CSRG Membership & Application

What you will need to go vintage racing with CSRG:

Membership dues are $150 annually for participating (Racing) membership.

A Full Membership includes:

  • A subscription to The Contact Patch & the CSRG Newsletter
  • Voting rights
  • An invitation to the annual membership meeting & dinner, including a guest.
  • Spouses and other members of the household of a Racing Member are automatically Associate Members.
  • Allows the individual to enter races.

An Associate Membership costs $60 annually & includes:

  • Two free admission tickets to one of the Sonoma races
  • A subscription to The Contact Patch & the CSRG Newsletter
  • An invitation to the annual membership meeting & dinner, including a guest.

To Race:

After joining CSRG you must provide at the very minimum, proof of previous vintage racing experience or participation in a professional 3-day racing school such as Jim Russell, Skip Barber, Bob Bondurant or SCCA. Completion of the third level of the Hooked on Driving program is also acceptable.

A current, valid medical card from CSRG or any Vintage Motorsports Council-affiliated club.

CSRG eligible cars

  • Formula 1, 2, 3 or Formula Junior built through Dec. '65
  • Formula B, C, or V built through Dec. '72 (no slicks or wings)
  • Formula Ford built through Dec. '72
  • Production Sports or GT car built through Dec. '67
  • Sports racing car built through Dec. '67
  • FIA 2 Liter, Group 6 or Group 7 Sports Racing car built through Dec. '74
  • Any car built for racing through Dec. '41
  • SCCA A, B, and C Sedans built to 1968 through 1972 SCCA Rules, as well as compatible special sedans and productions sports cars.
  • Rare or unusual cars, constructed within the CSRG-eligible time period and at the discretion & invitation of the CSRG Board of Directors

Your car must be restored in a period correct manner, and must meet all of CSRG's rules, tire specs, etc. Your car must be submitted for provisional approval at least 8 weeks prior to a desired entry to an event.

Safety equipment: See the current CSRG Rules and Safety Regulations by clicking on the Rules button in the column at the right of this page.

Vintage attitude – An attitude that supports the proposition that the cars and the drivers are irreplaceable and that everybody is just out there to have a great time. Drivers that "have to win" or need to prove something will not find a CSRG event to be a very compatible venue for their exploits.

If you have questions about any of the above information, please give us a call at 1-888-268-7126, or e-mail us at race.director@csrgweb.org

Click here to go to our online membership form: http://www.csrg.motorsportreg.com/

Or here to download the PDF version of the Membership Application

CSRG prefers online registration, but if you have technical difficulties then please use our mail-in PDF file & complete the form and mail with dues check to: CSRG, PO Box 3223, San Rafael, CA 94912, USA

"Now What Do I Do?"--- How To Get on the Track

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You've decided that you want to go vintage car racing, but you can't figure out where & how to start, so here are the steps:

Step 1: Join CSRG. It's a $150 for an annual membership.

Step 2: If you do not have previous racing experience or have not participated in a professional 3-day racing school such as Russell, Barber, Bondurant, in an SCCA school, or in the Hooked on Driving Vintage Program, then you need to sign up for one.  At least one of the schools offers a discounted rate (@20% off) in the wintertime.

OR

If you already have a current medical card from a Vintage Motorsports Council affiliate, or have an SCCA or FIA competition license, contact CSRG at race.director@csrgweb.org with an explanation of your license, your racing history and contact names of people at the organization under which you raced.

Submit proof of having completed the driving course, or, if you have raced before, a resume of your racing history along with a CSRG Medical Form

If approved, you will be given a provisional medical cAn Associate Membership costs $60 annually & includes:ard that allows you to compete in CSRG events.

Step 3: While you're waiting to go to driver's school, a must-read is the Driver's Handbook as well as the CSRG Rules & Safety Regulations handbook.  There is information in both that is critical for you to know.

