You don’t have to be a competitor to be a member of the HRCA, as we have a Non-Competition membership option also available! As well as a busy race and hill climb calendar for 2018, we are planning several social events including stands at various classic car shows and maybe even a group trip abroad to a motor sport event.

Membership Fee

COMPETITION €100.00  – PRE 55 €100.00  – NON COMPETITION €20.00

2017 HRCA Championship sporting regulations and Rules of the Association.

  1. The Championship will be run in accordance with the GCR’s of the MI. The International Sporting Code of the F.I.A., the General Sporting Regulations (Appendix 41), and these rules and the HRCA technical regulations will constitute supplementary regulations.
  2. The Historic Racing Car Association (HRCA) & its sponsors will promote a series of championship and non-championship events in conjunction with MI affiliated clubs over the season incorporating events chosen from the Hillclimb and Racing Calendar.
  3. The MI / HRCA championship is open to competitors who are members of the HRCA and have registered for same and whose cars comply with the published HRCA Technical Regulations.

4. SPONSORSHIP.

The HRCA may provide sponsors. All competitors must display championship sponsor’s decals as provided to their cars or they may be excluded from the race results. Personal sponsor’s decals may be displayed on cars but must not be larger than the championship sponsor’s decals.

5. CHAMPIONSHIPS.

5.1. George Mangan Trophy Permitted Classes are A, B, C, and D as defined in the HRCA Technical Regulations

5.1.1. All HRCA members in eligible cars will compete for the George Mangan Trophy which will be based on a combination of races run at accredited circuits and rounds of the MI Hillclimb Championships.

5.1.2. The number of counting rounds is per the HRCA racing calendar with two dropped rounds. The racing calendar will published in the MI Bulletin and on the MI Website.

5.1.3. All hillclimbs will be run on a handicap basis. Handicaps will be allocated by the MI Hillclimb Committee.

5.1.4. Points for Races counting towards the George Mangan Trophy will be scored depending on the time group positions in the overall results. Cars will be subdivided into time groups based on the Mondello Park National Circuit and Mondello Park International Circuit, where necessary, with time groups posted in advance of the event.

The groups based on the Mondello Park National Circuit will be:

Group A – Below 65 seconds,

Group B – From 65 seconds to below 70 seconds,

Group C – 70 seconds and above.

Revisions will be implemented during the year of all competitor groups to ensure that they are in the correct group for each race. Should a competitor post times quicker or slower than the cut off time in two races, then that competitor will be re-graded as deemed appropriate. Points for the championship will be carried over. The onus is on the competitor to notify the Class Coordinator of the necessity to move up or down within the groups.

New competitors or new cars will compete in Group A on the day of the first two races and then will be re-graded as deemed appropriate.

A clearly identifiable method of differentiating between the groups will be introduced before the start of the racing season.

5.1.5 The winner of the George Mangan Trophy in any year will not be eligible to receive an annual award in either the Frank Cassidy Perpetual Trophy and/or the Kathleen Cassidy Perpetual Trophy in that year

5.2. Glen of the Downs Championship.

5.2.1. Cars that are eligible for any of the Irish Historic, U.K. Historic or European Historic Championship may compete in this championship under their own technical regulations, and subject to the approval of the Class Championship Registrar.

5.2.2. Races will be run on a scratch basis for the Glen of the Downs Championship.

5.2.3. The number of counting rounds is as per the HRCA racing calendar with 2 dropped scores. The racing calendar will be published by Motorsport Ireland Bulletin and on Motorsport Ireland website.

5.3 The Heritage Plate to be awarded to the Pre 74 winner of Class A in selected events. The selected events will be published to all registered competitors in advance of the first championship round.

