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MotorSports NT is now in its ninth year as Peak Body for Territory motor sports. It has been an exciting time and our growth has been quite staggering given that we originally started with the 6 clubs that operated at the Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex (HVMSC) in February 2007 to having 17 affiliated clubs across the Northern Territory and now represent over 10,000 licensed competitors, pit crew, volunteers and officials. Our surveys confirm that motor sports is arguably the most patronised of all Territory sports with over 184,000 spectators and participants annually!
It is interesting to note that the Northern Territory is the only Australian State/Territory that actually has a “Peak Sports Body” representing the interests of local motor sports and receiving funding from the Government annually to assist and support affiliated clubs.
• On average, clubs run approximately 12 events on a fortnightly/monthly basis over the season. Each month some 8,730 spectators attend MotorSports NT affiliated club events in the Northern Territory.
• Each of the MotorSports NT affiliated clubs sees a significant increase in spectators for Major Title Events. Some 31,900 Territorians flock to see major club events – this does not include the V8 Supercars or the Finke Desert Race.
• The annual total of spectators at MotorSports NT affiliated club Major Title events and monthly club events equates to some 104,700 each year.
• The V8 Supercars, Finke Desert Race and Red Centre Nats attract approximately 79,600 spectators.
• Approximately 170,000 people spectate at motor sport events annually.
• Clubs not affiliated with MotorSports NT anecdotally attract a further 5-10,000 spectators annually.
• 4700 licensed competitors are actively involved in motor sport in the Territory annually. Each competitor has a vehicle related to the individual motor sport discipline and generally have a support crew of 2-4 people, this equates to some 10,560 pit crew and competitors involved in competitive racing annually.
Officials & Volunteers
• There are some 817 officials associated with MotorSports NT affiliated clubs. * This does not include the V8 Supercars, Red Centre Nats or the Finke Desert Race.
• It takes approximately 10 hours on average for a club race meeting. Approximately 1,148,510 volunteer hours by club officials to set up and run race meetings. A further 15,000 hours could conservatively be expected to be expended on major events such as NT Titles across clubs.
• Club officials are also required to manage the day to day business of the individual motor sport discipline. This consists of regular committee meetings, national meetings and peak body dealings.
• Averages of 7-10 people are on committee’s for the various clubs and would meet on a minimum monthly basis for 3-4 hours. This would equate about another 7,680 hours in committee time across affiliated clubs annually.
• A further significant amount of volunteer hours goes into individual club working bees and maintenance and upgrades of facilities which is calculated at approximately 8,000 hours (17 affiliated clubs, 25 people for 5 hours at 4 working bees).
• A total of 2,448,710 hours in voluntary labour by officials and volunteers per annum.
• The average hourly rate is approximately $25. Therefore, approx $50,000,000 in kind is donated each year by officials and volunteers that are affiliated with MotorSports NT.
TOTAL PARTICIPATION INCLUDING OFFICIALS AND COMPETITORS
• Approximately 170,000 spectate annually at motor sport events in the Territory
• Approximately 10,000 licensed competitors, pit crews, volunteers and officials regularly participate at MotorSports NT affiliated club events
• Approximately 185,000 participants attended motor sport events in the Territory in 2015
• Some 2,448,710 hours in voluntary labour each year
MotorSports NT is pleased to announce that Competitor Travel funding has opened again for 2016/17.
Motorsports NT is able to assist competitors travelling interstate to represent Northern Territory and their respective club at State or National Levels by means of financial support. Events must be related to the activities of the respective club and be at a state or national level.
If you are a member of one of the MotorSports NT affiliated clubs and will be competing in a National or State event before 30 June, 2017 and would like to apply for funding assistance please visit the resources and funding page within this website and complete the application form and return to your Club President or Club Committee for approval.
Congratulations goes to Jeff Gale who is the recipient of the 2015/16 MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for the Top End Mud Racing Association.
Jeff has gone over and above with his contributions to the club as track coordinator over the past twelve months.
Congratulations goes to Lance Thomsen who is the recipient of the 2015/16 MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for the Arunga Park Speedway Association.
Lance has gone over and above with his contributions to the club over the past twelve months.
The NT Kart Titles were held over the weekend finishing on Sunday afternoon. Over a 100 entries with a huge contingent from WA attending. Dave Sera, 17 time Australian Champion won the main class of X30 light in convincing fashion. Local driver, Chris Gatt (pictured with MotorSports NT President, Grant Hamon) won the TAG 125 Light class and ran No:51 in memory of Darwin Karting legend Paul Riggs.
Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association Scott McLean and MotorSports NT President Grant Hamon absolutely stoked with the ANDRA Round held in Darwin 8-9 July. Biggest crowd ever seen at Drags and the racing was sensational – a new benchmark set by HVDRA!
John Zappia, 9 times Australian Doorslammer champion didn’t have a great night but was full of praise for Darwin’s drag strip saying it is the best in the country and was amazed by the facility improvements at Hidden Valley. Team Lamattina ran a massive 336.49MPH (541.52KPH) for the 3rd fastest ever time in the world!
Alan Langworthy congratulates Simon Bulasch on being only the tenth person ever to win the prestigious CAMS Donald Thomson award. Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD.
SIMON Bulasch and Alan Langworthy can laugh about it now.
In recognition of his heroic selflessness, Simon Bulasch will this month become the 10th recipient of the prestigious Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Donald Thomson award.
Story Courtesy NT News