Get the RUSH at Rushworth







2019/20 TO 2024/25


Build and Race Rules


Page 2 -4

  • Index

Page 5 - 6

  • Intro

Page 7

  • Build Specs for new cars

  • General

Page 8

  • Race Numbers

  • Engine

  • Transmission

  • Differentials

Page 9

  • Axles

  • Tyres

  • Wheels

  • Wheel Studs

  • Suspension

Page 10

  • Steering Columns

  • Brakes

  • Radiators

  • Roll Cage

Page 11

  • Roll Cage

Page 12

  • Side Intrusion Protection

  • Head Plate

Page 13

  • Fuel Tank Protection Bar

  • Shatterproof Shield/Foot Plate

  • Foot Bar

  • Bumpers Front and Rear

Page 14

  • Over Ride Bars Front/Rear

  • Nerf Bars

  • Padding/Protrusions

Page 15

  • Mirrors/Communication

  • Body Extras

  • Tek Screws

  • Harness

  • Driver & Passenger Seats

Page 16

  • Fuel Tank

  • Fuel Injection

Page 17

  • Fuel line On/Off Tap

  • Fuel

  • Battery Electrical

Page 18

  • Kill Switch

  • Throttle Cable/Linkage

  • Tail Shaft

  • Engine Mounts

  • Exhaust Systems

Page 19

  • Bonnet & Boot pins

  • Door Panels

  • Door & Roof Numbers

Page 20

  • Window Nets

  • Windscreen Mesh

  • Safety Equipment for Drivers & Passengers

Page 21

  • Race Rules

  • Fire Extinguishers

Page 22

  • Fire Walls

  • Dummy Grid

Page 23

  • Entering Track

  • Track Rules

  • Changing Drivers

  • Point Score

Page 24

  • Nomination Procedure

  • Finals

  • Feature Race

  • Pole Shuffle

Page 25 - 26

  • Flags & Lights

Page 27

  • Illustration A   Roll cage

Page 28

  • Illustration B  Harness & C  Seats

Page 29

  • Illustration C Window Nets

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  • Illustration D  Fuel tank protection Bar

Page 31

  • Illustration Override protection bumper bars

Page 32

  • Fig 14 Bumpers Front & Rear

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  • Club By Laws

G.V.A.C. Open Saloons Mens, Ladies & Juniors is all about affordable racing and the enjoyment and excitement of being able to race a car.  It has the appeal to drivers ranging from Juniors to the highly experienced.  It is a class that has come about to let vehicles race that may have been too old, or for a driver to try out something different in their race cars that is not permitted in other classes. 

G.V.A.C. Open Saloon Mens, Ladies & Juniors endeavour to display a form of racing that tests driver's skill and vehicle performance.

With these rules G.V.A.C. Open Saloons can conduct feature races that create excitement which enhances the profile of speedway racing in general. 

 If open saloons are invited to race at another track apart from Rushworth, as GV Open Saloons, it would be preferred that all participating receive tow money rather than prize money for the top three place getters. 

G.V.A.C. Open Saloon Mens, Ladies & Juniors has progressed to a point where rules and regulations have been compiled to inform and advise current and future competitors, of the standard required to race. These rules have been set for the safety of the competitors and the sport. Like all club based activities these rules need to be governed and enforced. If rules are enforced by the Chief Steward or Club Official it is deemed lawful until the contrary is proved. 

 To be eligible to race in G.V.A.C. Open Saloons Mens, Ladies & Juniors, a driver must be a financial member of G.V.A.C. Rushworth. Nominate his/her race car at the start of the season as G.V.A.C. Open Saloon Mens, Ladies & Juniors. A new member or car can be accepted at any stage upon payment of all fees required and having his/her car day lighted by Official Scrutineer/s. 

As directed by G.V.A.C. these rules will remain unchanged with the exception of safety rules imposed by the approved insurers or the committee until the end of the 2018/2019 season when the

2018/2019 committee will review the current rules.