5.4 Pre 55 and Pre War Challenge competing for the IVVCC Sports Section cup and the David Dunn trophy

5.4.1 The drivers have elected as posted in the 2013 Technical Regulations that no driver/car can win both the pre-war and the pre-55 challenges. If a driver/car has won both then then they will be presented with the Sports Section Award (the pre-eminent Trophy), and will forego receipt of the other award

5.4.2 Handicapping for the internal HRCA Challenges will be managed in the following manner for 2016.

Hills

Handicaps for the first day will be in accordance with the Class 4 Motorsport Ireland handicaps on the day. Handicaps for the second day will be adjusted in accordance with a pre-determined formula and applied by agreement of two class drivers and with reference to the results of the first day and historic records. These will be posted in the paddock in a prominent place and before the first run on the hill

Races

Handicaps will be set following practice by agreement of two drivers at the meeting. Handicaps will be set in accordance with a pre-determined formula and applied by agreement of the two selected class drivers and with reference to the results of the practice times and historic records. The race handicaps will be posted in the paddock at least 30 minutes before the race.

The method of selecting the two drivers and the pre-determined formula will be published to all registered competitors in advance of the first championship round.

5.4.3 Points will be awarded on a double point’s basis for all races Handicapping of all cars competing in the George Mangan Trophy or any other Championship event will be in accordance with MI Regulations.

6. POINTS SCORING

6.1. Points will be scored in accordance with Appendix 15 of the current Year Book, except where there are less than four cars in a group when the points scoring will be as set out in 6.2 below.

6.2. If any group within a race begins that race with three cars or less, the group will be awarded reduced points on completion of the race.

The points will be reduced as follows:

  • 1st place will be awarded 17 points
  • 2nd place will be awarded 14 points
  • 3rd place will be awarded 12 points

6.3. Resolution of ties will be per Appendix 15 of the current Year Book

7. PRESENTATION.

All cars must be presented in a condition that will boost the reputation of the HRCA. The class Scrutineer may ask a competitor to improve the presentation of any car that is not in keeping with the spirit of the HRCA.

8. CONTACTS.

8.1. Class Principal: Wolfgang Schnittger

8.2. Class Co-Coordinator: Clive Brandon & Class Championship Registrar: David Moloney

8.3. Class Scrutineer: Jimmy Wolverson

1. CLASSES OF PERMITTED CARS

  • (Class A) Standard production saloons, sports and GT cars manufactured before 31/12/1974
  • (Class B) Sports racing cars and specials, modified sports, GT and saloon cars manufactured before 31/12/1979
  • (Class C) Standard production saloons, sports, GT cars and historic rally cars manufactured before 31/12/1979
  • (Class D) Continuation cars with HTTP papers and kit cars manufactured before 31/12/1979
  • (Class E) Pre war and pre ’55 cars as per their individual Technical Regulations within the HRCA
  • (Class F) Invitation cars running on E rated tyres in the spirit of Historic Racing as agreed with the Eligibility Scrutineer and the Class Principal. These cars do not score championship points.
  • (Class G) Rear wheel drive standard production saloons, sports, GT cars and historic rally cars manufactured before 31/12/1983 in the spirit of Historic Racing by agreement with the Class Principal and Eligibility Scrutineer, to compete for the Race, Hillclimb and Glen of the Downs Championships.

To include cars such as those that follow on the list below. All late model MGB and MG Midget’s, MG Metro, Davrian MK8, TMC Costin, Rover SD1, BMW 3 Series, Ford escort Mark 2, Ford Capri 3 ltr, Morgan +8, Porsche 911 Turbo (type 937), 911SC, 924, 928, 944, , Triumph TR8, Toyota Celica, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, and others to be agreed with the Class Principal and Eligibility Scrutineer.

No front wheel drive (unless named). No four wheel drive.No turbo charging unless standard in period.

2. TYRES

The use of slick tyres or cut slick tyres is not permitted.

2. TYRES: The use of racing slick tyres or cut racing slick tyres is not permitted.

Only E rated threaded road or threaded track day tyres from the MSA lists 1a-1c are allowed and must have a thread depth of 1.6 mm post-race.

The FIA Homologated Historic tyres, Dunlop CR65, Avon Historic wet tyre and Avon Historic All Weather tyres may be used.

