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.
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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.
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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!
- Rolling Membership (begins the day you sign up)
- Free General Admission access to most SMSP events
- 2 x 50% saving on SMSP Track Days per Membership year OR (Bike Members) 1 x 50% off a SMSP Track Day plus 1 x 50% discount on an SMSP Ride Day
- Savings on SMSP Experiences and access to Members Only Track/Ride Days
- Member parking privileges
- Reciprocal Rights benefits and more!
- All of the amazing Enthusiast Benefits, PLUS:
- Guest Pass (second General Admission entry pass to many SMSP events)
- ARDC Private Practice discounts
- ARDC Race Entry Fee discounts
- ARDC Club Champion eligibility
- ARDC Voting Rights
- All of the amazing Enthusiast Benefits, PLUS:
- 2 x annual Guest Passes (to most SMSP events!
SEVENTY 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.
FURTHER EXPANSION FOR THE FUTURE
WITH ANOTHER HELPING HAND FROM THE GOVERNMENT, THE ARDC SECURES A MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY IN LED LIGHTING FOR THE PARK, AND THE CREATION OF A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AND BUSINESS HUB BASED AT SMSP
UP IN LIGHTS!
$16 MILLION IS INVESTED IN 127 LIGHT TOWERS, WHICH ARE INSTALLED ACROSS THE FACILITY TO TURN NIGHT INTO DAY.
THE LIGHTS ARE SWITCHED ON FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR THE SUPERCARS IN JULY 2020.