What’s your day job?
My first job was as an Articled Clerk, the idea being that I was going to be a Chartered Accountant. I quickly decided that this wasn’t for me! I took a temporary job as a Works Clerk in 1974 in a Quarry with Tarmac Roadstone. I loved everything about it and became Quarry Manager in 1978. I stayed in the Quarrying industry up until 2005.
Which clubs do you belong to?
My main club is Clitheroe & District Motor Club although I am a member of Kirkby Lonsdale MC and 16 other clubs.
How long have you been volunteering for?
Over 50 years now. Half a century!
What or who inspired you to get involved?
In my youth, I used to go to Oulton Park and watch racing. In 1968 a friend asked me to navigate for him on a 12-car rally. We finished second overall and I was hooked. I built my first rally car in 1969 (a Wolsley Hornet) and was going to drive with the wife navigating. On a trial run she was sick and also got us lost so I reverted to the silly seat and she became the driver!
Brief volunteering history to present?
I joined Spring Hill Car Club in 1969 and it was expected that as a committee member you had to help run their events. I’ve been Chief Marshal, Entries Secretary, Competition Secretary, Chief Timekeeper, Clerk of Course on Road Rallies, Stage Rallies and Autotests, ANCC Rallies Committee member, SD34MSG Secretary & Championship compiler. Plus I act as ANWCC Press & PR Officer. When I’m not competing I’m out almost every weekend marshalling on either Road Rallies, Stage Rallies, Targa Rallies or Production Car Autotests.
What’s the best thing about being a motor sport volunteer?
The more I put into motorsport the more I get out of it. As a marshal you see how top crews perform at controls and learn from their expertise when competing yourself. There is always something new to learn. I have had a terrific time competing, marshalling and organising. I love every minute!
What piece of advice would you give to a new volunteer?
Join a club and get involved, a new volunteer will always be welcomed. Although competing is fun it’s not for everyone. Without marshals there is no motorsport. If competing is the way you want to go you will be a better competitor if you know more and marshalling is an ideal education.