Authority to Exclude & Scrutineering: 

All vehicles must present their log book and vehicle to the G.V.A.C. Open Saloons Scrutineers every race day prior to the commencement of racing... No log book, you must buy a new log book $10.00 prior to racing. Scrutineering will close 1 hour prior to start of race meeting

If a G.V.A.C. official determines prior to the race that the race car does not meet the applicable specifications, the car will not be allowed to compete unless, in the discretion of the official, the deficiency:- 

[a] Will not adversely affect the orderly conduct of the race. 

[b] Cannot be corrected in time prior to the qualifying heat/race for that event. 

[c] Will not provide the competitor with significant competitive advantage over other competitors. 

[d] Is so insubstantial as not to warrant a determination that the car is ineligible to race. 

If the official permits the car to compete under these circumstances, the official will advise the competitor in writing of the deficiency, in the log book and if the deficiency has not been corrected by the next race meeting, the car will be prohibited from competing in any future event until rectified. 

Day lighting of vehicles must be done prior to race day at daylighting days or at the scrutineers? discretion at a race meeting. 


To be eligible to compete in any ?Feature Race? or title event a car and/or driver must have run at least three events as a G.V.A.C. Open Saloons Men?s, Ladies & Juniors in the current season. 


To be determined by class representative 



When designing/constructing an Open Saloon.  If the design or construction is dubious or questionable to this rule book, it would be advised that you contact the Opens driver representative for advice before proceeding. If the representative is unsure he/she will consult with at least 2 scrutineers and refer to the rule book before providing an answer with a valid reason, pointing out the relevant rule. The decision that is handed down is FINAL.  

When building a new race car it must conform to a basic standard of this G.V.A.C. Open Rule Book. Safety is a major priority. There are no motor, gearbox or differential constraints. The vehicle must resemble its original state. Fibre glass and remade body panels are permitted but must be kept as close as possible to the original style of vehicle. When building the driver/passenger safety cage there will be no tolerance or allowance at scrutineering. All welds, joints and bends are to be of a professional standard. This is for safety of all competitors. No Utes, Panel Vans, 4W/D?s or Four Wheel steer vehicles to be raced. All lights, indicators, taillights and glass to be removed. Holes are to be plated with tin or aluminium plate. All flammable material must be removed (Hood linings, carpet, fibre, sound deadening, original dash, Speedo cluster and excess wiring etc).

Car must have and utilize original chassis and floor pan in cabin area extending to firewall to firewall sill to sill and the original chassis must extend to the suspension points, front and rear. A super sedan chassis is fabricated therefore not considered original or acceptable. 


Specs listed in this book are the rules. If ?ÍT? is not in the book, enquire for prior clarification or approval. 


Numbers that can be used are 4-99 101-199. New cars entrants are to contact the Class representative for availability of number.

Numbers 1-2-3 are reserved for the top point scores, or title holders in the previous season.

Race numbers will only be held for 12 months with a deposit of $50, and you MUST also be a financial member. After 12 months your car must then be at daylighting days and registered prior to season to keep your number. Otherwise your number will no longer be available.

The top 3 place getters original numbers will be an exception. 

No 00 numbers permitted


Any type of manufactured petrol car engine allowed. No V8 engines to be fitted into a 4 cylinder body. No forced induction allowed i.e. Superchargers, Turbochargers. Rotary engines NOT permitted. Rear mounted engines not allowed. 


Any transmission can be used providing it has both forward and reverse gear in working order. 



Any make of diff can be used DIFF CENTRE MUST BE LOCKED. Electronic traction control is NOT PERMITTED


If not full floating, shrink rings to be tack welded in three positions on each axle. All car owners must sign that shrink rings are welded in their log book. If an axle dislodges and the shrink rings are not welded you will incur a penalty. 


Any tyre in good condition can be used. Within reason i.e. bobcat/ tractor style not allowed 


Wheels must be in good condition and free from cracks. Wire wheels and/or dual wheels NOT PERMITTED.

Balance weights are not permitted. Wheels may be reinforced provided they meet with the approval of the Chief Scrutineer. 


