Get Involved

Step 1 - See What's Out There

Rallies and rallysprints are run throughout NSW all year round. They range in status from simple club events to fully professional motorsport at the highest echelon. If you’re new to rallying, you should learn more about what a rally is by reading the section on “About Rallying”.

The types of rallies conducted in NSW each year include:

  • Touring Assemblies
  • Touring Road Events
  • Club level rallies and rallysprints
  • Hyundai Rally Series
  • Techworkz Development Rally Series
  • NSW Rallysprint Series
  • NSW Rally Championship
  • the NSW round of the Australian Rally Championship
  • the Australian round of the World Rally Championship

Step 2 - Go to an Event

The best way to get a real idea of what rallying is about is to get to an event! Check out the calendar of upcoming events and choose an event to attend; get the spectator instructions from the event page; grab your mates/family/boyfriend/girlfriend and head off to experience your first taste of this addictive sport.

Make sure you visit the Service Park and see what happens there.  Ask questions about the types of cars that interest you most.  Rallying is a very social sport and people are always open and friendly and happy to share their experience, design ideas, vehicle specifications and passion about the sport.

Check out the media days – ask to get a free ride.   Rounds of the NSWRC provide a Media Day to expose the event to the local media and VIP guests.  A short special stage is provided to give the guests the “rally experience” at pace through the forest.  Most events have a small number of invitations to allow prospective competitors to have a ride and experience the thrill of the sport.  Contact the organisers (via their event page) to request an invitation.

Event organisers are always looking for extra volunteers to help them with running the event. The obligations of an event official are usually minimal, and can range from manning a road closure, spectator point or time control point. As an official, you’ll get either your own private spectator point, or the opportunity to get right up close to the cars, crews and workings of a rally stage. To express your interest in officiating at an event, check out the information on volunteering.

Step 3 - Don't let age stop you!

Our youngest rally Co-Drivers start at 16 with our youngest drivers starting as soon as they have their P plates.  Our oldest competitors are in their 70’s – and some are still very competitive.  Experience and skill is what counts in rallying.

Step 4 - Don't let gender stop you!

Most forms of motorsport are dominated by men, however, there is a growing number of women participating in rallying – and we are very happy to encourage this further!  It’s a great sport and not be considered the domain of any one group.

Although there are many lady Co-Drivers, there are an ever-increasing number of lady drivers.  In fact, there is even a rally for lady drivers only, held annually.

Step 5 - Join a CAMS Affiliated Motor Sport Club

Joining a club helps you meet people who can assist you to get involved in Motor Sport, and is usually a compulsory requirement for entering an event.  Many clubs run ‘Come and Try’ days and some even provide vehicles so that you can experience firsthand what motor sport competition is all about.

Check out the list of NSW CAMS Car Clubs that are actively involved in rallying, and get in touch with any of them.

Step 6 - Get a Rally Car

There are plenty of rally cars for sale and generally all of them are at a fraction of the original cost to build them.  If you are buying a used rally car, invest some time to discuss options with a whole range of competitors or one of the experts who build rally cars as a business.  Don’t just jump in.  The wrong car may cost far more than your budget in on-going maintenance – particularly if it hasn’t been maintained as it should.  The great thing about the rally community is that everyone is happy to help each other.  Ask the members of your new club for advice, or better still, contact our expert sponsors for some professional advice.

If you want to build your own car, the best place to start your rally career is the Hyundai Rally series.  The cars are easy and cheap to build (and maintain) and the competition is very even. This series is a great way to develop your skills and be able to measure your progress against the other Excel competitors.  You start off being way behind a few of them, but as time and events go by, you find that your road-reading skills are developing and you can predict the way the road will change ahead.  Your times start to improve and soon you are matching those same competitors – stage by stage.  You ask for more advice on driving and focus on where to improve, and before long you are beating them on every stage – and doing it safely without over committing.

The Hyundai Rally Car regulations can be found under the section on Vehicle Eligibility.

Alternatively, the Club Rally Car regulations offer the most freedoms for a constructor and these cars are eligible to score points for all rallies up to and including the NSW Rally Championship.  The Club Rally Car regulations can be found under the Vehicle Eligibility regulations.

Step 7 - Find your Driver or Co-Driver

Although it’s great to partner with someone experienced, it isn’t necessary.  Grab your mate/girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband and other competitors will show you both what to do and what to expect.

There’s no pressure to perform.  Just join in and have a great time.  In no time, you will have a lot of experience and be giving advice to others joining the sport.

If you aren’t able to find anyone, contact us and we’ll put you in touch with other competitors looking for crew members. Drivers are often looking for co-drivers to fill in for one-off events or a series.

Step 8 - Get a Service Crew

The Development Rally Series (which includes the Hyundai Rally Series) is the best choice of rallies for new crews.  At these events, the start, finish and service are in the one location, so you really don’t need a service crew.  If you need a hand or advice, there are always others around who are willing to help out.

