in sight..... 
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Other marshaling opportunities in June

You will have seen the notification on Wednesday of the Super Lap Scotland event at Knockhill on 15 / 16 June.  Two other events that weekend are also looking for marshals:

  • Doune Hill Climb; including rounds of the British Championship; and
  • The UK Rally Scene Summer Stages Rally at Crail.

A great variety of events all looking for your support.

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Motorsport marshals in Pole Position

David Halley talks to RockSport Radio about the huge contribution that marshals make to motorsport and the wide range of things that we get involved in.

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Super Lap Scotland Rounds 3 and 4: June 15/16th, Knockhill

KMSC (Knockhill Motor Sports Club) are looking for marshals at theSuper Lap Scotland Rounds 3 and 4 taking place over the weekend of 15th and 16th June at Knockhill Racing Circuit.

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Marshals required – RSAC Scottish Rally, Saturday 18 May

The 2019 RSAC Scottish Rally, which is running on Saturday 18 May, still needs a substantial number of marshals of all disciplines, as well as six radio crews to enable the event to run safely.

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The Jim Clark Memorial Rally - 8/9 November 2019

The annual Jim Clark Memorial Rally is back under Starter's Orders. Following the final completion of new legislation by the Scottish Government this week, the way is now open to bring the rally back to Berwickshire.

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Closed road motor sport legislation covering Scotland becomes law today

The Scottish Government has today passed legislation that permits motorsports events, such as stage rallies, hill climbs and trials of speed, on closed public roads in Scotland.

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Granite Stages at Leuchars - Saturday 4th May

Marshals of all disciplines are needed to assist in this latest round of the Cobble Shop Scottish Tarmack Championship, AS Performance North of England Tarmac Championship, and the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge 2019.

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Speyside Stages - Saturday 20th April

There’s still time to volunteer for the McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages, the next round of the Motorsport UK KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship.

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Radio Operators required – Pirelli International Rally, Saturday 27 April

Radio Operators are still required for this round of the British Rally Championship

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SMS 2020-2024 Strategy Planning Consultation - Have your Say!

SMS are now moving into the planning stage of the creation of the 2020-2024 Motorsports Strategy for Sportscotland. In order to be able to help generate a strategic direction that best supports the needs of our sport, EVERYONE with an interest in motorsports in Scotland is invited to contribute and have their say.

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Request for Marshals - Memorial Garden Stages Rally

The Memorial Garden Stages Rally takes place at the Royal Marines Condor Base near Arbroath on Saturday 13th April and needs your help.

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Promoting motorsport to local communities

This year, we're attending a few events to promote SMMC and interest in motorsport in general. Please come and say hi if you’re coming to any of these events, and please encourage friends, family and colleagues to visit too.

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Request for Marshals - Doune Hill Climb

Marshals, irrelevant of your level of experience, are required for the first Hill Climb of the year at Doune.  

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Obituary: Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson was a valued, respected and loved member of the Scottish Motorsport Marshals Club.

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March Marshalling Opportunities

Three events during March that are looking for marshals.

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SMRC Race Marshals' Training Day, Sunday 3rd March 2019

SMRC are running their annual training day for race marshals on Sunday 3rd March 2019 at Knockhill Circuit.

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Motorsport on Closed Public Roads - Transport Scotland publishes analysis of responses

An overwhelming majority of respondents support the introduction of a two stage application process with the appropriate Motorsports Governing Bodies and Local Road Authorities at the heart of that process.

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Urgent Request for Marshals - Grant Construction Stages, Sunday 24 February

Marshals are still required for the Grant Construction Stages at Knockhill this coming Sunday.

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Banjul or Bust: challenge4000.co.uk

SMMC members Vicky Lang and Charlie Denny are among ten intrepid explorers who are leaving their comfort zones and undertaking a 4000-mile journey to deliver rescue vehicles, mobile clinics and patient transport vehicles to Banjul in the Gambia.

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Urgent Message from the Organisers of the 2019 Snowman Rally

Further to an extensive review of the stages all week and today, the decision has been made to CANCEL the Coogie Urquhart Snowman Rally on Saturday 9th February.

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Request for marshals - Greenpower Events

Help to marshal at various events around Scotland where teams of students aged nine to 25 design and build an electric car to race at Greenpower events.

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Update to SMMC Privacy Policy

We have updated our Privacy Policy to include three new sections about Member Benefits, Photographs and Cookies.

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Reminder: respond now to closed roads consultation

If you haven't already done so, we would urge Club members to respond to the Transport Scotland consultation on proposals to enable closed-road motorsport. The deadline for responses is midnight on Monday.

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Urgent request for marshals - The Coogie Urquhart Snowman Rally

In just two weeks time (9 February) the first round of the KNC Groundworks 2019 Scottish Rally Championship will take place in the forests surrounding Inverness. Marshals of all disciplines are urgently required to help run the event.

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Welcome to our new website

We have launched a new website! It's available on your computer, tablet or mobile device at the same web address: www.smmc.org.uk. Our new website has been a long time coming. We think it's been worth the wait. We hope you do too.

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Good wishes for the festive period!

SMMC Chair Nick Clarke thanks members for their efforts this year.

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Motorsport UK Radio Training, 13 January 2019

This training is open to all marshals and officials who make use of, or are interested in the use of, radios for safety communications on events.

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Motorsport on Closed Public Roads - Transport Scotland launches public consultation

The SMMC welcomes the news that Transport Scotland has launched a public consultation on proposals to enable motorsport on closed public roads.

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MSN Circuit Rally Challenge, Knockhill Stages - Sunday 9 December 2018

Dunfermline Car Club are looking for 14 radio marshals.

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Motorsport UK Operational Guide for Radios, and Radio Marshals Handbook

Motorsport UK has updated the Operational Guide for Radios and the Radio Marshals Handbook has also been revised.

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