Angus Forsyth (left) presents the Hagerty Achievement Award to BRSCC Chairman, Bernard Cottrell. Photo:

BRSCC Chairman, Bernard Cottrell, has been appointed by the MSA as Chairman of the Volunteer Officials Advisory Panel, with effect from 2013. The panel is predominantly concerned with representing marshals` interests as well as those of other volunteers and officials. The Chairman of the Panel also takes a mandatory seat on the Motor Sports Council to speak on behalf of volunteer officials.

Having started out as marshal at Brands Hatch back in the 70’s, Bernard has always been a staunch supporter of the men and woman who give up their time to marshal at motorsport events across the country.

Commenting on his appointment Bernard said, “I am honoured that the MSA has asked me to chair the Panel. Although I am now fortunate enough to be a Senior Official, I will always be a marshal at heart so I am delighted that I can represent their interests at the highest level. The fact that the BRSCC now has a presence on the Council means that the Club will have a stronger voice where decisions affecting the future of our sport are made.”

Last weekend Bernard was the Clerk of the Course at the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and was delighted to accept, on behalf of all the marshals and volunteers who have supported the annual event, the Hagerty Achievement Award. Classic car & bike specialists, Hagerty International are the sponsors of what is the world’s longest running motoring event and their Managing Director, Angus Forsyth, made the presentation to recognise the dedication, enthusiasm and selfless commitment from the Marshals and all other volunteers, that make the Veteran Car Run such a success.

“I am greatly honoured to receive this Award on behalf of all the Marshals”, said Bernard when presented with the silver trophy. “We all love the Veteran Car Run and it forms the cornerstone to our motoring heritage and this Award is a lovely way to be recognised.”


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