The Marque Sports Car Association of Victoria consists of member clubs and was created to address the problem of individual clubs lacking the resources to conduct motor sport activities.
The following clubs are currently members of the MSCA
- Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Victoria
- Austin Healey Sprite Drivers Club
- Austin Healy Owners Club of Victoria
- Bolwell Car Club of Australia
- Fiat Car Club of Victoria
- Jaguar Club of Victoria
- Lotus Car Club Victoria
- MG Car Club Victoria
- Nissan Datsun Sports Owners Club
- Nissan Club Australia
- Sportscar Owners Club of Victoria
- Toyota Car Club Victoria
- Triumph Sports Owners Association
- Victorian BRZ/86 club
- Victorian Clubman Builders Groups
Regular track days (called Super Sprints) are conducted under Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS). These Super Sprints are conducted at Sandown, Philip Island and Winton. In addition to Super Sprints, the MSCA usually conducts one Hill Climb event per year.
MSCA and member clubs are affiliated with the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).
MSCA – VEHICLE & DRIVER SAFETY and GENERAL OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
(A) VEHICLES AND SCRUTINEERING:
All vehicles competing, including road registered vehicles, shall conform with the requirements of the following and any other MSCA items specified in the Supplementary Regulations:
- All vehicles except a road registered series production car fitted with an original equipment two-stage fastening system must be fitted with 2 separate fastening systems on any front opening panel (e.g. Bonnet) ie where the hinge is at the rear of the panel. The second fastening system shall either ensure the panel remains closed or one fastening system shall hold the bonnet or panel closed and its release shall allow the bonnet or panel to be raised to provide access to a second fastening system fitted within the vehicle. The second fastening system must not allow the bonnet or panel from being raised more than 150mm from the fully closed position.
- Each automobile must be equipped with a fire extinguisher which complies with the following conditions and is properly fitted at a suitable location:
- It must comply with Australian Standard 1841
- It must be of at least 900g capacity
- It must remain restrained under an acceleration of 25G. A metal mounting bracket and metal clamp will meet this requirement.
- it must be capable of removal by the driver without the aid of tools.
- The fitment of an “on-board” extinguishing system homologated by the FIA shall be acceptable as an alternative to the fitment of a separate extinguisher
- Fire extinguishers must be inspected by scrutineers at least once every six months, or otherwise prior to competition. This involves visually checking the unit and its mountings for damage, checking the pressure of the contents, and shaking the container to check for settling of the extinguishing material. Where practical the extinguisher should be weighed.
- Fire Extinguishers must be no more than 3 years old based on the date of manufacture – not the sale date.
- All loose objects must be removed from the vehicle.
- Tyres to be fitted with metal valve caps.
- Slick Racing Tyres are not permitted at any SANDOWN Event.
- A supplementary return spring shall be attached on each throttle, and return all throttle bodies to the closed position. This does not apply to fuel injected vehicles.
- A blue triangle of sides 150mm indicating the position of the battery or isolating switch shall be adhered to the vehicle.
- Roll Over Protection is recommended for open cars and cars fitted with Slick tyres. Roll-over Protection must be properly and safely constructed and mounted.
- Helmet and Head Protection: Where a helmet of an occupant could come into contact with the safety cage structure, protective padding must be applied to that area which complies with SFI Specification 45.1. For each 1st Category vehicle (essentially open wheel race cars) the use of SFI specification 45.2 for the head rest is permitted.
- Body Protection: Where the body of an occupant could come into contact with the safety cage it is recommended (but not mandatory) that flame retardant padding be fitted. SFI Specification 45.1 padding is suitable.
- Road Registered Cars with Safety Cages: Please note that Clauses 8, 9 and 10 above apply.
- Open wheel Racing Cars (MSCA Class R2), if not fitted with brake lights must compete with a compulsory Rain Warning Lamp illuminated.
- There must be fire wall protection between engine and driver’s compartment to prevent the passage of flame;
- Vehicles must be constructed to minimise the entry of foreign matter into the driving compartment from the road or wheels;
- Any driving chain must be effectively guarded.
- Each fuel tank must vent externally to the bodywork.
- If manufactured prior to 1 January 1978 (or otherwise not complying with ADR25A) and not registered for use on public roads, a car must have any steering column locking device removed or disabled.
