About the ARDC
We love motorsport! And we know you do too.
Since 1952, the ARDC has been more than just a club for drivers & riders - it has played a proud and privileged role as an integral part of Australia's motor racing heritage, and the foundation upon which Australian motor racing will continue to build into the future.
THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
The ARDC offers its Members privileges no other motorsport club in Australia can.
Whether your competitively racing or riding around the track; fine tuning your skills or machine during track days, ride days or private practice sessions; or just looking to soak up the excitement with complimentary spectator entry to many of the exciting and entertaining racing events at Sydney Motorsport Park, plus a whole raft of discounts to the racing and riding experiences, ARDC Membership is the ultimate access pass to Sydney Motorsport Park!
OUR ARDC MEMBERSHIP TIERS
Over 3000 people cannot be wrong. ARDC Membership is not only compelling - it's also great value, where you can enjoy hundreds of dollars in benefits for a low-cost annual fee.
Choose from either a Car or a Bike Membership as a top-tier Competitor, an entry-level Enthusiast, or an Enthusiast Plus Membership for Members and two of their best mates. You can also select a Membership of one, two or three years in duration, saving even more money the longer you stay with us.
The ARDC’s goal is to be Australia’s preferred club for competitors and enthusiasts from all sectors of Australian Motorsport – Cars to Bikes, Beginners to Legends; Historics, Retros and Muscle Cars through to the V8 worshippers, Super-bikers & Super-lappers, Drift Merchants to those competing, or fans desperate to see, feel, hear and experience the latest machinery the world’s best manufacturers can put on the bitumen! We share with our Members a mutual respect for motorsport and it is this passion that drives us to deliver a fantastic array of highly valuable Member benefits, together with better facilities, more exciting events and onsite experiences year-round at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Sixty Years and counting...
Established in 1952, ARDC Membership has evolved over 60+ years on the Australian racing scene, from humble beginnings at our home track in Mt Druitt, NSW, to installing Mt Panorama on the motorsport calendar, through to our current standing as Australia's only on-track Racing Club, operating Sydney Motorsport Park.
A classic way to get your historic (pre-1985) vehicle on the road more often in 2015! ARDC Classic Inc. has been incorporated specifically into ARDC Membership to facilitate historic conditional registration of qualifying (pre-1985 unmodified vehicles) within the NSW RMS, and to add extra benefi ts to enhance your involvement in the exciting future of SMSP. Membership of ARDC Ltd is a requirement for membership of ARDC Classic Inc., so it is exclusive to our Members. Click here for full details.
CLICK HERE to download our full Membership T&C document
CLICK HERE for the full ARDC Constitution in PDF.
Here are just a few of our Membership benefits!
• GA entry to most SMSP events
• Guest passes for the friends of Competitor and Enthusiast Plus Members
• Discounted track and ride days
• ARDC Member parking offers
• Discounted ARDC race entry fees
• Discounted SMSP experiences
• ARDC Classic Inc Membership
• Reciprocal rights with other clubs
• Member e-newsletters
• ARDC AGM voting rights AND MUCH MORE!
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What determines a 'Competitor' Membership?
The applicant must be a present holder of a Confederation of Australian Motorsports (CAMS) or Motorcycle Australia (MA) or AASA Licence to be deemed a Competitor for the purposes of ARDC Membership. Competitor Members will find that their benefits include many track and race related offers including discounted track and/or ride days; discounted race entry fees and similar. Competitor Membership categories feature a significant amount of complimentary access entries to ticketed events at Sydney Motorsport Park; a Guest Pass for Category A events, plus a raft of other fantastic benefits. Check out our Competitor Membership package today!
What is an Enthusiast Membership
The Enthusiast Membership program is better suited to those who do not race or ride; and therefore this Membership category does not include racing-related benefits and is slightly less expensive. Enthusiast Membership features a significant amount of complimentary access entries to ticketed events at Sydney Motorsport Park; plus a raft of other fantastic benefits. Check out our Enthusiast Membership package today!
What is the Enthusiast Plus Membership?
There’s nothing like you getting up close and personal to the thrills and spills of Motorsport… Unless you are there with your mates that is! Receive all Enthusiast Benefits for Cars (or Bikes) PLUS two (2) Guest Passes, normally only attributed to Competitor Members. You’ll now be able to bring along a couple of your buddies* to share the excitement and all for a low additional annual premium. *Where Guest Passes are valid Check out our Enthusiast Plus package today!
The ARDC is constantly working to provide the best Member Benefits for its 3000+ tribe, which includes Reciprocal Rights deals with various businesses both close to Eastern Creek and across Australia! CLICK HERE for all of our current deals on the Reciprocal Rights page.
SIXTY YEARS OF THE AUSTRALIAN RACING DRIVERS CLUB
1952 - THE ARDC IS BORN
THE ARDC'S HOME TRACK IS AT MT DRUITT. MEMBERS HELP PROMOTER BELF JONES RUN RACES EVERY SIX WEEKS
1954 - MT PANORAMA
THE ARDC FORMS AN ALLIANCE WITH THE BATHURST LIGHT CAR CLUB (BLCC). IT BUYS LAND BETWEEN MURRAY'S AND HELL CORNERS FROM LOCAL ORCHADIST HILTON RAYNOR TO BUILD THE PITS ON THE MT PANORAMA CIRCUIT.
1960 - SIR JACK BRABHAM
SIR JACK WINS HIS SECOND F1 CHAMPIONSHIP AND BECOMES AN ARDC LIFE MEMBER.
1962 - 6-HOUR
THE ARDC RUNS A SIX HOUR RACE AT BATHURST TO PROVE MT PANORAMA CAN HANDLE A 500 MILE EVENT.
1963 - BATHURST 500
THE ARMSTRONG 500, WHICH STARTED IN 1960 AT PHILLIP ISLAND, IS MOVED TO BATHURST BY THE ARDC. THE BATHURST 500 IS BORN.
1970 - AMAROO
THE 1.9KM AMAROO PARK IS BOUGHT BY THE ARDC ON A HANDSHAKE FROM DEVELOPER OSCAR GLASSER. AMAROO IS A MOTOR SPORT PRECINCT WITH ENGINEERING FACILITIES, A HILL CLIMB, SHORT CIRCUIT AND MOTOCROSS TRACK.
FROM 1970 TO 1983 THE ARDC HOLDS THE CASTROL SIX HOUR, ARGUABLY THE WORLD'S MOST IMPORTANT PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE RACE AT THE TIME.
1973 - UPSIZING
THE ARDC CLUBHOUSE MOVES FROM 360 NORTON STREET LEICHHARDT TO ITS NEW LOCATION AT AMAROO PARK.
1980 – THE CASTROL SIX HOUR
AUSTRALIA'S FIRST EVER WORLD 500 MOTORCYCLE CHAMPION WAYNE GARDNER WINS THE CASTROL SIX HOUR RACE AT AMAROO PARK. HE WINS AGAIN IN 1982.
1994 – SKAIFE MEETS AMAROO
FIVE-TIME V8 SUPERCAR CHAMP AND ARDC MEMBER MARK SKAIFE HAS HIS FIRST EVER RACE AT AMAROO PARK IN HIS FATHER'S HOLDEN XU-1.
1996 - THE CREEK
ARDC MOVES INTO ITS CURRENT HOME AT EASTERN CREEK.
2005 - MUSCLE
AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST RETRO TOURING CAR FESTIVAL, THE MUSCLE CAR MASTERS, IS BORN.
2011 - THE FUTURE
WITH THE HELP OF OVER $7M IN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT AND OVER $2M FROM THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT ARDC ITSEL,F PLANS FOR EXPANSION BEGIN, WITH A TRACK EXTENSION AND NEW FACILITIES BUILT IN 2012.
2012 – 60 YEARS YOUNG!
EASTERN CREEK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY IS REBRANDED AS SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARK. THE GP TRACK CAN NOW BE SPLIT IN TWO TO ACCOMMODATE MORE EVENTS, ALLOWING THE NORTH AND SOUTH CIRCUITS TO OPERATE CONCURRENTLY AND INDEPENDENTLY.
2015 – QUARTER OF A CENTURY ALREADY…
THE ARDC CELEBRATES 25 YEARS AT SMSP.