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Group N Historic Touring Cars at the FoSC Winter One-Day Sydney Motorsport Park

FoSC Winter Invitation Eastern Creek

Image: Taylor Pember

The Group N cars of the Historic Touring Car Association of NSW recently contested the fourth round of their 2017 series at Sydney Motorsport Park with Festival of Sporting Cars. Read on, and enjoy Stephen Pitman’s report of the event.

The Historic Touring Car Association will join us at Wakefield Park in just a few weeks for the penultimate points round of their season, which will be contested at the Spring Festival.

Thanks to Stephen Pitman and the Historic Touring Car Association of NSW. See their website for a mega photo gallery and more information on the series.

Images thanks to Taylor Pember, Mark Walsh & Daniel Walters.

FoSC Winter Invitation Eastern Creek Druitt Circuit 1 Day Meeting Saturday 22nd July 2017

August 2, 2017

PAYCE Historic Touring Cars Group N
Report by Stephen Pitman. Images by Taylor Pember, Mark Walsh & Daniel Walters.

Braving a brisk and early start, nineteen of our members turned out to experience an enjoyable day of motor racing in warm winter weather and a relaxing atmosphere at the FoSC Winter Invitational.

FOSC organisers praised the standard of on-track driving, highlighting Group N’s performance.

This was also a meeting that continued the trend of younger drivers being introduced to the group N category. Drivers such as Adrian Macri, Jamie Tilley, Andrew Taite, and Luke Broadhead, who featured in the Mark Broadhead invitation regularity event, joined the competition at the event.

Again I stress the importance of the regularity category as an introduction to the Group N category. These young drivers competed in all of the races and displayed extraordinary driving skill to more than cement their position in the Group N ranks.

Both aspects of the day were very encouraging to see.

FoSC Winter Invitation Eastern Creek

Image: Daniel Walters

Qualifying Results

Group Nc
Jamie Tilley 1.11.5
Andrew Taite 1.11.7
Wayne Rogerson 1.14.5

Group Nb
Harry Bargwanna 1.13.3
John Harrison 1.15.3
Chris Collett 1.16.8

Race 1

Although Jamie Tilley had pole, he just could not master the start, which allowed Andrew Taite in the Chevrolet Camaro to lead into the first corner and ultimately go on to take the win ahead of Jamie in the Ford Mustang. Cam Worner in the GT Falcon finished in third.

Honours in the Nb placing went to Chris Collet in the Morris Cooper S with a win, Matt Russell Morris Cooper S in second and the EH Holden of Adrian Macri rounding out the podium with third.

Race 2

Again Jamie Tilley bogged down on the start to hand the lead advantage to Andrew Taite in the Chevrolet Camaro, ultimately resulting in an identical result to in Race 1.

Nb placings were slightly different this time out, with Chris Collett in the Morris Cooper S taking the win followed by Adrian Macri in the Holden EH second and David Wheatley in third position. A result due to the DNF of the Matt Russell Morris Cooper S. Harry Bargwanna also recorded a DNF in this event for reasons unknown.

Race 3

Andrew Taite in the Chevrolet Camaro had the best of the start again to lead Jamie Tilley in the Ford Mustang for the best part of the early laps of the event. This time, however, Jamie made a successful passing move to take the lead around the end of lap 3. Andrew and Jamie put on an entertaining display of driving, Andrew maintaining the pressure on Jamie until the end unable to slip by Jamie, who held on to experience a well-earned win. Cam Worner in the Falcon GT finished in third position.

Chris Collett would again be first on the podium for the Group Nb category, once again followed by Adrian Macri in the EH Holden and Barry Jessop in his EH Holden, resplendent in the new livery of diamond white and contrasting white roof. There is a rumour that the car was painted in a dodgy suburb in the States, explaining the bullet holes in the rear boot lid.

FoSC Winter Invitation Eastern Creek

Image: Mark Walsh

Mark Broadhead Invitation Regularity Event

This event would display how important regularity is to blooding new members and younger drivers to our sport. While it received a comparably low participation rate, it allowed for some of the more experienced drivers to back off a little and let these new competitors get some experience under their belts to feel comfortable driving at speed in simulated race conditions.

At the sharp end of the field the Holden of a Macri put on a display of co-ordinated driving with fellow competitors to assist the new comers in finding their feet. Dave Wheatley Morris Cooper S supported newcomer Francis Meier also in a Morris Cooper S, demonstrating the race lines to be used to create fast lap times.

Also, and even though he has been around for some time, Nathan Swain has successfully completed his Observed Licence Test to attain his right to start competing. Congratulations Nathan! Nathan will be adding to the numbers of EH Holdens already competing. There is no mistaking Nathan – he resembles Captain Risky although I am assured he does drive a lot better.

