During this unprecedented period of uncertainty in the UK and beyond, the Castle Combe Circuit team is livening things up for motorsport fans with ‘Combe TV’ – a Facebook Live show that airs every Wednesday and Sunday at 7pm.
Hosted by Sales and Marketing Director, Tom Davis, and the circuit’s leading commentator, Chris Dawes, Combe TV invites special guests along as the hosts discuss all things Castle Combe and motorsport.
We’re pleased to announce that the circuit’s Marshal Secretary, Richard Beard, will be on the show set to air on Sunday, 3 May!
ABOUT RICHARD BEARD
Richard is a very familiar face for many within Castle Combe’s racing community, in charge of the dedicated ‘Orange Army’ team that keeps riders and racers safe whenever there’s any on-track action at the Wiltshire venue.
A lifelong motorsports fan and electrical designer by trade, he’s been designing car parking machines since 1985, for Britain’s only pay-on-foot manufacturer.
Richard built a Westfield 1800 Speedsport from a kit, completing it in 1999 and experiencing the odd Combe Action Day with some track time. He still has the next project part-built in the garage!
He was taken to a marshal training day at Castle Combe in 1999, and hasn’t missed one since. He’s acted as Training Day Coordinator for the circuit’s well-regarded CCRC Training Days since 2011.
Marshalling on the bank initially at Combe, Beard then started travelling the country to any events that took his fancy, including a trip to Pembrey to see truck racing, only to find out when he got there it was pickup truck racing!
Working his way through the race marshal grading scheme, this allowed Richard to attend the British Grand Prix numerous times, the Goodwood Revival and also the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009.
He hasn’t missed a Combe race day since 1999, apart from one indiscretion to attend the British Grand Prix (the calendar can be cruel). Even then, Richard’s wife Jacky, as well as daughters, Charlotte and Lucy, looked after Combe for him.
In 2014, he was nominated to become a Probationary Clerk of the Course – Race. He gained experience with both CCRC and also 750 Motor Club, to gain exposure to different circuits and ways of operating. That year also saw him take up the role of Marshal Secretary with Castle Combe’s Racing Club.
In 2016, Richard successfully gained his Clerk of the Course Nat B licence, continuing his clerking with the CCRC and 750MC, but now also CSCC (Classic Sports Car Club).
Most race days at Combe, Richard hosts Marshal Taster Days for those considering joining our sport, aiming to motivate the next generation.
HOW TO WATCH
To watch the chat with Richard live, head over to Castle Combe Circuit’s Facebook page at 7pm on Sunday, 3 May (you don't need a Facebook account to view).
You can also use the above link to watch-back all previous episodes of Combe TV.
- To learn more about commentator Chris Dawes, head over to www.chrisdawescomms.co.uk
- Castle Combe Circuit’s Facebook page can be viewed at www.facebook.com/castlecombecircuit