The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) is the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s leading motoring organisations. Founded in 1904, with headquarters in Paris, the FIA is a non-profit making association. It brings together 245 national motoring and sporting organisations from 143 countries on five continents. Its member clubs represent millions of motorists and their families.
MotorSport NZ has been a member of the FIA since 1956. Initially membership was through the RAC who were the controlling body for motorsport in the British Commonwealth, and direct membership followed on the dismantling of the British Commonwealth in the early 1970s.
General motoring enquiries of other than a sporting nature should be directed to the FIA’s touring affiliate in New Zealand, the New Zealand Automobile Association (www.aa.co.nz).
National control of motorsport is delegated by the FIA to one national sporting authority (ASN) in each nation. In many countries, the ASN is also the body recognised for all motoring activities, including sporting and touring. However in some countries – and New Zealand is one – the sporting power and touring authorities are held by separate and independent bodies.
MotorSport New Zealand Inc was initially inaugurated in October 1947 as the Association of New Zealand Car Clubs. Incorporation was achieved in November 1950 and in 1967 with a membership of 58 clubs the name was changed to Motorsport Association of New Zealand Inc.
In 1996, the name was changed to its present title. Membership of the organisation has continued to expand since with now just over 100 member clubs holding membership.
The Board of MotorSport New Zealand Inc is elected by its Council to govern the management of affairs of the society, and through its various Advisory Commissions, Departments and Administration office manage the day to day operations of the sport.
MotorSport New Zealand Inc delegates authority for karting, drag racing and vintage car events to recognised bodies by a process of annually reviewed agreements. These delegations of authority are subject to approval by the FIA, and the activities are conducted under conditions, which must be approved by MotorSport NZ and notified to the FIA.