Insanity Racing

An Amateur Cross Country Racing Team

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About "Insanity Racing"

As has already been said the name "Insanity Racing" is not referring to the nature of motor sport or anyone involved, it came about because of how I felt when I first purchased a car to get involved in Cross Country racing.

Having been around off-road motor sport for many years as a spectator and marshal and being in and around the service areas helping out where ever possible, I decided I would like to give running and driving my own car a try. The only warning that I will give to any one else that is thinking of giving this a try is that it becomes addictive.

It was while I was driving the UK motorway network, on my way to collect my first "Race car" with plenty of time to think while trundling along the motorways, I started questioning what was I doing and why was I doing it? Was this a "midlife crisis" or was I truly going insane?
Thus the name for our new car became "Insanity", shortly thereafter we started calling our little group/team Insanity Racing.

How we got started.

Insanity Racing is a cross country (or off-road) race team originally started as an experiment "just to see if I liked driving in cross country motor sport events".
Having been on the sidelines for many years as a spectator, marshaling and assisting other teams in the service areas I had become familiar with the format and felt that I had started to get to know some of the people.

There are several ways to get started, but one of the best places to start is by talking to the people who organize the events, it's especially useful talking to people like the scrutineers as they will be able to help with some of the safety items to look out for and anything that you will need to consider if building or buying a car..

The first step is to get a car.
There are three or four basic options at this point.

I went for the last option.

I purchased my first car a Land Rover Discovery 1 and I went about preparing the car and myself to enter a "British Cross Country Championship" event.

At the end of the 2011 season, I entered my first event, joining the last event of the season at Nescliff, as a clubman entry with the help of a "brave" and experienced navigator.
This event was a lot of fun and taught me a lot about both myself and the car and its capabilities. Sometimes exceeding both.

You can follow the continuing story of how we get on in the new cars in the rest of this site.
Also regular updates will be posted on the Facebook page.