Car Eligibility

Members who wish to participate in club events and club runs should participate in an endurance rally style car. In general, the ERCA car eligibility criteria for cars are based on the rules developed and published by the Endurance Rally Association, Oxford, UK.

Categories

Cars will be divided into Categories based on the following:

  • Vintageant – Cars in production before 1941

  • Classic – Cars in production between 1941 and 1976

  • Other - Cars that have competed in other categories in endurance rally events will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Eligible Cars

All cars must be of a type exclusively designed to carry passengers with either saloon or sports bodywork. Estate cars and station wagons may be considered by the committee. Commercial or military vehicles such as light trucks, van, ambulances, pickups and utilities, and 4 x 4 vehicles will generally not be eligible. However the committee are happy to review cars on a case by case basis and can use discretion to approve cars that don't strictly fall within these guidelines.​

Registration

Cars do not need to be  road registered or club registered to be eligible however cars must be legally registered in their state or territory to enter and drive in any club event that takes place on public roads.

Safety Equipment
  • An approved, current and suitable fire extinguisher for automotive use (AS 1841) of at least 900g capacity must be securely mounted in easy reach of the driver or co-driver.

  • All cars must be fitted with a laminated windscreen.

  • All Classic cars must have full harness seat belts and they are used at all times.

  • It is strongly recommended that all Vintageant cars have appropriate seat belts fitted and they are used at all times.

  • CAMS approved roll over protection bars are strongly recommended in all cars.

  • Fire and liquid proof bulkheads separating the passenger compartment from  the engine and fuel tank are strongly recommended.

Modifications

Cars are expected to comply with the spirit and appearance of the period. Certain modifications are permitted based on safety and rally practicality. The modifications that are permitted are:

  • Brakes may be ungraded in Vintageant cars but must remain the same general configuration (disc brakes cannot replace drum brakes)

  • Drum brakes in Classic cars may be upgraded to disc brakes that were available in the era of the car

  • Shock absorbers may be added or upgraded to more modern versions however remote canniter shocks are not permitted

  • Transmissions and drivelines may be upgraded

Non Permissible Modifications
  • Conversion of live solid axle to independent suspension

  • Coil springs replacing or augmenting leaf springs or torsion bars

  • Change of engine make or configuration

  • Fuel injection unless available as original equipment within the period and of the original specification of the model

  • Limited slip or torque biasing differential unless available as original equipment within the period and of the original specification of the model

  • Engine management systems or crank sensors

  • Disc brakes except in the Classics category where they were available as original equipment within the period and of the original specification of the model

  • Conversion to rack and pinion steering

  • Replacing body panels with composite materials

  • Wheel design and/or material that was unavailable within the period

  • LED or HID forward or rear facing lighting equipment

Other Permissible Equipment

The following equipment is permitted.

  • Calibrated trip meters

  • Electronic clocks

  • GPS navigation devices

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