Scottish Motorsport Marshals Club is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation and a Charity registered in Scotland SC050322.
Our registered office is 29 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3HP
SMMC is managed by a Board of Trustees, who are legally responsible for the management of the Club and ensuring it carries out its activities properly.
The Trustees and Co-ordinators meet on a regular basis, and there is an Annual General Meeting every year, usually in September. Notice of the AGM is sent in advance to all members.
The Trustees are very active on behalf of the membership - attending meetings, consultation events, promoting the work of SMMC, supporting members... and much more.
- Motorsport UK Radio Co-ordinator for Scotland
My first exposure to rallying was as a teenager in 1977 when the Scottish Rally had a service halt on Edzell Muir. A quick bit of autograph hunting and then dad was persuaded to take us to Dunkeld to see the cars through Craigvinean. I was hooked. A club competitor on Road Rallies, Autotests and Production Car Trials, attention turned to marshalling when family came along and I joined SMMC in 1989. I soon got involved with the Motorsport Radio Group and became a licensed Controller, taking over the co-ordination of the MRG in 2004. I was particularly pleased to be part of the team that organised Rally of Scotland from 2009-11.
In addition to being a Licensed Radio Controller, I am the Motorsport UK Radio Co-ordinator for Scotland, Trainer and Interclub Rally Clerk of the Course. I am also on Motorsport UK's Marshal's Advisory Group.
- Marshalling Co-ordinator
I have been involved in Motorsport Marshalling since 1970 when I became a flag marshal at Ingliston Circuit and then also carried out the same role in the 1980's at Knockhill. I still proudly hold that grade within Motorsport UK and these days mostly Race Marshal now in the North of England and Ireland and Kart Marshal in Scotland.
I joined the SMMC during the 1970's and in the early 1990's I became a Motor Sport UK National Race Clerk of the Course. Again I still hold this licence and was lucky enough when I became an International Race Clerk to officiate at the British Grand Prix and also within the BTCC and the British GT + F3 Championships. I have since also become a National Kart Clerk of the Course and an Inter Club Speed Clerk of the Course.
I joined the SMMC Committee in 2014 and served as Club Chairman from 2018 - 2020.
- Rescue Unit Co-ordinator
I enjoyed motorsport from a very young age watching Stockcars and Hillclimbing at a variety of locations in Scotland but only started marshalling when I could transport myself to events at the age of about 18.
My marshalling started at Doune but I quickly became involved at Knockhill too and from there found the rallying world.
During a visit to the British F1 Grand Prix in 1991, while talking to some friendly faces on the SMMC Rescue Unit, I was asked if I would be interested in joining their team. I managed to gain my full rescue license in 1992 and have had the privilege of attending many events with the units ever since.
I joined the SMMC committee in 2008 with the remit to assist in managing the activities of the rescue units. Since then I have also gained my Instructor license, attending the weekend long course and assessment necessary to achieve that.
I continue to manage the Rescue Unit activities coordinating the bookings and managing the necessary licenses for them to operate and support motorsport throughout the UK. I also maintain my connection to Doune Hillclimb as Chief Marshal, a role I have been carrying out since 2008.
- Membership Secretary
I started marshalling in the early 1980’s when I accompanied my then boyfriend to the Hackle and Scottish rallies that ran stages in Craigvinean. Motorsport took a back seat when family came along but as soon as they could look after themselves, I returned to help as a Radio Marshal supplemented by the odd trip to the Tour of Mull and to Yorkshire for the Trackrod. Away from the radio, I have assisted in organising events and being a member of the results team.
In 2011 I took on the role of Membership Secretary for the Club and was appointed to the Board in October 2018.
I blame Ingliston. My early introduction was at a summer Edinburgh Student Charities race meeting, possibly 1970, when I was rattling a collecting bucket on the safe side of the Armco and at the same time, wondering why those special people on the action side of the barrier had the luck to be there and how I could join them. It was not long before I turned up all shiny faced and apprehensive at an Ingliston meeting and signed on. Flag Marshal was my destiny and I enjoyed many a meeting at the post in front of the main grandstand. The fledgling Knockhill circuit then followed.
A little while later I had the good sense to accept an invitation to join SMMC and haven’t looked back. Race marshal, rally marshal, speed marshal all followed and were enjoyed and then, having caught the most intense form of the motor sport virus, I ended up running numerous gravel rallies as Stage Commander. Suggestions to join SMMC Rescue and an invitation to join the Club Committee built my abilities and reduced my free time simultaneously. I held the position of Chairman for 11 years until stepping back at the 2018 AGM, figuring that I had never intended it to be a job for life and that succession planning was vital to take the Club forward. I was asked to remain on the Board and now I have the role of Company Secretary.
I have enjoyed motorsports of all forms for years as a spectator, starting with Formula 1 at Brands Hatch and Silverstone. It was on a visit to Brands Hatch to see my first Rally Cross that I got the bug for this discipline and then subsequently rallying and there has been no turning back. I was given a Rally day experience at Silverstone, but when the instructor at the end said I had the control of a raging bull elephant decided that I wasn’t going to be the next Rally champion, so decided if I wanted to be involved I would help as a marshal and attended a number of events such as Wydean, Sunseeker and what was at the time the Lombard RAC. I took a break whilst my children were growing up, but got back into marshalling a few years ago and now go to as many rallies as I can up and down the country, either on radio or timing. More recently, I have also marshalled at Knockhill at the various SMRC race and SLS meetings and looking to gain experience as a track marshal. I started my involvement with the SMMC committee early 2019 as Treasurer and now Trustee.
My first active interest in motorsport was in the early 1970’s, spectating at Ingliston with a couple of school friends. The noise of the (unsilenced) cars, so close you could almost touch them, had me hooked. I found out how to become a marshal at Ingliston which led to marshalling at Doune, where in 1973, the fledgling SMMC was announcing its formation and was looking for new members.
After several years of marshalling at all sorts of events (including the infamous marshal’s training day at Croft on 6 April 1974 and the quagmire of a rallycross that was Knockhill’s first event on 5 January 1975), I was asked in 1977, if I would be interested in joining the recently formed rescue crew. This I did, and over 900 events later, I finally hung up my overalls after the 2014 Roger Albert Clark Rally.
Although I no longer attend events, I am kept busy looking after our rescue vehicles. I arrange the servicing and MOT’s (ambulances have to be MOT’d annually from new), check all the tools and hydraulic cutting equipment are functioning and attend to all the little problems that crop up during the course of the year.
I started motorsport marshalling over 30 years ago. I have been a fully licensed rescue crew member for over 25 years, covering many events from grand prix to stock car racing.
- Training Co-ordinator
I went on my first rally at the age of 5 when my uncle was marshalling the Cropton Forest stage on the Lombard RAC Rally. This was in the days of Roger Clark and the all conquering Escorts. The sounds and smells of rally cars have never lost their appeal. As an adult, working on an ambulance crew covering Cadwell Park in the mid 90s, I frequently encountered drivers who had come to an abrupt stop somewhat sooner than they had anticipated. Fast forward to recent times and I am a licensed rescue team member and Motorsport UK Trainer. I am also on Motorsport UK's Rescue and Recovery Advisory Group.
I was elected to the Board in 2021.