What about grassroots motorsport?

Mark has written to ask:

Very insightful on how things were not that long ago and now today. I race at club level in UK Motorsport. What’s your view on the level of medical given at the bottom of the Motorsport ladder?

If we’re talking about the UK, you can sleep easy – one of the strong points of “lower level” racing over in your neck of the woods is the quality of circuit coverage. There are a lot of reasons for this.

Obviously the most important is how much you guys love your racing. Circuits everywhere, constant track days – people love racing a lot, and that means that there are people who love helping make racing happen. It takes a small army of people to set up and run even the smallest race weekend, and by and large, they all do it because they love it.

That love for the sport isn’t enough though. Nope, on top of that you need to be committed to excellence. And that’s what makes you guys so strong . . . even at the grassroots level. The standards, guidelines, training and certification of almost everyone with “critical” roles to play is typically British. And leads to typically British excellence.

Go ahead and ask trackside personnel the same question you asked me. You’ll be surprised to hear them tell you how bad things are. And you know what? That’s a GOOD sign. Because objectively you guys do a fantastic job at the grassroots. There’s no money, no glory, and it sure ain’t sexy. But still, EVERYBODY wants to do it better. No one is complacent.

The UK’s love of motorsport and organisational qualities made your rescue services great. That constant desire to do it better is what KEEPS them great.

6 thoughts on “What about grassroots motorsport?

  1. There is an interesting anecdote I read that I hope I recall correctly as it may relate to this subject.
    In the book on the History of Castle Combe Motor Racing Circuit in England, it suggested when the volunteer doctors & paramedics deployed to incidents on track they got there so quickly they saw ways the body reacted to serious impacts they had never seen or learnt about before as away from the circuit there can be a significant delay between an incident and the time the doctor/paramedic sees the patient.

  2. Not sure where to write this so here goes….Michael Schumacher is now home.
    What can we take from this news? Is this as good as it gets for him? I’m sure he will receive round the clock care and therapy.
    In my opinion, they are hiding him. It seems strange that not ONE picture of him has leaked. This tight security surrounding a celebrity is almost unheard of.

  3. If it wasn’t for that effort, love for things, and dreams etc, life would only exist between 20 and 40, the next 50 years a bloody boring waste of time.

  4. I am on both sides of the fence at club and State level motorsport in Australia. As a competitor I am grateful that we have people standing corners for what is not always exciting or glamorous competition, but without our marshals and safety guys we wouldn’t be able to have our fun. And it was this gratitude that saw me jump the fence to give back to the sport I love whenever I could.

    We are family.

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