Correct matching nuts and washers must be used. 

If ?Mag? wheel nuts are used, the end of the nut must expose the stud to verify the stud size or a nut must be removed for scrutineering No capped wheel nuts to be used


To be ½?? or 12.5mm minimum and not protrude any longer than the bead of rim. 4 stud wheels permitted only in its original manufactured configuration, same engine design. Eg a cross flow is NOT a 4 litre or a Barra! Any four stud wheel car will have a 7 inch rim max


Any suspension set up can be used providing it is constructed of high quality. 



Must be attached with either a u-bolt or bearing block supported to the horizontal bar of the roll cage to stop the steering column dismounting in the event of an accident. Any steering column reducers (reduction boxes) need to be of high quality and free of play. All G.V.A.C. Open Saloons cars are to be fitted with a quick release steering wheel that is padded in the centre to prevent injury.  


All vehicles must be fitted with working brakes on at least three wheels; the only brake that may be removed is the right front. Hand brake may be removed. 


All radiators to be fitted with a pressure release cap. Any radiator may be used in front or rear of the vehicle. Rear mounted radiators must have tanks shielded with outlets facing rear of the vehicle. All rear mounted radiators must have continuous metal pipes to the rear of the radiator and tanks to be totally covered.  If in cabin area pipes to be covered or boxed in. metal pipes MUST have heat shields. Thermo fans must have hand protection guards fitted 


a) The roll cage is to prevent the collapse of cabin area under impact.   Roll cage, to enclose the driver, to be full width and full height of the cabin area. The roll bars are to constitute a cage type framework, braced fore and aft.   The cage must extend from behind driver's seat forward to the windscreen area and incorporate protection for the driver's feet. 

b) All roll bar material must be of good quality mild steel, AS 1163, minimum 

Gr300. MINIMUM 38mm O.D. x 3.0mm w.t. CHS. (Sonic test at not less than 

2.70mm ABSOLUTE). 

Aluminium based materials NOT PERMITTED

All bends to be made using a pipe bender with the correct size former. 

Galvanised tubing or welding over threaded tubing is NOT PERMITTED in any structural bar work. 

Water pipe fittings or malleable fittings are NOT PERMITTED

Roll cages built using other than fusion welding techniques will not be accepted. 

Gussets on welded joints may be required at daylight inspection of weld quality. 

c) The rear main hoop, main roll cage and diagonal bar from driver?s side (head?) top corner to passenger side bottom corner of hoop to be made of one continuous length of tubing with smooth continuous bends and no evidence of crimping, wall failure or significant weakening.

d) Main roll cage hoop to be within 150mm of sides of roof at narrowest point.

Bars are to be inside body. The base of the main roll cage hoop to be fitted square in the car. 

Top windscreen bar to be as near as practical to windscreen at front rollcage leg on side elevation. 

Front roll cage leg is to follow the "A" pillar line; exception being cars with severe rake of the windscreen. 

Quarter window bar may be required by scrutineers if your car has an excessive rake or a long roll cage. Min 25mm.  


Must be constructed with NASCAR style bars. The bar work must be constructed with three horizontal bars, bent out where the original door skins would sit (top bar must be at least 90% of original door height). With a minimum of 2 vertical bars welded in between each horizontal bar. Spear plate to be fitted 3mm steel or 5mm alloy. This form must be duplicated on passenger side of vehicle if passenger carried. Checker plate will not be allowed in construction of open saloons. 

See Illustration A


 To simplify the removal of an injured driver it is highly recommended that a removable full size head plate be used: 

Head plate to be of 5mm ALUMINIUM ALLOY or 3mm STEEL. 25mm x 3mm FMS strip to be welded to main hoop, top windscreen bar, centre roof bar and side roof 

bar. 10 of 50mm x 50mm x 3mm MS tags acceptable. Plate to be mounted, from above, with 10 x 8mm dia. High Tensile bolts, 3 each side, 2 front, 2 rear. Heads of 

bolts to be downwards, i.e. no projections.


