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Q&R Category Manager Report: The 2017 Summer Festival

Q&R At The 2017 Summer Festival

Catch up on all the action in Q & R Sports & Racing at the Summer Festival thanks to Ian Buddery’s latest Category Manager Report.

With thanks to Ian Buddery

The HSRCA Summer Festival was an excellent event. The weather was beautiful, the racing great and the atmosphere relaxed and friendly – just as historic racing should be!

Q&R entries were lower than usual due in part to the clash with Sandown and unfortunately some late withdrawals, both health and business related. 12 cars made up the Q&R Sports and Racing grid.

Immediately before our first race, an MG jettisoned its oil on the line from entry to apex of turn 1, so the first few laps involved a cloud of white dust and uncertain grip.  Tom Tweedie DNF’d with an engine misfire, after setting fastest lap, Chris Farrell took the flag.

The track was clean for our trophy race Sunday morning and I got a great start, getting down the inside of Chris and finding myself in the lead for the first time in my historic racing career. My grin was short lived though as I soon had Chris in my mirrors and a dice ensued. My rear tyres were fading and on lap 6 (or thereabouts) Chris got the better drive out of 15 and took a well-deserved lead, then the win. Meanwhile, Tom came from last to fourth.

Q&R At The 2017 Summer Festival

Trophies were presented over lunch, with Ray Stubber winning the Ron Tauranac Trophy for Group Q Racing, presented by the great man himself. Tom Tweedie took home the Bib Stillwell Trophy for Group Q Sports, Chris Farrell first place trophies for both Group QR and Group R, yours truly for second and Vivian King for third.  Smiles all round!

The final race wasn’t so great for me, my rear tyres fell away completely and I nearly lost it coming onto the main straight on lap 1, which obliged me to back off, then I had the ignominy of running out of fuel on lap 9, while Chris, Vivian and Peter Warren made up the podium.

I’d like to compliment all Q&R drivers for an incident free weekend with good sportsmanship on display throughout.

Meanwhile at Sandown (looking at Natsoft results) John Bowe in the March 741 dominated a ten-car field, from Andrew Makin (March 73B) and Donald Hume (Ralt RT4) with David Hardman (Hardman JH-1) in 3rd for race 2, Jamie Larner (Ralt RT1) 3rd in race 3.  Jonathan Miles (Tiga S2000) was the best S2000 in races 1 and 2, with Grant Kelly (Tiga SC-82) winning the category in race 3, where it appears Jonathan was a DNS.

Please note that I would greatly appreciate receiving reports and anecdotes from any competitors at other events, not matter how brief.  Email details below.

Over the course of the last month I’ve spoken to many Q&R drivers and I’d like to thank everyone for their support.  I’m slowly getting the hang of the category manager job and I’ll do my best to serve the interests of our group and the sport in general.  Please email me with any news I’ve missed or any topic you’d like to raise: qr@hsrca.com

Ian Buddery

Q&R At The 2017 Summer Festival

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park: Photos and Wrap-Up

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Running from Friday the 10th of November through to Sunday the 12th, the 2017 Summer Festival saw us wrapping up the 2017 historic motorsport season at Sydney Motorsport Park with a weekend of good friends, classic sports and racing cars and magnificent motorsport.

We may have called the event the Summer Festival, but it was technically held in spring and that turned out beautifully. We enjoyed perfect conditions for motorsport over the weekend. The weather was warm and summery in feel, without the brutal heat and humidity that peak Sydney summer can supply. Kind on the cars and kind on their drivers!

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

As always, it was a friendly and relaxed weekend, albeit this time out somewhat quieter than our summer meetings usually are. The event kicked off on Friday with private practice run by the ARDC, before settling in to qualifying and races on Saturday and Sunday. Eight grids joined in the fun, including:

  • Formula Vee
  • Group N
  • Group MOP, Formula Junior and Invited Group QR
  • SuperSprint
  • Formula Ford
  • Group S
  • Regularity
  • Group QR

It was great to see a varied and interesting group of cars out on the circuit, including rare and special machines and new some faces as well. As always, all of the cars presented were beautifully prepared and a joy to see driven in anger.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

The Group S Relay Enduro was our feature event for the weekend and was a lot of fun, especially during the mid-race scramble when cars pull in to the pits for the driver swap or solo racer pit-stop. We were also happy to award a series of trophies on Sunday, with very special thanks to club patron Ron Tauranac who joined us for the presentation.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Sunday saw club members joining us for a club plate run and classic car display. Thanks to Rick Marks for organising the run and display, and to all of the club members who came along. Your participation and display added a great deal to the atmosphere and it was lovely to share the day with you.

