Motorsport racing: how do I get started?

If you’ve always dreamt of getting behind the wheel on a racetrack for events like the MINI CHALLENGE or Volkswagen Racing Cup, now is a great time to take action. Whatever your experience and budget, it’s easier and more affordable to get cracking than you think, and you’ll be made to feel welcome at the track. However, there are a few things to sort out first, none of which is particularly complicated. What you need to do – step-by-step Try a track day These organised events permit non-members of motorsport UK to drive around them. Occasionally, you can do the same on a disused or closed airfield. You take your own vehicle, and get a taste for all the thrills of pushing your car to its limits of grip and driving at speed without risking your license! At the same time, you may want to think about some extra coaching from qualified...

Storing your competition car – so that it’s race-ready

Much as we’d all like to zoom around in our race cars all year, the reality is that life gets in the way. Few of us have the luxury of being able to race every weekend. And during the non-racing stretch of the year, your vehicle will need storing, which can lead to some deterioration. Happily, there are things you can do to reduce the effects of wintertime storage, and retain your racing model’s value for as long as practically possible. (more…)

Oil you need to know: a guide to engine lubricants

Of all the various lubricants needed to make a race car run smoothly, few are more important than engine oil. And when you think of the pressure the average motorsport engine comes under, that’s hardly surprising. So you can’t use standard motor oil in racing engines (more…)

Choosing and taking care of your racing car battery

They’ve been used in motor vehicles for roughly a century, and are sometimes taken for granted, so it can be easy to forget that your racing car is only as good as the battery powering it. And because a motorsport battery tends to cost more than a conventional one, it’s worth taking care of yours, and ensuring you make the right choice. (more…)