Photograph by Ian Gillett, used with permission.
To compete in the Morgan Race Series you will need a 4-wheeler Morgan (of whatever model or vintage) which complies with the regulations. These can be seen on the Morgan racing web site www.mogsport.net
If you are excited by the idea of racing, but have not been on a track before, you could have a taster by taking part in a track day.
Track days offer you the chance to explore your car’s potential in a controlled environment. You could also try circuit driver tuition which will help you when you come to take your ARDS (Association of Racing Driving Schools) course which you will have to complete to obtain your race licence. An internet search will provide plenty of ideas and opportunites for track days and tuition.
The MSA (Motor Sports Association) is the governing body of motor sport in the UK and is responsible for issuing licences.
The Go Racing Driver Pack includes the MSA Competitor’s Yearbook (the Blue Book) which contains technical rules and regulations and a list of ARDS schools; an ARDS VHS Video/DVD, which contains information on what is required on the ARDS test, and how to fill out the Novice application form. There is also a Silverstone DVD which promotes the Silverstone ARDS course.
To order your pack on the internet go to www.msauk.org, click Getting Started and then go to Novice Race Driver Pack MSA or click here. If you prefer you can write to the MSA at Motor Sports House, Riverside Park, Colnbrook, SL3 0HG or telephone 01753 765000.
The Association of Racing Driving Schools, which are situated at most of the race circuits in the UK, run one-day courses which include theory tests of your basic knowledge of motor sport (flag signals etc) and a practical test of your ability to drive safely around a circuit.
The basic ARDS session typically consists of an initial briefing with an instructor showing you the circuit, braking points and lines in a classroom situation. This is followed by a driving session; first with an instructor driving, then you driving under instruction which is followed by your observed laps with no input from the instructor/examiner. Once you have completed this it is back into the classroom to take the written test.
The main circuits currently running courses are
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|Castle Combe||Wiltshire||T: 01249 782 417|
|Croft||N Yorks||T: 01325 721 815|
|Goodwood||W Sussex||T: 01243 528815|
|Kirkistown||N Ireland||T: 02890 507 010|
|Knockhill||Fife||T: 01383 723 337|
|Mallory Park||Leics||T: 01455 841 670|
|Oulton Park||Cheshire||T: 0870 512 5250|
|Pembrey||Carmarthenshire||T: 01554 891 042|
|Silverstone||Northhants||T: 08704 588 212|
|Three Sisters||Lancashire||T: 01942 270 230|
|Thruxton||Hants||T: 01264 882 222|
Choose from any of the schools in the Blue Book (listed under Race and Rally Schools in the green pages at the end of the book). It has been the experience of some new drivers that the Silverstone course does promote its other courses rather enthusiastically. We have heard varying reports of ARDS courses and you are advised to consult our Series Co-Ordinator for the latest thinking on the best ones. Costs vary too, so do some research and make sure you know what is on offer. Silverstone charged £350 in 2006 for a one-day course.
Assuming that you pass your ARDS course, you can then apply to the MSA for your National B Race Licence for which you pay an additional fee.
You have to be a member of the club to register for the race series, for information on how to join go to www.mscc.uk.com
To race in the Morgan Series you must register for which there is an annual fee. For details contact our Series Co-ordinator Kate Orebi Gann (see details below) or to download the Regs see www.mogsport.net
There is a very useful publication called the UK Circuit Guide. It contains general information about all UK circuits including how to get there, where to stay and maps of the circuits with advice on the best lines through the corners. A good investment for the complete novice and a handy book of reference for everyone.
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