A head plate min. 3mm steel must extend from rear roll bar to top windscreen bar and from driver's side outer roof bar to centre roof bar. This plate must be securely welded to these bars with intermittent welding procedure.

Helmet clearance between roll cage roof/hoop bars for existing vehicles, may raise head plate, to obtain 50mm clearance. If the vehicle is going to carry a passenger the head plate must be full width of roof. See Illustration A. 

New build / registered vehicles to have bolt on type head plate.



Tank to be protected by substantial bar work on all sides. Fuel tank protection bar must be at least 50mm wider than tank and filter to prevent side entry to tank by nose of another vehicle, tank to bar gap to be at least 25mm. see illustration D 



All cars MUST have scatter shield for Safety Purposes {Manual or Auto}.( unless running a bert or brinn style gearbox that does not use a flywheel ) All cars must fit a 3mm minimum steel or 5mm alloy scatter shield to cover upper 180 degrees of bell housing and be securely mounted. Scatter shields must protect the driver/passenger feet and legs {east-west cars included} 


All vehicles to have foot protection bar fitted.

See Illustration A.  



All vehicles must have front and rear bumpers. Supported Bumpers can be supported by either box or tubular steel, any later models plastic or steel bumpers can be fitted but must still fit within original parameters. Bumpers to be manufactured of CHS (pipe) or RHS (box) min size 38mm, bumpers maybe manufactured so long as they fit in original position, supports and bars to be no heavier than roll cage pipe. All ends to be rounded- radius formed. See illustration E. Bumpers to have 4 mounting point?s front and 6 rear maximum. See figure 14 in the back of the rule book.



Over ride bar on front to be no wider than the chassis rails to be a maximum of 25mm o/d and maximum 150mm high. Must be fitted to top of bar (see diagram). No bar to be fitted on bottom part of bumper. Maximum 1 upright support in centre 25mm max. See illustration E 

Over ride bar on rear to be no wider than boot opening to be a maximum of 25mm o/d and maximum 150mm high. Must be fitted to top of bar (see diagram) 

No bar to be fitted on bottom part of bumper. Max 2 upright supports 25mm. see illustration E 

It is recommended that over ride bars, straps or cables are fitted, to allow the tow vehicles somewhere to pick up your car in the event of a breakdown/accident. This will prevent further damage to your race car. 


Door panel protection is allowed. One piece of 25mm x 25mm box tapered at both ends can be mounted to the outside of the door panels, to be attached in 4 places with 3/8 bolts min, end bolts to be a maximum of 50mm from ends of nerf bar. Inside to be of similar size and continuous, door panels to be sandwiched between the two bars. .See illustration B/2. 


The driver must be protected in the race car, from sharp edges and protrusion or bar work which could cause injury in an accident. When designing the cockpit area of your car, it would be wise to sit and strap yourself in, move your arms, legs, knees and elbows around to see what parts of your body make contact. Where you come in contact? fix it? REMOVE OR INSULATE THE PROBLEM.  Sharp edges or protrusions on exterior body NOT PERMITTED


Use of rear vision mirrors or any device used to look behind you, communication to cars, via mobile phones/ radio other than stewards, not permitted in car communicators NOT PERMITTED.


Rear spoilers and bonnet scoops, flares permitted body material ONLY.   Bonnet scoops not to impair vision.   


No tek screws to be used to secure panels or fixtures. 


Five point x 75mm {3 inch} harness. Mounting points of the harness must be welded securely to the roll cage. No mounting harnesses with washes to original body. Top mounts to be anchored on an angle of no less than 10 degrees and no more than 45 degrees from shoulder position.

All belts must be in good condition and free of frays and rips. The condition of the belts is up to the scrutineers? discretion. Cut outs in seats must be grommetted. 

 See Illustration B. 


