Jeremy Dyer (Sandford)
Groups F, M, O, P, Q, R, V
0408 059 071
Allen Hutton (Perth)
0417 391 548
Steven Jones (Allens Rivulet)
0437 600 950
Andrew Lamont (Howrah)
Groups A, C, U
0408 122 625
Randall Langdon (Launceston)
Groups F, M, O, P, Q, R, V
0419 589 529
Grant Twining (Hobart)
0417 030 048
Martin Dennis (Bindoon)
Groups A, C, N, S
0427 386 166
Ron Lally (Leschenault)
0418 924 483
John Van Leeuwen (Serpentine)
Groups F, F5000, M, O, P, Q, R, V
0418 903 154
Bryan Scrivenor (Merriwa)
Groups J, K, L
0407 442 180
Owners of international vehicles wishing to compete in Australian events must obtain a Foreign Participation Visa and must apply for a Temporary Permit to Compete from Motorsport Australia.
For information on Foreign Participation Visas, please refer to the Competition Visa section of the Motorsport Australia website.
When entering an Australian event, you will be required to submit paperwork to the event secretary evidencing the eligibility of the vehicle in its country of origin in the form of an FIA Historic Technical Passport or equivalent.
New Zealand competitors are eligible to compete in Australian national events with a MSNZ Certificate of Description under the Trans-Tasman Agreement.
An International Vehicle Temporary Permit to Compete will be issued by Motorsport Australia for each event in which the vehicle is entered. The vehicle is permitted to compete for up to 12 months from the date of issue of the first permit, thereafter the vehicle will require a Motorsport Australia Certificate of Description.
For further information on overseas vehicles, refer to article 1.8 of the 5th Category Regulations.
Owners of Australian vehicles wishing to compete in overseas events must obtain an International Competition Visa, and for events conducted under Appendix K, you will need to apply for a Historic Technical Passport from Motorsport Australia.
For information on International Competition Visas, please refer to the Competition Visa section of the Motorsport Australia website.
When entering an overseas event, you will be required to submit paperwork evidencing the eligibility of the vehicle in Australia in the form of an FIA Historic Technical Passport.
Australian competitors are eligible to compete in New Zealand national events with a Motorsport Australia Certificate of Description under the Trans-Tasman Agreement.
For a Historic Technical Passport, please refer to the Schedule of Fees - Appendix R. Application forms are available upon request from Motorsport Australia.
For further information on competition overseas, refer to Appendix K of the International Sporting Code.
The Motorsport Australia Historic Eligibility Committee (HEC) is a sub-committee of the Historic Commission and has been established by Motorsport Australia to administer the historic eligibility classification of sports and racing vehicles competing in 5th Category events.
The HEC shall be responsible for provision of advice to the HC regarding:-
HEC members are appointed for a term of 2 years. The Chairman of the HEC is appointed by the Motorsport Australia Board annually, upon the recommendation of the AHMSC.Bob Harborow (Chair)John Van LeeuwenPeter WhelanGreg HepburnBruce RichardsDavid Mottram
The Motorsport Australia Historic Production Based Eligibility Committee (HPBEC) is a sub-committee of the Historic Commission and has been established by Motorsport Australia to administer the eligibility classification of historic touring cars, production-based sports cars, and sports sedans competing in 5th Category events.
The HPBEC is responsible for provision of advice to the Historic Commission regarding:-
HPBEC members are appointed for a term of 1 year. The Chairman of the HPBEC is appointed by the Motorsport Australia Board annually, upon the recommendation of the AHMSC.David Twigg (Chair)Frank LowndesAlan PickstockBruce Richards
This group is intended to cater for Formula Ford racing cars powered by the 1600 “Kent” engine, within the various sub groups set put below.
Vehicles with a competition history established prior to 31 December 1977.
Vehicles with a competition history established between 1 January 1978 and 31 December 1983 but excluding the Swift DB1.
Vehicles with a competition history established between 1 January 1984 and 31 December 1989.
