The British Rally Marshals Club was formed in 1980 by a group of people within the British Motorsport Marshals Club who all had a common interest in rally marshalling. Back in 1980 the "mission" of the BRMC was to promote Safer Motor Sport and that remains the club's primary objective to this day.
The club is organised into seven regions, each covering a defined area of the country. It offers members the opportunity to marshal at virtually any event they wish, coordinating volunteering and liaising with the organising clubs. The club has its own insurance scheme to provide members with extra cover whilst they are marshalling at or travelling to a recognised event.
Marshalling and Officials
The strength of the BRMC is in assisting the conventional motor clubs with running their rally events. This can be through the provision of marshals, radio crews, stage commanders, timekeepers etc.
Increasingly BRMC members are to be found getting involved in the organising teams and as Senior Event Officials on some of the larger and more prestigious National and International events that run all over the UK.
Safer Motor Sport and the Marshal
We need to make clear at the outset that the BRMC is NOT a "trade union" for marshals. What we are is a club which specialises solely in aspects of motor sport that are:
- related to either marshals and officials
- directly related to safety
It would not be true to categorize the BRMC as a pressure group but by maintaining its independence from other concerns it is able to concentrate on what is best for the marshal. Also because we are able to stand back from what is happening sometimes we are in the best place to see the obvious and those things that affect the safety of our sport.
Training and Grading
BRMC has its own training and grading scheme (which in the future may be linked to any MSA National or Regional Register that may evolve).
The Training Programme is aimed to provide all our members with the skills that they may require whilst involved with marshalling at Stage and Road Rallies. The training programme is fully integrated with the syllabus proposed for any MSA sponsored schemes and is recognised within those schemes. The programme aims to ensure members receive the training for officials duties within the sport. Included in this are
- Personal safety, duties and equipment
- First aid, incident handling, first aid and fire fighting
- Timekeeping and controls
- Stage Setup
- Spectator control
- Senior stage or event roles
The Grading Scheme is one of the club's most cherished assets. It aims to provide every member with the recognition of the skills that they have attained and the experience that they have in the many and varied fields of marshalling.
Although to an outsider the scheme may seem complex, in operation it is quite simple. A newcomer would start as a trainee and then after gaining knowledge of the basic marshalling skills and attending a few events the club will recognise the fact that he or she knows what they are doing. Essentially each step upwards is similar, only the exact training required and roles that the candidate has to experience change. A member can stop at any point where they feel happy or progress on upwards.
Uniquely the top grades are reserved not for members who are involved as organisers of top flight events but for those experienced members who are prepared to actively supervise and train those coming up through the ranks. This is a sign that the BRMC remains genuinely interested in the marshalling members and not just in status.
Competition and Social Activities
Unlike many motor clubs the BRMC does not exist primarily for competition members or for it's social life. That is not to say that we do not run competitive events or are we all boring antisocial xenophobes. In previous years the BRMC has run Single Venue rallies (Multi Use rallies in modern MSA speak), the BMMC normally runs at least one race meeting per year. The regions that make up the club organise varied social events throughout the year. These range from formal dinners through clay pigeon shooting and kart racing evenings to pub quiz nights