I don't see there is any need for us to be a member of any regional association.
for events that our championship visits, we are listed in that events regulations as an invited club or championship.
folks that wish to enter events where we're not an invited club or championship will need to enter a club or championship that is invited to those events.
Although I appreciate that L7C events are covered the MSA club membership, there are other owners who wish to use their cars for other ad-hoc events, affiliation would provide additional value to club membership. There’s always debate on BC over what value is gained through L7C membership, to expand the benefits is worth considering.
Whilst I can't actually find details of the costs involved, I'm sure that membership of each regional association would incur cost to the club.
In order that all UK based L7club members could compete on events where membership of a club affiliated to to a regional association may provide the required qualification, then the L7club would need to be affiliated to all regional associations.
However, that potentially requires cost and effort on from the L7club on the off chance that the odd member may want to compete on the odd event on an ad-hoc basis.
There already those that complain that general members membership fees support the small percentage of the membership that compete in our own speed championship (despite the speed championship actually being self funding by championship registration fees and sponsorship), so additional spending to allow a few members to compete on an ad-hoc basis is not likely to be popular with the general membership (as the L7club is primarily an owners club rather than a motorsport club).
If you're already a member of a club that is either listed, or included by membership of a regional association in the regulations for MSATP, then why not simply enter under that club (which I'd guess is a local general motorsport club rather than an owners club)?
I don't think there is a cost. There wasn't when I was doing it. It was simply that you were part of a regional group.
Other much smaller clubs have regional associations so it would be reasonable to believe that cost would be minimal.....
Just an update,
All Motorsport UK registered clubs must be part of one of the associations. Section A2.7 & D2.0 of the Blue book.
There are two ways to decide on which association to be a member, either to be physically located in an associations area or to run events in there area. Applications for membership is at the discretion of the area,and as Simon said in his earlier post Associations want you to be active in there area.
For us the only speed events we run are at Curborough, so I can advise that we have now been accepted into membership of the Association of West Midlands Motor Clubs which covers Curborough.
Thanks for the update
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