The racing, regularity and super sprinting over the weekend was very good as always, with competitors putting on some great events. The standard of driving at our meetings is consistently excellent, displaying not only exciting dices, quick laps or consistent regularity, but safe, respectful and skillful driving conduct. This improves the safety of the sport, allows people to get involved with confidence and also allows us to get and enjoy the cars, sharing them with fellow fans, in a competitive, but safe, respectful and well-supported environment.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

We’d like to send our sincere thanks to competitors, entrants and teams for supporting not only this event, but the HSRCA and sport of historic motorsport in general. The weekend itself represents the tip of the iceberg in terms of all of the work that goes into competing, and we greatly appreciate your passion and dedication.

On that note, the people who make up the club and who join in our events are some of the nicest you could hope to meet and it’s always a joy to spend a weekend together. The atmosphere at the track was friendly and relaxed, with the pits and paddock full of people chatting, tinkering and chillin’ out after events. Thanks for making Sydney Motorsport Park such a pleasant place to spend a weekend.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Most importantly, we, and I’m sure everyone involved, would like to send a ‘THANK YOU!’ of immeasurable importance to the many volunteers who support us and make all of this possible. Thank you for the time, talent and hard work that you lend to the sport and its people. Without your help, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this.

Thank you!

So with that, let’s move on to the photos! Take a few minutes to scroll through the photo galleries below, and please click through to the photographers’ websites if you’d like to organise prints or soft copies to support their work and the effort they put in to covering HSRCA events.

Images thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Daniel Ferraro, Bill Fonseca, Rod Mackenzie, Ken Meredith, Cori Mitchell, Brent Murray, Seth Reinhardt, Geoff Russell and Peter Schell.

For more from Riccardo, please see his website here and for more of Daniel’s work visit ferraroautomotivephotography.com. Bill Fonseca’s website can be reached by clicking this link. You can find Ken’s work at www.kenmeredith.com and Rod’s at rodmackenziecollection.com. Find Brent on Facebook at At Speed Images. Check out Geoff’s work on Instagram here.

If you’d like to reach out to Seth, Cori or Peter, please send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

2017 Summer Festival by Riccardo Benvenuti

2017 Summer Festival by Daniel Ferraro

2017 Summer Festival by Bill Fonseca

2017 Summer Festival by Rod Mackenzie

2017 Summer Festival by Ken Meredith

2017 Summer Festival by Cori Mitchell

2017 Summer Festival by Brent Murray

2017 Summer Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2017 Summer Festival by Geoff Russell

2017 Summer Festival by Peter Schell

The HSRCA will return to race tracks in 2018! Put the following dates in your diaries:

  • April 7 & 8 Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park featuring Formula Ford
  • September 22 & 23 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park featuring the Mini Challenge
  • December 1 & 2 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park featuring Formula 5000, ’60s racing cars and international visitors

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Summer Festival Entry List, Schedule of Events, Further Regs & Garage Allocation Available to Download

2017 Summer Festival

The 2017 Summer Festival is coming up in just a few days at Sydney Motorsport Park, and we’re looking forward to a magic weekend of motorsport to close out 2017’s historic racing season. To help you get ready for the weekend, the further supplementary regulations, entry list, schedule of events, garage & carport allocation and paddock layout are all available to download from the website.

Competitors can download event documentation from the following links:

2017 Summer Festival Further Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Entry List [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Schedule of Events [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Garage & Carport Allocation [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Paddock Layout [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival SMSP Bowser Prices & Instructions [PDF]

If you’d like to come along to check out the action as a spectator, passes will be available at the gate on both days. Adult tickets are $25.00 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday and $50 for a two-day pass. Concession passes are $20.00 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday and $40 for a two-day pass. Entry for kids under 12 is free.

2017 Summer Festival Competitor Profile: Wayne Seabrook

Wayne Seabrook

Images kindly provided by Wayne Seabrook

This week, we catch up with Wayne Seabrook to learn a little about his history in motorsport and the 1976 Porsche 911 that he’ll be running in the Summer Festival this weekend.

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2017 Summer Festival Car Profile: Geoff Varey’s Elfin Mono

Geoff Varey Elfin Mono

In the second of our Summer Festival competitor profiles, we sit down with Geoff Varey to learn a little more about the Elfin Mono that he will be running at Sydney Motorsport Park.

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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.