Rules & Regulations


Issue 4 December 2009

Heritage stock car racing is organised by and on behalf of oval racing enthusiasts whose aim is to demonstrate to twenty first century fans what racing has been like since its inception in the UK in 1954.

Heritage encourages the preservation, restoration and replication of stock cars, both for display and for racing.

Heritage racing is split into Formula One, which was introduced in 1954 and Formula Two, which was created in 1960 in response to the increasing cost of the ‘big league’ which in a short space of time grew from racing for large pre-war saloon cars, to events in which only purpose built cars could win.

Heritage racing for ‘Formula One’ cars can feature machines that accurately reflect any era since the 50’s with a grid order aimed at giving advantage to older, slower cars.

Racing for ‘Formula Two’ cars are restricted to the era 1960 to 1972. The sport was first demonstrated in late 1960 and the same basic regulation applied until 1972. The major change that applied after 1965 was that original bodies of the l200c.c. cars could be replaced with a smaller alternative or shortened, narrowed and lowered to improve performance. The grid order for F2 heritage racing features 1960 cars at the front, mid sixties cars in the middle and late sixties, early seventies cars at the rear.

The aim of a Heritage event is to offer a historical perspective to the sport, allowing present day fans a glimpse into the past. The sport is first and foremost, about presenting the past in a way that is both entertaining for the race fans and fulfilling for its competitors.


1.1 Heritage is an association with the aim of encouraging the restoration, preservation and replication of Formula One and Formula Two stock cars covering the period 1954 to the present day, although for practical purposes only cars twenty or more years old would be considered ‘Heritage’ material.

1.2 Heritage is also responsible for the encouragement of competition events at approved venues, in association with active Formula One or Formula Two promoters.

1.3 Heritage is the licensing authority for drivers taking part in Heritage events and it is a condition of racing that a driver is in possession of a valid license.

1.4 Heritage is a non-profit making association. The trustees will determine the scope, aims and objectives of the association. There will at all times be a minimum of three trustees and these will be nominated and approved by license holders. At the time of compiling these regulations the trustees are Mick Whitney, Jim Smith and Keith Barber.


2. Heritage trustees will approve the appointment of a general secretary to arrange with

Promoters regular events featuring Heritage stock cars as part of stock car meetings. As a general guideline, three races will be requested, or where both Fl and F2 are included, not less than two events per formula.

2.2 Any remuneration forthcoming from a promoter will go into a fund administered by the Trustees. That fund will be available for distribution in ways considered valid by the Trustees within the framework of the best interests of Heritage stock car racing, its competitors and its race officials.

2.3 It is the duty of Heritage drivers to acquaint themselves with regard to rules and regulations pertaining to personal fitness, race control and car construction prior to taking part and must be aware of circuit layout and the positioning of race officials prior to engaging in a competition event.

2.4 In the interest of safety, cars representing Fl or F2 Heritage will not be permitted to race together in any one event unless special circumstances apply.

2.5 A minimum of the driver and one assistant will be requested for free admission with a Heritage stock car in an agreement with a Promoter, although this cannot be guaranteed.


3.1 CRASH HELMETS used by Heritage competitors must comply with British Standard BS6658A or BS658AFR, or SA2005, SFI 31.1A or SFI 3 I .2A or E22.O5 and be marked accordingly and show no signs of damage. All helmets must be either fibreglass or tri-composite. Note that 6658A and 6678AFR and also Snell SA2000 become obsolete at the end of 2009.

3.2 GOGGLES/VISORS where worn must be shatterproof. Fire retardant gloves and balaclava must be worn during racing.

3.3 RACE OVERALLS must be worn at all times on track and must be of fire retardant material. The wearing of fire retardant underwear, gloves and balaclava is highly recommended. Minimum acceptable overall material is Proban, Nomex or equivalent.

3.4 DRIVERS are required to arrive not less than one hour prior to the advertised start time of the race meeting, with a car that complies in every respect with the racing regulations.

