Advice & Equipment

The following Word document was compiled by 9 experienced club competitors. It contains a lot of good practical advice on how to get the most from these days without damaging yourself or your car. It includes a section on preparing your car, with a check list of items to tick off, and things to consider at the event.

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(MotorsportEventAdvice.doc – 42kb – last updated 26th May 2003)

CAMS Equipment
Safety equipment meeting the relevant CAMS standards is required to enter our motor sport events. See the individual event requirements under Rules & Regulations for a list of the CAMS equipment needed for a particular type of event.

Where do I get CAMS approved equipment?
Where possible, making your own items will be the cheapest option. Look below for advice and photographs for making your own battery location marker, supplementary bonnet restraint, clear adhesive film over forward facing glass and installing a fire extinguisher.

However, some items must meet the relevant Australian Standards and you will need to purchase these. Auto Sport Pty Ltd is the clubs preferred supplier of motor sport equipment. They have a wide range of motor sport equipment including CAMS approved helmets and fire extinguishers (with suitable mounting brackets). They also offer club members a discount, so don’t forget to say you are a club member when shopping there. They are located at 248 Magil Road, Beulah Park just east of the Portrush Road-Magil Road intersection (ph 8332 8811) or check out their webpage for more information.

Of course, you are welcome to shop elsewhere, but please be careful that the equipment you purchase does meet the necessary CAMs requirements, otherwise this may result in you failing scrutineering. For example, there is a minimum weight for fire extinguishers and some have a plastic mounting bracket which is unacceptable (it must be metal). So if in doubt, ask!

Making your own CAMS equipment

Battery Location Indicator

CAMS regulations require a blue 15 cm equal sides triangle to mark your battery position. This is easiest made from blue contact. If your car is blue in colour then it is acceptable to use white tape instead to create an open 15cm triangle, as shown below. Electrical tape is good for this as it has a moderate level of “stick” and is wide enough to stand out. It can be handy to measure up a cardboard template to use when cutting out the triangle to ensure the correct size.

Battery location marker (for blue car only)

Clear Adhesive Film over Forward Facing Glass

It doesn’t get any more straight forward than this, just cut out some clear contact to match the shape of your forward facing glass and stick it on!!

Supplementary Bonnet Restraints

Tie down straps are commonly used for supplementary bonnet restraints (hooked into bonnet and then tied onto tow hook under front of car). Thanks to Sean Jenner for these step by step photos showing how its done. Click on the thumbnail for full size images you can save for future reference.

You can also get steel wire versions made up with a clip at one end (clipped onto bonnet) and an open loop at the other (bolted onto front cross member). These will cost a bit more, but are invisible once the bonnet is down and so photographs of your car on the track don’t have a big tie down strap on the front of them.

Supplementary bonnet restraint using a tie down strap.

Supplementary bonnet restraint made from steel wire

Mounting your Fire Extinguisher
Robin Bailey from the Victorian WRX club kindly allowed us to reproduce his article on how to mount a fire extinguisher. Click here to download the instructions.

Alternatively, and a lot simpler, you can drill through the floor pan and bolt the extinguisher bracket to the floor pan, as shown in the first set of photo’s below. Just take care to avoid the chassis rail that runs beneath this area (you don’t want to drill through this). Some people have also reported problems with the drill bit picking up and twisting the carpet underlining when drilling through the floor pan. Try clamping a piece of wood onto the floor pan and drill through this to help hold the carpet down.

Mounted through floor pan

Another successful option, provided by Bob Taylor, uses a steel strip running across the front seat bolts, as shown in these photo’s. This avoids the need to drill through the floor pan and is completely ‘reversible’.It won’t foul on the seat if mounted where shown.

Mounted on steel strip mounted to front seat bolts

Paul Byrne has also adopted a similar method to Bob, as shown below:

Roger Canty has also utilised a steel strip to mount the extinguisher bracket too. See pics below: