BARC Membership

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By becoming a member of the BARC, you are joining one of the world’s most established and successful motor racing clubs. Our members cover every aspect of motorsport and have included many of the most respected personalities in the sport.

We are responsible for organising some of the most prestigious meetings on the international racing calendar. In addition, our expertise enables us to advise companies and organisations worldwide.

We also arrange a number of exciting non-racing events and the grand conclusion to the season at our Big Night Out awards Dinner/Dance ceremony.

BARC Membership Benefits

The BARC exists so that its members can enjoy all aspects of motor sport in the UK. Whether you’re a racing driver taking the first steps in to the sport (or a seasoned driver who enjoys their racing) or someone who appreciates watching the excitement of motor racing on track and taking in the atmosphere of the paddock then there is a BARC membership option for you.

For those wanting to get closer to the action and become an official or marshal, the BARC will provide training to members so that they can participate in the sport they love. Our marshals form the backbone of a race meeting, with over 350 involved at our major events. Our training programme allows confident and safe progression through each of the disciplines they wish to experience.

For members without the desire or time for active involvement, our lively BARC magazine keeps members up to date with the clubs activities and includes a range of useful and exclusive discounts on products and services.

Other Benefits Include

  • Racing Members can compete in over thirty MSA-registered championships and series plus hillclimb and other centre organised speed events.
  • An annual programme of race meetings and other activities throughout the British Isles is sent free to all members.
  • Marshals training and grading system together with a unique stamp scheme to offset membership and regalia costs.
  • Our lively and informative quartertly BARC magazine is sent free to members.
  • There is a members discount scheme for RAC and AA rescue and breakdown services.
  • Trade discounts and special insurance schemes.
  • An exciting range of club and circuit-branded clothing and accessories can be purchased.
  • Discounted admission prices at Thruxton (which include free admission to the Paddock areas), plus a range of membership privileges including a members grandstand at Thruxton.
  • Discount at the Thruxton Motorsport Centre driving experiences
  • Preferential rates for special events including the BARC annual awards dinner.

Types of BARC Membership

Membership fees effective from the 1st January 2014

Club Membership - £40

This entitles members to carry the BARC badge, receive the BARC Startline Magazine for free, benefit from trade discounts, concessions on spectating at Thruxton Circuit, enjoy social and training events organised nationally by the BARC.

Members are welcome to train as officials or marshals.

Competitors who are only participating in Hillclimbs, Sprints or Races organised by one of the BARC’s Regional Centres should purchase club membership, and combine it with an appropriate Centre Membership – see below.

BARC Centre Memberships

Costs an additional £15 per centre

Membership of the various Centres’ is available for a small additional annual fee on top of the club membership. You may join as many Centres’ as you wish. BARC Centre’s are detailed on the regional centres page.

Centre Membership entitles you to take part in your chosen centre’s competitive events and to receive their magazine or newsletter. Hillclimb and Sprint competitors and competitors entering racing championships or racing series organised by our regional centres need only hold an appropriate centre membership in addition to the basic club membership. A centre member’s spouse or partner may become a joint member of that centre for an extra £5.00. If they wish to compete in BARC or BARC centre championship, are required to take up separate basic BARC membership.

Joint Membership of a Spouse or Partner - £10

A member’s spouse or partner may join the club at a reduced rate.

Racing Membership - £120

Specifically for competitors who are participating in competitions organised by the BARC’s headquarters, gives all the benefits of club membership. It also entitles members to entre and receive regulations for all the BARC organised race meetings and all BARC run championships.

Racing members may also attend any of the BARC workshops that are organised for certain championships.

Junior Membership - £7

Those aged between 10 and 17 may join the club as Junior Members. They are entitled to the BARC Startline Magazine, to carry the BARC badge, benefit from trade discounts and to receive special spectating concessions at Thruxton Circuit. They may transfer to club membership at the age of 18. Junior Members need to submit an annual photograph; passport size is preferred.

How to join the BARC and pay for membership

If you wish to join us, you can either:

Telephone our membership secretary on 01264 882205 or email, or apply online by filling in our Online Membership Form and then paying your membership fees through our webshop.

Membership fees may be paid by either of the following methods:

  • Direct Debit
  • Credit or debit card
  • Cheque, made payable to "British Automobile Racing Club"
  • Pay via our web shop

Renewal of Membership

The BARC will inform you at least six weeks in advance of the amount of your membership renewal. This gives you plenty of time to change your membership if required.

Important Information

Membership of the BARC does not automatically register you to compete in BARC championships. A separate championship registration is needed in addition to joining the Club. See individual championship pages for further information.

Please be assured that the BARC will not pass personal information on to any other third party.

Membership of the BARC is subject to election by the Council of the British Automobile Racing Club and to you undertaking to abide by the rules of the company.

Membership fees are annual, renewable twelve months after the first day of the month in which you join.

Please note that any badges issued remain the property of the Club and are to be returned on termination of membership. The club reserves the right to require the return of its badges at any time. Badges are not transferrable to any other person.