Seat base to be mounted to the roll cage. Must have at least four 8mm bolt with 40mm washers securing it to roll cage. Seat back must be braced with two 8mm bolts and minimum 40mm diameter body washers. Drivers must have at least 25mm clearance to head plate with helmet fitted. Seat must be of solid back construction.  (Fibre glass or plastic seats NOT PERMITTED must be constructed of aluminium and be race approved with no exposed foam).


Fuel tanks/cells mounted lower than bumper bars require a fuel tank protector bar. 

Jerry can (metal only no plastic), metal marine tank or approved race fuel cell (only approved competition type plastic fuel cell acceptable) to be mounted securely in the rear of the  vehicle, within the boot support.  Chain must NOT be used to secure fuel cells; steel/alloy strap with insertion rubber to prevent abrasion is required.

It must have approved non spill breather that extends past the bottom of the tank, through the floor away from the exhaust system. Breather pipes to enter top of tank only. An earth strap must be added to plastic tanks with a metal cap


Fuel injection permitted. Computers optional. No restrictions on throttle body. Sensors must be fitted and operating including fuel pressure regulator. All fuel injected vehicles are exempt from fuel on/off Tap.

 All engine components to be fitted (air cleaners etc) any fuel pump permitted. Fuel pump must be fitted with engine monitoring relay to stop fuel pump running when engine stops.

 A flexible fuel line section must be fitted within 75mm of fuel tank and all fuel lines to be securely fixed in position. Barbed fitting of the correct size must be used in conjunction with screw type clamps when connecting flexible fuel line (genuine SAE R6 fittings and hose exempt). Neoprene, reinforced plastic or ?black fuel line? may be used OEM type Bundy steel tubing may be used through or under the car. Flexible fuel line can pass through the cabin area. High pressure lines must use high pressure hose and fittings. If a return line is used it must be fitted with a one way valve, at the fuel tank.

Return springs must be fitted to each butterfly shaft (inbuilt springs accepted). Air filter or airflow meter may be in cabin or moved under bonnet area but inlet must be protected from driver. If passenger carried it must be under bonnet. 


Fuel line to run through middle of cockpit next to driver. Fuel line must be grommetted at front and rear of fire wall. Tap direction must be marked on / off with directional lines. No electric wiring to be taped to or run in the same conduit (if used) as fuel line. Electrical wiring must be separated from fuel line by 100mm (Must be quality fuel line, no plastic pipe.) 


Only pump fuel to be used maximum115 octane and Methanol. No LPG to be used. Nitro fuels or additives NOT PERMITTED. Octane booster acceptable not to exceed 115 Octane. 

Compulsory Fuel Stickers in 3 places in contrast colour.

Kill Switch ? 25mm

Fuel Tap - 25mm

Rear Parcel Shelf ? 25mm


Battery must be securely mounted, must not be in the engine bay. Batteries if mounted in the boot need to be in a secure frame and clamped down. The frame needs to be welded to the bar work of the car. Batteries need to be covered by a battery box with no holes and securely mounted to roll cage if in cabin area. Battery preferred to be mounted in rear passenger compartment as far away from driver as possible. If in cabin battery must be a dry cell battery.

Suitable grommets must be fitted where battery cable passes through metal firewalls. At the commencement of a meeting, car must be capable of starting with starter motor. Switches: Ignition switch and electric fuel pump switch, if fitted must be grouped together and be clearly marked. Electrical switches NOT to be mounted through the floor.  Battery position to be marked with a 75mm x 75mm x 75mm blue triangle on the nearest external body panel. 


All vehicles must be fitted with a highly visible ignition cut out on the panel in front of where the windscreen wipers originally mounted. Switches commonly used are high/low beam switch or isolator switches. Must be a contrasting colour to the car and easily accessible. Marked ON/OFF (e.g. PUSH OFF or TURN OFF). It must turn off all electric fuel pumps and isolate the ignition.

If car is running in the junior class and carries a passenger there must be a kill switch fitted in the centre of the car and the passenger and driver must be able to turn off fuel pump and isolate the ignition.


Return springs must be fitted to each butterfly shaft, {in built springs accepted} and one spring to accelerator pedal linkage. 


