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October 2017 HRCC Historic Torque Available for Download

Noosa Hillclimb 2017

Image thanks to Ian Welsh of Shifting Focus Motorsport Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The October 2017 edition has been sent out to members of the club, and is available to download below.

This month’s magazine looks forward to the Noosa Hillclimb, recaps Historic Lakeside 2017, catches up on all the news in the Queensland historic motorsport community and more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque October 2017 [PDF]

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

HRCC Historic Torque September 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque August 2017

HRCC Historic Torque June 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2017 [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Car Profile: Rob Tweedie’s Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

We’re very much looking forward to the upcoming Summer Festival, which will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park from the 10th to the 12th of November. To help everyone get in the mood, we are going to take a look at some of the historic cars which will be joining us at the meeting, and we’re kicking off today with a look at Rob Tweedie’s Elfin-Repco Holden MS7, which will be driven by his son Tom in Group Q.

With thanks to Robert Tweedie

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

Built in Adelaide for the singular purpose of winning the Australian Sports Car Championship, the one-off, aluminium monocoque Elfin MS7 did just that, with South Australian designer/builder Garrie Cooper taking the crown at Phillip Island on November 30, 1975.

In essence the MS7 was derived from the open-wheeler MS6 Formula 5000 car, with full-width bodywork clearly influenced by the Porsche 917/10 Can-Am car capable of generating massive downforce. With a dry weight of 730 kgs and serious grunt from the 5 litre Repco V8 using Lucas fuel injection, the Elfin proved more than a match for its opposition and dominated from the time of its debut in 1974, setting numerous lap records and scoring several outright victories in the period 1974-1975.

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

The MS7 passed to privateer Stuart Kostera in West Australia in 1975 and continued racing in sports car events until 1983 (winning the 1976 Australian Tourist Trophy amongst other races), then Alan Newton in Victoria owned the car until 1997. It has raced more or less continuously ever since, competing in Group Q Historic Sports Cars with Aaron Lewis of New South Wales from 1997, who drove it to many class lap records.

The current owner Robert Tweedie purchased the Elfin in May 2005 and raced the following year before instigating a full rebuild over the winter of 2006/7, with a new 565 bhp engine and improved cosmetics. From 2007 onwards the car continued to perform well at Phillip Island, the Australian Grand Prix meet, Oran Park, Eastern Creek, Winton and Wakefield Park with a number of wins, podiums and lap records.

At the end of 2016 Robert retired and passed driving duties onto his son Tom, who already has excellent driver credentials with his most successful Chevron B24/28 Formula 5000 open wheel racing car and historic Formula Ford. With many lap records and multiple wins to his name, it will be interesting to see whether Tom can lower the existing Sydney Motorsport Park Historic Sportscar lap record, and by how much. Tom has already run the Elfin at SMP briefly and was lapping in the 1min28s, which hopefully is a good indication of what we can expect.

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

Introducing Q & R Sports and Racing’s New Category Manager, Ian Buddery

Ian Buddery Q & R Category Manager

Ian Buddery recently took over the role of Q&R Category Manager for both sports and racing cars, kindly offering his time, skill and passion as caretaker of this evocative historic racing category. Read on for an introduction, thanks to Ian.

Thanks to Ian Buddery

This is my first report since taking up the Q&R Category Manager role, so forgive me if it’s short on news and long on partly-informed ideas! I have yet to complete the task of reaching out to all Q&R competitors, but when that’s happened I’ll do my best to represent their best interests.

I’ve been advised to explain my background, in order to have some level of credibility in this job.

Like most of you, I’ve been irrational about cars and motorsport for as long as I can remember, from hanging off the fencing at the back of Sandown, which was a short pushbike ride from home, to competing in my first forest rally as an 18 year old, during which I all but wrote off my hire-purchase MG Midget, going through a fence at a t-junction and hitting the only tree in the paddock. I blamed the navigator of course…  No helmets, no roll cage – those were the days! 

I did lots of rallying and car club track days over the years, but no actual racing until I found myself the co-owner of a Penske Indy car in 2007.  My sincere advice is never accept free alcohol at a Pebble Beach auction!

Discovering that our new purchase was a restoration project, we bought a Lola T700 to cannibalise for parts. Eventually realising that this car was too good and too rare to break up, I got my circuit license and recommissioned it, my first meeting being at Eastern Creek in Jan 2010.

Ian Buddery Q & R Category Manager

It took me a while, but I eventually got the hang of preparing and driving the Lola. I then thought that buying a newer car that was 10% faster in the day would take 10% off my lap times (I can hear you all laughing now). Enter my current car, a 1986 March86C. Unfortunately it was 20% harder to manage than the ground effect Lola and my times went backwards, so another learning curve began.