This group caters for cars with a competition history established between 1st January 1941 and the 31st December 1960.
It is divided into two sub-groups viz:
This group caters basically for cars built for competition, either factory built or “one-off” specials.
This group caters for “square rigger” sports cars (primarily MG TC) where it was common practice to remove the windscreen, mudguards and headlights and run as a racing car, at the whim of the owner. One-off special type vehicles constructed at any time after 1 January 1940 but prior to the end of 1960 are also catered for in this group.
Motorsport Australia, working with the Australian Historic Motorsport Commission (AHMSC), has implemented a High Performance Licence (HPL) Endorsement for selected historic vehicle groups.
Given the nature of vehicles involved in historic motorsport, there can often be greater risks for participants.
The AHMSC will now introduce licence changes in order to mitigate risks posed by inexperienced competitors in high performance 5th Category Historic vehicles.
Approval for these changes has been received from the Association of Historic Motor Racing Clubs, and F5000 Australia support and remain active in assisting Motorsport Australia with the implementation.
In addition to applicants currently holding a National Circuit (NC) Licence, a HPL Endorsement will now be required for the following high performance 5th Category Historic vehicles:
• FIA Formula One and Indy Cars (all)
• F5000 (all)
Additionally, a National Circuit licence will be the minimum requirement for the following 5th Category Historic vehicle Groups:
• Groups Q and R FIA 2L Formula Two (2000cc)
• Group R Formula 3000/Formula Holden (all)
• Groups Q and R Sports over 2 Litre engine capacity
• FIA prototypes Group C1 and C2 Sports (all)
NOTE: International C/CH licence holders still require the endorsement to compete nationally.
In addition to holding a National Circuit licence, a HPL Endorsement Observed Licence Test must be conducted in the relevant vehicle, followed by a final endorsement approval by the CAMS HPL Endorsement Evaluation Panel.
The application form for an HPL Endorsement is available here.
A Recognition of Previous Experience (RPE) application process will be available for existing drivers of vehicles that will now require HPL Endorsement.
An application forms for an HPL RPE are available on the same HPL application form.
Is anyone exempt from requiring the HPL Endorsement?A driver holding a Motorsport Australia Superlicence is exempted from the above evaluation.
Do I still require the endorsement if I hold a FIA International C, CH licence or higher? C/CH licence holders still require the endorsement to compete nationally.
Once I receive the HPL Endorsement, am I required to re-apply?Once you receive the HPL Endorsement, you are not required to re-apply.
However the Stewards of a Meeting can suspend a HPL Endorsement at a Meeting should it be identified that a driver is not demonstrating the necessary skills to maintain the HPL Endorsement. In such a case, the HPL Endorsement issued for that Driver will be reviewed post the meeting by the CAMS HPL Endorsement Evaluation Panel.
The Motorsport Australia CEO also has the authority to suspend a licence and/or endorsement at any time in accordance with CAMS NCR 193.
What if I have already renewed my licence prior to applying/receiving the HPL endorsement?If you have already received your licence, a replacement licence can be sent out upon successful application of the HPL endorsement.
Where can I book a HPL Endorsement OLT?Depending on your State, you can book in for a Motorsport Australia Observed Licence Test by accredited OLT Evaluators, by accredited private providers, or prior to a 5th Category Race Meeting. Please click here for a list of OLT dates or contact [email protected]
Further queries can be directed to [email protected]
Ja, Ka, Lb
All other groups
No safety cage required unless originally fitted
Safety cage to comply with 1973 requirements(as detailed in 3.1.5 of the 5th Category Regulations)
Safety cage to comply with Schedule J of the Motorsport Australia Manual
Type 2 or 3
Safety cage to comply with item 3.6.5 of the 5th Category regulations
Refer to section 3.1.5 or the relevant vehicle requirements of the 5th Category Regulations for more information regarding the safety cage requirement for your vehicle.
