YEAR CLUB ESTABLISHED
REGIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
Association of Central Southern Motor Clubs.Association of Eastern Motor Clubs.Association of North East & Cumbria Car Clubs.Association of North Western Car Clubs.The Welsh Association of Motor Clubs.
WHY JOIN THE BRITISH MOTORSPORT MARSHALS' CLUB?
With the recent increase in membership dues - the first for nine years - some members want to know what they get for their modest £20 annual subscription.
Historically, you become a member of probably the only independent motorsport club in the World that exists solely for marshals. It was formed in 1957 by a group of enthusiasts from the Midlands, who saw the need for marshals to be better organised, better trained and better represented "at Court", i.e. with the governing body, the MSA. In these tasks it has largely succeeded and has remained apolitical throughout this time. In the years since 1957, marshals - still volunteers - are much better organised and much more numerous, thanks mainly to the recruiting activities of the BMMC, the Marshals' Club.
The Marshals' Club initiated and perfected the Training and Grading Scheme for marshals in the early 1970's, which not only proved to be a magnet for marshals who wanted to be properly trained, it was quickly replicated in different countries around the World, in sixteen different languages at one count. The scheme was transferred to the MSA in the early 1990's but it is still developed mainly by BMMC trainers and now available to all marshals from all motorsport clubs in the UK.
BMMC members sit on all the important committees at the MSA - Race Committee, ABMRC, Clerks' and Stewards' training, Safety panels, etc, etc. Our Club Chairman also chairs the Marshals' Working Group and sits on the Volunteer Officials Advisory Panel.
We offer nationwide volunteering, in every form of motorsport activity with every major organising club in the UK - and some overseas. You can keep up to date via regional newsletters and our recently revamped web site. One lucky member each year wins a super Star Prize at renewal time.
More recently, the Club launched probably the most effective ever recruitment campaign, when marshalling numbers were in serious decline. With support from the BTCC organisers, the circuit owners and assisted with finance from the Doghouse Ladies and then the MSA, the decline has been reversed. Our own membership numbers are up by almost one third and we know other clubs with marshalling registers have benefited similarly from the list of 5,000+ names we sent them. Our Taster Day programme has greatly enhanced the retention rate of new marshals.
The Marshals' Club pioneered on track personal accident insurance. Our insurance, like Heineken, still covers areas other insurance policies do not! For instance, it covers non-MSA approved events, overseas events (inc direct travel to and from the event) and a wide list of other activities such as attendance at exhibitions, committee meetings and the like. Unlike other Personal Accident policies, where loss of earnings has to be proven, our policy is not means tested on weekly benefit, a great help to those not in gainful employment (stay-at-home Mums, retired people, etc).
We offer similarly extended Public Liability cover (£5M) for marshals who partake in motorsport activities outside the immediate remit of MSA-approved events.
The Club meets regularly with the MSA to keep their Officials' Insurance reasonably current and the Club separately negotiated vastly improved benefits when the Brokers changed some years ago.
The Club offers deep discounts on overalls and other essential protective wear, thanks to specially arranged sponsorship arrangements with our many friends in motorsport.
Best of all, you belong to THE Club that any marshal serious about marshalling should belong to. Still independent, still apolitical, still the only club that exists solely to look after the interests of marshals and provides probably the best camaraderie of any club in the sport! If you want to know more about the club and its history, go to the Club's web site (www.marshals.co.uk) and buy a copy of 50 Years of Motorsport Marshalling. It is available at £20 to members, with all profits going to Club funds.
National Secretary 2016
Formally known as the British Motor Racing Marshals Club (BMRMC), the name was changed in 2012 to British Motorsports Marshals Club (BMMC) to reflect our members' involvement in a wide range of motor sport activities. Founded in 1957, the Club was established to provide a body of trained and qualified people that organising clubs could reliably call upon to marshal at their motor sport events. The Club introduced guidance on safe marshalling, training notes and procedures and a grading scheme so that organisers could trust that the volunteer marshals had the relevant skills. Over the years those guides and training notes have been translated into numerous languages and distributed throughout the world. They now form the basis of the Motorsport Safety Fund guides and Club members continue to contribute to revisions and updates. The Club’s Grading Scheme was adopted by the Motor Sport Association (MSA) and now forms the National Grading Scheme. If you wish to learn more about the history of the Club you can read about it in “50 Years of Motorsport Marshalling” (http://www.marshals.co.uk/national/bulletin/National+Treasurer/17.htm ).
Today the Club continues to provide a body of qualified marshals organising clubs can invite to volunteer for their race meetings. Current membership is just over 2,500. A significant number of MSA registered Training Officers are members of the Club and we continue to organise training days throughout the UK for all marshals. In the face of dwindling marshals’ numbers the Club instigated research into alternative ways of marshalling and presented proposals to the Association of British Motor Racing Clubs (ABMRC) and the MSA. Not content with that, some of the Club’s North East region members (Team Wilson) put together the single most effective recruiting campaign ever, which saw 5,000+ new names to marshalling over a four year period. This initiative gained immediate support from BTCC organisers and the circuits, was initially self-funded (with valuable help from the Doghouse Ladies) but later gained some financial support from the MSA, as part of the MSA’s other initiatives to attract new people to all sectors of motor sport.
The BMMC continues to represent marshals’ interests at the highest level . We are proud of our reputation as the best in the world and we endeavour to develop ways of maintaining that position. The BMMC is THE marshals Club, owned and run by marshals for marshals.
The British Rally Marshals Club (BMRC) is a special interest subsidiary providing the same services to rallying that the BMMC provides in all other areas of motorsport. (see: http://www.brmc.org.uk )