What’s your day job?
Primary school teacher.
Which motor club do you belong to?
Chelmsford Motor Club/Anglia Motor Sport Club.
What role(s) do you volunteer in?
When not competing, and family permitting, I try to help in any event the club or other local clubs organise. I’ve marshalled in 12 cars, Targas, Autosolos, Stage Rallies, Historic… For the last two years I’ve been Chief Marshal in the 2 major events CMC organise (i.e. The Preston and the Brands Hatch Stages).
How long have you been volunteering for?
I first marshalled in 2010, I had recently joined the club and I volunteered to marshal on a Gymkhana. I got hooked…
What or who inspired you to get into motor sport?
I grew up in Asturias (Northern Spain) where closed road rallying was, and still is, a big thing. Since I was very little I remember going with my dad and older brother to spectate on stages and hillclimbs. I was a teenager during the golden era of WRC and, of course, Carlos Sainz was the hero back in Spain.
Brief volunteering history to present?
I had a classic Mini and I was a member of the local Mini club. I soon grew bored of the static car shows and decided to get in touch via the internet with my most local motor club. I felt very welcome and was invited to marshal on a club gymkhana at Woodbridge. I really enjoyed that and I started volunteering in other club events, a lot of events since CMC is a very active club, including Endurance, Targas, Historic and Stage Rallies as well as autosolos by other clubs in East Anglia. Someone in the club spotted my passion and commitment and invited me to join organising teams. 2014 was the first time I was Chief Marshal on a Targa and since then I’ve been CM in two stage
rallies at Brands Hatch and The Preston Navigational rally.
What’s the best thing about being a motor sport volunteer?
It’s about putting something back into the sport that I love. Even the smallest club level event requires a great commitment and time effort by the organising team. Seeing competitors smiling at the end of an event after having had a good day/night out is what’s all about.
What piece of advice would you give to a new volunteer?
Get involved and don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you think it may be a silly question… we all started somewhere. In this era of the Internet, you can ask these questions from home but make an effort to attend your local club meets. Usually held at a pub, it’s a great place to meet likeminded people, share experiences, get advice and, of course, great banter and support. Competitors are very appreciative and without new blood in volunteering the sport cannot survive