Step 9 - Get a Licence

CAMS issues a range of different licences to cover every aspect of participation in Motor Sport, ranging from single day licences for people that wish to try out something new, up to full National and International Racing licences.

A Level 2 licence (2NS – non speed) is applicable to introductory rallies, Touring Assemblies and Touring Road Events (with non-speed sub-events).  The licence application form is available here:

CAMS Level 2 Licence Application

For driving or co-driving in rallies or rallysprints up to the NSW Rally Championship level, a Clubman Rally Licence is all that is required.  The licence application form is available here:

CAMS National Licence Application

You can find the full list of available CAMS licences on the CAMS website.

Step 10 - Register for a Series

Registration means that you will receive event information; be a priority entry to series events; receive discounted entry fees to rounds; and accrue points on all rounds towards the annual awards.

Register Now

The above link will take you to the secure on-line registration process at the CAMS website. This is the only option for registration for the NSW Rally Championship, Development Rally Series, Hyundai Rally Series or Rallysprint Series.

Make sure your partner (driver or co-driver) also registers to receive the same benefits.

Being an official at a rally is a highly rewarding experience, and a fantastic opportunity to understand more about how the sport works.  If you’re only just getting started in rallying, volunteering as an official at an event will give you great insight into the sport and give you plenty of opportunities to get to know other experienced competitors.  For anybody who is already involved in the sport as a competitor, helping out as an official is a great way for you to give back to the sport that you love!

I want to be an official - where do I start

The best place to start is to pick an event that is convenient for you to attend.  Check out the event pages for details on location and dates.  You can find the contact information for the event organisers on those pages – give them a call to express your interest.

What experience or skills do I need?

Absolutely none! There are plenty of jobs to be done, and many of them require no prior experience. At the event, you’ll be briefed on what you need to do, and given any training you do need. Most of the tasks are very easy and straightforward.

What sort of job can I do?

Every event requires many officials, to fill the following types of positions:

Road Closure

You get your own private spectator point, manning a road closure. Officials are required at road closures of big intersections or significant roads, to ensure no unauthorised traffic passes through the barriers and enters the stage.

Spectator Marshall

Monitor the crowds at a spectator point to ensure that everyone there remains in the designated zone.  Your job here is to keep all the spectators safe from the rally cars.

Start Control

Count the cars down to “GO” on the start line. At the start control, your job is to give the crews their actual start time (three minutes after their arrival time and maintaining a two-minute interval between each car). Cars then move forward to the start line, where an automatic timing system usually counts them down for their start.

Finish Control

Get the stopwatch ready – as the cars pass the finish line, your job is to record the exact time.

Administration

There is plenty of paperwork to be completed at every event! Organisers can always use help in Rally HQ from people with good administrative skills.

Organisers

Events take months of planning and hard work to put together. Usually, there is a team of people who put in countless hours in creating the event – it’s a huge undertaking! But, there is a great sense of pride and achievement amongst that team at the end of a successful event, and the gratitude from competitors is exceptional. Rallying in NSW is only going to survive if we’re able to find more people who are willing to help with the organisation of an event. Being a part of the organisational team requires more formal training. There are various roles in this team, including Clerk of Course, Event Secretary and Officials Co-Ordinator.

Do I need to be a member of a car club?

Depending on the role you would like to play as an official, you are usually not required to join a CAMS affiliated car club. This is generally only a requirement for Event Organisers.

However, joining a car club will give you more opportunities to meet rally enthusiasts and become more involved in the sport.

Rally Organisers provide a number of well structured spectator points at each rally. These points provide you with the close up thrill of competitive motorsport – without any ticket price to attend*.

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What you will see are the best rally drivers in NSW and on the East Coast of Australia, fighting for grip and attempting to conquer time by saving every split second possible as they fly through the Special Stage. The spectacular sight is boosted by the thrilling sound of high pitched race engines and squealing brakes. The cars range from 4WD turbo cars to an amazing variety of Classic Rally Cars. There are Holden V8 Commodores, Subaru WRX’s, Toyota Celica’s and Mugen Honda’s and each has its own sound and methods of tackling the corners.

Detailed instructions are provided to assist you to get to each location as well as diagrams and an explanation of the corners or obstacle that the rally crews have to tackle.

Rounds of the NSWRC have a complete Rally Guide available online which includes an overview of the championship, the cars and the crews. The Rally Guide also includes the detailed spectator instructions. Rounds of the NSW Rally Championship (NSWRC) often provide catering, toilets, expert commentary and up-to-date results to ensure that your rally experience is enjoyable and memorable.

Kids are always welcome, so it’s a real family affair.

Please be aware that safety is our number one priority so we ask our spectators to follow the directions of our experienced marshals.

The Rally Guide for each event is posted on the event page within this website in the weeks leading up to the event.

We hope to see you in the forest soon!

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*Excludes WRC events, which do charge for spectating activities. 

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