* Group S, refer to section 3.5.1 of the 5th Category Regulations
^Some vehicles may not be able to comply with Schedule J or the 1973 requirements and may be eligible to apply for consideration to be granted permission to install a safety cage that complies with 3.6.5 of the 5th Category Regulations
To establish that a vehicle has a continuous line of history, even though following major damage, it may have undergone substantial repair or replacement at some time in its competition history, it will be necessary to establish what if any major components have been replaced and/or discarded. Usually this will be the tube chassis-frame, monocoque or body shell. If no major components have been replaced and have simply undergone major repairs, then the line of history is unbroken and will not be the subject of the guidelines below.
Note: these guidelines are for individuals to consider before making an application for vehicle certification.
1. Was the level of damage, or deterioration so severe that the original components had to be replaced? Inspection or proof of the condition of the replaced component is required, as is proof of the fate of the replaced and/or discarded components.
2. Did the new components provide minimal change to the specification of the rebuilt vehicle? The vehicle must have been rebuilt to essentially the same basic specification as prior to the replacement and incorporate as many of the original distinguishing components as possible. Proof of the original specification required.
Note: If the answers to Questions 1 and 2 were in the affirmative then the original vehicle would likely retain its Line of History.
3. Were the major component/s replaced as a method of upgrading the specification of the original vehicle?
Note: If the answer to this question is affirmative, then it will likely require more detailed investigation depending on the extent of the replacements and the level of the upgrade. The rebuild could effectively constitute the construction of a new vehicle, in which case the “year the vehicle represents” may now start from the date of the completion of the replacement vehicle.
4. Were the discarded major component/s sufficiently significant or different to represent the original vehicle and confirm its unique identity?
Note: If the answer to this question is affirmative then there is likely to be a case for restoring/resurrecting the original vehicle with its history extending from the date of manufacture to the date of the event that resulted in it being withdrawn from active competition.
5. Were the discarded major component/s used to create another vehicle?
Note: The answer to this question will depend on the timing of the “creation.” If it took place in one of the existing historic periods then the vehicle will have a claim to the specification at that time. However under Motorsport Australia's 5th Category regulations it isn’t acceptable to create a new historic vehicle. It is acceptable to use a discarded but repaired chassis to repair another damaged vehicle provided the process is accurately recorded and the chassis number of the repaired vehicle is retained.
6. Did the rebuilt vehicle retain the original documentation/log book?
7. Was there a change of ownership following the rebuild?
8. How long was the vehicle out of action because of the component replacement – was it more than 12 months?
Note: The answers to Questions 6, 7 and 8 will assist in determining the circumstances and timing of the rebuild. Logbooks did not have the significance “in the day” that they do now, and questionable documentation in the past can create problems when historic classification is being sought.
If you wish to change the ownership of a historic log book, please complete a log book amendment form and send this and the log book to Motorsport Australia for processing. If is not necessary to submit Certificates of Description for change of ownership.
If you have changed the colour of a vehicle with a historic log book, you will need to submit the log book, new photos and a log book amendment form to Motorsport Australia. In the case of vehicles with a COD, an 'Erratum' document will be issued.
There is no fee for this service. Photos can be emailed to [email protected]
Please allow 5–7 working days for the changes to be processed.
Please note: If you wish to make changes in specification or colour to a vehicle with a COD, we recommend that you contact Motorsport Australia on 1300 883 959 for approval prior to making any modifications.
ENGINE SEALING FOR GROUPS “S” & “N” TO BE MANDATORY FROM 1.1.2018
The purpose of engine sealing is to maintain the integrity of the cylinder bore & stroke measurements.
All engines to be sealed by a;
Engines are to be sealed in accordance with the following procedure.
Note:Engines that have Motorsport Australia approved aftermarket parts installed eg cylinder heads, engine blocks may require extra sealing procedures to be carried out during assembly. Refer to the car make and model Specification Sheet for details.
Rotary engined cars must have engines checked for porting modifications and sealed during assembly.