As a club it is pleasing to see the emergence of this new talent to our ranks and that our promotion to attract new members is working. So, I call on all existing members to provide support where ever you can to help establish a firm place in our club moving forward.

Stephen Pitman

Developing the Regularity Category to Make for More Inclusive Motorsport

Regularity Developments

Regularity is one of the most inclusive, welcoming and fun categories in historic racing. As the times change, however, so must we, and we’re working to improve the category to make it more inclusive while improving the safety, enjoyment and smooth running of its events.

Regularity is open to a large range of production, sports, touring and racing cars as well as replicas and cars with a degree of modification. The rules defining which cars may run are not as strict as other categories, and the committee is able to approve invitation of compatible cars.

Drivers in the category do not compete for track position or ultimate lap time – they compete to be the most consistent. This significantly reduces the on-track pressure and competition, making Regularity a safe and welcoming form of motorsport.

Regularity Developments

The open nature of the category and the non-competitive nature of its events make Regularity one of the best points of entry to the sport of historic motorsport. Regularity’s a great category in which to build confidence, skill and experience. It’s also a joy to watch, because of the sheer variety of cars on display and tendency to draw out cars and drivers who may not otherwise compete.

In an effort to continue developing the Regularity category, increasing its appeal and improving the format, some changes are being trialed and implemented. Read on for an update by Regularity Category Manager David Ellis.

Regularity Developments

Thanks to David Ellis

Developments in the Regularity Category

The Regularity category is currently undertaking a transitional change in order to retain and appeal to the many cross sections of motoring groups within the Club and beyond.

The Category at recent meetings has attracted quite a cross section of vehicles, and whilst this is good for numbers and spectators, it means that the cars don’t always match well as a group.

Traditional Regularity cars can be overshadowed or intimidated by later model and highly modified vehicles. We also want to ensure that Regularity does not become a category to send vehicles that don’t comply with other race categories, but still need a place to run.

The future growth of the Club will also require the acceptance of modern vehicles. This is hugely important, but has brought with it an inherent and increasing speed variation within the group, which is an issue for smoothly and safely running together.

Before this speed differential became an issue, and to accommodate all of the above issues, it was agreed that the best way to move forward would be to split into a traditional Historic Regularity group and a Supersprint group.

This was trialled at the Autumn Wakefield Park Meeting and was hailed as a huge success. So, moving forward the Regularity category will be listed as two separate groups for each meeting. The criteria for each will be:

Historic Regularity

  • Historic cars that are 30 + years
  • Historic cars in near manufacturers trim and appearance
  • Historic cars with period modifications only
  • Category will comply with the CAMS 130% rule

Regularity Developments

Supersprint

By nature Supersprint will likely be the bigger and faster group and open to:

  • Historic cars with speed above the Regularity 130% rule
  • Heavily modified historic cars
  • Non-compliant race category cars
  • Invited categories
  • Modern Regularity

The desired outcomes will be to:

  • Retain a compliant Historic Regularity group that may attract new members or allure some of the old faithful who may have been intimidated and lost by recent growth and speed to return
  • To become Australia’s premier Historic Regularity group by strictly enforcing the historic policy
  • The Supersprint group will cater for all of the modified, faster and more modern vehicles in a safer environment
  • Will allow for the Club to grow and attract modern vehicles.

You’ll be able to catch the Regularity crew on track at the Spring Festival at Wakefield Park this September 1 – 3. For more details see the calendar here.

Regularity Developments

HELP NEEDED: Brabham BT2 Stolen From Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand

Brabham BT2 Stolen

A Brabham BT2 prototype has been stolen from the Kapiti Coast, Paraparaumu Beach, north of Wellington in New Zealand and we are seeking urgent help from the community for any information on its whereabouts.

The car was stolen over the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd of July in the owner’s ‘toy hauler’ converted caravan.

Brabham BT2 Pop Top Caravan

The converted caravan is a lightweight pop top caravan and is somewhat unique, featuring a full-width lift-up tailgate. There are only around six similar caravans featuring that kind of conversion in New Zealand.

As the BT2 is a prototype, it will require someone familiar with early Brabhams or Formula Juniors to identify it.

Any information, sightings or help would be hugely appreciated. Please get in touch with Seth via seth@hsrca.com. Please also pass this request on to friends and family in the historic racing community to help return this car home.

July 2017 HRCC Historic Torque Available for Download

2017 Historic Lakeside

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The July 2017 edition has just been sent out, and is available for download here.

July’s magazine is a bumper edition, featuring a huge report on Historic Queensland 2017, plenty of magic photos and much more from the world of historic racing cars in Queensland. Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque July 2017 [PDF]

Be part of the 2017 Historic Lakeside Race Meeting

The HRCC’s 2017 Historic Lakeside meeting will be held at Lakeside Park, Kurwongbah, over the 9th & 10th of September, 2017. For the full details including entry, head to their website.

