NORC is an off road racing club, based around the North, although we do have members from all around the country. We meet once a month from March through to October for off road racing.
The racing consists of arriving at a site, normally a farmers field, forestry site, MOD training ground or an off road site. The course would have been laid out on the Friday. Help is always appreciated to set up and pack away.
Prior to the event starting most drivers walk the course to choose lines and familiarise themselves with the course, all vehicles taking part in the event have to be checked (scrutineered) to ensure they meet the safety criteria of the MSA blue book (see below). The scrutineer will also give the vehicle a Class (see below). Vehicles can be bought for as little as £2000 when just starting out, and can go right up to £120k, but whatever vehicle you have, there's just as much fun to be had, in fact, more so in the cheaper ones sometimes as there's not as much pressure on keeping the vehicle pristine.
Following scrutineering drivers and navigators must sign on at the timing wagon and will be issued with wrist bands confirming they can compete, then usually around half an hour before the racing starts the clerk of the course will conduct a drivers briefing confirming important information such as number of runs, course live times, maximum times and any potential hazards on the course.
After the drivers briefing there is normally a drive round to familiarise yourself with the course and get a feel for how your vehicle will ride the terrain.
Each day usually consists of between 6 and 10 runs of a 2 to 8 mile track over a mixed range of terrain. The vehicle with the shortest times overall over the event wins the event.
See the bottom of this page for a beginners guide.
Membership for 2018 costs £20 for all members. Refer to the Membership tab/page on our website to complete your membership application.
Membership Secretary for 2018 is David Wilson 07793 885891
Please take note of where competition numbers have to be placed. You MUST have one of the small numbers in the top passenger side corner of the windscreen. If you don't have a screen make something to put the number on so it is clearly visible. This is to aid the timekeepers, if you place the small numbers on your front wing you will FAIL SCRUTINEERING. Side numbers need to be placed as high as possible on your vehicle so they have a chance of being kept clean at the end of a run. All numbers must be cleaned between runs.
There is no charge for entering the NORC championship in 2018, you just need to be a member of NORC and complete a championship registration form or take out a season package which auto enters you (membership tab) prior to you starting your first event, along with your membership , or speak to the competition secretary. This form will allocate you your championship number for the season. Each race event will have a separate cost (with the exception of competitors who take advantage of the season packages available on the membership tab).
A Beginners Guide to Cross Country Racing (Comp Safari)
So you’d like to have a go at Cross Country racing? Well, the best way to start would be to come along to an event and see what happens, talk to the teams (we all love to talk about racing), that way you will get to see, and hear the cars, what the courses are like, and how a days racing works, and maybe even get yourself a ride for the afternoon. All you need to do is become a club member for the year for just £20!
Even better, come along and help as a marshal or time keeper for the weekend, then have a wander round the pits in the evening, and I’m sure that you’ll find an answer to all your questions. Just give one of us a bell (numbers on the contacts page) so that you’ve got a person to look for at the event, and we’ll try to keep you right.
Once you've got yourself and your racer ready for your first event you need to apply for a competition licence from the MSA. To race at a NORC event you require a 'non-race clubman' licence which costs £27 for 2017 (check msa website for current price) which must be in hand before your first event and applied for direct from the MSA.
So that’s the basics covered, you just need to get you and the car to the event, it has been known for people to drive the car to the event, but if you bend it, will the AA take you home? So you’ll be looking to buy / borrow / hire a trailer, just make sure that you tie the car down right! All the NORC events this year will run over 2 day’s so you’ll need somewhere to sleep, either a tent or a caravan is the norm, and the catering van can keep you fed and watered.
Hopefully, you’ve put it all together, and got to the venue nice and early so you’ve got plenty of time to get everything sorted. Find your self a spot to camp and service etc. Once you’re set up you’ve got 3 main things to do before the start, walk the course, scrutineering (ask people around you where and when it is), and then get signed on once you’ve passed. While you’re signing on in the club lorry, find out what time the drivers briefing is, and make sure that you go, as that’s where you’ll find out what time everything is happening.
There is normally a “parade lap” where you can have a slow drive round the course. If you’re new to the sport it’s good to do this as you’ve got a better feel for where the course goes, and what it’s like.