- Only petrol, automotive diesel or liquefied petroleum gas, or alcohol in an historic car, can be used. Where a car utilises LPG, a sign in the form of the white letters LPG on a red reflective background, must be placed immediately to the left and centralised vertically to all competition numbers.
- Any window or windscreen fitted is to be made from a material which is clear or, if tinted, compliant with AS 2080.
- Any container within the cockpit which can hold more than 500mL of hot liquid (other than a series heater core) must be enclosed in a sealed compartment.
- Where fitted with rigid brake pipes, such pipes are to be made of steel [‘Bundy’ tubing or equivalent], unless it is an historic vehicle which is fitted with original components. The installation must be such to protect the pipes against vibration and damage.
- Save for open wheelers, all cars be fitted with a bulkhead constructed from a flame and liquid-proof material. If the material is clear it shall be a minimum of 6mm thick. This bulkhead shall effectively seal the cockpit from the fuel tank or re-fuelling system.
- The Noise Level from cars when measured 30m from the track edge must not exceed 95dB(A) except at Sandown and Phillip Island. A Maximum Noise Level of 75 Decibels must be observed at Sandown and Philip Island Events. Vehicles found to exceed these limits will be black flagged and given one chance to rectify the problem. A Second Offence will result in exclusion from the meeting. Any times recorded will not be counted.
- All cars must be fitted with a steering wheel not incorporating any wood, unless such is the original component of the vehicle.
- For Super Sprints and Regularity, have an adhesive cover of a colour other than red to prevent the spillage of broken glass on all external forward-facing glass components, save for the windscreen.
- All cars are to be fitted with a driver–operable reverse gear save for historic vehicles and vehicles in MSCA Class R2.
- Sideways or rearward-facing exhaust pipes. If rearwards, the outlet/s shall be between 100mm and 50mm above the ground and shall not protrude more than 150mm beyond the rearmost portion of the automobile. If directed sideways, the outlet/s must be located rearward of the midpoint of the wheelbase. In any case, they shall not project beyond the maximum width of coachwork or terminate more than 50mm within the plan view of the adjacent coachwork.
- Spoilers etc Any specific part of the vehicle which has an aerodynamic influence on its stability must be mounted on the entirely sprung part of the car and shall be firmly fixed whilst the vehicle is in motion. Neither the roll bar nor any of the units associated with the functioning of the engine or transmission shall have an aerodynamic effect by creating vertical thrust. All external projections swinging in a horizontal plane shall have a minimum radius of 15mm. The leading edge of any aerofoil fixed to the front of the car shall not be sharp.
- Wheels and tyres. When a steel wheel centre supplied by a vehicle manufacturer as original vehicle equipment is used, any rim attached to such centre shall not be more than 2” wider than the rim originally fitted to such centre. When a steel centre other than that supplied by a vehicle manufacturer as original vehicle equipment is used, no widening is permitted. Tyre fitment shall be in accordance with the Tyre and Rim Association Manual; otherwise the tyre manufacturer’s specifications shall apply. Tread wear indicators as provided by the tyre manufacturer shall be the definitive indicator of tread depth. Prior to practice or competiting, each tyre must have tread in excess of the wear indicator save on the shoulder where localised wear may occur. In wet conditions, the Clerk of the Course (with the approval of the Stewards where applicable) may declare:“untreaded tyres are not to be used at the commencement of the competition”. A maximum of one, metallic wheel spacer may be used behind each wheel. Any tyre fitted to a rim without safety profiles must be fitted with an inner tube.
- Seats. Cars shall not be required to have a front passenger seat fitted.
- Where a camera or lens unit fitted to an automobile exceeds a weight of 1 kg, it is strongly recommended that the mounting of the video camera or lens unit be carried out in the following manner: (a) A cradle should be attached to the safety cage where present by means of a clamp style bracket secured by at least two 6mm class 8.8 bolts, (b) Where no safety cage is present, the cradle should be securely mounted to a substantial section of interior bodywork, (c) Where a remote style lens is used, the main unit should be mounted in a metal box, securely fixed in place (e.g. 5mm thick alloy held in place by minimum 3 X 6mm class 8.8 bolts), (d) The use of the ¼ Whitworth screw mount present on most cameras should not be used on its own.
