Hi Ken, not heard from you for a while. Hope all is OK
Just to fill in a few gaps:
HM government delegated the MSA to control all motorsport in the UK. Subsequest to that, NASA established a written agreement with the MSA that NASA will operate with full authority and without interference from the MSA in the areas that we do. NASA are an "Authorised Body" permitted to issue "Event Permits" for motor sport events (Road Traffic Act). It is also permitted to make any rules it wants - under the law of course.
The objective in authorising non NASA race meetings which invite Autograss (trademark) Cars is, as best we can, to make sure these are bone fide events which observe the sort of regulations that we and the MSA lay down regarding safe modes of operation. We also require sight of insurance arrangements which are in place to establish what risks the drivers are at if say third party claims arise of the driver suffers injury.
By placing these restrictions on our members it is the only way we have to ensure that these things are in place at these usually "run for profit events". So far it has worked very well with Stoke, Arena, and Coventry all happily complying and expressing their understanding of what and why we are doing what we are. There have been no problems.
There have not been any "non authorised" events yet so we have yet to test the case of us excluding members who take part in such events. My personal view is that if we get to a position where we actually specify an event as NOT AUTHORISED then there must be something adrift and we would exclude members who raced there.
There is no question that we have the legal right to do so. All members are bound by the rules laid out within Memer's Handbook, something they sign up to when they join. Our position, rules etc continue to be overseen by our legal people and our insurer's who are actively involved in the exercise we are talking about.
As an aside - have you ever looked at the way the stadium boys are controlled? If you sign with one promotion and then race with another, expect an automatic lengthy ban. Its always been that way and their line is, "If you don't like the rules then don't come". A pal of mine won a Hot Rod series run by Scunthorpe Stadium this winter and the publicity immediately got him a 6 month ban from Skegness - where he races a different car with a different number.