3. INTERIOR

Interior must be as per appendix 2 in MI Yearbook.

No radio communication devices are permitted on cars during practice or racing. No data logging systems are permitted during practice or racing.

4. BODYWORK

4.1 Permitted cars section (A)

It is permitted to replace the front wings, bonnet and boot lid with panels of a non standard period material. Front and rear bumpers may be removed. The original production designed monocoque must be retained.

4.2 Permitted cars section (B)

The original floor plan of the production car must be retained.

4.3 Permitted cars sections (A,B,C and D)

Lights front and rear must be retained in the original position on all cars.

5. ENGINE MOUNTINGS

The material of the elastic part of the engine mount and transmission mounting is free, but not the number of mountings. You may not alter the position of the mounting or its pick up points on the engine or chassis.

6. ENGINE

The engine block and cylinder heads must be of the original make, type, trademark, design and material and date from the same period. It should have the same number of cylinders and camshafts and be driven by the original method. Internals can be modified without restriction.

7. FUEL SYSTEMS

Fuel systems are free, except that injection systems are not permitted unless fitted in period.

8. IGNITION

Electronic ignition is permitted. The distributor is free provided it retains its original drive and location. Limiters are permitted.

9. COOLING SYSTEM

The radiator/oil or water is free but must remain in the original position. It is permitted to replace the original cooling fan with an electric cooling fan and the switching mechanism is free. An additional cooling radiator is allowed provided it does not protrude beyond the bodywork.

10. EXHAUST SYSTEM

The exhaust system is free but must not pass through the bodywork. The exhaust must exit at the side or rear of the car beyond the periphery of the car. Noise levels are as per NI Yearbook 105DB MAX.

11. GEARBOX

Gearbox is free provided there are no more than five forward gears. All modifications carried out must be of the period, with the exception of Ford (rocket, bullet, t9 and t5 Sierra) gearboxes which are permitted. No sequential gearboxes or derivatives thereof are permitted.

12. REAR AXLE

Final drive ratios are free and a limited slip differential may be fitted. Anti-tramp bars and Panhard rods may be fitted to real axle castings. The original axle casting must be retained.

13. SUSPENSION

Period modifications only are allowed as well as the following:

  • a) The ride height is free
  • b) Antiroll bars may be fitted or removed
  • c) Lever arm shock absorbers may be replaced with telescopic type
  • d) Camber is free

14. BRAKES

Period modifications only permitted, but discs may replace drums on the grounds of safety with the Scrutineer’s agreement.

The use of dual brake master cylinders are permitted and strongly advised.

15. WHEELS

It is permitted to use wheels 2 inches wider or 2 inches larger in diameter than a production model.

16. PRE WAR AND PRE 55 – SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

Permitted cars in Class E as defined in Clause 1 above will consist of the following period groups.

(A) Veteran cars built before 01/01/1905

(B) Edwardian Cars built between 01/01/1905 and 31/12/1918

(C) Vintage cars built between 01/01/1919 and 31/12/1930

(D) Post Vintage Thoroughbred Built between 01/01/1931 and 31/12/1936

(E) Cars built between 01/01/1937 and 31/12/1955

16.1 Cars of periods (A) to (D) are exempt from the requirement of having a minimum distance between the top of the seat and the top of the adjacent body side of 152.5 mm, or of having all seats facing forward. Seats may also tilt, hinge or fold.

16.2 Cars of periods A to E are exempt from the requirement of having the exhaust terminating behind the mid-point of the wheel base. Subject to circuit/venue owner’s requirements, all cars will be subject to noise testing. The test shall be carried out with engines run at two-thirds maximum RPM.

16.3 Cars of periods (A) to (D) are exempt from the requirement to have a protected oil tank when it is situated outside the main chassis and may have the oil tank to the rear of the gearbox casing.

16.4 Cars of period (A) and (B) need not be fitted with sprung suspension if originally built without.

16.5 When racing, cars built after 1930 must have brakes on all four wheels. When racing, cars introduced prior to 31/12/54, are not required to have 25% minimum braking effort applied to each.

