Motorsport doesn’t have to cost the earth. At club level there are loads of ways to get involved and have fun – you don’t have to have a car or even know how to drive!
What do I need?
A road going car can be used for events such as Autotest, slaloms trials etc. Anything will do, but in truth something more agile can be more fun. So a family sized hatchback is as good a car as any. It needs to be reasonably sound (up to MOT standard). You will also need a membership of a carclub such as BDCC, a Motorsport UK Clubman licence and most importantly, enthusiasm.
How much does it cost?
Entry fees are usually around £20-£30 for a day depending on the venue and then there will extra cost for travel to and from events including food & drink, but this can be kept to a minimum Mechanical wear on the vehicle should be negligible, but on some events you may see increased tyre wear. It is common for two drivers to share a car at an event and this reduces some of the costs
Do I need a special licence?
For club events you will need a club card along with a Motosport UK Clubman licence (as a minimum from 01/01/2020) but for bigger events you will need to progress to a competition licence.
2020 RS Clubman Licence
All competitors (and some passengers) need to hold a new RS Clubman licence as a minimum from 2020, in order to compete in a Motorsport UK permitted event. This licence is free of charge, entitles you to Motorsport UK’s comprehensive member benefits package, and will allow you to compete in following events run on a Motorsport UK Clubman Permit:
- Autocross/Clubcross (inc. Minicross)
- Cross Country
- Road & Navigational Rallying (inc. 12 Car & Scatter)
In order to apply online, you need to satisfy the below criteria:
- You are minimum 18 years of age
- You are medically fit to compete in motorsport
- You are a British citizen
If you don’t meet the above criteria – fear not, we will only need a few additional pieces of information. For those under 18 can apply offline through the application form or with the Membership Services team. For more information on what age you can compete at, please click here
RS Clubman licences are required for passengers. Applicants for RS Clubman licences who answer yes to either medical questions, they will not be allowed to drive on the day, but they will be allowed to be a passenger on the day. For applicants answering yes, when Motorsport UK receives the application form, the medical team will assess the information and decide on suitability to drive. The applicant will then be contacted by Motorsport UK.
For RS Clubman applicants seeking to drive in an event, and who are disabled or have a medical condition other than those covered in the second medical question referenced by the RS Clubman application form:
“Are you epileptic or do you suffer from any fits, fainting spells or blackouts or take any medication to control this?”….provided you have a current and valid DVLA licence for the class of vehicle in which you’ll be competing, you may compete on the day (and may answer NO to the first medical question).
Please download the RS Clubman application form and provide supporting details and send your application to Motorsport UK either via
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By Post: Motorsport UK, Motorsport UK House, Riverside Park, Colnbrook, SL3 0HG
Are there any age restrictions?
Most events accept drivers from 16 and some can accept drivers from 14. Obviously for rallies which include driving on the road you do need to have a driving licence, but the navigator can be 12!
Do I need to compete to get involved?
All events are run by a team of volunteers and they are always grateful for extra help. Many find that being an organiser or marshal is a very fulfilling way of getting involved. Others mix a bit of competing with a bit of marshaling, which is the true club spirit.
We meet every Monday evening at 9.00pm at:
The Fox & Hounds, Fox Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 2EQ