About ESLA Series

ESLA: European Street Legal Association


The Reason for bringing ESLA to life is primarily to fulfil the needs of street legal car & bike enthusiasts, and profit from the European growth that is currently taking place. Annually ESLA series will bring participants, motorsport shows, entertainment, media and business opportunities to various event locations across Europe. Our goal is to travel with the series and organise once a month a 3-day event at each participating country, with a maximum of 9 countries by 2017. We call it the “ESLA Circus concept”.

ESLA and its partner tracks are dedicated to giving all aspiring drivers a place to race safely. Whether you’re a hard-core racing enthusiast or just want to test your driving skills against others, ESLA offers a fun and easy alternative to dangerous and illegal street racing. When you are a certified ESLA member with a street legal motorcycle or automobile, you will be able to race in a safer and controlled environment at our partner tracks across Europe.


about-flagSafety First

It’s impossible to predict who will race on the streets. Men and women of all ages put themselves and others in danger by choosing to race on public roads instead of at the track. The ESLA organization, partners, sponsors and thousands of ESLA certified street legal members urge them to take the racing to the track.

Basics information Street Legal Series.

  • Participants must be a certified member to participate in the ESLA series.
  • Only automobiles and motorcycles that are fully legal for use on public roads are allowed to participate in the series. Many of these racers will drive their vehicles to the track, race them, and then drive them safely back home.
  • Every vehicle must pass our safety inspection prior to being allowed to participate in any ESLA event.
  • Every event is run according to the ESLA International rules and regulations, with regional points and championship standings.

Street Legal Racing is a contest between two automobiles or motorcycles starting from a standing start, and racing side by side in a straight line at a designated controlled racetrack. Most commonly the racetrack is a quarter-mile (1,320 ft (402 m) long, in some cases the racetrack is an eighth-mile (660 ft (201 m).


Before each race (also known as a pass), each driver is allowed to perform a burnout, which heats the driving tires and lays rubber down at the beginning of the track, improving traction. Each driver then lines up (or stages) at the starting line. Races are started electronically by a noticeable electronic starting device between the lanes on the starting line known as a Christmas tree.

The Christmas tree displays a calibrated-light countdown for each driver. It consists of six lights for each driver/lane, one blue, three amber, one green, and one red. Once the first competitor trips the pre-staged beam, the tree is automatically activated, and the opponent will have up to seven seconds to stage or a red light and automatic timed-out disqualification occurs instantly. When both drivers are pre-staged and staged on time, the tree will start the race between .8 and 1.3 seconds with the time randomly selected by the auto-start system, which causes the three large amber lights to illuminate, followed by the green one.

about-lightLight sequences

Full Tree is when the three amber lights light up in sequence from top to bottom, 0.5 seconds apart, followed 0.5 seconds later by the green light.
Pro Tree is when the three amber lights flash simultaneously, followed 0.4 seconds later by the green light.
Red light is realized when the front tires leaves from a stage beam (stage turn off) before the green light illuminates, the red light for that driver’s lane illuminates instead, indicating that the driver has committed a red-light foul and therefore lost the race (also known as redlighting).


Several measurements are taken for each race:

  • Reaction time: is the period from the green light illuminating to the vehicle leaving the starting line.
  • Elapsed time: is the period from the vehicle leaving the starting line to crossing the finish line.
  • Speed is measured through a speed trap covering the final 66 feet (20 m) to the finish line, indicating average speed of the vehicle during the run last 66 feet.

ESLA offers two categories of Street Legal Races, heads-up and handicap.

Heads-up Racing

Racing is the easiest to understand because both cars leave the starting line at the same time, and the first to cross the finish line wins.

Dial-In Racing

Dial- in racing (also known as E.T. or BRACKET or HANDICAP racing) allows cars and motorcycles of different speeds and power to fairly race against each other with the help of a dial-in. The object of this race is to predict how many seconds it will take your car to get to the finish line, then try to run as close to the that dialed-in number as possible. Each driver chooses his or her own dial- in time witch is generally displayed on one or more windows so the start-crew can adjust the starting lights on the christmas tree accordingly. The slower car will then get a head start equal to the difference in the two dial-ins, so if both cars perform perfectly, they would cross the finish line at the same time. If either car goes faster than its dial-in time (this is called breaking out), he loses the race regardless of who has the lower elapsed time. If both cars break out, the one who breaks out by the smallest amount wins. Drivers who finishes the pass closest to their dialed in number, is the winner of the race.


In the standard racing format, the losing car and driver are removed from the contest, while the winner goes on to the next level to race other winners, until only one racer is left. In the ESLA Series all racers will receive championship points. Winners of events receive trophies, money prizes and championship points.