But oh how I love the racing and how I kick myself for not finding it 20 years sooner! I also enjoy the history of my car, a 2 time Indy 500 entrant, and work hard to preserve its patina and keep it correct. This hobby includes all the enjoyment of preserving a classic car, with all the excitement of racing one.

So on to what I hope to achieve as category manager. First and foremost, I will work to encourage the largest possible grids, so that meeting organisers always include us. Next, I’d like to encourage camaraderie and interaction amongst us all; keep other club members informed of what’s happening amongst Q&R competitors; and finally encourage new people to buy suitable cars and join the ranks.

So I need your help, please email me at qr@hsrca.com whenever you buy or sell car, rebuild or repair one you already own, or have any interesting experience to share.

I’m still working on building a complete database of Q&R drivers, so please send me an email with your contact details and the Q&R car(s) that you run.

Regards,
Ian Buddery

September 2017 HRCC Historic Torque Available for Download

HRCC Historic Torque September 2017

Image thanks to Ian Welsh of Shifting Focus Motorsport Photography

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

It’s been a busy few months in the Queensland historic racing scene, and this month’s magazine features a bumper report on the 2017 Historic Lakeside, more images from the recent Historic Queensland meeting, details on the HRCC’s upcoming Noosa Hillclimb and much, much more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque September 2017 [PDF]

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

HRCC Historic Torque August 2017

HRCC Historic Torque June 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]

The Targa Florio Comes to Australia

Targa Florio Australia Tribute

The Targa Florio, one of the world’s longest lasting and most iconic motor races, will arrive in Australia this November as the Targa Florio Australian Tribute, and we’re invited to take part.

The Targa Florio was a brutally tough endurance sports car race that began in Sicily in 1906. It became a part of the World Sportscar Championship in the ’50s, but was removed from the championship in 1973 after a serious of fatal accidents proved that it had become far too dangerous.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, the event still exists today as a regulated road race with special timed stages. It features a classic event, the Targa Florio Classic, which is a brilliant event run as a historic regularity race for cars built before 1977.

The Targa Florio Australian Tribute is a classic car regularity event that will be held from the 29th of November to the 3rd of December, 2017. It will cover a 1175 kilometre route through some of Victoria’s most scenic locations, including both regional and city destinations, and give spectators a chance to enjoy the cars and festivities. It will be run in the same way as the Targa Florio in Sicily, as a regulated road race with timed stages.

We would love to get an HSRCA crew together to take part in the event. Please contact Richard Cardew if you’re interested, and head to the Targa Florio Australian Tribute website here for more details.

Notice of 2017 HSRCA Annual General Meeting

2017 HSRCA AGM

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October the 18th, at Denistone Sports Club from 8:00 PM.

At this meeting your new committee will be elected, which means that all positions will be declared vacant. If you would like to contribute to the continued growth and direction of our Club, fill in the notification form, have it signed and return it to the office address on the form at least 14 days prior to the meeting to allow inclusion in a nominations listing on the HSRCA website.

This is an important meeting, and apart from business is a great chance to catch up with friends and socialise. Dinner for members will be on the house, so come along for a meal and to enjoy a social evening while engaging in interesting discussions on the future of the club.

Download the relevant documentation by right-clicking the links below and selecting ‘Save As’:

HSRCA 2017 AGM Proxy Form [DOC]

HSRCA 2017 AGM Nomination Form [DOC]

Annual General Meeting 2017

Denistone Sporting Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde

At 8.00 pm on Wednesday 18 October 2017

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday evening 18 October next.

The AGM is important because it is an opportunity to review the year and invite comment on the way the HSRCA responds to the challenges and opportunities that lie before us. We are also proposing two life membership for people who have provided long and sacrificial service. And we have some club trophies to award. Celebrate with them.  

The last year has been successful on important fronts, goodwill continues to be strong and office bearers have worked tirelessly in the interests of the club. Sadly, we have lost members who have passed away and some members are also grieving from loss of loved ones whose life they have shared for decades. Some also have felt it is time to retire from often very long service. So it is a time for reflection and some sadness but also thankfulness for friendships and service to historic motor sport.  

As happened last year, meals are free, and whilst some have suggested that accounted for the exceptional turn out of 60 people, I am convinced it reflected strong interest in the future of the club. We hope we can do justice to your expectations.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Richard Cardew,
President

Agenda

  1. Apologies
  2. Receive Minutes of the 2016 AGM, as approved by the General Committee
  3. President’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Nominations for Life Membership
  6. Club trophies presentations
  7. Election of 2017-2018 Committee
    1. Positions declared vacant
    2. Appointment of interim chair
    3. Nominations and election
  8. Future directions for the Club and business plan – open discussion
  9. Other business

Supporting papers for this meeting will be available on request from Wes Dayton from early October.

The General Committee has approved a proposal from Rod Wallace to work with the committee to prepare a business plan for the Club. This will be referred to in the president’s report and included in discussion at point 8.