16.6 Cars of periods (A) to (D) are exempt from the requirement to have steel wheel nuts of a minimum length.

16.7 When racing remoulded or re-threaded tyres may only be used on cars built prior to 1940.

16.8 In races, sprints and hill climbs, open cars of periods (A) to (E), are strongly recommended to have an external circuit breaker switch.

When a circuit breaker is mounted on cars of periods (A) to (E), the mounting point may be approximately vertically below the line of the scuttle on the driver’s side. Cars of periods (A) to (E) may have the ignition components located in the cockpit.

16.9 When racing, cars are exempt from the requirement to fit a safety rollover bar unless it was required by the original Formula Regulations. For speed events, cars of period (A) to (E) are exempt from the requirement to have a rollover bar. Cars of periods (A) to (E) are exempt from fitting a safety harness.

17. SAFETY REGULATIONS

All cars must comply with the Motorsport Ireland Appendix 2 regulations regarding safety regulations.

If it does not say in these regulations that you can do it

THEN YOU CANNOT

18. MODIFICATIONS

All modifications of any kind to competing cars or any of their component parts must be of the period and materials used in that period.

In cases of period modifications, the onus of proving a modification as being period rests with the competitor who must submit documentary evidence.

Superchargers and turbo chargers are specifically banned under these regulations as add on modifications.

19. SCRUTINY/ELIGIBILITY

Competing cars may be sealed and/or checked by the Eligibility Scrutineer at any time or place convenient to him in order to ensure compliance with these technical Regulations at the

expense of the competitor concerned. Eligibility scrutineering may take place pre-season, during the season or post season depending on the Scrutineer. Eligibility will be governed in accordance with MI Regulations. Penalty for an ineligible car found at scrutineering is the removal of all points in all the HRCA Championships.

In the event of a dispute over eligibility the decision of the class Eligibility Scrutineer as to what constitutes an eligible part or car shall final.

All cars must be presented at scrutiny in a clean and tidy condition, with presentable body and paint work, ready to compete. Championship sponsors Decals and logos must be fitted to all cars in the designated position for same. Any car deemed not to be sufficiently well presented and judged by the Scrutineer to be such as to bring the HRCA into disrepute can be deemed ineligible to compete.

20. REGULATIONS APPLICATION STATEMENT

In the spirit of the HRCA and the promotion of historic racing, the above Regulations will be applied by the class Eligibility Scrutineer at his absolute discretion.

Certain deviations from the above Regulations may be permitted as long as they do not create an unfair performance advantage. The class Eligibility Scrutineer will determine on the matter of “unfair advantage”.

23rd October 2015

Speed Group List A, B and C – July 2015

 

 

Class

Number

Driver

Car

A

9

Val Thompson

TMC Costin

A

32

Michael Doyle

Elan

A

43

Steve Griffin

Modsport Midget

A

33

Stephen Doyle

Chevron

A

23

Jackie Cochrane

Tiger

A

26

David Kelly

Elan

A

7

Billy Crosbie

Lotus 7

A

21

Bernard Foley

MGB GT V8

B

54

Will Corry

Sebring Sprite

B

10

Mark Russell

Jaguar XJS

B

31

Brian Cassidy

Tiger

B

53

Garth Maxwell

MBG V8

B

72

Wolfgang Schnittger

MG Midget

B

16

Tommy Doherty

Capri

B

47

Clive Brandon

Lotus Europa

B

48

Paul Gray

Porsche 911

B

6

Edmund Cassidy

Tiger

B

42

Matt Dunne

Modsport Midget

B

Jonathan White

MG Midget

B

41

Liam Ruth

MG Midget

C

21

Bernard Foley

Porsche 924

C

37

Noel Kavanagh

MBG

C

49

Conor Cooke

MGB

C

12

Craig Fox

Mini

C

88

David Moloney

MG Midget

C

87

Ken McAvoy

MG Midget

C

31

Brian Cassidy

MGB

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