The HSV Owners Club of NSW (Inc. HDT) Inc. has been an affiliated sporting car club with Motorsport Australia (previously CAMS) since 1986. There are currently over 500 clubs affiliated with Motorsport Australia which itself is the delegated Australian national sporting authority by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
Motorsport Australia car club affiliation means that our club is covered by Motorsport Australia Public and Product Liability and Professional Indemnity insurances, volunteer worker cover as well as social event and motorsport event coverage. Our Committee also takes out extra Association Officers Liability insurance to protect its Committee members.
Drivers who want to compete in an event which is run under a Motorsport Australia permit need to be a member of a Motorsport Australia affiliated car club as well as having a Motorsport Australia competition licence. Our Club competes in Motorsport Australia permitted events and members receive a Motorsport Australia Affiliated Car Club Membership Card corresponding with their Club membership period to enable entry into such events.
Motorsport Australia also provides free training courses for Officials and Volunteers to be accredited under the National Officiating Program which is endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission. Members are encouraged to attend motorsport events and take up the free training in areas that they prefer. These include Flag Marshalling, Scrutineering, Administration, Race Control, Grid Marshalling and Stewarding. The benefit of having accreditation in any of these areas is that you can get close to the action at events such a Supercars and Muscle Car Masters as well as the State Supersprint Championships – and for free! For more information on how to go about this please contact either the Club’s Motorsport Director or Motorsport Australia Delegate.
The Club is represented in the Motorsport Australia State Council by the Club’s Motorsport Australia Delegate, Ian Williams, who has voting rights which have been conferred to the Club. Our Motorsport Director, Paul van Neijenhoff is our Club’s Alternate Motorsport Australia Delegate. Club members are welcome to attend Motorsport Australia State Council Meetings which are held four times a year, mainly online via Zoom. If you wish to attend please let the Motorsport Australia Delegate know so that access to the secure building can be arranged.
The Motorsport Australia NSW State Council Executive conducts business on the behalf of the Motorsport Australia NSW State Council, and the members of this Executive are elected by member clubs. Currently our Club’s Motorsport Australia Delegate, Ian Williams is an elected member of the Motorsport Australia State Council Executive which gives our club both a presence and a voice at this senior level.
The Motorsport Australia NSW State Council Executive also appoints the Chairs of the following motorsport Panels: Autotest, Hillclimb, Off Road, Officials, Race, Rally, Scrutiny, Stewards and Supersprint. Our Club has always had a representative on the Motorsport Australia NSW Supersprint Panel since its inception. Initially Brett Gilles who was Panel Chair and when Brett retired from the Panel, Ian Williams joined in 2014 and has been the NSW Supersprint Panel Chair since 2015.
The Chair of each Panel reports to the Motorsport Australia NSW State Council Executive to ensure that each of these motorsport disciplines are conducted in a coordinated manner and in accordance with Motorsport Australia / FIA requirements. The main purpose of each Panel is to provide advice and support to Motorsport Australia and the NSW State Council Executive on an area of particular knowledge and to set the framework and regulations for their discipline’s State Championships.