Catch up on previous editions of Historic Torque with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque June 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]

Looking Forward to the HSRCA Spring Festival at Wakefield Park

HSRCA 2017 Spring Festival

Entries are now open for the HSRCA’s 2017 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park, to be held over the 2nd & 3rd of September, with private practice offered on the 1st. You are most cordially invited!

Click this link to enter the event via the CAMS Members’ Portal, and please share this invitation with friends and family.

We hope to find you well, and hope that you are enjoying Sydney’s currently spectacular winter driving weather!

Preparations for the upcoming Spring Festival of historic motorsport at Wakefield Park are progressing smoothly. We still have just under a month and a half to go before the official close of entry date on the 18th of August, and we are pleased to see entries flowing in and fields developing nicely.

Your early entry helps us to judge the fields, plan the programme, sort out the garages and manage all of the nitty gritty that does into preparing a race meeting, so thank you.

We understand (through much first-hand experience) that historic sports, race and touring cars can be cantankerous beasts, and that occasionally life can get in the way of motorsport. So, in the event that you do place an entry that you’re unable to take advantage of, you can be confident in our efforts to refund you.

Remember that we offer a $50 discounted entry to race meetings for HSRCA members and that, in an effort to encourage sharing, the entry fee for same driver, second entry and same car, second driver entries will be the same. Each driver is entitled to the discount once only.

If you have trouble convincing Cams Event Entry to apply the discount, please manually deduct the $50 when you pay for your entry and let us know via an email to treasurer@hsrca.com, including a note of your membership number.

The Spring Festival is being run as a three-day event, with private practice to be held on Friday the 1st of September and run by Wakefield Park, please contact them directly to register. Garages and carports allocated for the weekend will be available from Friday.

For those reluctant or unable to use CAMS Event Entry please contact the club on members@hsrca.org.au or (02) 9948 4743 and request a traditional entry form.

Looking at the early fields we should see some great motorsport at the Spring Festival.

The Group S field in particular is building well and should put on some exciting races as they head into the back end of their 2017 season. Similarly, Group N is looking good for round 5 of their season, and Regularity should see a strong entry and an interesting field.

We’re also happy to see a good start to Formula Ford entries and OPQR cars – in particular a strong set of Group R drivers looking to stretch their legs at Wakefield Park.

Our efforts to make historic motorsport as inclusive, active and enjoyable as possible continue, and we are looking forward to the return of the super sprint category, which is open to cars built before 1998.

The weekend will see trophies decided for both winners and runners up of the Regularity team event as well as the new Roger Ealand Trophy for Formula Junior and a trophy for groups JKL if entries are there to support it.

If you’d like to join us as a spectator, remember that HSRCA membership includes entry to our race meetings and race meeting entry includes guest passes to the event.

If you are not a member and are not entering, tickets will be available at the gate each day. Kids under 16 get in free, adult tickets are $20 for a day or $30 for a weekend pass and concession tickets are $15 or $25 for the weekend.

As always, we deeply appreciate your support of the HSRCA, its events and the historic community at large. We will continue to invest every effort into providing a fun, festive and safe Spring Festival.

With every good wish for a memorable weekend of classic motorsport,

The HSRCA Race Committee

Upcoming 2017 HSRCA Historic Race Meetings

Wakefield Park Spring Festival – September 2 & 3

Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Festival – November 11 & 12

Your Name in the Credits of Endurance: The Untold Story of Formula One

Endurance Film EOFY Donation

Endurance is an independent Australian-made documentary which aims to tell the story of Jack Brabham and his engineering and sporting accomplishments.

The crew are well into the ground-breaking production, which will feature virtual reality and mixed reality cinematography, as well as remastered archival footage and reenactments of key moments in the Jack Brabham story. They are working with the Australian historic motor racing community to fund the film and are currently running an end of financial year donation promotion.

The end of financial year promotion offers a special mention in the credits of Endurance to the first 100 people to make a 100% tax deductible donation of $100 before the end of the 2016-2017 financial year.

You can make a donation at the Documentary Australia Foundation website here. For more information on the Endurance film, hit their official website here.

Entry Now Open for the CAMS Foundation’s 2017 Drive Day

2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day

The 2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on Monday the 14th of August, and entry is now open.

The day is a great opportunity to enjoy some track time on the classic Sydney circuit and will generate funding to be invested in the CAMS Foundation, which works to identify and support young motorsport talent.

CAMS’ 2017 Foundation Drive Day offers two options – a Drive Experience and Luncheon, for road cars, and Race Car Testing for those wishing to run a race car.

The Drive Experience and Luncheon includes a minimum of five on-track sessions on the North Circuit of Sydney Motorsport Park as well as a hot lap. The luncheon element includes a three-course lunch hosted by Greg Rust and featuring special guests Mark Skaife, Russell Ingall and Tony Longhurst. It’ll run you $595 per car.

