The first thing to do in terms of purchasing your own race car is to determine the CASC-OR race group that you plan to participate in.
- Pirelli Super Touring Sprints (cars running under 1.31 at CTMP)
- Pirelli Grand Touring Sprints (cars running over 1.31 at CTMP)
- Formula Libre, including the Formula Prototype Challenge and F4
- Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Championship
- VARAC Vintage/Historic (cars built pre-1973)
- VARAC Classic (cars built post-1972)
- VARAC Formula Classic
Create A Budget
Buying the race car is just the first step, in some series it can also be the least expensive part of campaigning a car. Figure out your budget first then do some research on what types of car and competition makes the most sense for your budget.
Start with specialty websites and forums. The CASC-OR Marketplace Forum has a section featuring race related items for sale, from time to time race cars for sale are listed here. Websites are a great place to start. Try to buy a race car that already has a log book and safety equipment like an approved roll cage, fire suppression, and up-to-date racing seat and harnesses. Your club is an excellent resource for locating a race car. Consider renting a ride from a competitor or prep shop until you locate a car of your own. Race cars are inspected on an annual basis prior to the first race of the season, only those vehicles that meet CASC-OR Race Regulations will be allowed to compete.
Racing Involves Risk
The CASC-OR Race Regulations are intended to assist in the conduct of racing competition and to further general safety. The Race Regulations govern all race activities sanctioned by CASC-OR including, events, entrance & drivers, race officials, fees & penalties, licences, rules of the pits & paddock, flags, driver safety equipment, technical inspection, and the configuration & construction of race cars. It is most important that you study the race regulations carefully. Particularly in the area of race car construction including roll cage construction, belt anchor points, etc. to ensure that your race car conforms to the Race Regulations.
Your personal safety equipment is of utmost importance – an “SA” rated racing helmet, a fire retardant racing suit, socks, gloves, balaclava and shoes are required by the rules. Their selection, use and care is equally as important. Be sure to consult the current CASC-OR Race Regulations, talk to experienced competitors, and compare prices and quality at race suppliers, particularly those who sponsor CASC-OR and have their ads appearing on our website.