President ‐ Rodney Mason
Vice President ‐ Dayendra Samarasinghe
Hony . Secretary ‐ Ranjith Chandrasekera
Asst . Secretary ‐ Yoga Perera
Treasurer ‐ Ravi Wijeratne
Asst . Treasures ‐ Christopher Raymond and Victor Wijeratne
SRI LANKA ASSOCIATION OF RACING DRIVERS AND RIDERS ‐SLARDAR was formed in July 1983 by drivers and riders associated with motor sports racing in Sri Lanka. What prompted the formation of SLARDAR was that other motor sports clubs at that time were paying scanty regard to the sport and did not heed to the genuine grievances of the competitors and the expectations of a large number of motor sport enthusiasts. Thus the need arose for the formation of an association in order to safeguard and foster their interest in the sport and with the specific intention of improving the standard of the sport.
Mr . Ranjith Chandrasekera , a leading rider at the time took the initiative in organizing the drivers and riders for a discussion and a meeting. The first such meeting was held. Chaired by Mr.J.P.Obeysekera, a leading sportsman and a lover of motor sports. The meeting was well attended and the general consensus was that a separate Association should be formed to further the interests of competitors and at the same time to pressurize other Clubs to take greater interest in organizing meets along the lines of accepted motor sport rules and regulations.
Thus, the inaugural Meeting held at the Sinhalese Sports Club at Maitland Crescent laid the foundation for the formation of SLARDAR. The enthusiastic gathering present at that meeting, elected the following office bearers to function in the first committee of SLARDAR.
The Association is responsible for the conduct of three very popular Autocross events in the island. One conducted in the central highlands and named the ” Fox‐Hill Super cross ” and the other two in the Northern dry zone in the ancient capital of the island and named the ” Gajaba Super cross ” and more recently the ” Gunners Super cross” at Minneriya, Polonnaruwa. Some of the events are held in association with military regiments and within military bounds. These, by far are the most popular motor sport super cross events in the island. The participation of the Army in organising these Meets greatly assist in attaining world‐class standards and the Association greatly appreciates the confidence placed on the Association by the military for the conduct of these Meets.
Within the short 21‐year history, SLARDAR has contributed immensely towards the improvement of the standard of motor racing in Sri Lanka. The innovative and interesting events being organized in a most professional manner has the right ingredients sought and recognised by competitors and spectators hence, the popularity of the events organized and promoted by the Association. The Association is continuously engaged in research and development activity to provide the best for competitors and spectators. Constant training of Officials assures professional standards being maintained at the highest level and in keeping with international standards. The idea being to move the standard of the sport to internationally acceptable levels so that our competitors will be able to participate at international motor sports events.
A fully equipped Office with a full time administrative secretary is a step the Association has taken to provide the best possible services to the membership and all competitors. A Toyota Double cab has been the answer for the Club’s requirement to find alternative venues for events and for plotting of rally routes. The latest Tag Heuer professional timing equipment provides accurate and reliable timing of events and is a great boon to all competitors. More recently, digital measuring instruments have been introduced to scrutinize vehicles engines. We have come to realize that competitor confidence in activities carried out by Association is fundamental for the progress and acceptance of the activities of the Association.
The story of SLARDAR is forever unfolding with new chapters being planned and added on a regular basis for the betterment of the sport. SLARDAR is determined to provide the best to all competitors in the sport of motor racing and continue to stay right on top in the field.
The determination and grit of the Committee of management to provide the best for competitors has undoubtedly helped SLARDAR to be at the very top in the field of motor sports in the country.