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Retro Video: Ed Holly’s BT15 Screamer at Wakefield Park in 2009

1965 Brabham BT15 Wakefield Park

As we get ready to head to Wakefield Park for the Spring Festival this September 22 & 23, head back in time to 2009 for an M & O race with Ed Holly in his 1965 Brabham BT15.

The video is from Sunday the 20th of September, 2009 and captures the last race of the spring Wakefield Park historic race meeting. In it, Ed follows Don Thallon and Kim Shearn, both driving 1100cc Formula Juniors. Harry Hickling was just ahead of the trio and running in third.

Ed’s driving a 1965 Brabham BT15 with a 997cc Cosworth MAE motor and four speed box to suit 1965 Formula 3 regulations in the UK and Europe. The Juniors he’s running with are 1100cc cars with five speed boxes.

“To get the best out of the MAE it has to be kept between 7,000 and 9,500 RPM. Under 6,500 RPM it has virtually no power, but at 9,500 it develops 120bhp – not bad for a pushrod 1-litre engine which was based around the Ford Anglia Unit.” – Ed Holly

Enjoy the footage, and make sure to join us at Wakefield Park over the 22nd and 23rd of September, 2018, for a magic weekend of historic motorsport!

Thanks to Ed Holly for sharing the footage!

July Social Night: Remembering Amaroo Park

Remembering Amaroo

The July 2018 social night will be held on Wednesday the 18th at Denistone Sports Club in West Ryde and celebrate the history of Amaroo Park.

Amaroo Park was the scene of many historic racing events held by the Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia, as well as the HSRCA in later years, and many of our members have fond memories of competing and spectating there.

Our social evening, which will kick off from 7:30PM, will include several guest speakers. Our own Brian Caldersmith will talk of the early days, former HSRCA President Peter Mohr, winner of the first car race held there, will speak, as will John Lackey of VSCCA, Kris Matich, who’ll discuss motorcycle racing, and Ray Berghouse, who’ll speak on some of the other groups and categories that ran there. There’ll be something for everyone!

A numbered copy of ‘Historic Amaroo: A tribute to Jaguar’ will be raffled on the evening. This copy of Max STah’ls work is still in its original, unopened wrapping. It contains a photo of every car at the meeting along with race results.

Formalities will begin from 7:30PM, but why not arrive early and avail yourself of the bistro, bar and some good company.

Your Invitation to Join Us at Wakefield Park for the 2018 Spring Festival

2018 Spring Festival

Entry is now open for the HSRCA’s 2018 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park, to be held over the 22nd & 23rd of September, with private practice offered on the 21st. You are most cordially invited!

Click this link to enter the event via the CAMS Members Portal.

We’ll be featuring sports racing cars, sports sedans and regularity, with a special welcome to interstate competitors, as well as all of our usual historic classes.

Our second historic race meeting of 2018, the Spring Festival at Wakefield Park, will be held over the 22nd & 23rd of September. We would like to extend a most cordial invitation for you to join us.

Entry is now open via the CAMS Members’ Portal, which you can find on the CAMS homepage:

https://www.cams.com.au/

Supplementary regulations are available on the ‘Events & Entry Forms’ page of the website. Further updates and documentation, including a scrutineer checklist and CAMS Pit Lane Disclaimer will be made available on the same page. Please print the scrutineer checklist and CAMS Pit Lane Disclaimer and bring them along to the event.

The meeting will host championship rounds for Sports 2000s, Formula Ford, Formula Vee, Groups N and S and Regularity. We would like to extend a special welcome to interstate drivers from all eastern states and are pleased to feature a group of sports sedans who will be joining us from Queensland.

Subject to entries, we plan to offer two super sprint grids. One will feature sports sedans and invited touring cars and the second will feature racing and sports arcing cars.

Private practice will be available on Friday exclusively for competitors attending the meeting. Entrants will have access to garages and carports from 4:30PM on the Thursday afternoon.

The Spring Festival will offer a full schedule of events and the program will be designed to provide plentiful track time. We will work closely with each group to ensure that the number and format of events provided reflects their preferences. Categories may be combined to form grids of sufficient size.

During the weekend a commemoration for Mike Gunnell, a past HSRCA president and highly respected club member, will be conducted and we will take this opportunity to scatter his ashes at the circuit as per his wishes.

During lunch breaks parade laps will be available for car display entrants. Officials who would like to participate in these should contact André Breit at vicepresident@hsrca.com.

Situated in peaceful Goulburn, Wakefield Park offers an opportunity for a weekend away with friends who enjoy motorsport. We will endeavour to retain that character and also provide more supporting activity to ensure that friends, family and all members of our fraternity enjoy the weekend. Such activities will include car club displays, stalls and activities for children as well as the usual social event on Saturday evening in thanks to officials.

It is essential to note that noise limits are strictly enforced by Wakefield Park management. There is increasing fuss from locals on this issue, so come prepared to muffle your vehicles. Wakefield Park management will do what they can to help but can only give a car one chance to fix it.

Please contact us if you expect to arrive after hours or if you have motorised accommodation with self-contained ablution and wish to enquire about camping.

