Join a Club
Joining a club helps you meet like minded people who can assist you to get involved in Rallying and Motorsport in general. You must be a member of a CAMS affilated car club to compete an event.
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, consider the type of rallying you want to get into. A good place to start is the OurAuto Excel 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.
Get a Rally Car
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. Remember there should be no pressure to perform. Just join in and have a great time. Remember to finish first, first you have to finish!
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.
For driving, co-driving or navigating in rallies or rallysprints up to the Victorian Rally Championship level, a Clubman Rally Licence is all that is required.
The licence application forms are available from cams.com.au
- VolunteerBeing an official at a rally is a highly rewarding experience, and a fantastic opportunity to understand more about how the sport works. There are many different roles from road closures, spectator marshalls, stage timing officials, and event administration roles that cater for those who are only just getting started in rallying or other more experienced competitors who give back to the sport. If it wasnt for volunteers rallying would not exist. Please note that to compete in rallies in Victoria you must volunteer at least once in the previous year.
You can start off being a trainee official and any rally in Victoria. All events will provide you with a briefing and some basic training so you understand your duties as an official. If you want to become an accredited official, the CAMS officials program has a number of modules and training courses to assist you in becoming an accredicted official.
Most events provide a number of well structured spectator points at each rally. These points provide you with the close up thrill of competitive motorsport. 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. Check the event page for spectator instructions, normally posted a few days prior to the event.