Our Club motto is “We Drive Excitement” and to us the word “Motorsport” does not only mean car racing, it means “driving excitement”!
We are a car club, and more importantly a car club based on ownership of high performance vehicles specifically manufactured for the purpose. Our Club offers its members the below wide range of “Motorsport” activities because members have different cars, different interests and different skill levels, and we try to ensure that the family can be involved in most of these great driving activities.
About Driver Training
The Drive to Survive one day programs are suitable for any licenced driver irrespective of experience and will link classroom theory with practical hands on experience at the purpose built Ian Luff Experience Centre, Sydney Dragway, Eastern Creek.
The latest dates of these programs are contained in our Club Magazine Behind the Wheel.
To book ring Ian Luff Motivation on 9622 5424 and tell them you are an HSV Owners Club member to get your special pricing.For more information about the HSVOC / Luff Motivation Performance Driving Courses, please click here.
Below is a more detailed overview of these two programs.
Drive to Survive – Defensive Driver Training Program
The Defensive Driving program is highly recommended for drivers who have never driven on the track before and for those who want to better understand their cars dynamics on the road. They have been developed by Ian Luff Motivation Australia and are a unique opportunity to understand the dynamics of the high powered vehicles that we drive. HSV Club members receive a special price of $260.00 – $285.00 value!
An interactive learning experience suitable for any licensed driver irrespective of experience. This defensive driver training program is a must for any driver, regardless of skill level (not suitable for learner drivers). In fact, 95% of all attendees who participate in this course can’t use the braking system fitted to their vehicle properly during an emergency simulation (as assessed by our staff). This is an essential lifesaving competency that we improve.
After completing this training you will learn the current and best practice driving techniques that drivers should know to allow them to Drive to Survive.
Key elements – ‘Driver’, ‘Vehicle’ and ‘Environment’ are broken down into individual sections linking theoretical information with practical application, demonstration, and participation.
Soft plastic safety cones are used at our closed, private venues to simulate what can happen on public roads, making our exercises very safe.
The program is relevant to the type vehicle you drive, large – small, sports car, commercial vehicles or four wheel drives. It will offer you the chance to learn in a safe and controlled environment in your own vehicle. Companies use the Drive to Survive program as a positive way to reduce fleet running costs, while meeting their obligations of WPH&S.
Our expert team of highly experienced trainers are the best available and they have your interests ate heart. They are trained to understand that individuals require different learning strategies based on their experience level, this make’s our program a thoroughly rewarding experience for all attendees.
Expected learning outcomes of this program are: –
Increased ability to recognise possible dangers
Correct use of vision to avoid a collision (Increase awareness)
Understand the consequences of substance use while driving
Correct use of the braking system fitted to the vehicle in an emergency
Gain the ability to safely avoid an accident
Correct gap selection and why this is important for safe driving
Driver set up behind the wheel to increase competency and reduce fatigue
Removal of all blind spots
Understanding environmental impacts on driving
Wet & dry driver competency
Greater understanding of tyre’s and vehicle maintenance
Crash examples and dispelling myths
Distractions and the impact these have on driving
Improving techniques to help drivers maintain focus (Mindset)
Attitude towards driving – road rage etc..
Understanding the technology fitted to the vehicle like stability control etc..
The knowledge and skills you will gain could one day save you, or another’s life. If you lack confidence, this experience will help you develop a positive mindset to better assimilate with the busy road environment.
For some drivers motoring is more about the journey, our defensive driving program provides the essential building blocks that every driver should learn. Aussie ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber kick started his career attending our Drive to Survive defensive driving program in the mid-nineties. He then went onto graduate through our next level – Performance Driver Training while working for us as a member of our personal training team.
Drive to Survive – Performance Driving Program
The Performance Driving program is for more experienced drivers who would like to take their car on the track. This program prepares drivers for this experience with basic performance driving skills using practical exercises on a specially designed course. HSV Club members receive a special price of $325.00 – $365.00 value!
Should a driver be forced into a situation where defensive/avoidance action is required, it is essential that a level of skill is combined with correct vehicle operation taking into consideration the surrounding environment to ensure a safe outcome. These high-pressure scenarios often occur without notice, a driver with an increased understanding of vehicle dynamics, limitations and outcomes will have a better chance of accident limitation or avoidance. Be it country driving, suburban motorways or personal track driving interests, this program will enhance your ability and improve your overall driving competency.
We also provide the CAMS Observed License test (OLT) to gain your circuit racing clearance at these programs.
‘Performance’ driving principles are taken to a high level at this program with driver awareness significantly increased as well as competency.
The one-day (8 hour) program is conducted at a private closed venue where attendees are personally coached one on one through our exclusive (ALF) Accelerated, Learning, Formula. Our key to success is, information, instruction followed by repetition and experience.
This will help you achieve improvement in your driving irrespective of experience. Our unique ‘road course’ provides many different driving scenarios including, cornering, braking and acceleration combinations. The process is challenging, and your ability to react faster will come from increased vision steering control (VSC). The
The Ian Luff personal training team are the best available anywhere and they will improve your level of performance by structured in car coaching. You get to drive your vehicle, certain vehicles types like 4WD’s or off road or commercial vehicles may be unsuitable, if uncertain please check before booking.
