The Important Volunteer

Marshals and Timekeepers

As with every event, Abingdon Motorsport CAR-nival is reliant on an huge army of unsung heroes, the club marshal…


The Sprint event is relatively simple by comparison whereby we need around 40 marshals to keep it all safe and to act as first responders to any incidents.

Everything kicks off on Saturday at 9am with the Sprint Convoy Run

Yes, sprints and well behaved driver can lack excitement but with cars hitting in excess of 130mph down the back straights marshals are one of the most important ingredients  of the CAR-nival  Sprint.

We run a unique 2-course format with 8 runs overall to keep everyone busy and entertained.

At the end of the day, one of the nice things about the sprint is you can ‘stand down’ almost immediately the last car finishes with no clear up to worry about.


Experienced Marshals are always needed for this,  one of the largest single venue in the UK with 100 cars covering up to 60 stage miles of super smooth tarmac.

There’s normally 30+ junctions to cover over the 7 stages and Abingdon always has its stories. High-powered WRC cars mix it with classic Escorts and Peugeots as well as a current crop of R5’s.

Experience is not essential as you need to start somewhere so we will ‘buddy’ you with more accomplished marshals to help give you a taste of what it’s all about.

Radio Operators

CAR-nival requires a small army of volunteers and one of the most important groups are our worthy band of MS-UK licenced radio operators.

Our Communications Officer (Sue Fielding) is always on the lookout for volunteers and would love to hear from anyone volunteering for Saturday (we use experienced 81 frequency radio operators on the Sprint) and of course on the Rally on Sunday – or even both!

Helpers and Officials

Although CAR-nival runs under the banner of 3 main motor clubs, it is essentially a group of organisers and friends that all joining together to make it happen. Officials and volunteers travel from as far afield as Cornwall and Carlisle so you don’t have to be a local or even a member of any particular club.

Safety Briefing

Safety is absolutely paramount at Abingdon Motorsport CAR-nival and no more so than for our officials and volunteers. A full briefing will be given alongside written instructions but ahead of the event we ask you to watch the safety presentation on rally marshalling

We are always on the look out for ‘new blood’ and would love to hear from anybody who wants to join the team.

Contact if you want to find out more.