Saturday, 14 May 2011

What we have in store...

The Mama Motorsport blog has been an idea that has been brewing in my head even before I was married with kids of my own. I was a member of AWMN and Racer Chicks, but they were communities for women doing their own racing thing. I was at the time, so it didn't bother me too much. But I felt there was more needs out there that weren't being met. My mum didn't have anyone to turn to when she had freak-outs about me racing, or crossing the globe by myself. I also didn't know where to turn when I was faced with people telling me that I shouldn't bother working in Motorsport because I wouldn't get anywhere!

So, these needs have fuelled the upcomming posts that I will be writting or editing... mostly editing I hope! I am always looking for contributors who are more experienced than I to comment. So the list below is also open to comment and contribution by anyone who feels up to it!
  • Raising Racer Boys (Go-karts to V8 supercars and even F1!!!)
  • Raising Racer Girls (Same deal...)
  • How to deal with kids missing school and where you draw the line
  • Working in retail and services for motorsport while juggling family life
  • Budgetting for Family racing
  • Washing your racer's gear and doing it without putting their life at risk or having to buy them a new suit!
  • Sewing Pattern for Baby race suits (Just because I am also that way inclined!)
  • Guest spots by Racer's Mums detailing what it was like being their mums
  • Caring for a partner who is a racer
  • Caring for a partner who is a support person
  • How to be a Sports Psychologist 101
  • How to Juggle everything and not have a nervous breakdown, loose your house or your family
  • How to take babies to the track (Breastfeeding, solids feeding, naptime, etc)
  • How to turn your one-track mind racer man into the best birth support person
  • Fundraising and Charity
  • Administration and your approach to it
  • Rural racing
  • How to Travel with kids
  • How to stay organised at home and getting ready to go away
  • Kids of famous parents and how to grow them
  • How to relax on weekends off and encourage that!
  • How to diversify your kid's experiences and cultivate external interests
  • How to survive when you're married to the mob (ie; racing!)
  • Sponsorship 101
  • How to coach your driver 101
  • Driver training, when your racer learned on the track and tries to take that to the road
  • What women want - how the chick racers really want to be treated!
  • Juggling the wants and needs of our racers with our own desires to race
  • The greatest gift to our kids is...
  • Juggling more than 1 kid in the same sport
  • The psychology of a solo sports person
  • When things don't go to plan...
  • Supporting your children in moving internationally, with or without you
  • Life outside the spotlight, when Sunday is over for the rest of your life...
  • Managing the "retired" racer
  • How to make your child an F1 star... or is it how they make themselves one? Or how NOT to make an F1 star?
  • How life goes on even after they have put their car/motorbike/buggy upside down on their head...
  • Why Go-Karts isn't the only way to let your kids get into Motorsport
  • Dealing with disapointment, our own, our partner's and our kid's
  • Hand Eye co-ordination, the truth and the advantages
  • Depth perception, the truth and the advantages
  • CAMS and the female racer...
  • Where are they now? A look at Women in Motorsport through the ages
  • Age appropriate attitude adjustments for our racers (From the littelest midget to the biggest goof-ball!)
  • To Push or not to Push?
  • What is pushing in it's other forms?
  • On track and off Track behaviour and how to deal with them and their effect on each other
  • Does being grounded include not racing too?
And that is just to name a few!
So as you can see, there is PLEANTY of fodder for the fire! I also look forward to getting some suggestions from all of you too! :D Should make for some interesting reading!
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About Motorsport Mama

Hi there - I am Kirsty, my login may also appear as Motorsport Mama or
A_wheel_mama.
I am a mum to Ayrton (Named for some obvious reasons, some not so
obvious...) who was 17 months old yesterday!
I am wife to Spud who is a race driver and race and rally mechanic.
I myself have worked as a driver, mechanic and race engineer in
Australia and overseas.
This is us when our little guy was just 2 weeks old!
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Before I got shacked-up and knocked-up I was all about getting ahead
in motorsports and doing whatever I could to be in it (You can read about those exploits in my old blog "The Hundred Mile an hour Tape" ) . Then I met Spud and my roles shifted gears so to speak. It became less about me and
more about him and I moved more into a pure crew chief and sports
psychologist sort of job.

Now I'm working in my Baby business (www.beetlebugz.com.au) and running the household (I so don't know how people do this with full time jobs as well!!!) and negotiating our involvement in motorsport still.

I started Motorsport Mama out of an interest for raising kids in this
sort of community, raising kids who themselves are racing and
supporting partners whilst they or I was racing or working in it...
We're a bit of a unique bunch and while I looked, I never found
something exactlly like this.

As it is a reality for us that our kids are going to grow up in this
sport, I wanted to be able to learn from other mums and women. I had
eavesdropped or been a part of a few conversations around Go-karts and
stuff like that which raised questions like "How does my kid explain
to his classmates that he is away 1 Friday out of every month because
of Go-karts?" and I wanted to be able to find answers to those sort of
things! So here I am...

Welcome to anyone else who is on the same path. I look forward to
learning from you and sharing! :D

My Race Resume
Lasts and Lasts Motorsport Team Owner
-Raced in 2004, 2005 and 2006 NSW State Championship in Formula Vee

-Class Winner in 2006 Nurburgring 3.5hr endurance race on Nordeshlief

-Represented Australia in German 40th Anniversary Formula Vee race of nations



My Engineering Resume
-Manufacturing Manager and Suspension Team leader for University of Wollongong Formula SAE Team - Australasian Championship winning Team 2004

-A1GP Team Australia Junior Race Engineer 2005/6 Season from NSW Women in Motorsport scholarship

-2007-2008 Engineer at Kinetic Suspension Technologies

-2009 Go-Kart Team Race Engineer

-2011 Curtin University Formula SAE Team Lecturer



Husband: Spud - AKA: Mr Motorsport Mama

Recognise him? I wouldn't be suprised if you did! Spud has been around Motorsport since before birth (Most old racers would have known his mum Lesley too!). Through working with WA Motorsport and Dunlop Motorsport since a very very little kid, he grew up with tyre smoke in his lungs and grease under his fingernails...

After being Sprint Series State champion, he went on to Go-Karting, Motorkhana and working as a Race and Rally mechanic. He has worked in Tarmac and Gravel Rally as well as Japanese GT.

We met at Kinetic where he was working as one of their lead technicians. His job required him to test cars for a living... what a hard life, right!?

Now he is playing house with us, trying to get out and Go-kart, Crew Chief for TLM here in Perth and WA and anything else he can do... I love him! He is just plain GREAT! :D

So occasionally you'll hear from me... or him... or one of our many guest posters! :D
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