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    Default How does someone get on a crew?

    I'm interested in crewing at Reno this year. How does someone get on with a team?

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    Default Re: How does someone get on a crew?

    The only advise I can give is "careful what you wish for" Ha Ha

    Scott
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    Default Re: How does someone get on a crew?

    Well...there's this guy dressed in red with horns and a flaming pitchfork.

    He has you sign this little contract, and then you have the privilege of putting in hours and hours and hours and hours and hours of thankless, frustrating work and dealing with competing egos, only to show up at the race and spending so many more hours of thankless and frustrating work that you don't even get to SEE the races themselves. To top it off you have every swingin' Richard who has stopped by the shop/hangar once or twice over the last 12 months suddenly showing up and demanding a pit pass because they're 'part of the crew'...as you're ass-deep in fixing something that broke on the last run.

    And that's the GOOD part of the deal. :-)

    Like Scott said...be careful what you wish for, because once you're on the inside and you see what it's really like, the rose colored glasses come off in a real hurry.



    But it's still really cool!

    The way you get on is you go knock on a door, introduce yourself, offer to help, and no matter how trivial, trite, or demeaning you think the 'job' they ask you to do is, you do it with a smile on your face....because most likely if you don't do it, someone else will have to. Put in your hours, show that you're willing to go the extra mile during the off-season, and earn everyone's trust. One way or another, it's the volunteers that always enable you to go racin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailing South View Post
    The only advise I can give is "careful what you wish for" Ha Ha

    Scott
    Rare Bear Crew
    Boy, ain't that the truth! Trust me, you'll need a vacation from your "vacation".

    SA

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    [QUOTE=Big_Jim;101910]Well...there's this guy dressed in red with horns and a flaming pitchfork.

    Must be a different recruiter for the crews... I saw this awesome movie a couple years ago and the guy signing up pilots was in a red Corvette and kinda looked like Rob Lowe

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    Default Re: How does someone get on a crew?

    Quote Originally Posted by N22252 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    Well...there's this guy dressed in red with horns and a flaming pitchfork.
    Must be a different recruiter for the crews... I saw this awesome movie a couple years ago and the guy signing up pilots was in a red Corvette and kinda looked like Rob Lowe
    Red Corvettes have horns too. Hmmmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by holmes540 View Post
    I'm interested in crewing at Reno this year. How does someone get on with a team?
    Be afraid, be very afraid.

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    Red Corvettes have horns too. Hmmmm...
    Yep.
    But I've never driven mine into a ditch at 10 mph...
    Last edited by Leo; 06-05-2012 at 12:27 PM.

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    Default Re: How does someone get on a crew?

    I have to admit I have been reading the threads for a few years, but this topic I had to respond to.

    I asked that same question back in January to Thom Richard, pilot of Precious Metal. I knew I would be in for some good hard work,, but about once a month I drive about 120 miles from Tarpon Spring to Kissimmee to work on whatever needs to be done around the hangar. Work days are at least eight hours and the last one was close to 13 hours. I just don't work around Precious Metal, I also have a hand in working on a few Iskra jets. I always work with a great group of guys and the experience I gain...I just can't really measure. Not to many fans of air racing can say they have hand their hands in a Rolls Royce Griffon engine. I knew that talking to some of the crews in years past, that this would not be glory job at all. I am not in it for any glory, I am in it for the love of the sport and the great people that are in it.

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    Default Re: How does someone get on a crew?

    What in the hell do you want to do that for------- scrubbing hemorrhoids with a stainless steel toothbrush dipped in acetone can be more appealing.......

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