Tail shaft must have 360 degree of 6mm chain or 8mm cable or steel strap minimum 40mm x 5mm MS is permitted, hoops at front and rear. Tail shaft loops-steel strap minimum 40mm x 5mm MS or 6MM steel cable to be securely fitted around the front and rear of tail shaft and be mounted approx 150mm from the universal joint.

6mm Chain or 8mm steel cable mounted through floor can form lower part of hoop.  Rear hoop to be as above except that it may be elongated vertically to permit suspension movement.


Solid engine mounts are preferred. If rubber mounts are used then the engine must be chained with min 6mm short chain in at least two places, anchored top side of engine mount to chassis with min 3/8 bolts .


Must extend past rear of the drivers position and mounted securely to the underside of the vehicle. If exhaust is run through passenger area, it must be completely covered by sufficient heat shielding. 95 decibels is the maximum allowed. Muffler must be fitted.


All bonnets and boots must be secured by at least two pins each. If a fibre glass nose cone or bonnet is fitted there needs to be five pins fitted (three in the front and two in the rear of the bonnet). If fibre glass boot lid or similar is used there needs to be four pins fitted one in each corner. They need to have washers or the like fitted minimum 40mm diameter to the closing surfaces so the panel cannot be pulled through. 


Original door skins can be replaced with fibre glass, aluminium or tin plate but must resemble original look of the vehicle. If original door mounts are used they must be welded or bolted shut. Bottom part of door below nerf bar maybe replaced with plastic. 


Numbers must be at least 100mm, GV to be a minimum 75mm and standout from the colour scheme of the vehicle. Side numbers optional, Roof numbers are COMPULSORY.

Drivers name to be on either the driver side roof or across sun visor with 60mm lettering minimum.

Vertical roof plate number to be black back ground and white numbers. Roof plate size 300mm Roof numbers to be minimum 200mm with the club prefix to be a minimum of 60mm. numbers and signs to be neat and tidy.

The car number must be displayed on right rear of car so as the driver behind you can see when lining up min size 100mm 


 All vehicles must be fitted with a window net. If a vehicle wishes to carry a passenger then they will need one on both sides of the vehicle. Window nets are to be a race manufactured race window net Mounting of the net should be made in a quick release manner. You must be able to be released when driver sitting in natural position. Must have release latch at top of net and Bottom window net bar All mountings must be on the minimum of solid 3/8 inch rod and must be quick release and removable. See Illustration C. 


To be fitted in front of driver with sufficient cover. If passenger seat is fitted it must continue all the way across windscreen opening. Maximum mesh gap 50mm x 50mm. 3mm gauge wire to be used. 


All safety gear to comply with insurance specifications. There is to be no argument on safety equipment for competitors. All drivers/passengers must wear approved helmet (with minimum standard (at time of printing) as 1698-1988 or above) Helmets will have maximum life span of ten years from manufacture?s date, but will also have to pass inspection at Scrutineering for chips and cracks.

All race suits must fit snug at both wrists and ankles and in good condition free of holes and rips (no two piece suits allowed).

Fire resistant underwear is to be worn that covers the driver/passenger from ankle to wrists. Fire resistant balaclava must be worn. Gloves must be of fire resistant material and be worn. Leather boots that cover up to ankles height (no elastic sided boots or running shoes to be worn). Approved neck brace to be worn by both drivers and passengers (?Horse shoes? style). Eye protection must be worn by all competitors. Full faced helmets with approved visor must be worn at all time when on the track.  


All competitors must be a Financial Member of G.V.A.C. Rushworth. 

All drivers competing in G.V.A.C. Open Saloons must have current Insurance for the engine capacity of their race car  

Must have current race licence and insurance, any visiting drivers licence/insurance has to have the same rating as the GV Open Saloons that they require.

All competitors must have current Ambulance Cover.  

All Open Saloons must have a valid log book signed by a Scrutineer to race. 

All competitors must have paid all entry costs and car levies. 

All vehicles must pass Scrutineering. 

