Motorsport

Bev Waters

Our Secretary is Bev Waters
Phone: 0402 262 156
Email: bev.waters@bigpond.com

Assistant Secretary is Steve Bowra
Phone: 0417 829 864
Email: shbowra@bigpond.com


MG Car Clubs in Australia and worldwide have played a key part in motorsport since the beginnings of the clubs and the MG Car Club of South Australia is no exception.

Members are actively involved in all levels of the sport as competitors and officials. The MG Car Club of SA nominates a number of events each year where members can score points towards the Club Motorsport Championship.

These are mostly events run by other clubs and MGCCSA contributes officials to some of these events. The Championship also includes the National Meeting and the SA/Vic Interstate Club Challenge.


Links to Motorsport pages:

Motorsport Australia
MSCA (Marque Sports Car Association)
SCCSA (Sporting Car Club of SA)
Mallala Motorsport Park
The Bend Motorsport Park



Events generally fall into the following categories:

Motorkhana
Motorkhanas are run on a flat surface where courses are laid out to test the skill and judgement of the driver and the manoeuvrability of the car. A number of tests are set at each event and generally you have two runs at each test.

On arrival competitors are given a copy of the nominated tests, cars are inspected for general safety and compliance and a brief practice session is provided. Cars are run one at a time against the clock and the course must be completed in the correct direction before coming to a stop in the finish garage.

Cars are grouped into classes according to their wheelbase, and include classes for specials and all wheel drive cars. MGCCSA runs one of the five rounds of the SA Motorkhana Championship series each year and there is normally a Come and Try entry available for newcomers.

It’s also a great place for young drivers who can compete from twelve years of age and learn basic car control skills. It’s great fun, challenging and a very sociable day while you compete and watch others.

The Skid Pan at Mallala is the current venue being used for Motorkhanas close to Adelaide.

Hillclimb
A Hillclimb is a speed event, where one car and driver runs over a defined uphill winding course, from a standing start to a flying finish at the top of the hill, against the clock. In competition, cars are classified into categories so as to have cars of like potential performance competing against each other.

As with all motorsport events, the day starts with scrutineering of cars and a drivers’ briefing prior to competition starting.

Come and Try Hillclimb Events are also held during the year where newcomers can get a taste for the sport and test their skills in a non-competitive and fun environment.

Most Hillclimbs events in South Australia are run at Collingrove, a challenging track near Angaston, which has a long history in Australian motorsport.

The Sporting Car Club of SA run most Collingrove events and the MG Car Club use the three multi-club events each year as part of our Club Competition Championship.

Super Sprint
A Super Sprint involves a number of cars sprinting on a circuit at one time with each lap for each car individually timed. Cars are generally arranged in groups of similar performance and sent on track for either a standing or rolling start to complete a number of laps. It is not racing, as the cars are individually timed, but overtaking is permitted where safe.

It is an ideal introduction to circuit racing and can be entered with road going cars as well as modified vehicles. As with all motorsport, safety checks on vehicles are done before each event.

MGCCSA is a member club of the Marque Sports Car Association of SA (MSCA) which runs a series of Super Sprints and a Six Hour Relay each year. MSCA also run a Come and Try group at some Super Sprints to cater for newcomers where they are given classroom and in-car tuition by experienced competitors. Junior drivers can participate from the age of 14.

Mallala Motorsport Park is the most used venue by our club and ideal for club events. However as of 2018 a new Motorsport Park has been developed at Tailem Bend which is used occasionally .

Officials
Nothing happens without officials and MGCCSA members help out with these events and more. This can be as Scrutineers, Flag Marshals, Timing, Pit Marshals, Documentation, Race Control, etc.

Being an official allows you to be involved, enjoy the competition and help the sport to thrive at no cost to yourself. That involvement can develop from club level events to major events depending on your interest and available time.

Check the Club calendar, and come and have a look and get involved or contact the Motorsport Secretary or Assistant if you have any questions.