The second option, Race Car Testing, slims the day down to pure motorsport. It offers a minimum five on-track sessions on the North Circuit and will cost $495 per car.

For the full details and to enter, please see CAMS’ website here. If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Childs at stacie.childs@cams.com.au or (03) 9593 7731.

2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day

Introducing the HSRCA’s 2017 Summer Festival

HSRCA's 2017 Summer Festival

The Summer Festival is set for the 11th & 12th of November, 2017, and will see the HSRCA returning to Sydney Motorsport Park for the first time in 2017 to hold our biggest historic race meeting of the year.

The return to Sydney Motorsport Park’s flowing curves and longer straights will give some of the more powerful cars a chance to stretch their legs, and will offer a great mix of challenges and opportunities for exciting competition. Its excellent facilities and proximity to the city make it a great place to hold a race meeting, and we’re looking forward to putting together a brilliant meeting to close out 2017’s historic motorsport season.

The focus of this meeting will be on providing plenty of quality track time and a safe, smoothly-run opportunity to get out and enjoy our historic sports and racing cars, good company and a festive atmosphere representative of the golden age of the sport.

Groups LMO and S will be featured during the Summer Festival and will be offered feature events including the classic Dawson-Damer trophy and the always-exciting Group S Enduro Relay.

Keeping the circuit singing all weekend will be races for 5th Category historic groups, including JKLM, OPQR, N, S and Formulas Ford, Junior and Vee. Regularity trials and super sprints will also be offered, as will a speed (non-race) event for racing and sports racing cars.

In particular we would like to know the level of interest in a speed event for racing and sports racing cars. It is an opportunity to give some very special cars a fun run or offer someone else a drive in your car.  Please let us know and talk to Col Haste about it on 0408 865 629 or via email at hastbld@bigpond.com.

Most 5th Category groups will have trophy events to decide their perpetual trophies over the course of the weekend, and we’re looking forward to interesting fields and great races as those are decided.

HSRCA members will, of course, be offered the $50 members’ discount for entry to the meeting. If you’re not a member and would like to become one ahead of the meeting, please head to our membership page here and join the Club. The Club offers a wonderful camaraderie and a varied programme of opportunities to enjoy the historic motorsport community, both social and competitive.

We expect to open entries in mid-August.

On that note, entry is now open for the upcoming Spring Festival, which will be held at Wakefield Park over the 2nd and 3rd of September, with private practice available on Friday the 1st. Come along and enjoy an exciting weekend of motorsport in Goulburn’s stunning countryside.

Head to the CAMS website to place your entry.

As always, we are extremely grateful for your support and contribution to the sport of historic racing. We will continue our efforts to put on events that are safe and exciting, offer good value and high quality track time, and show off the depth of motorsport history in Australia by keeping engines hot, rubber melty and race tracks busy.

The HSRCA Race Committee

Photo Gallery: 2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival

2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival

Images thanks to Jeremy Braithwaite

The 2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival was held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the 10th & 11th of June, at Sydney Motorsport Park. Photographer Jeremy Braithwaite was at the event, and has kindly shared some of his images with us here.

The event saw a great collection of historic racing and sports cars gather at Sydney’s classic circuit for a winter’s weekend of historic competition. Awesome examples of the mighty Formula 5000s and the historic touring cars of Groups C & A joined strong fields of Formula Ford, Groups S & N, Sports Cars, BMW E30s and Regularity.

We were thrilled to see many HSRCA competitors supporting the event, which drew a strong field and put on exciting races in tricky conditions. We look forward to next year’s event!

Jeremy Braithwaite has kindly shared some photos from the weekend, and you can enjoy them over in the gallery. Hit the link below:

2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival by Jeremy Braithwaite

Head to Jeremy’s website here for more images and to organise prints.

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: June 2017

HRCC June 2017

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The June 2017 edition has just been sent out, and is available for download here.

June’s edition of the magazine looks forward to the 40th annual Historic Queensland, includes a great article on the trials and tribulations of regularity, recaps a day out at Silverstone and much more. Download it from the following link, and enjoy!

HRCC Historic Torque June 2017 [PDF]

Be part of the 40th HISTORIC QUEENSLAND race meeting

The HRCC’s 40th Historic Queensland race meeting is coming up over the 1st & 2nd of July at Morgan Park Raceway. It should be a magic weekend of historic motorsport, and will offer a great opportunity to race on the fresh and smooth new Morgan Park surface.

They’re expecting big fields of the lovely older J, K, L and M cars, as well as some exciting Group N and Group S racing. Group U will feature compatible invited cars, which should bring some great machines out to play, and the full field of 5th category historic cars will ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Full details are available on their website here, and entry is now open through CAMS Motor Event Entry, which you can get to right here.

Catch up on previous editions of Historic Torque with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque May 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2017 [PDF]