For even more information, go to www.startvintageracing.org

As regards your race car, there are three options:

A) Preparing your own car. This is the toughest route if you're starting from scratch, both in terms of car condition (stock) and in terms of tools & equipment. Racecar, tow vehicle, trailer, generator, compressor, tools etc. will test your credit line. Additionally, what are you going to do for an engine---build it yourself, or job it out? As for car prep, there are a multitude of race prep shops that can do the heavy lifting for you—roll bar & fuel cell installation & plumbing, fire system, etc., leaving you to work on the areas you prefer.

B) A better option than 'A' is to purchase a ready to race (or at least the previous owner says it is) car. The labor you put in for a ground-up build from stock will be slow & arduous vs. buying somebody else's presumably ready car. It would be wise to have another knowledgeable person or shop go over it & give you their opinion of its condition.

C) A third choice is to rent a car from one of the race prep shops. If you are undecided about how far you want to go with your vintage racing, this might be a good option. The cost per race hour is high, but there is a significant peace of mind derived from not having to prepare the car, transport it & work on it at the race. If you already have a car, you can contract with a race shop to prepare it & transport it for you---an "arrive & drive" option.

The Car Eligibility section of the CSRG Rules and Safety Regulations lists all of the currently eligible types of cars. [Insert link for car eligibility] In general, CSRG-eligible cars are eligible to run in other organizations, such as HMSA, but the opposite is not necessarily true. CSRG is an organization that prides itself on cars that represent a specific period in racing. Over time that eligibility period might be modified or expanded, but we are not a "run what you brung" organization.

In most cases people run cars with which they have an emotional connection. That's a good thing since the club is predicated on the car, not the driver, being the focus of the event. However, using the credo of walk before you run, perhaps a 1968 M8 McLaren with 650 horsepower is not a good starting point for a beginner. Discretion is the better part of valor---at least until you have developed your skills a little.

Step 4: Now that you have a license & a car, you need to submit the car to CSRG for acceptance. [Insert link to Racecar Submission Form] Bear in mind that even if CSRG does not accept the car, you may be given a waiver to run the car on a per event basis.

Car submissions are reviewed on a monthly basis, so it could take up to a month before you find out if your car has been accepted.

Once you have joined CSRG, obtained a CSRG Medical Card & had your car accepted you're ready to race.

Odds & Ends:

If you haven't gone to a CSRG event, you should. Watch the tech inspection & look at cars either like the one in which you want to race, or one that is in the Group in which you would be racing. Get a feel for what a race weekend is like, from registration through practice, qualifying and races.

We do not have a mentoring system per se, but contact Locke de Bretteville at csrglocke@gmail.com and he may be able to put you in touch with somebody who could help.
A critical part of the CSRG philosophy is that it's the car, not the driver that is important. Accordingly, we don't have victory laps, trophies or fastest lap awards, but we do have awards when merited, for period correct restorations, intriguing and unusual cars and the like.

CSRG events are two-day events (Saturday & Sunday) & there is an optional Friday afternoon session at additional cost. Always opt for the Friday running. The more track time you get, the more comfortable you will feel.

You might hold off buying your safety gear (suit, shoes, socks, balaclava, helmet & gloves) until after completing a driver's school. It's always nice to get some experience with equipment before you buy it.

A HANS device is not required, but it's a great idea. Not all driving schools provide them, so take note. Also, there's an acclimatization period with them that may be better spent at driver's school, or at a test session and not during a race weekend.

CSRG runs 7 or 8 race groups per weekend, typically with two sessions a day per group.

The tracks open well before the first race group goes out (8AM), so you can get into the track well before that, if need be.

Thunderhill events require a muffler (103 decibel), but CSRG Sonoma events do not.

The social functions (club dinner & dinners at all four events) are fun because you are away from the demands of a race weekend and it's a good opportunity to decompress and talk about racing deep into the night. The dinner at the end of the year is a lot of fun in a great setting, the Willows' neo-roman Veteran Memorial Hall.

Via CSRG, get in contact with other people who run a car like the one you have, or are thinking about buying. A lot of expense and unnecessary work can be avoided by just one phone call.

Contacts:

CSRG
PO Box 3223
San Rafael, CA 94912
Tel/Fax: 888.268.7126
race.director@csrgweb.org

 
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