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Tickets On Sale for Sydney Retro Racefest!

Sydney Retro Racefest 2016

Sydney Retro Racefest, New South Wales’ premiere historic motorsport event, will take over Sydney Motorsport Park over the Queens Birthday long weekend on the 11th and 12th of June, 2016.

This year’s Racefest is set to be the biggest yet and will bring together an awe inspiring collection of historic racing machinery for one of the most motorsport-packed weekends of 2016’s racing calendar.

Spectator passes are now available for purchase through Sydney Motorsport Park. Head to the website here to purchase yours. They will also be available at the track on both days.

Adult tickets are $20.00 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday and $40 for a two-day pass. Concession passes are $15.00 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday and $30 for a two-day pass. Entry for kids under 12 is free.

Spectator passes include access to the grandstands and viewing areas, as well as to the pits and paddock – enjoy historic racing’s open and relaxed atmosphere, get up close and personal with the cars and meet the men and women who care for and race them.

Sydney Retro Racefest will be headlined by the Group C and A historic touring cars of the Heritage Touring Cars series. These machines are the true Legends of Bathurst – ‘Godzilla’ Nissan GT-Rs, Ford Sierra RS500s, Aussie muscle from Holden and Ford and overseas contenders from BMW, Toyota, Volvo and more.

In the ’80s and ’90s they were driven by the likes of Peter Brock, Dick Johnson, Allan Moffat and Jim Richards – and when they hit the track at full noise this Queen’s Birthday long weekend the result will be the best tin top racing since the ‘90s. Get ready for pure racing action that transports you straight back to the golden age of Australian motorsport.

Joining them will be a full-to-bursting collection of sports and racing cars from five decades of motorsport history. Open wheel racing will see Formula 5000s, Formula 1s, Formula Fords and Formula Vees hitting the track, while Groups Q & R will bring the noise for sports race car fans and the classic sports cars of Group S and muscle cars of Group N will represent racers with doors and (occasionally) roofs.

When you take a break from the on-track action, Sydney Retro Racefest spectator access includes full access to the pits and paddock. There you’ll be able to get up close and personal with the cars and chat with their drivers.

This relaxed atmosphere is one of historic racing’s greatest qualities – make sure to take advantage of it!

We are proudly supported by Mercedes-Benz Parramatta as the naming rights sponsor for Sydney Retro Racefest 2016. Mercedes-Benz Parramatta will provide the safety car for the meeting and a wonderful display of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Sydney Retro Racefest will run over the 11th and 12th of June, 2016. Be there.

Join Us for the May 2016 Social Night with Bruce Allison

Bruce Allison Chevron B37 Mallory Park

Bruce Allison at Mallory Park, UK in the ex VDS B37 Chevron

May 18 will see the second HSRCA social night for 2016, with guest speaker Bruce Allison regaling us with stories of his forays in, mostly, open wheel racing in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, UK and Europe.

Starting with a series production Twin Cam Escort in the early 1970s, Bruce progressed through Formula Ford and various Australian F2 cars before taking the leap into Formula 5000. His first Formula 5000 was a Lola 332, from which he moved to an ex-VDS B37 Chevron, previously raced by Peter Gethin, which he took to the UK and raced in their 5000 series.

An amusing and entertaining person, Bruce will be worth coming along to listen to!

The evening will be held at the usual venue, Denistone Sports Club, 59 Chatham Road in West Ryde starting at 7:30PM. As always, come along a little earlier to enjoy the bistro and a drink with friends.

JKL Newsletter April 2016

JKL Wakefield Park

Mal Reid’s latest JKL newsletter has gone out to fans of pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars, and is now available for you to peruse on the Club website. Just grab it from the link below, and enjoy!

This edition recaps the JKL action at our recent Wakefield Park Summer Historics and the VHRR’s Phillip Island Classic, looks forward to upcoming historic racing meets, catches up on all the news in pre-’30s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s race cars and a whole lot more.

Thanks to Mal for putting together another excellent read! Enjoy it by clicking the link below:

It’s the Pits #11, April 2016 [PDF]

Catch up on the previous edition here:

It’s the Pits #10, December 2015 [PDF]

Join Us for Race Time and Plenty Of It at Sydney Retro Racefest 2016

Sydney Retro Racefest

Entry to the 2016 Sydney Retro Racefest, to be held over June 11 & 12, is now open, and you can enter by clicking through to CAMS Event Entry right here!

The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of NSW, in conjunction with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, is organising the Sydney Retro Racefest at Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of June, 2016 and we would be delighted to have you join us.

Entries are now open for Sydney’s best and most track-time packed historic race meeting. Entry is preferred through CAMS Event Entry, which you can get to by visiting www.meecamsau.com or clicking this handy link that’ll take you right where you need to go.

