Do you want to move forward your interest in motor
either as a competitor, marshal or official?
Well if the answer to the
question above is yes, this page is for you. In each of the categories below I
will outline the basics of what is involved and the likely costs of events to
help you take forward your interest in motor sport. Should you want to know
more than either contact a club official or contact the club
Marshals & Officials
Full details of the role of marshals at events is given on the marshalls page, and the Woolbridge lead is Worth Birkill (Woolbridge Marshal Coordinator) who can be contacted via
Tel: 07823 554246
email firstname.lastname@example.org . Costs are fuel to get to events, most of which are within 20 miles of Dorchester, and decent
weatherproof clothing. Larger events may be up to 40 miles away, you may need a
set of the orange overalls that you see TV motorsport events, but you might
get a free lunch voucher.
spell marshalling, you may wish to move forward as a club official at events, such
as an entries secretary or assistant clerk of the course. Please contact a club official at an event
to see what is involved. .
events canít happen without marshals; marshalling is a good way to see things
at close quarters, and perhaps find out what events you might like to compete in,
and which cars are best suited for those events.
wishing to compete, the basics, before entering any type of event
The Federation International de L'Automobile (FIA) is the governing body of
motor sport worldwide and the affiliated UK governing body is the Motor Sports
Association (MSA), which defines all regulations for running and administering
events within the UK. The Woolbridge Motor Club is an affiliated club of the
able to complete in a Woolbridge event you have to be a paid up member of the
Woolbridge Motor Club, or a member of a club invited by Woolbridge to that
specific event. The Woolbridge annual membership fee is £15. A monthly club
magazine is posted to you (except that in Dec/Jan there is a combined
edition). Additional family memberships cost £2.50, which enables entry to
events without the extra magazine.
area I have not covered in this page is the type and model of car to use,
except to say that for most motor sport disciplines you can use (and many
people do) a standard road going car. The choice is yours to fit your budget.
What I would suggest is that you attend events and chat to drivers and officials
before purchasing your car.
Events - Autotests (grass & tarmac), Car Trials, 4x4 Trials, Classic Trials,
and 12 car navigational rallies
So you have joined the club and that will entitle you to enter the above event
are either run by the Woolbridge Motor Club, or
other clubs where the Woolbridge Motor club is an invited club.
cost of entering a Woolbridge event is defined below (please note these may
vary at times due to specific venue costs), and other clubs may have different
to enter the event you will need a car, and on all events (Autotests (grass
& tarmac), Car Trials and 4x4 Trials) which are at a single venue and do
not use the public highway, the car does not need to have current road
fund licence, insurance or MOT. In addition for these events the same car
can be driven by up to two different drivers during the event, but both will need
to enter the event. This shares the cost of running the car. For Classic trials
and 12 car navigational rallies where the event uses the public highway, all
cars must be fully compliant with the road traffic acts e.g. taxed, MOT (if applicable)
and insured. There is an insurance scheme available for these events because
most normal polices excluded competition use (* this is included in the above
entry fees). Cars in these events need a crew of two, driver and navigator.
also be 'fit for purpose' and are checked before the event starts against the
regulations for the event, which includes checking if applicable tax, MOT and
insurance. Entries are grouped into classes based on a variety of parameters,
which in the main comes down to engine capacity and for two wheel drive cars,
into front or rear wheel drive.
you then wish to move on to other regional or national type events then you
will need to have an MSA licence of the appropriate type in addition to Woolbridge
Speed Events Ė Hillclimbs & Sprints
For these events you will additionally need an
MSA Non Race National 'B' licence as a minimum, cost £35. This will also allow
you to enter Woolbridge Motor Club events and other speed events where the Woolbridge Motor Club is an invited
club. Entry fees start from about £75 depending on the event and venue.
With Speed Events the range of cars greatly increases from classes for
road going cars (which must have current road fund licence, insurance and MOT
(if applicable), through to modified cars, formula cars and single seat
racing cars etc.
The same car can be driven by up to two different drivers during the
event, but both will need to enter the event.
Cars must also be 'fit for purpose' and are checked before the event
starts against the regulations for the event, with entries being grouped into
classes based on a wide variety of parameters and additionally for speed
events, the driver will need a helmet and overalls to the approved MSA
specification. It is suggested that when you go to buy your helmet and overalls
that you take the current MSA year book with you (a copy of the MSA year book
will be supplied with your MSA licence) and check the helmet and overall specification is in the current year
Should you then wish to move onto other regional or national type eventsthen you will need to upgrade your MSA licence as appropriate.
the Woolbridge, there is a specific class set up for new starters in speed events using
cars which comply with the road traffic act (street legal). The link above
gives full details.
I hope this short introduction helps you in taking
forward your interest in motor sport, and if you have any further questions or
want to know more, please ask.