About our Association
History and Introduction from our President
The Association was formed in 1987 to assist the disabled, insulin dependent diabetics and those with other medical conditions, to obtain their competition licences from the Motor Sports Association (MSA). This following a total ban on such people competing at the International level of Rallying. There had been a similar ban imposed since the 1960s for circuit racing.
The MSA and the BMSAD work together to ensure that given an applicants driving ability, a licence may be granted.
In 1991 following many discussions with the MSA an assessment procedure was followed and conducted at Silverstone, David Butler a triple amputee paved the way for many other disabled folk by passing his assessment and gained his licence to race, David has, since that day qualified for full International Race and Rally licences.
Since 1991 over 200 competitors with a variety of disabilities and medical conditions have earned the right to compete in Racing, Rallying and Karting.
The variety of conditions vary from paraplegia, arm, leg and finger amputations, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone and Parkinson’s disease, visual and hearing challenges and many more.
The future is looking very bright with more opportunity for all disabled motorsport enthusiasts with more Kart tracks committed to fitting hand controls where required and most racing circuits prepared to accept the need for disabled access.
There are many openings in motorsport for the non competitor and of course there are many support activities that do not require an MSA competition licence.
If you or a friend are disabled or have a medical condition that you think might preclude you from holding a competition licence, please call David Butler first, he might well surprise you!
Telephone: 01923 265577 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tony Reynolds, President
The Prince Michael Award of Merit
"Tony Reynolds a volunteer motor sports official and President of the British Motor
Sports Association for the Disabled, was formally presented with the Motor Sports
Association`s Prince Michael Award of Merit"
Thursday 6 February 2003, at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall.