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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
Congratulations goes to Tim Woolfe who is the 2016 MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for Darwin Speedway Riders and Drivers Assoc. Tim has gone over and above with his contributions for the last 12 months, including being assistant treasurer and race director, sourcing sponsorship and the organisation of race meetings.
Congratulations to Andy Napier who is the recipient of the MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association.
Andy has contributed significantly to HVDRA over the previous 12 months in a fire rescue capacity and has shown great leadership and as always highly reliable.
Congratulations to Tina Giezendanner who is the recipient of the MotorSports NT Volunteer of the Year for Tennant Creek Speedway.
Tina Giezendanner came to Tennant Creek to start afresh with her little family.
Little did she know that she would become heavily involved in Tennant Creek Speedway. Tina has become an integral part of the club by assisting on every working bee, coming to meetings, supporting all committee members in anything that is required and being the best Bar person going. Tina dedicates her Saturdays
to ensuring the bar is fully stocked and then spends her night running the bar. Tina is always one of the first there and one of the last to leave each race night. She is that dedicated she sometimes brings her swag.
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.