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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

2017 Spring Festival Programme, Entry List & Further Regulations Now Available

2017 Spring Festival

Having hibernated through the cold winter months, it’s time to fire up the engines and head to Wakefield Park for the Spring Festival.

Spectator 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.

Historic motorsport is friendly, relaxed and open – so come along, enjoy some great racing, get up close to the cars and have a chat with the drivers. We’ve planned entertainment for kids, and Wakefield Park has facilities to get a bite to eat and a drink and take a break from the action. For a more detailed look at the event, hit this link.

Further regulations, proposed programme of events, entry list, and garage allocation documents are available to download ahead of this weekend’s 2017 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park.

2017 Spring Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Further Regulations [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Pit Lane Disclaimer [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Scrutineer Check Sheet [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Entry List [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Proposed Program [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Garage Allocation [PDF]

Thank you to all for your support! We look forward to the opportunity to catch up with everyone, and wish you all the best for a great weekend’s motorsport.

It’s the Pits – J, K & L Newsletter August, 2017

It's the Pits August 2017

Mal Reid’s J, K & L newsletter, covering pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars, has returned to recap 2017’s mid-season action, and been sent out to drivers.

It’s also now available for you to peruse on the Club website. Read on, and enjoy!

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Join Us for a Fun Weekend of Historic Racing at the Wakefield Park Spring Festival

2017 Wakefield Park Spring Festival

The historic sports and racing cars of the HSRCA are set to return to Goulburn this 2nd and 3rd of September, when they head to Wakefield Park for the Spring Festival.

The HSRCA and Wakefield Park will bring Australian motorsport history to life over the weekend-long event, when a storied and exciting field of sports, touring and racing cars from the ‘50s to the ‘90s takes to the countryside circuit.

Competing cars will include everything from classic Australian touring cars and sports cars, to the beautiful rear-engined race cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s, as well as the big-engined cars of that era like the famous Matich SR3 and the Nola Chev, which set a new lap record for its class in April.

Part of an ongoing initiative to make historic motorsport as inclusive and open as possible, the event will see the return of a super sprint category. This category will see more modern cars hit the track, allowing drivers of cars up to the late ‘90s to enter.

In September, a group who meet under the banner of the Rusty Nuts will participate in regularity trials, mostly driving the popular sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s.

2017 Wakefield Park Spring Festival

Kicking off on Saturday morning with qualifying and following on with a day and a half of races, the field will keep Wakefield Park singing all weekend long as drivers enjoy a packed schedule of motorsport. The circuit is one of New South Wales’ best for spectators, featuring an open layout with views around the full circuit and vantage points that get you up close to the action and allow you to see a races unfold.

Historic motorsport is one of the most welcoming forms of motorsport around. The drivers are there to have fun, enjoy good company and friendly competition, and share their passion for historic cars. This creates a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere, made all the better by the song of race engines in the air.

2017 Wakefield Park Spring Festival

Spectator entry includes access to the pits and paddock, so take the time to chat with the drivers, get up close to the cars and learn about the cars and the exploits of drivers. Other entertainment at the track will include a jumping castle and face painting for kids, a car club display and more.

With the Spring Festival, the HSRCA will put on a fun, welcoming and exciting celebration of Australia’s motorsport history. Come along for a few hours and enjoy the people, the cars and the racing.

Head to Wakefield Park from Saturday the 2nd of September to Sunday the 3rd. Spectator 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.

  • Admission: adults $20, Concession $15, children under 16 free
  • Activities for children, e.g. jumping castles and face painting
  • Cafe on site with real coffee
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 9am to 3pm
  • Watch the racing, inspect the cars, meet the drivers

2017 Wakefield Park Spring Festival

Ex-RAAF Fighter Pilot Brian Weston to Speak at September 20th Social Night

Brian Weston will be joining us to speak during our fourth social evening of 2017, which will be held at the usual venue, Denistone Sports Club, 59 Chatham Road in West Ryde starting at 7:30PM on Wednesday the 20th of September. As always, come along a little earlier to enjoy the bistro and a drink with friends.

Most members will be familiar with Brian Weston and his BRG Group Sb Midget that he has been racing for nearly the past 20 years. But what you may not know is that Brian has an even longer history of travelling quickly.

Brian Weston joined the RAAF at 17 years of age with a dream of flying the Australia’s air force jets. After 34 years, he retired having flown Winjeel, Chipmunk, Jet Provost, Hawker Hunter, Macchi MB-326H, Vampire, Avon Sabre, Mirage IIIO and F/A-18A Hornet aircraft.

His career included postings to all four RAAF fighter squadrons, including graduating from the RAAF fighter combat instructor course, and instructing on RAAF Mirage IIIO aircraft at the air force school for fighter pilots – No 2 (Fighter) Operational Conversion Unit. One of only a handful of RAAF pilots who flew tours in three generations of RAAF fighter aircraft – the Avon Sabre, Mirage IIIO and F/A-18A Hornet – he is well-placed to talk about his experiences flying fighters, especially flying the Mirage IIIO on which he accrued 2,400 flying hours.

As usual, Brian’s story will begin at 7:30 at the Denistone Sports Club but members are welcome to arrive earlier for some food, drink and socialising.

Finally, you still have a couple of days for a last-minute entry for our 2-3 September Wakefield Park event; entries close 18 August.