Entries are scheduled to close on the Friday 4th September 2018. Please enter via CAMS event entry. If that is difficult for you, please get in touch and we will provide a traditional entry form.

Thanks as always for your support of the club and the sport as a whole. We look forward to seeing you to ring in the spring at Wakefield Park this September!

Your friends in motorsport,

The HSRCA Race Committee

Event Documentation

2018 HSRCA Spring Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2018 HSRCA Spring Festival Scrutineering Checklist [PDF]

2018 HSRCA Spring Festival General Disclaimer [PDF]

The June 2018 Edition of Historic Torque is Available for Download

HRCC Historic Torque June

Image thanks to Trapnell Creations (info@trapnellcreations.com)

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The June edition has been sent out to members and friends of the HRCC, and is now available to download here as well.

This edition of the newsletter looks forward to the upcoming Historic Queensland, which will be held at Morgan Park over the 14th & 15th of July, recaps the winter Noosa Hillclimb with some great photos, shares some magic shots from Autumn Historic Warwick 2018 and much more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque June 2018 [PDF]

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

HRCC Historic Torque May 2018 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque April 2018 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2018  [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2018 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2018 [PDF]

TAFE Unreserved Automotive Engineering: Auction of Engines, Tools and Equipment

After the closing of the automotive section at St. George TAFE, all tools, equipment and teaching aids are being auctioned by Grays Online between Thursday the 14th of June and Thursday the 20th of June.

While some of the engines may be too modern for HSRCA tastes, several of them are difficult to find and many of the tools and much of the equipment may be of use to members.

Ford, Toyota including 4AGE and Holden (6cyl /V8 Red, 6cyl Blue) motors are being auctioned, along with a single Nissan VL engine. The engines were used as teaching aids, so while they were used by the students and are not pristine, they do not have a lot of running time on them. 

Further details can be found at Grays Online here.

It’s the Pits: May 2018

It's the Pits May 2018

Catch up on all the news in the world of J, K and L with Mal Reid’s latest edition of the newsletter for pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars.

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The May 2018 Edition of Historic Torque is Available for Download

Historic Queensland

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The May edition has made its way to members, and is available for download from the links below.

May’s magazine looks forward to Historic Queensland, entry to which is now open, as well as the eleventh Winter Noosa Hillclimb and accompanying Muscle Car Challenge, includes some magic shots from Ian Welsh and a whole lot more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque May 2018 [PDF]

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

HRCC Historic Torque April 2018 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2018  [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2018 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2018 [PDF]

Spotlight on Motorsport Photography in the May 2018 Social Evening

HSRCA May 2018 Social Evening

Image thanks to Peter Schell

Our May 2018 social evening is coming up on May the 16th, and will feature three well-known motorsport photographers who have been covering HSRCA events for many years.

Bill Forsyth, Peter Schell and Steve Oom will each present about 25 items of their work with a short explanation of them. It promises to be an evening not quite like Uncle Arthur’s ‘slide night’, as portrayed by Glenn Robbins, on TV’s The Comedy Company of a decade ago, but hopefully just as entertaining!

The social night will be held at the usual venue, The Denistone Sports Club at 59 Chatham Road in West Ryde, starting at 7:30PM, but why not arrive earlier and enjoy the bistro, bar and a catch-up with your mates – it’s a social evening after all!

2018 Autumn Festival Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

2018 Autumn Festival

We’re freshly returned from a perfect Autumn weekend at Wakefield Park, where we kicked off 2018’s historic motor racing with the Autumn Festival. Now that we’ve had a few days to adjust to the return to the working week, it’s time to take a look back at the action and share a few photos from the weekend.

The HSRCA’s first historic race meeting of 2018 was held in picturesque Goulburn, which did its level best to put on a near-perfect weekend for motorsport over the 7th & 8th of April. The weather was clear and warm and while the mercury may have crept up a little too high to squeeze absolutely every tenth out of the cars and circuit, it was kind on drivers and pleasant in the pits and paddock.

2018 Autumn Festival

The wonderful weather and quality camaraderie between entrants, officials, friends and spectators made for a lovely atmosphere and contributed to a relaxed and social weekend. We work hard to provide plenty of quality track time, but it’s equally important that time outside of the car is just as enjoyable, so we’re very thankful to be supported by such a warm and welcoming community.

While we advertise HSRCA meetings as two-day affairs, the option of private practice on Friday allows people to extend the meeting and spend some time getting cars, and drivers, nicely sorted – especially after the summer break. Proceedings thusly kicked off on Friday morning with private practice kindly supported by Wakefield Park.

2018 Autumn Festival

We kicked into top gear on Saturday, opening with qualifying and then heading into the full race, regularity and super sprint format on Saturday afternoon and throughout Sunday. Outside of a delay on Sunday morning, the program ran very smoothly throughout the weekend.

The race, regularity and super sprint events were a lot of fun and provided plenty of spectator appeal, with some great passing and dicing throughout the fields. It was fun to see the order mixed up in several events, with drivers putting in special runs to claim a win or a personal best.