Sydney Retro Racefest is designed to showcase the best of historic racing, plenty of track time and value for money for all enthusiasts, competitors and spectators. To that end, we have limited the number of competing categories to 9 for this event with the aim of providing plenty of quality track time over the weekend. Entrants should enjoy upwards of 80 minutes of track time over the weekend!

The race weekend is being professionally run by the ARDC, and with your traditionally safe and respectful driving we’re looking forward to limited downtime between races and a smooth weekend.

Please help to make this a weekend to remember by lodging your entries now through www.meecamsau.com.

We are pleased to welcome Mercedes-Benz Parramatta as the naming rights sponsor for Sydney Retro Racefest 2016. In addition to their financial support, which will help us to market the event, Mercedes-Benz Parramatta will provide the safety car  for the meeting and a wonderful display of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

We look forward to going racing with you, and to making this a very special event and one for us all to remember!

If you have problems completing entries online, or if you require a paper entry to be sent to you, please contact Terry Lawlor  +61 409 811 166 or at terrylawlor@bigpond.com for assistance and directions. Supplementary regulations and additional documentation are available for download below.

We thank you in anticipation of your entry and look forward to you joining us over the 11th and 12th of June.  With your valued support the Racefest will continue to grow and become a flagship feature of Australia’s motorsport calendar.

With every good wish for a memorable weekend of classic motorsport,
The Sydney Retro Racefest Committee.

2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics Wrap-Up and Gallery

Wakefield Park Summer Historics

Welcome home, and thanks to everyone who joined us at Wakefield Park to kick off 2016’s historic racing season!

We’re freshly returned from the opening round of 2016’s motorsport, and that means it’s time to procrastinate work for a while by reminiscing about the weekend and checking out some photos!

Wakefield Park Summer Historics

Our 2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics race meeting was held at Wakefield Park over the 27th & 28th of February. It was a relaxed return to motorsport with no ‘feature’ events held – simply an opportunity to catch up with mates, give the cars a run and get back into the historic motorsport groove after the summer break.

Goulburn treated us with pure summer Goulburn. After a hot Friday practice we settled into a cool and rainy (and very slick) Saturday, before the sun came out and delivered an absolutely perfect race day on Sunday.

Wakefield Park Summer Historics

Speaking of delivering absolute perfection, we were joined by a stunning field of historic racing and sports cars from all periods of the sport’s history. Each was beautifully prepared and both skilfully and respectfully driven. It’s wonderful to watch them at full tilt out on the track, and even better to see them driven in that spirited fashion safely.

And it was just as wonderful to encounter them in the pits and paddock, which had the added bonus of being full of great people! They were, as usual, full of friendly buzz and automotive tinkering.

We often mention the joys of chatting your way through the pits and paddock, and it bears repeating. If you do come along to an event, make sure to take some time strolling through the pits, getting up close to the cars and chatting with the wonderful people who have taken on their custodianship or contribute to their continued racing.

We’d like to send our thanks to everyone who came along and got involved, either as a driver, pit crew member or spectator. You’re responsible for the friendly atmosphere and great racing at our events, and we’re exceptionally grateful for your support!

Wakefield Park Summer Historics

Our most important and heartfelt thanks is reserved for the skilled and dedicated volunteers who make our events possible. The amount of work, time and talent that you invest into this sport is immense, and the success of every event is down to you.

We could not spend these weekends playing cars with our mates without you, and we, and everyone involved, would like to send our most heartfelt and enduring thanks to all of you. THANK YOU!

Wakefield Park Summer Historics

Now that you’ve endured my words, it’s time to move on to the pictures! Grab a vessel of your favourite beverage and maybe a biscuit or two, and spend a few minutes relaxing and reminiscing with the first of our photo galleries from our 2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics.

Click through the handy links below, and enjoy!

2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics: Jeremy Dale

2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics: Seth Reinhardt

2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics: Rod Mackenzie

2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics: Mark Richards

Images thanks to Jeremy Dale, Rod MackenzieSeth Reinhardt and Mark Richards.

Coming Up in Queensland: the HRCC’s Autumn Historic Warwick

Historic Warwick

Image: Shifting Focus Photography

Our mates up north, the HRCC, will hold their Autumn Historic Warwick historic race meeting this 30th of April to 1st of May. If you’re in Queensland or up for a road trip, head out and support some wonderful historic motorsport.

The event has become a great one for touring car fans and will feature the awesome Heritage Touring Cars series, as well as Group N historic touring cars, Group U historic sports sedans and TransAms and Pre-92 Touring Car Regularity trials, plus all of our usual sports and racing car classes.

Read on for the full details from the HRCC. Entry is available at www.meecamsau.com and the full details are at www.hrcc.org.au.

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Support the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex Development Application

Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex

The Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex team have just submitted a development application to council, and need our support to secure the project’s future.

