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Autograss is a non-contact motorsport that takes place on an oval track of, although sizes varying by venue, approximately 400m using a natural soil surface. Due to the close nature of the racing, thrills and spills are never far away, which only adds to the atmosphere, felt at all 52 Autograss venues across five countries!
There are 11 NASA classes, differing by type of set up and engine sizes, from near standard 1000cc minis through to specially designed spaceframed single seaters with monster V8 or twin motorbike power.
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FAO All NEC Live Action Drivers & NASA Static Stand Drivers- You all should have received an email regarding car / driver profiles that we require. If you have not received this email, please contact Diane Tomkinson, thanks to those that have already responded. These car / driver profiles will be available on the NEC page of this website in due course.
And That's It! With the early cancellation of Trent's Christmas Pudding meeting, it means that no more events are planned for the 2014 Autograss Season. At this point, we would like to thank everyone for supporting this fantastic sport throughout the 2014 Season. The quality (and indeed quantity) of races has increasing year by year and this season is no different, there has been close racing throughout the whole season across all five countries, both at National and Club Level.
Thanks must go out to each and every official and persons who have assisted in the running of any of the events or organisations with the sport - without the many hours put in by the volunteers this sport simply wouldn't be able to continue, thank you to you all for your dedication to the sport.
But that doesn't mean that NASA is going to be quite in the off season, oh no! If you haven't done already, join us on Facebook for reviews on Autograss cars and drivers at non-Autograss events and more. Plus don't forget to keep checking back on the NEC page for the latest News of Autograss at the 2015 NEC in January.
Vernon's Scrutineering Proposal- Earlier on this week, we sent out by email to the League Chairmen, (with copies to all Club and League Scrutineers with whom we had up to date comntact details for) a proposal that Vernon Mackenzie has prepared, to restructure the NASA Scrutineering team and proceedures. We asked for this to be discussed with Club and League members before bringing feedback to the NASA AGM on 30 November. The discussion's now started in some leagues at least, so here are Vernon's ideas for you all to read:
"For a long time sxrutineering has been a muddle. I believe that it need changing now. I have various ideas for things that would help to improve it. Some simple and some drastic. If any change is to work, then it needs to happen between the end of one season and the start of the new one. It will be time consuming and may ultimately cost the members, if only £1 on a licence fee to cover some of the costs that will be incurred by a growing department.
I believe that the job of the Chief Scrutineer is too much for one person. I'm not sure how many Autograss cars are registered in one season, but with just under 5,000 members there must be 2,000 cars. I think that there should be ten NASA Chief Scrutineers, one for each Class! The job of finding someone with good knowledge for a particular class shouldn't be difficult. Their job would be to concentrate on that Class, to make sure that the rules for that Class are adhered to and to help improve the quality of cars in the Class. Also to organise a team of helpers or assistants capable of Scrutineering at the National Championships.
Ideally, these Chief Scrutineers would be evenly spread around the country, would communicate with each other on a regular basis and develop a team like attitude. Sometimes cars have to be checked, inspected, pre race Scrutineered, and I hope that the Class Three Scrutineer from Wales would be able to get the Class Eight Scrutineer in Yorkshire to go and look at at Class Three for him. Ideally they would have this knowledge.
NASA should be in a position to pay the selected people travel costs as a further incentive to do the job in a professional manner. The Ten Scrutineers would hopefully be of a high standard and able to run their own department. If we had a problem in finding enough people straight away, then some Classes could be amalgamated, for example Four and Six, Nine and Ten, or Classes in lower numbers, Junior Specials may need their own Scrutineer?
For this to work, this Team would have to be overseen, led, guided, helped and frequently reminded that they where a team. Previously, when one person has had this position, keeping everything to themselves has not worked. There also needs to be someone with whom the book stops and has the final say, someone who will take responsibility for the dapartment and all of its equipment. My suggestion is that this should be the Director in charge of Scrutineering. I also think that the team of Scrutineers for each Class should be selected by the same person. It's really important that the members of the team all work together, contact each other, help each other and should be chosen with this in mind.
The biggest job initially would be to get all the cars in each class up to scratch, especially the restricted classes. I'm sure there are a number of cars racing every weekend that shouldn't be. I would like to see the driver/owner take a bigger part in the legality of their own car, the standard of build, roll cage, seat fixing etc. and that it complies with the rule book. Ultimately I'd like every car to have a number and be registered as ok to race. Any modifications could then be checked and signed off by the scrutineers. I'm sure this is some time away but a goal for the future.
Scrutineering at race meetings would then become more of a safety check, seat, seat belts, helmet, driver comfort, pedals and cables, this does not happen now but needs to happen! In fact scrutineering is almost non-existent at some race meetings. Along with this would have to come some sort of set punishment system for presenting an illegal car to race. This needs to be severe enough to hurt the competitor and deter others from doing the same, after all everyone should know the rules but if they were unsure they could contact the class scrutineer for clarification.
Some goals for the near future:
1) NASA Chief Scrutineer for each class.
2) Cars to be registered, recorded as fit to race, maybe numbered.
3) To change the rule books, simplify and reduce repetitive information.
4) To improve the standard of Autograss cars in general, including appearance.
5) More checks on eligibility of cars in certain classes, pre and post race spot checks.
6) No scrutineering at the National Championships, after all if you qualify your car must be ok! Just safety checks.
7) Some stiff guidelines for punishment when a car is not presented correctly.
8) Leagues to be penalised for allowing a car to qualify for the nationals if not fit to do so.
9) Every competitor that takes out a 2015 licence would have a detailed explanation of all changes for the 2015 season, with immediate effect.
10) One person in charge, they will carefully select the individual class scrutineers and take full responsibility for the department, also they will have the final say on all scrutineering matters as did the previously titled NASA Chief Scrutineer.
Ultimately the scrutineering department needs to be professional, fair and positive about its job. Communication is key, with other officials, competitors, leagues and clubs, in turn they need to be given respect for doing an important unpaid job.
I honestly think this could be the first step to improving our sport, making it safer and bringing it into the 21st century.