There’s no doubting CAMS’ Officials passion for motor sport – and it’s fair to say a number of these dedicated volunteers don’t just limit themselves to the one discipline.
Meet June Bunker-Marratt.
A South Australian motor sport fan who has a hand in some of the biggest circuit events around the country, as well as dedicating a large portion of her time to the Australian rally scene.
It all began in 1998 when Bunker-Marratt joined the Sporting Car Club of South Australia with her son Shane as a way to give back to the sport that had given the pair a lifetime of joy.
Ever since joining the club, she has built an incredible resume, that involves stints officiating at the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, CAMS Australian Rally Championship and the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Even more remarkable is that Bunker-Marratt has held important positions at all of these events, on top of spending lots of time volunteering at state level and her current club, the Southern Districts Car Club.
In the Australian Grand Prix, she has held roles as a form up official, pit wall Official, administration manager and support paddock grid person for numerous events.
From Albert Park to Hidden Valley in Northern Territory, to her home town in Adelaide, Bunker-Marratt works at lots of Supercars events where she plies her trade in pit lane as a well as being a pit lane post chief and form up official.
When Bunker-Marratt isn’t at the track, she is working in the South Australian forests as an assistant secretary, Competitors Relations Officer (CRO) or service park manager for esteemed events like the Adelaide Hills Rally, the Classic Adelaide or the Rally of the Heartland.
Adding to Bunker-Marratt’s diverse career in the sport are a number of CAMS Australian Targa Championships, state level hill climbs and mentorships in the Superloop Adelaide 500 making her an extremely experienced member of the 10,000 plus licenced CAMS officials.
“During my time as a CAMS Official, I believe that I have achieved a fair understanding of peoples' needs and feel that I am fulfilling a sense of satisfaction to myself and others,” Bunker-Marratt said.
“I feel that I am consistently learning new skills along the pathway of a CAMS Official.
“I respect the conditions that have been put upon me in whatever role I have been chosen to perform and try to do my upmost to satisfy my peers.”
Someone as experienced and dedicated as Bunker-Marratt could not go unnoticed for long and last year, she was named as the CAMS Rally Official of South Australia, the South Australia Rally Panel Official of the Year and Motor Sport Chaplain Above and Beyond Award.
Despite not volunteering for the silverware and accolades, Bunker-Marratt believed it was still nice to be recognised.
“I was quite humbled and honoured to have received those awards during the CAMS dinners,” Bunker-Marratt added.
“However both my son and I just enjoy the satisfaction the motor sport has given us and we like to repay the respect back to it.”
This article is part of a series celebrating motor sport officials around the country.