About Us and Off Road Racing
Three Clubs Statewide
There are three clubs operating in Tasmania. They are located in the following regions:
- North - Tasmanian Off Road Car Club Inc
- North West - North West Off Road Car Club Inc
You can view individual Club Profiles and Contact Details by clicking on the club name above.
The Tasmanian Off Road Advisory Panel
The Tasmanian Off Road Advisory Panel (TORAP) was formed several years ago at the request of off roaders and in conjunction with the State Office of CAMS.
TORAP is made up of two representatives from each of the three Tasmanian off-road clubs and meets five or six times per year. Any off road club member is welcome to attend the meetings as an observer.
TORAP has Three Roles
TORAP was established with three main roles in mind.
- To provide a forum to enable all three clubs to get-together to look at ways of improving and growing the sport in our State;
- To agree and set the Annual State Series guidelines including annual reviews; and
- To provide statewide representation to CAMS State and National.
Panel Members 2013
Chairman: Michael Donohoe (NWORCC)
Secretary: Karen Whelan(SORRA)
TORCC Reps: Chris Shepheard & Phil Sulzberger
SORRA Reps: Dean Maddock and Paul Quilliam
NWORCC Reps: Scott Rockliff and Chris Boon
Off Road Advisory Panel - Tasmanian Rep Andrew Wylie
2012 Meeting Minutes
About Off Road Racing
Purpose Built Cars
They defy the odds. Purpose built cars designed to be driven hard across inhospitable terrain. Hauled for thousands of kilometers across the country to meet the ultimate motorsport challenge. This is offroad racing.
The Easter of 1971 saw the first shaky beginnings of off-road racing in Australia, with the first Sunraysia 250 Desert Race It was run at Hattah in the Mallee Desert, some 50-odd kilometres north east of Mildura in what could be described as little more than "desolate isolation". Open to bikes and four-wheelers, bikes outnumbered the four wheelers by about five to one.
The early events were not CAMS sanctioned and were open to all-comers in a true budget racing concept. They grew in popularity and as awareness of their existence grew, so did the interest shown by potential competitors. (taken from Australian Off-Road Year Book 1983-84 by Wayne Cantell)
Before long the Sunraysia was attracting as many as 150 buggies and three times as many motorcycles. Off road racing became a recognised form of motor sport. It became the fastest growing motorsport in Australia.
Today’s competition vehicles are hardly comparable to their initial derivative.
The vehicles are now hi tech race cars, fitted with sophisticated suspension, and the latest factory computer engines and transmissions, to enable these amazing machines to traverse all types of terrain at high speeds.
Tracks range from dirt, sand, gravel, mud, rock & river crossings through bush, quarries, desert, farms, tree plantations, along access roads and sometimes chest deep corrugations like the ‘whoops’ at Finke.
The vehicles are grouped into classes based on the engine capacity and what physical form they take. The ‘buggies’ are they are referred to are tubular frames covered with fiberglass bolt on panels. The four wheel drives take the form of both factory vehicles modified and unmodified or purpose built ute chassis covered with fiberglass panels.
The Classes are:
- Pro Buggy -Buggies with engines between 1650cc and not exceeding 6000cc, 1 or 2 crew members
- Pro Lite Buggy -Buggies with engines up to 3500cc naturally aspirated, 1 or 2 crew members
- Super 1650 Buggy -Buggies with engines between 1330cc and 1650cc, 2 crew members
- Extreme 2WD - Highly modified 2WD with engines not exceeding 6000cc
- Performance 2WD- Modified 2WD with engines not exceeding 6000cc
Perhaps what has been so appealing about this form of motorsport is its ability to cater for all budgets, with vehicles at any one race ranging in price from under $10,000 for the older basic type, up to full American import cars powered by state of the art engines and transmissions worth upwards of $100,000.
The sport is established in every state in Australia with dozens of clubs nationwide. The national calendar is large with events ranging from club days, inter club challenges,State Championship titles and of course the ultimate series of events, the AORC (Australian Off Road Championship) which is the official national championship.
It comprises of around 5 – 6 events each year held in almost every state in the country.
To even contest an entire national championship is a huge undertaking that requires a lot of preparation, travelling and investment of time and money. But such an undertaking is the only way to compete for the ultimate offroad prize in Australia, to be crowned national champion and sport the ‘Aus #1’ number.
Involvement in offroad racing is not just resigned to the competitors. Like any form of sport in Australia it would not be possible without the work of volunteers.
To stage an offroad event takes a high level of manpower with roles such as administration, promotion, track set up, clerk of course, stewards, flag marshals, checkpoints, time keepers, scrutineers, recovery and catering.
All officials need to be licensed under the CAMS National Officiating Program.
See the CAMS website.
Being an official at motorsport events can be a very rewarding experience where you can learn new skills, meet new people and above all have lots of fun right in the action.
If you would like to become involved in offroad racing as a volunteer then contact the club in your area (see the Club Profiles page on this website).
Offroading these days has a highly competitive, professional edge and every participant makes an investment of both time and money to be involved.
But the people remain the same, salt of the earth motor sport fanatics who thrive on the challenge of man and car versus the toughest of courses.