The international reputation of the Monaco circuit is founded on its unique characteristics: a street circuit, flanked with obstacles (guard rails, fences, buildings, kerbs, etc), while other circuits are located outside built-up areas, often in the countryside, and dedicated solely to motor racing. Monaco embraces this difference, which contributes to its fame and makes it a unique venue on the Formula 1 grand prix calendar.
Since the very first Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco on April 14, 1929, marshals have been working around the circuit to ensure the race runs smoothly. Recruited as volunteers among the membership of the Automobile Club de Monaco, they can be identified by the leather armband they sport on their left sleeve.
In 1972, Maître Michel Boeri assumed the presidency of the Automobile Club de Monaco. Having served as a marshal and witnessed the Lorenzo Bandini accident in 1967, he expressed the wish to create a highly structured marshalling body.
To do so, he called on experienced people and created the “Marshals Committee”, headed by a President, Eugène Gastaud, supported by six other members. Until 1974, the marshals fulfilled their roles in plain clothes, and were identified by their orange tabards.
From 1975, all marshals were supplied with orange overalls. There was no safety car and so, during major incidents, the marshals had to intervene while the cars were still racing.
During winter, the ACM marshals put away their orange overalls, which were made famous by the televised broadcasts of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, to don their jumpers and red jackets on the road stages of the Rallye Monte-Carlo, the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique and the new comer e-Rallye Monte-Carlo.
The ACM marshals continue to serve with the same passion and dedication, volunteering a commitment to professionally execute their duties, which now demand detailed technical knowledge (computers, GPS, etc.) and extensive knowledge of the regulations. Plus good physical fitness and strong team and club spirit.
The people who work at the track and on the rally stages are almost always the same. They are still trained and organised by the “Marshals Committee”, which was renamed several years ago as the “Executive of the Corps of Marshals”.
They remain true to their motto: “Dare and Serve”.