With a low trainer to attendee ratio, and being highly interactive this allows you to step outside your comfort zone in a safe controlled environment. Developing an advanced thinking mindset, preparing you for unforeseen scenario’s where cornering dynamics are discussed and experienced (understeer and oversteer). This program is 90% hands-on where you will be consistently challenged throughout the day, vehicle dynamics are a key aspect of the program along with advanced driving principles that will make you a much more competent driver. Many attendees complete this program regularly for fun or to remain at this high level of competency.
Please check with our team if your vehicle is suitable if you are uncertain before making a booking (02) 9622 5424
How to Get Started
The HSV Owners Club of NSW (Inc. HDT) is a CAMS Affiliated Car Club and as such any financial club member may participate in any of the club’s Motorsport activities.
Most of the Motorsport activities require a competition licence. Sometimes you can purchase a one day licence for an event but if you plan to have a few runs through the year it’s best to apply for a CAMS L2S licence. It’s easy to apply for, please click here to download an application form which contains all the relevant information.
No Speed Limit Drive Days
These days are focused on drivers having a fun day with their HSV’s, driving on the track as fast as they want with absolutely no speed limit. This is a great way to experience the capabilities of your HSV in a controlled, legal environment in which the safety of you and your car is paramount.
The main difference between these Drive Days and the Multi-Club Track Days are that there are fewer cars on the track at one time and that there is no lap timing – just fun driving! Drivers may be passengers in other cars, but those who want to be a passenger only will still need to pay the full $110.00 cost.
Cost: $110.00 per driver/passenger. (All passengers must complete an indemnity form and be over the age of 17 years)
Licence Fee: $40.00 driver/passenger (valid for 12 months) if not a current holder of a competition licence. (CAMS Level 2S Licence accepted). Please note you must bring your valid competition licence with you when attending or you will be required to purchase a MDTC Track Licence. All competition licences must be sighted at sign-on.
Clothing required: Long Trousers, Long Sleeved Shirt or Jumper, Helmet.
Helmet hire: Available if required – $20.00 hire fee plus $50 CASH refundable deposit.
Gates Open: 8:00am
Drivers Briefing and Track Walk: approx. 8.40am
Track Activities Commence: 9:00am and Finish 4:00pm
Cafe Facilities on-site and open from: 8:00am
Drivers are grouped for sessions: Based on levels of experience.
Entry payment plus MDTC licences and helmet hire (if required) are to be paid on the day to the MDTC. Drivers and passengers will need to show their Track Licences and complete MDTC documentation at sign on before the Drivers Briefing commences.
If you plan on doing any other track days it is recommended that you apply for a CAMS L2S Licence which is accepted at all tracks nationally. Click here for more information about L2S Licences.
The dates for these Days are contained in our Club Magazine Behind the Wheel.
Just rock up on the below dates with your car and your gear. No prior booking or payment required.
Multi-Club Track Days
Many members want to take their cars out much more often than with our Drive Days so we have an arrangement for our club members to run with the InterClub Track Days.
These days are run on a very similar format to our Drive Days. They do include orientation laps for first timers on each of the various circuits.
Clubs that host these Track Days as the InterClub Group are the:
The circuits utilised are Wakefield Park Raceway and the North, South, GP and Brabham circuits of Sydney Motorsport Park.
Many of the people who enter our Drive Days also run on these days too, so you soon get to know a circle of friends maybe with similar cars that you all share experiences with.
If you are interested in running in any of these events, please click on the host club link above for the entry information. Entries usually open around 4 weeks prior to the scheduled event.
Round 1, Sunday 11th February – Druitt / North (RTDC)
Round 2, Saturday 21st April – Amaroo / South (SSCC)
Round 3, Sunday 27th May – Druitt / North (NSWRRC)
Round 4, Sunday 10th June – Wakefield Park (WRX)
Round 5, Sunday 15th July– Gardner / GP (NSWRRC)
Round 6, Sunday 30th September – Amaroo / South (RTDC)
Round 7, Saturday 20th October – Wakefield Park (SSCC)
Supersprinting is an entry point into track motorsport. The aim of Supersprinting is to give people the opportunity to drive their road registered vehicle on a race circuit under conditions similar to a motor race, with the exception that “racing” isn’t allowed so the risk of vehicle damage is quite small.
Supersprinting enables participation in motor sport at the lowest cost level. The cost involved is minimised by focusing the rules of Supersprinting around road registered vehicles and requiring only the minimal adjustments needed to road registered vehicles for safety reasons.
Many drivers find it preferable to build a dedicated supersprint car with a roll cage etc and trailer it to each meeting. If you plan to do this, please check the rules for each class first by contacting the Motorsport Director.
In a supersprint each competitor’s aim is to set the fastest lap time compared to other cars in the same class as the competitor’s vehicle. In short, each competitor is “racing against the clock” rather than racing against the other cars on the track. .
Competitors are grouped by similar lap times. The number of cars in a group that goes out on the circuit at any one time varies depending on the length of the circuit and the lap speed of the Group.
