Imagine taking your road car on to a slippery surface and negotiating tight courses set out by rubber cones and coloured flags. A motorkhana is where you improve your car handling skills…have a lot of fun for not a lot of money…and earn competition points towards club trophies.
Christian Autosports Club of Australia (CACA) runs a motorkhana series split into skid pan (flooded concrete surface, as below) and grass events (as above). We use the Sydney Motorsport Park skid pan at Eastern Creek and Ansell Park adjacent to the RAAF base at Richmond. Both venues induce different car behaviour. The skills you gain here are very beneficial for when driving on public roads with a loose surface, lack of grip or a lot of water.
Motorkhanas are divided into categories for every day passenger vehicles and modified (unregistered) vehicles. At any one of our events you are likely to see Mazda 3’s, Corollas, Civics, Mirages, Subarus, Toyota 86’s, V8 Commodores and Falcons, EVO Lancers and turbo Nissans, as well as purpose built race cars. Points are awarded for negotiating the courses in the shortest possible time without hitting the cones and flags.
Children from 12 years of age are eligible to enter (with parental permission) and we have found motorkhanas to be ideal for teaching the right skills and building confidence in learner drivers. CACA has a number of highly experienced motor sport racing drivers who are available to sit with junior members and provide instruction.
Don’t worry, you won’t damage your vehicle. The worst that could happen is driving over a cone – and they bounce back into shape!
Motorkhanas are divided into open events, closed events and training. Open events are for members of Christian Autosports Club of Australia and other CAMS-affiliated clubs. Closed events are solely for the benefit of CACA members. Training includes a practice day, driver training for the public or promotional activity (as when CACA staged a launch day for the NSW Rally Championship).
Motorkhanas are inexpensive events. Registration is $50 for adults and $25 for juniors for the day plus the cost of a CAMS licence (refer to CAMS Licence).