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.
I have been involved in Motorsport Marshalling since 1970 when I became a flag marshal at Ingliston Circuit and then also in the 1980's at Knockhill. I still proudly hold that grade within Motorsport UK and have also become a Race Buddy and an International Marshal's Trainer. I mostly Race Marshal now in the North of England and Ireland.
I joined the SMMC during the 1970's and in the early 1990's I became a 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 become a National A Kart Clerk of the Course and am now working towards obtaining a Speed Clerk's licence.
I joined the SMMC's committee in 2014 and I have served on Motorsport UK's Marshals Working Group in its various guises and the Marshal's Upgrade panel since the 1990's.
- Motorsport Radio Group Co-ordinator
- 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 2017 I was appointed Treasurer of the Club.
In addition to being a Licensed Radio Controller, I am the Motorsport UK Radio Co-ordinator for Scotland, Trainer and National B Rally Clerk of the Course. .
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, to be greeted by a serious person in a sensible tweed jacket who asked sternly “…do you have a watch…?”. Well yes, I thought as I glanced at my wrist, only to find that he was sizing me up to be a timekeeper and the watch doubtless was a stopwatch, which stupidly I must have forgotten to bring with me. So, Flag Marshal it was and I enjoyed many a meeting at the post in front of the main grandstand. Knockhill then followed.
I had the good sense a little while later 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 sit on the Club Committee built my abilities and reduced my free time simultaneously. Much later I was flattered to be elected as Chairman and held that position 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 assumed 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 also 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, bye bye F1. I was given a Rally day experience at Silvertsone, 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 about four years ago and now go to as many rallies as I can up and down the country, either on radio or timing. I started my involvement with the SMMC committee early 2019 and at the 2019 AGM was voted onto the Board and Treasurer.
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 co-opted to the Board in October 2018.
- Rescue Unit Co-ordinator
I enjoyed motorsport from a very young age watching Stockcars and Hillclimbing but only started marshalling when I could transport myself to events at the age of about 18.
My interest initially was confined to Doune Hillclimb but while there I was prompted to start marshalling at Knockhill where I could expand my knowledge of the opportunities available to develop different skills. I initially thought that rallying only existed on Mull with a Christmas Rally and the more autumnal Tour of Mull. These were regularly attended. After my introduction to SMMC I found rallies occurring all around Scotland and did my best to support as many as I could, enjoying the sight of cars hurling themselves through the countryside and woods at incredible speeds.
A visit to the British F1 Grand Prix in 1991 found me talking to some friendly faces on the SMMC Rescue Unit who asked if I would be interested in joining. Never one to miss a good opportunity I jumped at the chance and have been found supporting motorsport as Rescue crew ever since. I managed to gain my full rescue license in 1992 and have had the privilege of attending many events with the unit's 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 Instructors ticket 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 license 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 for around 10 years now.
ps. if anyone is available for a weekend in April, June and September I would be delighted to hear from you...
My first active interest in motorsport was in the early 1970’s, going to Ingliston with a couple of old school friends to spectate. The noise of the (unsilenced) Formula Fords, 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 marshals 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 some 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 maintaining the members’ event attendance records and looking after our three rescue units. I arrange the servicing and MOT’s (ambulances have to be MOT’d annually from new), ensure all the medical equipment carried is in date and replace items which are about to expire, 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.