On the eve of one of the biggest motor sport events on our calendar, the Bathurst 1000, I write to you to share some significant news of our own.
As of 1 January 2020, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) will change its trading name to Motorsport Australia.
This is a significant change and one that has been in planning for some time. You will see it officially announced on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Bathurst 1000 broadcast this weekend and also find out more on our website and social media channels.
We know CAMS has a long history within motorsport in Australia and that won’t change – we are not planning on pushing that history to one side, in fact we will embrace it as we embark upon our next chapter. It is also worth noting our structure remains the same, meaning clubs still have a voice through their State Councils and Panels.
Our new logo, which you can see in the branding on the top of this letter, pays tribute to CAMS with a familiar look for our new Motorsport Australia brand.
The CAMS brand is well known inside the sport, however we have a responsibility to grow and encourage more people to enjoy motor sport more often in a changing sporting landscape.
Motorsport in Australia is at record levels – we have more than 27,000 active licence holders, almost 11,000 licenced officials and close to 600 affiliated car clubs. This highlights that the sport is in good shape – but we know there is still plenty of room for more growth.
Our new name, Motorsport Australia, clearly and accurately projects our role as the peak body of four-wheeled motorsport, as well as highlighting that we are a modern, progressive organisation.
As many of you would know, we don’t just issue licences and organise officials – like all governing bodies in 2019, we have many varied roles across all disciplines and are responsible for running a number of events and Championships, like the Shannons Nationals, the Australian Rally Championship and the Australian Off Road Championship to name just three.
Below are a few of the key questions we anticipate you will have about this change:
What does this mean for me?
Your existing CAMS licence will remain current and when it is due for renewal, you will receive a new-look Motorsport Australia licence with all the existing benefits and entitlements.
Your logbook also remains current and does not need to be replaced. We have made a number of stickers available which you can utilise on your existing log book with our new branding.
Affiliated clubs have already been sent renewal information, there is nothing you need to do at this point. We will contact you with any changes required – such as new forms for your members and so on.
Any insurance cover you have in place through your work with CAMS remains current and you do not need to do anything when we officially become Motorsport Australia next year.
Will this change be costly?
The cost of the change of name has been kept to a minimum and our modelling suggests that the financial benefit of the change through advantages such as greater public support and sponsorship will more than exceed the cost in the short term.
We are also aware that there is a transition period for this change which was part of our planning to reduce any changeover costs – so, for example there will be no extra new licences issued, you will simply get your Motorsport Australia licence when you renew your licence.
Our name change has been a long time in the planning. We have been reducing inventories of old stock of merchandise. This phased approach to introducing our new name will minimise, if not eliminate any wastage.
Is the website address changing?
Yes, from 1 January 2020, www.motorsport.org.au will be our new home page – the existing www.cams.com.au address will automatically redirect to our new address.
We are also delighted to confirm that a new member portal will be available in early 2020 which will make life easier when dealing with Motorsport Australia and give you more options to complete tasks online.
If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact our membership hotline on 1300 883 959. Our passionate staff are happy to assist you with any motorsport query you may have.
We thank you for your ongoing support of motorsport in Australia and look forward to working with you as Motorsport Australia.
Please find attached the following:
Please note; Snell 2005 helmets are no longer legal.
It is your responsibility to print these regs of & read them so that you know the Rules of Off Road & to ensure your race car is eligible.
Please check your first aid kits & fire extinguishers, tethers on your hans devise (2010).
Also make sure your forward facing number is a contrasting colour & easy to read as this helps with lining up and lap scoring.
Please see the product recall news item recently added to the CAMS website:-
Pleased to announce some exciting news regarding the CAMS’ partnership with Channel 7.
The article can be located on the CAMS site HERE.
The 2018 CAMS BFGoodrich Australian Off Road Championship Sporting Regulations have officially been published on the CAMS site located HERE.
A CAMS publication will be uploaded early next week and the Sporting Regulations will also be published onto the AORC website.
I wish to bring to your attention the petition that CAMS has put forward regarding the delivery of a dedicated driver education program in secondary schools for students.
I would ask that the below link is distributed to your club’s membership, to provide them with the opportunity to show their support for such a program:-
The more signatures on the petition, the stronger case there is for such a program to be launched in secondary schools. At this stage, the program is only set to be rolled out in New South Wales, if it is successful, it would then be proposed to be expanded to other jurisdictions.
If there are any questions arising from the above information, please feel free to contact me.
CAMS has today confirmed details surrounding the ineligibility of the Genuine Yamaha Racing (GYTR®) Turbo kit which is currently available for the Yamaha YZX, and offered as a dealer fitted optional extra.
The link to the CAMS published article can be found HERE.
Could I ask that the article be forwarded to competitors, clubs and the wider off road community.
CAMS recently reviewed changes made to the Off Road Single Event (ORSE) licence application process that was introduced for 2018 and can today confirm these changes will be rolled back.
After taking on board the feedback received from clubs and event organisers, CAMS can confirm those changes have now been rescinded and it will again be possible to apply for ORSE licences at an event, and without the need to complete pre-licence training.
The decision to revert back to the model used previously was based largely around the impracticality of the new process as well as consultation with various stakeholders, whose valued input is taken seriously by CAMS.
ORSE licence forms will again be made available on request to clubs and organisers wishing to permit the use of single event licences at their events.
If you have any queries about these changes, please contact CAMS on 1300 883 959 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that as of the 1/1/2018 a new Clubman Licence will be introduced for Off Road. This will be a cheaper licence that will entitle you to compete up to and including State Level Events. If you wish to compete at National Level you will still require a National Off Road Licence and at this stage if you wish to compete at Condo you will still require a National Rally licence. If your licence is due for renewal in December or January and you wish to purchase one of the Clubman Licences ensure that you advise CAMS Licensing that that is what you require as forms may not be changed until next year.
The new licence and cost is below:
COJ $35 Age 14-15
CONJ $35 Age 12-15
CO $140 Age 16+
CON $140 Age 16+
PLEASE NOTE and competitor wishing to use a Single Event Licence for events in 2018 will need to purchase it on line from CAMS and it will be YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure you do this in time to receive it from CAMS before the event. Event Secretaries will not have ANY Single Event Licences to sell at the event.
NSW SOP CHAIR/AOC Commissioner
Please not the following release which has been published and also emailed to all Off Road Competition licence holders.