3.5 SAFETY HARNESS must comprise of not less than two lap straps and two shoulder straps, featuring a quick release buckle and be close fitting to the driver. More detailed information will be found under car construction. When the car features a reclining seating position a five strap harness must be fitted.

3.6 PERSONAL FITNESS. A driver of over sixty five years of age may be required to provide a medical certificate confirming his or her fitness to compete. Any driver suffering concussion will not be permitted to take further part in racing events for a period advised by a qualified medical practitioner.


4.1 DIRECTION. Race direction for all Heritage events will be anti-clockwise.

4.2 HANDICAP. All Heritage events will be conducted with a grid handicapped according to previous performance of the driver and in keeping with the period which the car represents i.e. an early sixties car will always grid ahead of a late sixties, a standard saloon ahead of a special. Further handicapping will be advised to a promoter by the Heritage general secretary, or if necessary his nominated assistant.

4.3 RACE STARTS. In normal circumstances, all races will commence with a slow rolling lap prior to the green flag being shown anywhere between turns three and four. Drivers jumping the start will not cause the race to start again but will be penalized post race.

4.4 RACE CONTROL. A race is deemed underway with the showing of the green flag. A race is deemed terminated only when the red flag is shown. A race may be suspended at any time with the showing of waved yellow flags, which may be in conjunction with flashing amber lights. A static yellow flag on a part of the circuit advises caution as a driver may be in need of assistance. A black flag shown to a competitor is a request to retire from the race in the interests of safety. The chequered flag confirms that the race winner has completed the distance, but he is then required to complete one slowing down lap while other competitors complete the race distance.


5.1 THE STEWARD is in overall control for the racing events from start to completion, and in normal circumstances never leaves his/her position in RACE CONTROL. The Steward ensures that all other race officials required to satisfactorily conduct a race meeting are in place, carry out their roles correctly and has final say when a race starts, may be suspended, and is stopped.

5.2 THE CLERK OF THE COURSE usually operates from within the infield, and from his vantage point advises the steward when a race incident requires a race suspension or stoppage.

5.3 THE STARTER is usually positioned close to race control, and operates outside and over what is deemed to be the start finish line of the track. Only the Starter has a complete compliment of flags, which comprise green, yellow, black, red, chequered and the union flag. The ‘Union Jack’ is used to mark the halfway point of a race. The starter also has boards to denote the closing laps of a race bearing numbers, which usually denote 3, 2 and 1 lap to go.

5.4 FLAG MARSHALLS usually operate outside the safety fence but may sometimes be positioned at safe points on the infield. They operate on instruction from the Starter and Steward and have yellow flags to indicate a local incident requiring caution, or if waved, a race suspension.

5.5 THE COMMENTATOR provides a running commentary on events from RACE CONTROL and offers general information to spectators on the progress of a race, but is not concerned with race control.

5.6 THE LAP SCORER records race positions lap by lap and provides the finish order of a race.

5.7 THE SCRUTINEER inspects cars on arrival at a race track to confirm their suitability for competition in conjunction with the regulations that the cars are required to comply with.

5.8 THE PIT MARSHALL(S) direct cars to the designated parking points on arrival, and then call competing cars into line prior to the commencement of a race.


A driver deemed in default of racing regulations, either in respect of car construction, or general conduct while attending a race meeting may be suspended from racing. A report filed by race officials to the Heritage secretary regarding a Heritage licensed driver may lead to a disciplinary hearing conducted by the Heritage trustees, or their appointed agents. If found guilty, the accused may be fined or suspended from racing. The accused may, by depositing a £50 Bond, appeal against the charge in front of an independent panel. If subsequently cleared on appeal, that Bond is refundable.


BriSCA Heritage for display and racing on BriSCA tracks encourages the restoration and preservation of BriSCA Formula One stock cars. Every endeavour will be made to arrange with promoters to permit racing on a regular basis. Cars must remain in the spirit of the regulations that applied within the time frame when they were originally participating regularly.

