MSA and its Drag Racing Commission have formally introduced a new social drag racing class for 2016. This comes after many months of behind the scenes discussion and hard work. The essence of the new class is to encourage illegal street racers to take their racing off the streets and into safer, controlled environments.

This new social class is for road-registered (and therefore street legal) cars that the average man (or woman) in the street uses for everyday purposes during the week.  MSA will create a national street legal drag log, which will be published via social media and will encompass the combined points of all SLD events held throughout the year at official MSA-sanctioned events.

The main new innovation with the new class is that the car, rather than the individual drivers, will need to be licensed with MSA, at a mere cost of R200 for the whole year.  This allows a licensed car to be used by any number of drivers, who will simply need to pay a small participation fee to the organisers of each event and complete an MSA indemnity form.

SLD Vehicle licences can be obtained at any of the MSA-registered clubs around the country and the drivers of any MSA-licensed vehicle that have completed the required MSA indemnity form will automatically be entered onto the national log to be administered by MSA.  Clubs will be able to run their own club logs and will also be able to join forces with other clubs to run inter-club series.  Drivers’ positions on the various logs will then determine the level ‘bragging rights’ they are able to enjoy!

MSA trusts that this new initiative will not only create a more structured approach to so-called ‘street racing’ but also lead to safer public roads, which is in all of our interests.