Your Invitation to the 2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

HSRCA's 2017 Summer Festival

Entries are now open for the HSRCA’s 2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park, to be held over the 11th & 12th of November, with private practice offered on the 10th. You are most cordially invited!

Click this link to enter the event via the ARDC Competitor Portal.

Entrants, download event documentation below:

2017 Summer Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Garage & Carport Application Form [PDF]

We are working in collaboration with the ARDC and will be using the ARDC’s competitor portal to handle entry. The ARDC competitor portal can be found at the following link:

http://www.ardconline.com/

We appreciate your support in using this new system and welcome your feedback on the process.

The increased $50 HSRCA members’ discount for entry to race meetings is available. Take advantage of this discount, as it represents great value, including both generous track time and a magic racing environment.

To apply it to your entry, navigate to the merchandising page of the online entry system. Please check the summary page to ensure it has applied correctly. If not, please contact the ARDC and they can facilitate that for you.

Private practice will be held on Friday the 10th of November and will be run by Sydney Motorsport Park. Simply turn up at the venue and go to Suite 9.

Private practice sign on will commence from 7AM. Please present your licence and proof of current HSRCA membership. The cost for private practice is $150 for HSRCA members and $180 for non-members.

The Summer Festival will see us return to Sydney Motorsport Park, Gardner (GP) circuit, to hold our biggest race meeting of the year. We’re looking forward to exciting competition around the circuit’s interesting and challenging layout.

Entry numbers permitting, the provisional grids are:

  • Groups KLM
  • Group O and invited M and P
  • Groups QR OR, if interest allows:
    • Group OPQR and invited M with QR limited to small engine cars AND
    • Groups QR for big-engined cars including F5000s
  • Group S including the Group S Relay
  • Group N
  • Formula Ford and Formula Vee
  • Regularity
  • Super Sprint

Grids will be arranged to accommodate entries into compatible groupings and ensure viable grid sizes and generous track time. Composition of grids may change for some perpetual trophy races.

We are keen to provide races for the big-engined QR cars, and would love to see (and hear) the mighty Formula 5000s on track over the weekend. The two options for the Group QR grid are designed to allow us to do so.

We are continuing our efforts to provide a place for all compatible and appropriate cars to race and welcome enquiries and feedback about opportunities.

The event will see many significant trophies awarded, subject to sufficient numbers in the relevant categories. Some of these are for specific races while others cover the whole year. Please see below for the full list.

We are continuing to grow the super sprint format’s presence at HSRCA meetings, as it has proved successful on several fronts. We enjoyed the participation of some very interesting cars at our September meeting and hope to see the trend continue in November.

We greatly appreciate your involvement in HSRCA events and the greater historic motorsport community. Feedback from competitors and spectators at our Autumn and Spring meetings has been very encouraging and we are keen to provide another brilliant weekend. Thank you for your continued support.

Please pass this invitation on to friends and family who would enjoy a fun weekend out with lovely old cars, and encourage them to get involved.

We look forward to going racing with you once again this November 10 – 12.

With every good wish for a memorable weekend of classic motorsport,
The HSRCA Race Committee

The following trophies will be awarded subject to sufficient numbers in the relevant categories.

  • John Leffler Trophy for Formula Ford
  • Ian “Pete” Geoghegan Trophy for Group Nb Touring Cars
  • Brian Foley Trophy for Group Nc Touring Cars
  • John Dawson-Damer Memorial Trophy for Group MO Racing Cars
  • RACA trophies for Groups Sa, Sb, Sc Enduro
  • Bill Brown Trophy for Group S Driver of the meeting
  • Roger Ealand Trophy for Formula Junior Racing Cars
  • Frank Gardner Trophy for Group L Sports Cars
  • Alec Mildren Trophy for Group L Racing Cars
  • Summer Festival Trophy for Group R Racing Cars
  • Summer Festival Trophy for Group R Sports Cars
  • Ron Tauranac Trophy for Group Q Racing Cars
  • Bib Stillwell Trophy for Group Q Sports Cars
  • Summer Festival Trophy for Group M Racing Cars
  • Frank Matich Trophy for Group M Sports Cars
  • Ian Forsyth Trophy for Best Performance in Regularity in 2017
  • Peter Finlay Trophy for Performance Most Deserving Encouragement Regularity 2017
  • Commentators Award for Impressive Driving Performance

Rusty Nuts Racers’ 2017 Spring Festival Report

Rusty Nuts Racers at the Spring Festival

We were very pleased to be joined at this year’s Spring Festival by the crew of the Rusty Nuts Racers. Read on and enjoy their report on the action at the Spring Festival.

The Rusty Nuts Racers are a group of (mostly) ’50s and ’60s sports cars drivers, with a particularly strong contingent of MGs, who joined us to compete in Regularity.