Cars will only be allowed on track when they are considered mechanically safe and are complete with all of the safety features pertaining at the time of their original construction. Where replicas have been constructed to represent an era within the sport, they must be true to the period, although items such as safety harness, roll cage and seat may be present day items in the interest of safety.

The safety harness must feature not less than two lap straps and two shoulder straps. all of which must he 3 inches wide or the nearest metric equivalent. The harness must feature a quick release buckle, with mounting points located in a manner that ensures the driver remains in his seat at times of severe impacts. (Refer to mounting advice in F2 regulations).

All cars must comply with present day regulations pertaining to noise emissions. For practical purposes this means that all cars with a significant power output have to be fitted with silencers.

Permitted tyres are those that were approved for use in the pre Hoosier era. The competing drivers must jointly agree any other tyre. notably the outside rear. For the foreseeable future, only cars featuring leaf springs or torsion bar suspension or originally built before 1989 will be permitted to race in BriSCA Heritage events. Coil over type suspension is not permitted.

Only commercially available pump fuel of maximum 98 octane is permitted. Lead replacement and octane boost additives are permitted. The fuel line must be in metal with only rubber pipe used in short lengths where joining to tank, tap or carburettor. The fuel line must feature a fuel tap and he routed on the opposite side of the chassis to the battery and electrical cables on all cars. There must be an insulating panel between the battery and the fuel tank.

Additional, more specific construction regulations pertaining to seventies and eighties style BriSCA Heritage F. 1 stock cars will be found on Appendix F. 1 attached to these rules and regulations.


Car construction F2 is featured on it’s own page please see the main menue.


All cars must have a 5 point harness, minimum 3inch wide straps, either hook and eye or quick release buckle, and bolted with 7/16 UNF bolts through 10mm thick steel plates welded to either the chassis or roll cage. The shoulder straps must be fixed as close as possible to the driver and below shoulder level. No D shackles or chain allowed.

Seats to be Kirkey type. and bolted with eight 8mm or eight 516 bolts with repair washers on the seat side.

There must be a 3mm steel plate directly under the seat to protect the driver in the event of a prop shaft failure.

There must be a full firewall in front of and behind the driver in steel or mm. 3mm aluminium.

The roll cage must be constructed from 48.3mm o/d round tube, min 4mm thick OR 50 x 50mm box. 4mm thick. A six post cage is advised where possible, and post 1982 cars MUST feature a six post roll cage.

All cars must feature a 5mm steel roof plate above the drivers head, welded to the roll cage on four sides.

All cars must have disc brakes on the front axle, and effective brakes on all four wheels.

Cars must be fitted with a quick release steering wheel.

The throttle control must feature two return springs, one on the carburettor and one on the linkage.

The Fuel tank must be steel, or min.4mm thick if alloy and feature a screw top and a non spill vent. The supply must leave from the top of the tank, and the fuel tap must be quarter turn ON/OFF.

If the tank and battery are in close proximity there must be a non conductive divider between. Fuel and battery lines should be on opposite sides of the chassis where possible. The battery isolator switch must disconnect the EARTH.

A hoop must feature under the front bumper, constructed from I steam pipe or 40 x 40mm box 3mm thick. This must be no more than 9 inches back from the bumper. 8 inches down, and 23 inches wide.

Only leaf spring or torsion bar suspension is permitted, unless by specific permission of BriSCA Heritage.

Only steel wheels are permitted. The minimum thickness of wheel centres is 6mm.


It is advised that fuel lines are braided ‘aeroquip’ type. It is recommended that the roll cage sides are plated in min. 3mm steel. The preferred location for the starter button is on the top left hand side of the roll cage.

These regulations reflect the accumulated experience of fifty years of contact stock car racing and on-going concern over racer safety Please do your best to observe these regulations in all respects.


Please note that the above rules and regulations were drawn up prior to 2009, they are intended for your guidance only. In 2010 The Heritage formula became independent from Brisca and Spedeworth, although we are independant we still run under the umbrella of O.R.Ci and therefore ultimately are governed by their rules and regulations.

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