Motorsport UK, the national governing body, has launched StreetCar to encourage more people to get behind the wheel and enjoy the sport; overturning the age-old perception that it is out of reach for most people.
StreetCar will showcase the existing vibrant grassroots motorsport scene, and demonstrate that the sport is affordable, fun and accessible whilst acting as the enabler to drive participation in the club community.
A wide range of low-cost ‘grassroots’ disciplines are available for new and existing members of the community, comprising 12 StreetCar disciplines that provide a wide variety of format and challenge.
Segmented into Autotest, Trials & Cross Country and Rally, the disciplines are:
- Autotest, AutoSOLO and Production Car Autotest
- Trials and untimed Cross Country events
- Rally including Touring Assemblies, Treasure Hunts, Navigational Scatter, Navigational Rally, Road and Historic Rally, 12 Car Rally and Targa Rally
All 12 disciplines can be participated in with a standard unmodified road car without special safety kit and to drive only a free Motorsport UK RS Clubman licence is required.
Motorsport UK will work with its Regional Associations and motorsport clubs to promote clear pathways into the disciplines, demonstrate the ease in which newcomers to motorsport can get involved and how existing community members can try something new for the first time.
Hugh Chambers, Chief Executive Officer at Motorsport UK, commented, “StreetCar is motorsports best kept secret. The 12 disciplines are affordable, can be enjoyed in any legal road going car, and there are events held across the UK throughout the year.
“Our StreetCar campaign will help bring these events and our community to life, showcasing their vibrancy whilst providing a framework for our clubs to attract new audiences, increase participation and deliver new club members.
“From the buzz of an AutoSOLO, to the uphill challenge in Trials and the exploration of a Navigational Rally, there is something for everyone in StreetCar.
“We strongly encourage anyone who’s been wanting to get involved in motorsport to get in touch and start their journey today.”
How to get involved?
StreetCar is open to existing motorsport enthusiasts and newcomers wanting to experience the thrill of motorsport for the first time.
A dedicated StreetCar website and Facebook Group have been established and will act as the first touchpoint for those wanting to get involved.
Participants will be encouraged to sign up and outline the disciplines they’re most interested in before joining the growing Facebook community.
After signing up, Motorsport UK will provide tailored support on how to participate and find the most relevant StreetCar club and event for them.
Once a participant is ready to go, at their first event they will be greeted by the StreetCar club’s Competitor Liaison Officer, who will be responsible for engaging with every newcomer as they begin their motorsport journey.
From there, they’ll get behind the wheel of their road car and enjoy the experience of their selected discipline.