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I want to go racing - what do I do next?

There are a large number of classes in NZ - some better supported and organised than others. This section outlines what steps you can take on your journey to racing cars.


The SIFF club has published a useful guide about what to expect and how to prepare for racing a Formula Ford. Have a look at the document here


We have included some other information you may find useful below...



I am thinking about going racing - what next?

Go and visit your local race track. Have a look at the cars and see what looks interesting. Talk to the competitors and old timers and see what they think. Ask about costs - costs of cars, cost of racing, cost of parts.

Try your hand at a racing school or at a test drive session. You can try the Canterbury Race Driving School at Ruapuna or the YOURlaps experience at the new Highlands Motorsport Park.

Once you have a taste for racing and have decided on a class look to purchase a car. As you are on the SIFF site we can presume you are interested in Formula Ford - see the section on costs to get a clear idea of what you are in for.

Once you have this under control you will need to get yourself an approved helmet, 2 layer race suit, boots and gloves. Then get yourself a race driving license (see the MSNZ site for this).

I want to take the next step after Karts - why Formula Ford?


Karts provide an excellent basis for progressing to Formula Ford - open wheeled, limited aero, all about driver skill. Formula Ford is the next logical progression - the same basis as karts but with gears, suspension alterations, brake bias and access to full circuit race tracks. Formula Ford is a world recognised step on the single seater ladder with talented drivers progressing to the Toyota Racing Series or into "tin top" (or taxi racing - depending on who you are talking to) series such as NZV8's.


How to buy a Formula Ford

See the section at The Kent Lives. Its an excellent summary.


What Else?

Buying the car is just the start of the journey. You will also need to consider beg, borrowing or ​stealing (not really) some of the following:

  • Tools (metric/imperial) - spanners, sockets, allen keys, vice grips, clamps, vice, hacksaw, riveter + large selection of rivets, screw drivers, hammers, torque wrench, air compressor, generator, side cutters, needle nose pliers, files, helicoil, electrical tape, 0-30psi tyre pressure guage (needs to be very accurate, ideally with blow off valve), split pins, large collection of bolts and nuts
  • Spare Parts - ideally full set of suspension components, spare tyres/rims, spings, clutch, coil, coil leads, spark plugs, brake discs, disc pads, water pipe, pipe clamps - the list here is endless and sometimes the spares can run to more than the value of the car
  • Refueling gear - 5l measuring jug, 2*20l jerry cans, oil, gear oil, funnel, dip stick (oil and petrol)
  • Trailer (enclosed are definitely better)
  • Notebook - hardcover to capture your settings and results


What about race driving lessons?

Getting some lessons is possible, either in your car or hiring someone elses. Lessons are available from the Canterbury Motor Racing School -

You can also get instruction at Leitch Motorsport -

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