- All cars must display competition numbers on both sides of the car, and present the car at scrutiny with the numbers displayed. The numbers must be a minimum height of 250mm and be a contrasting colour with the cars bodywork.
- All Cars other than Cars registered for unrestricted road use (which shall not have to comply with the following requirements) must:
(a) If fitted with any crankcase breather discharging to the atmosphere, each breather be vented into a catch tank of minimum capacity of two litres for engines up to 2000cc or three litres for over 2000cc,
(b) Be fitted with a dual circuit braking system save for automobiles manufactured prior to 31 December 1973 or historic vehicles,
(c) Have any propeller shaft and universal joints, if passing through the cockpit, fitted in a fixed casing.
(B) CLOTHING AND PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT
- In the interest of driver’s safety in case of fire, all competitors will be required to be dressed in long-legged trousers and long sleeved shirts, or other outer clothing made of non-synthetic material. No competitor will be permitted to practice or compete with exposed limbs.
- No driver will take part in the event unless wearing a helmet, properly fastened and complying with AS 1698 specifications or other acceptable standards required by Marque Sports Car Association Inc.
- No driver will take part in the event unless wearing footwear with leather uppers that cover the foot.
- No driver will compete in an open car unless wearing a visor complying with AS 1609-1981. Goggles with glass lenses, whether laminated or not, shall not be acceptable.
(C) GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
- Alcohol and Drugs, The intake of alcohol or prohibited substances (Drugs) in the pit or paddock area is forbidden while the meeting is in progress. Any driver or crew member, adjudged by the Clerk of Course, to be affected by Alcohol or Drugs (through use on the day or affect from intake prior to competing on the day of the meeting) shall be excluded forthwith, from the meeting, and incur such additional penalty as may be deemed appropriate. Decision is at the discretion of the Clerk of Course if testing facilities are not available. The Clerk of Course will accept advice from an authorised testing unit as final.
- Passengers. No passengers are permitted in Competition events. However, the Supplementary Regulations may provide for non-competitive passenger sessions.
- Black Flag. The Clerk of Course may authorise the use of the black flag in circumstances of a competitor exercising insufficient car control or driving dangerously or inappropriately, or where a mechanical defect is suspected. A driver to whom the black flag is displayed must proceed to the pit lane immediately. A failure to comply can lead to exclusion of the driver.
- Visibility of Vehicles. The Clerk of Course in his/her sole discretion may require vehicles to turn on forward facing lights for the duration of a session or sessions in conditions of poor visibility such as rain or poor light. If a vehicle does not comply with such a requirement i.e. if it does not have such lights that work and are visible it will not be permitted to participate in that session or sessions.
- Personal trackside timing receivers are only to be used under the permission of the Clerk of Course or Delegated Grid Marshall. No device will be adjusted by any person while a competition is in progress. Equipment can only be located adjacent to the finish line flag point. An infringement can lead to exclusion of the car linked to the unit. An Owner onus system is applied.
- Damage to the circuit or grounds. Any cost incurred by the organisers from the venue for repair or clean up of the circuit or grounds, due to action or incident caused by a competitor, or competitors, will be the responsibility of the competitor, or competitors, to reimburse.
- Stopping or suspending competition. The organisers reserve the right to stop or suspend the event at any time they consider necessary in the interest of safety, or for any other reason.
- Refueling. Smoking or naked flames shall not be permitted in the pits or within 6 metres of any refueling areas. The engine shall not be running during the refueling of any vehicle. Observe the Restrictions applied in the RISK ASSESSMENT FORMS. Refueling should be done away from all other vehicles, NO Fuel shall be dispensed or stored on the Grid Apron. No Refueling inside enclosed Pit Garages.
- Safety Precautions. (a) The race track is like a workplace and crew and competitors should be aware of workplace hazards (e.g. tools that can cause tripping) and a safe working environment should be maintained (e.g. don’t work under a car without supports in place), (b) There is a need for caution and low speed on entering and traversing pit lane or dummy grid, and the pit/paddock area. Drivers breaching this may be excluded, (c) Be very careful unloading/loading competition cars on trailers, and working on cars. The MSCA is not responsible for careless crew or competitors.