Alex D’Onofrio, pictured above, put on a giant-killing display in Group N to outrun many of the larger-engined cars and we thoroughly enjoyed the awe-inspiring sight of Daniel Nolan in the ’75 Nola Chev and Paul Hamilton in the ’68 Elfin 600 on track together – both running well under the old lap record.

2018 Autumn Festival

We’d like to send a big ‘THANK YOU!’ to drivers and entrants for their respectful driving and exemplary preparation of the cars as well as organisers and officials, who keep everything ticking along nicely. We enjoyed excellent participation from interstate competitors at the Autumn Festival, so a huge thanks to all of you for making that effort as well!

2018 Autumn Festival

The Autumn Festival was headlined by two significant anniversaries – the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior and a commemoration of the life and career of Jim Clark on the 50th anniversary of his untimely passing on the 7th of April, 1968.

The Formula Junior Jim Clark tribute race was held on Saturday afternoon and we were happy to see it well-supported. It featured an excellent dice for the win, with Danny Ciarma from Victoria displacing Queensland’s Donald Thallon for the victory. Kim Shearn put in a very spirited drive to take third place in the Lotus 18 Formula Junior.

2018 Autumn Festival

We were also thrilled to be joined by some truly lovely Lotuses in race, regularity, super sprint and on display in the paddock in support of Jim Clark’s Lotus history. Thanks to everyone who contributed to those significant historical milestones, and a special thanks to Club Lotus Australia for their support.

Speaking of displays, we were able to put together a magic Jim Clark display in the sign-on facility, so a huge thanks to everyone who helped to create that – we hope you made time to check it out.

2018 Autumn Festival

We were also happy to welcome new friends in the form of the BMW E30 Racing series at the Autumn Festival. The BMW E30 Racing series joined with Group N for the weekend, and put on an awesome show, fitting in perfectly with the spirit and aesthetic of the meeting and contributing to some great dices throughout the weekend. It was great sharing a weekend with you, and we look forward to many more in the future!

This was, as always, true for all of the Fifth Category competitors and support teams who joined us for the meeting. A big thank you to everyone in BMW E30, Formula Ford, Formula Junior, Formula Vee, Groups J, K, L and Invite M, Group N, Group O, Q and R, Group S, Regularity and Super Sprint. A huge amount of effort goes in to preparing for, and running at, a historic race meeting, and we greatly appreciate your support.

2018 Autumn Festival

As always, our biggest and most deserved thanks goes out to the many volunteers who support the club, its members and its events. Without you and the time, passion, dedication and skill you devote to the sport, none of this could happen. THANK YOU!

With that, it’s time to zip it and head to the photos. Put on the kettle and settle in to spend a few minutes clicking through the following links and enjoying the photos contributed by the many talented people who document our events.

Images thanks to Anne Bromley, Jeremy Dale, Andrew Green, David Jenkins, Wayne Jones, Taylor, Pember, Seth Reinhardt, Mark Richards, Stuart Row, Peter Schell, Rudi Seidel, Dallas Thomas and Gino Valdes.

Anne and Dallas’ work can be found on their website atstudioeleven.com.au and Wayne’s images can be found on his website here. Mark Richards can be found online here, and Stuart Row’s website is www.transchroma.com.

Follow David’s work on Facebook hereAndrew’s on Facebook here and Taylor’s Taylor.Made Photography Facebook page here.. To contact Gino, Jeremy, Peter, Rudi or Seth, send Seth an email via seth@hsrca.com.

2018 Autumn Festival by Anne Bromley

2018 Autumn Festival by Jeremy Dale

2018 Autumn Festival by Andrew Green

2018 Autumn Festival by David Jenkins

2018 Autumn Festival by Wayne Jones

2018 Autumn Festival by Taylor Pember

2018 Autumn Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2018 Autumn Festival by Mark Richards

2018 Autumn Festival by Stuart Row

2018 Autumn Festival by Peter Schell

2018 Autumn Festival by Rudi Seidel

2018 Autumn Festival by Dallas Thomas

2018 Autumn Festival by Gino Valdes

Our next historic race meeting will be the Spring Festival, which will be held at Wakefield Park over the 22nd & 23rd of September, 2018. Entries will open in the coming weeks, and we will be in touch with an invitation shortly! Stay tuned to www.hsrca.com for more.

2018 Autumn Festival

April 2018 Edition of Historic Torque Available for Download

April 2018 Historic Torque

Image: Kevin Gray, Ian Young and Max Pearson at Autumn Historic Warwick 2017, thanks to Ian Welsh of Shifting Focus Motorsport Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. They’ve just put out the April edition of the newsletter, and it’s available for download below.

The April edition looks forward to the HRCC’s upcoming Autumn Historic Warwick race meeting as well as July’s Historic Queensland and the Noosa Hillclimb in June. It also features ‘Hallelujah.. the AMX Did Not Break!’ a story by John Carson, news, classifieds and much more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque April 2018 [PDF]

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

HRCC Historic Torque March 2018  [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2018 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2018 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque December 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque November 2017 [PDF]