We look forward to catching up with them again at the Summer Festival in November.

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A Brief Recap of Sunday’s Group S Action at the Spring Festival

Group S at the Spring Festival

Colin Wilson-Brown, Group S Racing Association past president, has kindly reached out with a recap of Sunday’s Group S action at the 2017 Spring Festival. Read on, and enjoy!

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2017 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park: Photos and Wrap-Up

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

Kicking off on Friday the 1st of September and going through to Sunday the 3rd of September, the 2017 Spring Festival saw us celebrating historic motorsport, magic old machines and good friends at Wakefield Park, nestled in Goulburn’s picturesque countryside.

Our second historic race meeting of 2017 fell on the first weekend of spring, and Goulburn delivered a stunner. Cool temperatures and mostly sunny skies made for perfect conditions for the cars and temperate weather for all of us to enjoy.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

The weekend was friendly and relaxed, setting the stage for some great races. It kicked off on Friday, with Wakefield Park hosting private practice. This allowed competitors to get settled in for the weekend and spend some time dialling in their cars before Saturday turned up the wick for qualifying and races launched on Saturday afternoon, continuing through Sunday.

This time out we were joined by eight grids, which included:

  • Groups L & M and Formulas Junior & Vee
  • Groups O, Q & R
  • Regularity
  • Formula Ford
  • Group N Under 3000cc
  • Group N Over 3000cc
  • Group S
  • Super Sprint

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

The event was well supported and we were pleased to be joined by more than a few new competitors, as well as some interesting and new (to us) cars. The support of Group N and the Historic Touring Car Association was particularly impressive, with the entry going above the maximum track density at Wakefield Park, resulting in two good grids. Group S entries were also very strong, and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the excellent grid of Groups O, Q & R cars blasting around Wakefield Park.

Group L, Formula Junior, Sports 2000, and the Regularity team event all competed for trophies, while Group N and Group S hosted rounds of their 2017 competition season. The Regularity endurance event was a lot of fun and featured a great field, and the Super Sprint event is strengthening in its support and proving to work very well.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

Thanks to competitors, entrants and teams for the support! The racing, regularity and super sprinting was uniformly excellent, featuring some exciting dices and consistent displays of skill and respectful racing conduct. This ensured that the program ran smoothly and allowed us to keep the track singing all weekend long.

A huge amount of work goes in to preparing and running a historic car at a race meeting, and we’re extremely grateful for the support of everyone involved. Praise is also due for the beautiful preparation and presentation of the cars.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

Thanks also to the Falcon GT, Mustang and Torana Clubs of Canberra for taking a run out to our event and joining in the fun. The clubs put on a beautiful display of classic muscle and enjoyed some track time over lunch on Sunday. We look forward to catching up at an event in the future.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

The community that makes up the HSRCA is one of the most welcoming and friendly around, and everyone was on fine form this weekend. The atmosphere was warm and friendly and the pits and paddock full of people catching up, telling tales of racing glory, commiserating with each other about mechanical mishaps and generally enjoying good company.

If you attend a historic motorsport event, make sure to take some time to explore the pits and paddock, get up close to the cars and get to know some of the sport’s lovely people.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

As always, I close with the most important part of our wrap up – an impossibly large ‘THANK YOU!’ to the many volunteers who make all of this possible.

We, and everyone involved in the club and its activities, are endlessly grateful for the time, talent and hard work that you devote to motorsport and its community. It is your selfless support that allows us the opportunity to enjoy these old cars and the wonderful community that goes along with them.

Thank you!

With that, it’s time to move on to the pictures!

Images thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Domenic Ciccio, David Jenkins, Rod Mackenzie, Peter Miles, Taylor Pember, Seth Reinhardt, Peter Schell and Dallas Thomas.

For more from Riccardo, please see his website here and to see more from Dallas, head to atstudioeleven.com.au. Domenic’s website is mtrvtd.com and Rod’s website is www.rodmackenziecollection.com.

David can be found on Facebook here, Taylor Made Photography is on Facebook here and Peter Miles can be found on Facebook here and YouTube here.

To get in touch with Peter Schell or Seth, send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

2017 Spring Festival by Riccardo Benvenuti

2017 Spring Festival by Domenic Ciccio

2017 Spring Festival by David Jenkins

2017 Spring Festival by Rod Mackenzie

2017 Spring Festival by Peter Miles

2017 Spring Festival by Taylor Pember

2017 Spring Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2017 Spring Festival by Peter Schell

2017 Spring Festival by Dallas Thomas

Our next historic race meeting will see us heading to Sydney Motorsport Park for the Summer Festival – our first event at Sydney’s classic track in 2017.

The Summer Festival will be held over the 11th & 12th of November, and entry is open now through the ARDC’s competitor portal. Stay tuned to www.hsrca.com for more!

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival