Ian Redhouse receives Marshal Award at British Grand Prix

Sunday 07 July 2024

Ian Redhouse has been awarded the 2024 Qatar Airways British Grand Prix Marshal Award at Silverstone for his dedication and service to motorsport.  

Redhouse began marshalling aged 14, before going on to marshal at the British Grand Prix in 1975 and has been a mainstay at the event – with 51 date bars attached to his RAC British Grand Prix badge.  

Beyond the Grand Prix, Redhouse has been a long-serving volunteer on the UK motorsport scene, dedicating 58 days of his time in 2023 alone.  

A self-confessed lover of motor racing and speed, Ian finds that marshalling quenches his thirst for speed. 

George Russell presented Redhouse with the award during the drivers parade on the grid in front of packed grandstands at Silverstone.  

On receiving the award, Ian commented, “I feel deeply honoured to receive this award from Motorsport UK. As a marshal we always play the supporting role to the main players and so it is terrific that we get thought of and included within the timetable of a very busy day. I recommend anyone considering marshalling to give it a go.” 

The trophy, made from used F1 racing car parts and recycled materials is designed and made by local artist Alastair Gibson. Inspired by nature and modern engineering, it weighs 3.5kg and features the names and dates of all podium winners from the past 59 British Grand Prix. 

Volunteer marshals are vital in ensuring the safe and effective running of events all over the country, whilst getting close to the action. The vibrant community dedicate hours of their time at a wide range of events from circuit racing and rally to sprints and hillclimbs.  

The role involves a wide range of essential duties to help events to run safely and effectively, from clearing debris and managing spectators to operating a start, finish line or assembly area. Being a marshal affords you one of the best seats in the house and the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at all championships and events. 

Find out more about volunteering in motorsport here – https://www.motorsportuk.org/volunteers/marshals/.