All junior competitors 12 to 16 years Passengers/ Optional. 

New junior competitors will run with a passenger to the time the class organizer, parent or legal guardian decides they are ready to go alone (To be agreed with the class representative). 


No G.V. Open Saloon competitor (driver/passenger) to consume intoxicating alcohol or any illegal drug/s 12 hours prior to racing. 


Fire extinguisher optional but recommended to be securely mounted in your car and be the correct type for the fuel being used in vehicle. You must have your own extinguisher in the pits 2kg min. Compulsory. 


The driver must be protected and isolated from mechanical, fuel, electrical, including battery, and exhaust components by metal fire-walls front and rear, minimum thickness is 1mm. any wires or fuel lines must be grommeted and holes to be totally sealed.

G.V.A.C. Open Saloons is a non-contact racing. 

All racing is conducted under the control of the chief steward. Chief Steward has the power to enforce all club and class rules. 



Bad or unsportsmanlike behaviour will not be tolerated. All drivers are accountable for themselves, passengers and pit crew. All drivers will abide by G.V.A.C. club rules and regulations. Failure to do so will result in possible fines or suspension. $50.00 ? 50 points or both. 

All Vehicles are to be presented in a reasonable condition.

Any major damage to be repaired prior to race day. 


A registration can only be issued for a race car, provided that the car conforms to this Specification Book. 


All vehicles are required to line up in order on the Dummy Grid when directed by pit marshal, drivers who have notified grid marshal of a delay have 2 minutes or their position will be forfeited. No car will enter a heat that they have not nominated for. Cars lining up in dummy grid to move forward to fill gaps of cars not competing. 


There will be a full course yellow upon entering track. All cars are required to form position on the track behind the PACE CAR as soon as possible. Any more than three warm up laps will result in a warning to the offending driver/s. after this time it will be up to the Chief Steward to make a ruling. It can range from starting offending driver/s from rear of field. Or a black flag for major offence/s. 



All G.V.A.C. Open saloon members will be handed a current copy of racing rules. All G.V.A.C. Open Saloon events will be conducted under these rules. If any act is deemed to be reckless, endangering others or driving in an unsafe manner the Chief Steward can and will exclude competitors from current and future meetings if he considers the action warranted. 


A driver may be replaced during a race meeting however points will be allocated to the new driver, not the original nominated .The commentary box announcer must be informed and also the Steward on the day.  


Points will be allocated to the driver of the car that is being raced.  

  1st      2nd     3rd      4th    5th    6th     7th     8th    9th                

 36     28     23    17    13   10     8     6     5              

10th    11th   12th 

4         3      2

 All other finishers will receive 1 point.

DNF no points 

Unscheduled race meetings will not be for points


To race G.V. Open Saloons all drivers must nominate their car number / Drivers name and class eg Ladies, Juniors, Opens to the appointed person as per information supplied on the inside cover of their log book. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE. Cars must be nominated at least 1 week prior to meeting. Drivers failing to nominate will start rear of field in all heats, charged a late entry fee of $25.00 and points gained will determine the start position in the final.

If you attend a race meeting of GV Open Saloons with a race car that is not the one that you originally nominated.

The following procedure applies. You will start rear of field in all the heats. Your final starting position will be determined by point accumulated during those heats. No points will be allocated to the registered owner of the race car. 



The following format has been adopted for the GV Open Saloons. 

A Main up to 20+ car field

 B Main (minimum of 10 cars) If insufficient starters points will be allocated as per heats. 


Top 16 cars to ?A? main. First 4 cars from ?B? main to make up one (1) final field of 20 cars for feature. 

(Top two ladies from women?s final are eligible to race in mens final)


Cars to compete in pole shuffle. (Drivers majority decision to approve). Time permitting, with approval of club president or club secretary.  


Before any racing commences all GV Open Saloon competitors must know and understand the flags and lights used by the Chief Steward and race control. 



CAUTION there has been an accident that will affect the pace of racing. Slow down and no passing. If a vehicle passes under the yellow flag they must return to their original position or face the black flag. 



