Starting Out 

If you are reading this then most likely have more than a passing interest in motorsport and may be thinking about taking the next step and competing yourself. Your initial step into racing is relatively affordable. This page is here to provide an insight into the process of donning a helmet for the first time. Alternatively you might wish to become involved as a motorsport official. Without officials there is no motorsport. Its a no cost way to get into the sport and up close to the action. This guide will concentrate on CAMS sanctioned hillclimbs, as that is the type of event that we organise at Wollongong Sporting Car Club, but the information applies to all CAMS speed events.

competing

There are 3 steps on the way to beginning your racing career.

documentation

To be eligible to compete in any motorsport you need to be a member of a CAMS affiliated car club. Membership of Wollongong Sporting Car Club is available to anyone interested in motorsport. Membership is $40 ($20 for juniors and females) at time of writing and is valid for a calendar year. Memberships paid from October will be valid for the following year.

You will also need a CAMS level 2 speed licence, commonly known as an L2S. There are no driving tests or medical examinations required for an L2S. You need to download the form from the CAMS website. Fill out the form with your personal details and medical declaration, then send off to CAMS along with a passport style photo and the appropriate fee. The fees for 2015 is $25 for juniors aged 14-17 and $119 for adults. The L2S is not an indication of a persons ability to drive at speed, it is more a personal accident insurance policy. You should apply for your CAMS licence at least 4 weeks prior to your first event.

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apparel

The following is the MINIMUM requirements on driver apparel as stated in our events standard supplementary regulations. It is recommended that you buy the highest quality race clothing and helmet that you can afford to enhance your safety when competing in motorsport.

  1. a helmet that complies with AS1698 or better (as per the current CAMS Manual of Motorsport) and carries marking to that effect, or is otherwise specifically approved by CAMS.
  2. non-flammable clothing, including cover from throat to wrists to ankles (apparel of nylon or similar material is forbidden). Flame retardant overalls, or better, are highly recommended
  3. suitable flame retardant footwear (thongs, open sandals, high-heeled shoes and nylon joggers are forbidden), and
  4.  in open cars, goggles or a visor with a lens material other than glass (to AS1609) are mandatory as are leather or Nomex gloves which entirely cover the hands.
  5. all driver helmets and apparel must comply with Schedule D of the CAMS Manual
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vehicle preparation

All vehicles are catered for in our hillclimbs. There are separate classes for vehicles based on their level of modification (classes exist for unmodified vehicles) from lightly modified street cars, highly modified sports sedans, and purpose built open wheel race cars. Full details of vehicle categories as used by WSCC are available at categories.pdf The following is minimum standard for road registered vehicles.

If your car is safe for road use then there shouldnt be any problem with preparing it for club level motorsport. There are again a few minimum requirements. You need to fit a 900g fire extinguisher (Note: For Electric Vehicles the CAMS requirement is a 2kg extinguisher. When you buy it pay attention to the mounting bracket. The CAMS regulations state that the bracket must withstand a 25G impact. If the bracket doesnt look like it could hold 25kg, you should choose another. You dont want to get hit with with a kilo of steel in an accident. There are CAMS approved ones out there that you can find through a search engine.

You need to mark your battery location with a blue triangle. Using blue electrical tape is acceptable for this. Numbers need to be put on both sides of the car. You can make numbers with tape, print numbers and tape them on the inside of windows, or paint it on with white boot polish.

Note that at Huntley Hillclimb we also have a non standard rule that open cars eg clubmans and soft top convertibles must have a minimum of a braced rollover hoop whether the vehicle is road registered or not.

As with driver apparel, it is recomended that you go beyond the minimum standards. enhance your safety in any way possible. Rollcages, race harnesses and window nets are significant safety improvements.

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where to now?

Wollongong Sporting Car Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the German Club at approx 7:30pm. A few of us get there a bit earlier and have dinner from 7pm. Come and join us and we'll talk about any further questions you may have. Alternatvely contact us through this website..