The first step towards getting into a race car is to join a CAMS affiliated car club. It is required to be a member of a car club to obtain a racing licence from CAMS. Car clubs are collections of enthusiasts with many different interests. Some clubs are area based, (eg Pakenham Auto Club), some are based on a particular model of car (eg Victorian Mini Club) and some are somewhere in between. Car clubs are a great source of knoweldge and a good way to make useful contacts. There are hundreds of clubs in Victoria, some more involved in motorsport than others. Some of the clubs closely involved in the VSCRC are available in the links page.
Circuit racing series such as the VSCRC require a CAMS PCC licence or higher to participate. To obtain a PCC licence requires the successful completion of a CAMS circuit racing lecture and an Observed Licence Test.
More information regarding licencing can be obtained at the CAMS website.
Ignoring the car, there are many items required to go racing, including a certified helmet, HANS device, driving suit, gloves & boots and a Dorian timing transponder. Many items need to be properly certified so read the label when you purchase.
A car is required too. Some businesses rent out cars to drive, but most people build or buy their own. Magazines such as Auto Action, or websites like My105 or eBay usually contain advertisements for race cars for sale. Car Club magazines are also a good source of cars for sale. Depending on the category chosen to race, the requirements for cars can be quite different and complex. Some categories such as HQ Holdens are very rigid in what is allowed, whereas others such as Sports Sedans are much more free. Details of what is allowed appears in the CAMS Manual of Motorsport. The car needs to be Log Booked, which is analagous to a drivers licence for a car. The Log Book describes the car and what regulations it conforms to, and the history of the car.
Entries for the race meetings are accepted prior to the meeting, often closing a week or two before the meeting. Entry forms and Supplementay Regulations are available at this website. After acceptance of your entry, passes and Further Regulations specific to the meeting will be mailed to you. Upon arrival at the race track, document checking and scrutineering occurs before the practice and racing.
Officiating at a race meeting is a good way to get close to some impressive race cars and see some good racing. There are a lot of different positions to be filled for a racemeeting to function, such as Scrutineers, Flag Marshalls, timekeepers, communicators and paddock marshalls. Many roles require accreditation, depending on the level of responsibility of the job. Details of accreditation can be found at the CAMS website.
For some specific roles, organisations have been setup to help train and organise officials. Prominent examples are the Victorian Flag Marshalls Team and Victorian Fire & Rescue Squad. The best way to get involved as an official is to join a CAMS affiliated car club, or one of the organisations mentioned above. Most car clubs are involved in the running of some form of motorsport event.
The VSCRC is run by the Victorian Mini Club Inc, the Australian Sports Sedan Association (Vic), the Marque Sports Car Association, the MG Car Club and the Phillip Island Auto Racing Club. Volunteers are always welcome.
Spectating at the VSCRC is quite entertaining. The VSCRC features large fields ensuring plenty of action. Entry to the circuit is cheap and access to the drivers and cars easily obtainable. Most drivers are quite happy to chat and tell you about their car.