 Green flag will be waved to commence racing. Green lights will stay on until race is finished or interrupted by an accident


STOP there has been an incident that requires emergency crews. You are to stop as soon as possible and turn the vehicle off. DO NOT STOP in crash area. DO NOT go and try to help unless asked.


Restart. All drivers to re-form in original positions.


You are about to be lapped, hold your line. 


One lap to go 


Race Completion 


Driver to continue racing, but must see Chief Steward before leaving the track.

Offence has been committed and warning may be issued. 


Noise Flag- driver may continue to race, but if noise level remains high, black flag will result. 


 Mechanical defect. Pull to the infield.

Problem can be rectified by infield staff and vehicle can rejoin race when safe to do so.

Any safety defect not rectified you will not be allowed back on the track. 


Driver disqualified. Pull to infield as soon as safe to do so. 


























1. No Alcohol in Pit Area

2. 95 DBA

3. No fires permitted in or around pit area

4. No insurance No entry to pits

5. 10:30pm Curfew

6. Driver and crew pity levy fee applicable

$20 per person for all classes per    


7. Currently active Life members to pay $10 membership by donation

8. GVAC members to pay ½ price gate entry at adult prices

9. Junior drivers aged over 12 years to 16 years as at the 1st of July each calendar year to the 30th of June the following year, with proof of age is still allegeable to compete as a junior.

E.g., if a child turns 16 between the 1st of July and the 30th June of following year they are still allegeable as a junior

10. Any committee member wishing to spend over $1000 needs authorisation via phone call to President or Treasurer.    

11. The GVAC shall pay reasonable reimbursement for any expense                                                                    incurred in carrying out the duties of the executive. I.e. phone, stationary etc.


12. No salary/wage shall be paid to any of the executive/committee/members/

volunteers of the GVAC.

13. Qualification for membership/racing licence shall be an interest in speedway racing, a desire to actively participate in the club programs such as working bee?s, general meetings, volunteering on a race day and a desire to promote good sportsmanship.

14. Any member may be suspended/expelled by a majority vote by the executive and committee.

Such cause may include but not limited to:

  • Failure to behave in a sportsman like manner

  • Violation of bylaw/rule/regulation of the GVAC

  • The person who has been suspended/expelled has the right of appeal to the executive committee.

15. Club membership fees dissolve at the end of the AGM, regardless of when paid.  Executive/Committee to be financial within 28 days after the AGM.

16.  Every new club member must receive a copy of the bylaws, bylaws must be available to club members on request.

17.  Special committee meetings can be called at any time by any committee member after speaking with executive committee.  The executive or committee shall notify all members in the most convenient manner and shall designate the time and place for such a meeting, and an agenda will be forwarded to the members prior to any such meeting.

18. Any injured person/volunteer must fill out an incident report.

19.  If you are injured and Events Medical Team advises you that you should not continue to race, you are not allowed to race.

20.  Driver and crew working on race car must do so in a safe manner. I.e. jack stands, approved fuel containers, correct tooling etc.

21.  After completion of a race, driver is to leave the track at walking pace and braking traction in the pit area is prohibited.

22.  Social media: The licensed person and/ or club member found to be computing incidents of degrading or derogatory comments on chat forums, print, electronic media and public address be it about officials, drivers, club members, volunteers etc. may be prosecuted for conduct prejudicial to the sport and be dealt with as per the Australian Speedway rules and regulations.

23. Any Lady can run in the Open Saloons class gridded as long as it doesn?t impair on the Ladies class. There must be at least 8 cars in Ladies class and if less than 5 cars Ladies will not run and will have the choice to run with Open saloons.

All Points will go to Open Saloons class not Ladies class.

24. Dummy Grid line up. When there are spaces left on the dummy grid cars must move forward to fill spaces.

25. GV Open Saloons & Gv Production Sedans will not be combined but must have 10 cars in each class to race on the night and will forfeit final if less than 7 cars.