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Motor Sports Association

The Motor Sports Association (MSA), formerly known as the RAC Motor Sports Association, is the governing body of four-wheel motorsport in the United Kingdom.

Motor Sports Association
Motor Sports Association logo.png
Sport Motorsport
Jurisdiction United Kingdom
Abbreviation MSA
Headquarters Colnbrook (Berkshire, England)
President Prince Michael of Kent
Chairman David Richards
Chief Exec Rob Jones
Official website



The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is recognised as the sole motor sport governing body for the United Kingdom by the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). However many popular short circuit motorsport disciplines in the UK are not covered, such as Banger Racing, Autograss and Hot Rod Racing.

As the governing body, the MSA is responsible for the governance and administration of all major forms of motor sports in the UK, controlling the technical and sporting rules across the various disciplines.

It is not concerned with solo motorcycle or sidecar competitions, which are governed by the Auto-Cycle Union.

The MSA implements these rules, known as the General Regulations, to govern the conduct of motor sports at national level. These rules are made and amended by the Motor Sports Council, which is the 'parliament' of motor sports, while the MSA acts as the 'civil service' in times of need and to ensure safety of the General Public.

It administers the licensing of 34,000 competitors, 10,000 volunteers and officials and the 5,000 events taking place in the UK each year.


The MSA is managed and organised by its board of directors and working executives, chaired by Alan J. Gow. The MSA Council is custodian of the sporting power for the United Kingdom and the "Sporting Commission" under the FIA statutes. The Council’s responsibilities include the governance of UK motor sport, the improvement of safety and the regulation of motor sport by enforcing FIA regulations judicial matters and dispute resolution, and the development of motor sport together with the approval of British Championships.

The Council is made up of 24 members, bringing together the Chairpersons of the Specialist Committees that represent the interests of motorsport in the UK as well as delegates from the specialist advisory panels.

International Motor Sports is a wholly owned subsidiary of the MSA which organizes the British Grand Prix, the Rally of Great Britain and from 2016 the British Rally Championship, some of the flagship motor sports events in the United Kingdom. The MSA and its subsidiaries employ over 40 full-time staff.[citation needed]

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