Technical

Below is a table intended as a guide for determining the safety and licencing requirements for OEM-based cars and motorbikes. If your car or motorbike is not OEM-based (i.e. a custom built chassis) or has a modified chassis or is of a performance level where technical requirements are identified below as being “as per IHRA regulations”, then it will require a full technical inspection and log book. In Cairns, this can be done at:

Slingshot Automotive in Gordonvale – (07) 4056 3333.

In the Townsville and Mackay areas, a list of IHRA-approved technical inspectors can be found HERE

A copy of the IHRA rule book app can be downloaded HERE

In all cases where a technical inspection is required, an IHRA licence will also be required. A licence is also required in some cases where a technical inspection is not required (such as for cars running between 10.00 – 10.49 which meet the safety requirements below).

A copy of the IHRA licence application form can be downloaded HERE

Please note that a day licence is available for $35 for those who do not wish to get an annual IHRA licence. In order to get a day licence you will still need an IHRA technical inspection (if applicable) and evidence of an existing race licence or medical. Day licence applications can be completed at the track on the day.

A copy of all other forms such as log book applications, self-scrutineering (CAD) forms, etc, can be downloaded HERE

For non-tech inspected vehicles, the following general items will be checked as part of general scrutineering on race day:

  • Functional radiator overflow / catch can
  • Functional neutral safety switch (so car can’t start in gear)
  • Battery firmly secured
  • No excess play in steering system
  • Functional throttle return spring
  • Functional brakes
  • All wheel nuts fitted
  • No hub caps fitted
  • No significant rust in body or chassis
  • No loose items in cabin
  • Specific technical and licencing requirements for OEM-based vehicles based on ET (Elapsed Time) are identified below:

    Motorcycles

    Vehicle Type ET Technical Requirement Personal Safety Licence
    Unmodified Street 9.50 or slower As manufactured Approved full face helmet (AS1698 minimum), leather jacket, long pants, boots and riding gloves Civil only (no drag racing licence necessary)
    Modified Street 9.49 or quicker As per IHRA regulations As per IHRA regulations IHRA drag racing licence

    Cars

    Vehicle Type ET Technical Requirement Personal Safety Licence
    Modern street cars (originally fitted with 4 wheel disc brakes and air bags) with unmodified chassis 10.00 – 10.49 Original 3-point lap sash as manufactured Approved full face helmet (AS1698 minimum), long sleeves, long pants and enclosed shoes IHRA drag racing licence
    10.50 or slower Original 3-point lap sash as manufactured Approved open face helmet (AS1698 minimum, long sleeves, long pants and enclosed shoes Civil only (no drag racing licence necessary)
    Older street cars (not originally fitted with 4 wheel disc brakes and air bags) with unmodified chassis 10.50 or slower Original 3-point lap sash as manufactured Approved open face helmet (AS1698 minimum), long sleeves, long pants and enclosed shoes Civil only (no drag racing licence necessary)
    10.00 – 10.49 4-point harness, 4-point roll bar

    Parachute at 140mph (225kph)

    Approved full face helmet (AS1698 minimum), long sleeves, long pants and enclosed shoes IHRA drag racing licence
    All street cars with modified chassis (includes 4-link or ladder bar setups),convertibles 11.50 or slower Original 3-point lap sash as manufactured Approved open face helmet (AS1698 minimum), long sleeves, long pants and enclosed shoes Civil only (no drag racing licence necessary)
    10.00 – 11.49 4-point harness, 4-point roll bar

    Parachute at 140mph (225kph)

    Approved full face helmet (AS1698 minimum), long sleeves, long pants and enclosed shoes Civil only (no drag racing licence necessary) for ET of 10.50 or slower.
    IHRA drag racing licence for ET of 10.49 or quicker
    All street cars 9.99 or quicker As per IHRA regulations As per IHRA regulations IHRA drag racing licence

    Download License Application Formhe

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