HSV Owners Club of NSW (Inc. HDT) participates in the CAMS NSW Supersprint Series from which points are gained toward the Clubs Motorsport Championship each year. The benefit of this Series is that provides competition at a State level and members can compete for a State Championship in their particular class if they wish to do so. Members can also set official State Records at the various tracks where they compete.
CAMS NSW Supersprint Championships
Whilst our Multi-Club Track Days are based on a supersprint format, they are not competitive other than in terms of trying to improve your own personal best lap time.
For drivers who want the challenge of competition and the camaraderie of being with a great group of drivers from our Club, competing in the CAMS NSW Supersprint Championships is the answer.
The CAMS NSW Supersprint Championship Series are “State” level events and has slightly higher scrutineering requirements than Multi-Club level events and Club Drive Days. The reward is that entrants in this series are eligible to become “State Champions” in both Type and Class as well as setting official lap records at the various circuits.
Members need to register for the following year’s Series once registrations open late in November. Registration details will be forwarded to Members immediately they become available. Registrants are emailed direct by the club hosting each round with entry documentation, and are eligible for our Club’s Supersprint Championship as well as the CAMS NSW Championship.
For more information on CAMS Supersprinting please click here.
Round 1, Saturday, 3rd March – Gardner / GP (ARDC)
Round 2, Sunday 20th May – Wakefield Park (Mini)
Round 3, Sunday 17th June – Druitt / North (NSWRRC)
Round 4, Sunday 22nd July – Druitt / North (ARDC)
Round 5, Sunday 19th August – Amaroo / South (NSWRRC)
Round 6, Sunday 16th September – Wakefield Park (MX5)
Round 7, Sunday 14th October – Gardner / GP (ARDC)
Round 8, Weekend 3rd & 4th November – Australian National Championships –– Wakefield Park (NSWRRC)
The HSV Owners Club encourages members who wish to participate in Hill Climbs to join in the Multi Club events that are organised by the Wollongong Sporting Car Club on the Huntley Hill situated on Avondale Road, West Dapto NSW. At Huntley there are no cliques, just friendly people who don’t take the competition too seriously. The way fair dinkum grass roots entry level club motorsport should be.
Entrants compete in 6 categories depending on the type of vehicle and the extent of modifications and all these have different classes for different engine capacities. Everything is catered for, from shopping trolleys to Formula 1.
For information on Huntley Hill Climbs please click here.
Club Drag Day’s are held in conjunction with the Sunday Street Meets at Sydney Dragway. The day is run under ANDRA regulations that have been structured to ensure competitor, spectator and track staff safety. This is a great opportunity to race your mates! Time slips talk, bull dust walks!!
Make your entry direct with Sydney Dragway and meet the HSVOC guys n gals out there on the day.
Adults $20, kids 12-16 $10, under 12 free. Spectator gates open 5:00pm.
Competitor gate opens at 4:30pm.
Entry fee $60 (and includes a 1 day licence). Pay at the competitor entry gate (adjacent to SMSP Gate A) then go and park your car and take all loose items out and make it ready for scrutineering. Make sure your helmet is in the car.
Then walk down to the scrutineering shed with your entry form and drivers licence.
Fill out your entry form and go to the registration desk. Note that there will be a queue for Drivers and another for Pit Crew, join the Drivers queue. You will be given a wrist band and scrutineering sheet.
Drive your car around to scrutineering, and get in the 1st queue on the left. That will put you over the scales.
Tell the scrutineer staff that you are with the HSV Owners Club and could you please be placed in the booked HSV Owners Club Lane.
Scrutineering is from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Wednesday nights (unless 220 vehicle quota filled beforehand)
Hand your scrutineering sheet to the scrutineer. They will check your helmet and under your bonnet – so pop that too.
When you have been scrutineered, ask the scrutineer to tell you your cars all-up weight (including you) from the scales you are on, and take note of this weight.
Drive straight around and line up in the Club lane that has been assigned. (The lane number will be written on your windscreen as well as your race number in liquid chalk). You will meet other club members in that lane.
Racing is from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Burnout comp starts at 9:00pm.
When you get home you can enter your all-up weight and best terminal speed into the horsepower calculator below and it will calculate your rear wheel horsepower!
Important items for competitors to bring:
– Current drivers licence (or proof you have held one)
– An Approved Helmet (AS/NZS 1698)
– Long-sleeved shirt
– Long pants
– Enclosed shoes (no thongs or sandals)
Motorsport Volunteer Officials
There are also other ways to enjoy Motorsport with the Club without driving your car! The best way is to volunteer to help at a Track Day or Supersprint. This way you get a trackside seat, a free lunch and a fun day of involvement. No experience is necessary as helpers will be provided with guidance and supervision on the day. By helping out at Supersprints you can also qualify for a CAMS Officials Licence which you will need if you want to volunteer at major events such as the V8 Supercars or Muscle Car Masters.
For more information about what you can get out of our club’s Motorsport Program whether it be as a driver or a volunteer official please contact the Motorsport Director or one of the Motorsport Team:
Motorsport Director: Brett Gilles 0410 511 630
CAMS Delegate: Ian Williams 0419 666 236[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]