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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
Following the MotorSports NT AGM we gave farewell to Jordy. Our legend motorsport volunteer. Jordy has made a huge contribution to NT motorsport for over 45 years and we wish him well in his future endeavors.
Another person that was presented with a MotorSports NT Life membership Wednesday 24th Aug at the AGM was our President, Grant Hamon. This was a nice surprise for Grant, being nominated by two life members and ratified by the other board members of MotorSports NT.
At the MotorSports NT AGM held Wednesday the 24th August, Debbie Turner who is one of our valued volunteers across many clubs was the recipient of a MotorSports NT Life Membership for her outstanding contribution so motorsport in the Territory.
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.