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Guest blog: Rally’s unsung heroes – the volunteer marshals

Bec Hinton, 29, is the marketing and sales manager for the Deli Farm Charcuterie at Delabole, north Cornwall. She has been marshalling for 15 years and involved in rallying since she was 18 months old.

Bec volunteering at the Wales Rally GB in 2009

This weekend she will again battles the wind and rain at this year’s Wales Rally GB as a volunteer marshal. Bec writes about her past experiences of watching rally and why she volunteers. 

By Bec Hinton

I have been involved in motorsport since I was 18 months old.

My father took me to a rally in the Sweet Lamb complex, close to Aberystwyth, and when it was time to leave I screamed the forest down.

Needless to say, Dad has never been able to go rallying without me ever since!

My father had an Opel Manta rally car and competed in numerous events which I attended – I was the chief tea and bacon sandwich maker.

When I was a little older he then purchased an Escort Cosworth and competed in the 2000 Network Q Rally of Great Britain – he was the last car on the road and last ever privateer to take part on the event.

My partner Matt Cotton has always been involved in rallying too; as a marshal, organiser, scrutineer and competitor.

He last took part in Wales Rally GB in his Citroen C2 in 2009. I look forward to seeing him back out in competition next year in his Fiesta ST.

I have been a member of Cannock and District Car Club since the age of 12 and served on the committee since I was 15.

I have attended many events, marshalled all over the UK, assisted in running events – Chief Marshal for Rally of the Midlands and Bulldog International Rally of North Wales; currently Membership and Entries Secretary of the Roger Albert Clark Rally – therefore rallying is in my blood!

But Wales Rally GB has always been close to my heart – at this time of year I might possibly be more excited than I am at Christmas.

Watching the greatest rally drivers in the world compete in the UK is the most thrilling thing for me.

It doesn’t matter where the rally is, what time of day or night – I will always be there.

This year, I will be manning Hafren’s Arrival Control on Saturday and look forward to seeing some action over Eypnt on Sunday.

I have some fantastic memories thanks to Lombard RAC Rally, Network Q Rally of Great Britain and Wales Rally GB.

  • For 2011, the rally is travelling from Conwy in the north of the country to Cardiff in the south, via stages in the forests and valleys of Wales.
  • The event, which is the 13th and final round of the FIA World Rally Championship, will see Citroen’s Sébastien Loeb go head to head with Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen for the title of World Rally Champion 2011.
  • For more information about this year’s competition visit www.walesrallygb.com 
  • Follow @WalesRallyGB on twitter for live updates
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