HCMC is primarily a club-level motorsport club with an emphasis on fun and learning car control skills, and most of our events are held on either grass or gravel. Members of the club tend to be oriented more to Rallying rather than Circuit Racing, but we can boast some prominent circuit racers as past members of the club. Following are descriptions of the main type of events we run:
MOTORKHANAS: An excellent way to start motorsport, a Motorkhana involves driving around various short courses marked by plastic cones. The time is recorded and penalties are added for knocking over the cones or not completing the course correctly. Usually smaller cars do well, but it is more the skill of the drivers car handling that provides the winner. We run several of these each year, drivers do not need helmets, overalls, or special MSNZ licences and Motorkhanas are open to all types of cars.
AUTOCROSSES: These are three laps timed around a short racetrack marked out with cones. Usually held on either grass or gravel, but occasionally on seal, the longest straight is less than 200 metres, and the cars run one at a time. The Driver needs to be a member of a MSNZ affiliated Car Club and have cotton overalls, a helmet which meets the minimum standards, and a fire extinguisher. Newcomers can compete twice before joining a Club.
HILLCLIMBS, SPRINTS, ETC: A Hillclimb is a Sprint up a hill, usually on gravel or tarmac. These are a popular event, especially with the more novice drivers. Sprints can be straight or bent. A straight sprint is a drag race, but a bent sprint can be either once over a course, or several laps of a track. These can be run on closed roads or proper race circuits. Cars run either one at a time, or two at a time if the course is suitable. They can be on closed public roads, a race track, or a farmers paddock!
RALLYS AND RALLYSPRINTS: For this level the car must have a roll cage fitted and there is a list of required safety modifications to be carried out. All vehicles are carefully checked for safety prior to an event. The very popular Rallysprint Series is run in conjunction with five other Car Clubs in the top half of the North Island area.
CIRCUIT RACING: This is the one type of event that our club does not organise or get involved in, we leave that to the bigger clubs which have an interest in a circuit, we concentrate on the grassroots level event that suit the majority of our members best! But regardless of what form of motorsport you are interested in, there is bound to be someone in the club that can answer your questions about it.