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British Association of Rally Schools BARS is a Motor Sports Association recognised school

Introducing BARS


The British Association of Rally Schools was formed in 1995 by six Rally Schools whose aim was to standardise the core elements of rally driving courses and provide a consistent level of control, safety and enjoyment for all participants.

Recognised by and accountable to the Motor Sports Association, the founding Rally Schools established safety policies, standards and controls to cover the preparation of rally school cars, licensing of rally school instructors and the safety of all participants involved in rally driving courses and experiences.

The British Association of Rally Schools has grown from the original six Rally Schools into a large group of members all of whom are recognised by the Motor Sports Association. 

In 2002 British Association of Rally School members contributed to a consultation process with the Motor Sports Association to develop a driver assessment programme for new applicants for a stage rally competition licence.  All drivers now wishing to compete on UK stage rallies have to complete the Stage Rally National B Licence Assessment before being issued with a licence. BARS member rally schools are the only Rally Schools authorised by the MSA to provide the assessment. 

Mission Statement

To provide the highest quality rally driving courses and experiences with the appropriate standards of safety and enjoyment for UK and international drivers. These to be achieved through policies, standards and controls recognised by UK motorsport’s governing body, the Motor Sports Association.