The original Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association, more recently known as the MSA, has relaunched itself as Motorsport UK. The rebrand follows a renewed direction for the body as it places an increased focus on promoting British motorsports over solely regulating them. The relaunch follows on from the appointment of former World Rally Champion and Prodrive boss David Richard CBE as Chairman in January.
The name change marks the fourth embodiment of a governing body for four-wheel motorsport in the UK. The Royal Automobile Club’s Competitions Committee, a part of the Club’s RAC Motorsports Division, oversaw motorsport organised by affiliated clubs, such as the first Grand Prix race at Silverstone in 1948. In 1974 the Club’s Committee was replaced by a new RAC Motor Sports Council, and four years later this became the RAC Motor Sports Association which was formed to look after the day-to-day running of the sport. The RAC Motor Sports Association governed the regulations surrounding motorsports until 1999 when the Club demerged its motoring services, resulting in the establishment of the RAC Motor Sports Association as an independent body.
Today, the renamed body continues to represent the 30,000 competitors, 13,2000 volunteers, 3,200 officials, 10,000 marshals, 720 clubs as well as all fans of British motorsports. With ten Formula 1 World Champions and more Le Mans winners than any other country, British motorsports continues to produce some of the finest racers on the global stage. Support for all racing participants will continue to be a priority for Motorsport UK as it aims to keep the accessibility and British passion for motorsport alive.