Technical Inspection

1. Description

Technical Inspectors are entrusted with all aspects of safety and the majority of thier work is checking of competition and support vehicles. The Technical Chairman, Chief Car and Motorcycle Technical Inspectors are nominated at the Annual General Meeting each year and are trained accredited DLRA officials.

To volunteer for this job use the Volunteer Register.


2. Responsibility

To conduct a thorough and impartial inspection of each vehicle presented for technical inspection. Using the Technical Inspection Check Sheets, the inspectors will make an assesment as to whether a vehicles complies or does not comply with the rules and regulations.

NOTE: Technical Inspection can include the classification or designation of vehicles.


3. Duties

To check and confirm all vehicle safety items as required by the DLRA Rule Book.

3.1 Inspector or Inspectors Assistant(s)

The inspector is to check and confirm all driver / rider safety items as required by the DLRA Rule Book using the technical inspection sheets as supplied.


There will usually be an inspector dedicated to a particular segment of the inspection process. eg.

  • Checking entrants have all their documentation: DLRA Licence, DLRA Logbook, Entry Form, Technical Inspection Sheet
  • Checking all Personal Safety Items, suits, gloves, boots, helmets, undergarments that they are still current and for correct tags.
  • Checking of seat belts safety nets, arm harnesses, lanyards.
  • Observing driver bailouts. Drivers have to be sitting in their vehicle, all strapped up. with all their personal safety gear on and extract themselves from the vehicle within 10 seconds.
  • To check the vehicle log book for any requirements from the previous year. Ensure they have been satisfactorily caried out.
  • Checking of support vehicles to ensure they have the appropriate equipment fitted and on-board.
  • Not communicate any official information to any person except to the representatives of International Organisations, the Event Committee, the Race Director and the Clerk of the Course;
  • Specialists duties will include performing engine displacement checks on vehicles attempting new records. If required you will be trained in the use of these gauges. At this stage you will be working closely with the Impound Marshall.


3.2 Availability

The majority of the Inspectors work will be in the days leading up to the event. Typically Technical Inspection will open on the Friday before Speed Week. But many entrants do not turn up until the Sunday, for what ever reason. So that will be your busiest day.


3.3 Volunteer Instructions

On the day of your duty, you report direct to Technical Inspection Area.

Make sure you sign the Volunteers Book next to your name.

The morning session is from 8.00am to about 12.00 noon.

The afternoon session starts at about 1.00pm till 5.00pm or close of business on that day.

You must be ready to start your shift at these times.

Make sure you have a hat, sunglasses, sun cream, snacks. Water is provided from the fridge in the Impound Caravan and there are portable toilets through out the pits.

Please read this information about avoiding Dehydration and recognising Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke.


4. Tasks

4.1 Set Up

At the beginning of Speed Week assist in collecting the inspection and testing equipment from the DLRA truck.
Assist in erect shade tents and lay tarps in pit area and


4.2 During the event

  • Report to the Chief Technical Inspector.
  • You could be doing anything or all of the tasks described above.


4.3 Pack Up

At the conclusion of Speed Week all equipment is to be collected, packed away and returned to the storage containers at the DLRA camp


5. Knowledge and Skills

Have an excellent knowledge of the DLRA RuleBook.

Have a good mechanical knowledge.

Have good communication skills and be able to take direction well.

You need to be firm, but polite when dealing with entrants

You need to be able to stay calm under pressure.


6. Equipment

  • shade tents for vehicle inspection, motorcycle inspection and entries
  • tarps for each of these areas
  • signs for each of these area
  • witches hats.


7. Escalation

  • For clarification of details during speed week, refer to your Chief Car or MotorcycleTechnical Inspector.


8. References