Motor Sports Association

Mark Benstock

 

 

Mark Benstock

 

What’s your day job?

I’m a retired insurance investigator, now undertaking ad hoc vehicle collection and delivery.

 

Which motor club do you belong to?

Bristol Motor Club and EMCOS.

 

Which role(s) do you volunteer in?

I’ll try anything once! I’m a Bristol Motor Club committee member, Quartermaster and club steward. I also act as Minutes Secretary for the Cotswold Motor Sport Group and Safety Officer for the EMCOS Rally.

 

How long have you been volunteering for? 

Around 25 years undertaking many non-licensed roles.

 

What or who inspired you to get into motor sport?

I got involved when my son Jeff learned to drive, we attended a Castle Combe Racing School day, then competed against each other in sprints and rallies. Buying a house from a motor club member helped too and introduced us to sprints at Castle Combe and Colerne.

 

What’s the best thing about being a motorsport volunteer?

Being close to the action and meeting so many great people. I’m proud to be part of Bristol MC, the club is over 100 years old and I’m keen we respect that legacy while planning for the future.

 

What piece of advice would you give to a new volunteer?

Try different roles and types of motorsport to see what you enjoy best, ideally including competing in a grassroots discipline. Mix with other people and clubs to work together and
exchange ideas. Attend the MSA Seminars to give a fresh view and don’t be afraid to use your newness to ask the ‘obvious’ questions where others may be too
shy.

 

Brief volunteering history to present.

Being involved in set-up days at Colerne, a temporary venue, helped the club. I started rally marshalling after failing scrutineering at an event but still wanted to be involved.
I also drive in AutoSOLO events and find that being a competitor helps develop a common understanding with people when volunteering too. Driving and encouraging passenger participation at passenger AutoSOLO events has helped to get new people, especially youngsters, actively involved in the sport.