Happy New Year
I hope you have all enjoyed the festivities over Christmas and New Year. If like me you’ve eaten half your own body weight in turkey, cheese, chocolates, contributed to the bottle recycling mountain and for some reason none of my clothes now fit – daren’t try on my overalls!
Any one made any resolutions? Getting fitter? Slimmer? Less drinking? Complete an upgrade? Attend a training day? Maybe some or all of the above?
One of mine is to travel around and visit some areas of the country I haven’t yet managed to make an appearance at. I hope to get to a couple of training days and am planning my volunteering dates for the coming season but where else should I go?
I can’t guarantee I will accommodate every suggestion but where would you like me to visit? And which event / time of year would be most interesting? Entertaining?
Please email me your thoughts and I will see what I can achieve.
The first event of 2018 for me will be the Autosport Show at the NEC in Birmingham. We will have two stands this year so do pop by to say hello. BRMC – Stand 7166 / BMMC – Stand 8232. I will also attend the Watkins lecture – this years speaker is David Richards CBE, newly appointed Chairman of MSA. He has already made some interesting comments since his appointment so this will be fascinating to hear his thoughts on the future of UK motorsport.
Which reminds me of another David! Don’t forget to renew your membership to be in with a chance of winning a drive at Bedford Autodrome courtesy of Jonathan Palmer and MSV. Remember the easiest way to renew is online or why not set up a direct debit for next year? Please note we will not be able to accept cash or renewal forms at Autosport so please send to Dave Reed, National Membership Secretary.
My other resolution is to continue to serve your club as your Chairman and ensure that marshals are at the forefront of clubs, events and organisers responsibilities. I am again Chairman of the MSA Marshals Working Group – our first meeting is on 8 March. This group reports to Volunteer Officials Committee (NOTE: was Volunteer Officials Advisory Panel) – meetings on 22 March and 18 October. As Chair of BMMC I also hold a position on Race Committee – meetings on 11 April / 25 July / 31 October. If you have any queries or concerns please raise with your regional committee in the first instance and they will pass on to me if it requires raising at a higher level.
We are hoping to have the volunteering system up and working fully including a few enhancements very shortly. Dates are normally finalised at or just after Autosport and will be added by the regional coordinators shortly afterwards. So watch this space for forthcoming news.
Keep an eye out for updates to the website too – monthly prize winners will continue so don’t forget to check if it’s you.
I hope you are all signed up for training days – don’t forget your PRC card! Just need to sort my kit out – new stopwatch for Christmas and may invest in a new kit box on wheels.
Wishing you all a safe and motorsport filled 2018.