Members of the MG Car Club of WA, directly and through the Club’s association with other car clubs in WA, are involved in a number of competition events throughout the year. These include
Regularity Trials, Sprints, Hill Climbs, Motorkhanas, Driver Training, Tuning Days and Historic Race meetings.
Members wishing to participate in Club competition events for the first time are encouraged to speak with the Club’s Competition Secretary so that you are well prepared for your first event. This particularly includes the vehicle and driver protection requirements for a specific type of event, as these will vary considerably. The Competition Secretary can advise on these requirements so that you are prepared for Scrutineering for the event.
A CAMS Level 2S (Non-Speed) Competition Licence allows you to participate in Speed Events, Hill Climbs, Sprints, Motorkhanas and Regularity Trials. It does NOT allow you to race. If you don’t have a CAMS Level 2S licence, please speak to the Competition Secretary for advice and assistance in obtaining this licence.
Motokhanas, also known as Autokhanas and Superkhanas, are short driving courses generally marked out by traffic cones or other objects. The aim of a motorkhana is to complete the course in the fastest time without hitting any of the cones.
The Club holds motorkhanas at the Midvale Speed Dome and at the Kwinana Motorplex facility, and Club members also participate in motorkhana events organised by other Clubs including the Triumph Sports Owners Association and the Mini Car Club (which convenes the CAMS State Motorkhana Series).
Motorkhanas are great for developing and demonstrating driving skills in a relatively low speed and safe environment.
A number of clubs hold Hillclimbs and they are held at Northam (Mt Ommaney), Albany (Mt Clarence and the Wind Farm), Collie Motorplex (Phil’s Hill) and Barbagallo Raceway (Jack’s Hill). Hillclimbs have a long history throughout the world, particularly in Britain where the sport was initiated early in the life of automobiles and remains very popular today.
As the name suggests, Hillclimbs are timed runs up a hill from a standing start.
The 2015 Australian Hillclimb Championship will be held at Barbagallo Raceway (Jack’s Hill).
The major sprint series in WA is the CAMS State Speed Event Series held at various venues including Barbagallo Raceway and Collie Motorplex. This series is very popular and is attracting a large number of entrants. Events include both circuit sprints and hillclimbs.
The Vintage Sports Car Club of WA also holds the Targa West City Sprints on Perth Esplanade in conjunction with the Targa West tarmac rally event.
Regularity Events organised by the Vintage Sports Car Club of WA are held at Northam (Flying 50), Albany (Albany Classic), Collie (Coalfields 500) and Barbagallo Raceway (Vintage Stampede). The Northam and Albany events commemorate the historic ‘round the houses’ racing of past decades and are the only events of their kind remaining in Australia.
Regularity Events are a variation of the rules for Historic competition to allow those, who are unwilling to race, to run their cars for their own enjoyment and that of the spectators. It is a competition in the form of a trial of regularity.
The continuing existence of regularity trials relies upon the exercise of common sense, and more particularly good judgement on the part of the organisers and competitors.
At a time set by the organisers, prior to the event, each competitor will (after practice) nominate a lap time for the event. Organisers have the right to refuse to accept a nominated time, if it is deemed to be unreasonable.
For each lap on which the competitor records a lap time less than the nominated time, a penalty of two points per second shall apply. For each lap greater than the nominated lap time, a penalty of one point per second shall apply.
The winner is the competitor who has completed the required number of laps and has accrued the least penalty points.
In understanding what is involved in these and other events we are competing in please speak to the competition secretary and he can give you a more detailed insight as to what is involved.
If driving your car in competition events is not for you but you still would like to be involved in motorsport, you can participate in Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) training programmes and courses to become a CAMS official. This includes vehicle scrutineering, flag and grid marshalling, Club Chief, Steward and Clerk of Course qualifications.
No CAMS competition event can take place unless enough accredited officials are at the venue to ensure the event is run according to the CAMS rules. These positions provide an opportunity to be involved up close to the action. CAMS accreditation is recognised worldwide.