Motorcycling NSW is responsible for the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex, and have done a brilliant job planning and developing the venue over the last vew years. The Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex will provide a multi-faceted motorsport facility to support motorsport competition, driver and rider training and community projects in New South Wales.

The project will reduce some of the strain placed on New South Wales’ motorsport infrastructure with the loss of Amaroo Park and Oran Park. The additional strain these venues have been under has resulted in limited track availability, rising venue hire costs for promoters, higher costs for competitors and fewer options for motorsport in a safe and controlled environment.

The project has progressed well and the team have now submitted their Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex Development Application and received notice that it has been formally presented for public exhibition.

At the conclusion of this exhibition there will be a determination as to whether the project can proceed. There is a $9.5 million grant reliant on the outcome of this application.

Shoalhaven City Council requires written submissions to be made by close of business on the 28th of March, 2016. Submissions can be made via the following avenues:

Email: council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

Online: Shoalhaven City Council website (www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au), click on “DA Tracking” on the right hand side of the front page, enter RA14/1000 – click on show, scroll all the way down the page to the “contact us about this application” button. You will also see all the submitted project information here.

Post: General Manager, Shoalhaven City Council, PO Box 42 Nowra NSW 2541

For more information on the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex hit their website here. And if you need any assistance, please contact them as they are more than happy to help.

Please take a moment to learn about this project and its importance to motorsport in New South Wales. Your support is immensely important and valued.

We hope to see you on the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex track some day soon!

Previously, at Wakefield Park..

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

In just a few sleeps we’ll be packing up our family and friends, a magnificent collection of historic sports and racing cars and all of the paraphernalia that comes with them and heading to Wakefield Park for our first historic racing weekend of 2016. Come along, check out the racing and cars and say ‘Hi!’

We’ll be putting on a packed schedule of historic racing, socialising and fun as we get our engines, tyres and brakes warmed up after the holiday break. There’s no specific theme for this weekend’s racing other than to get out on the track and enjoy our cars amongst some good company.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

A huge ‘THANK YOU!’ to all competitors supporting the event! We will endeavour to make it a glorious return to racing in 2016 and look forward to sharing it with you.

To check out the programme, entry list and more, head to the ‘Events’ & Entry Forms page here.

To help crank the engines over before we head off, let’s take a look back at what went down the last time we put rubber to race track at Wakefield Park.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Our previous Wakefield Park historics were held in September back in 2016, when we celebrated some of the older cars in our ranks with feature events for J, K, L and invited M cars. We also enjoyed the diverse and wonderful machines of Regularity and the similarly-diverse and wonderful women and men who drive them, with Regularity and combined J, K, L and Regularity feature events.

Catch up on all the historic racing action in the wrap-up, photo galleries and links below. We can’t wait to do it all again this weekend!

2015 Wakefield Park Spring Historics Wrap-Up and Gallery

2015 Wakefield Park Spring Historics: Rod Mackenzie

2015 Wakefield Park Spring Historics: Seth Reinhardt

2015 Wakefield Park Spring Historics: Bob Ross

2015 Wakefield Park Spring Historics: Peter Schell

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Supporting New Race Tracks at the 16th March Social Night

CASAR Park

Image via (and of) CASAR Park

Our first social evening of 2016, set for the 16th of March at the Denistone Sports Club, will be both a fascinating one, and an important one. We will be joined by representatives from the Raymond Terrace race venue proposal, Brad Wilson from CASAR Park and Dave Williamson who will fill us in on the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex.

If all of the planned new circuits in New South Wales come to fruition then, as competitors, we would be spoiled for choice! With the loss of Oran Park to housing, and before that Amaroo Park, our options are, at the moment, only Sydney Motorsport Park or Wakefield Park, or a long distance haul to other states.

At the first social night for 2016 we will have representatives from the Raymond Terrace venture, as well as Brad Wilson from CASAR Park near Wyong, bringing us up to date with their progress. Dave Williamson recently attended a meeting organised by Motorcycling NSW to hear of progress on the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex and he will outline what is happening there.

It’s in our interests to show support for these ventures to enable us to have alternative places to race, so please do join us at the usual venue, Denistone Sports Club,59 Chatham Road, West Ryde. Meeting will start at 7:30pm but come earlier for a drink and a bite.

Note: There has been some confusion about our schedule for our social meetings this year. Our planned schedule for the remainder of the year is the 16th of March18th of May20th of July and 21st of September.

As always, stay tuned to the website, where we will provide full details as they become available.

For more information on CASAR Park head to their website here.

For more information on the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex click this link to their site. Head to both of them to learn more and show your support of the projects.

Your Entry to the HSRCA’s 2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics is On The Way!

Wakefield Park Summer Historics

Competitors in next weekend’s Wakefield Park Summer historic racing meeting – your entry has been accepted and your entry package was posted on Wednesday the 17th of February. However, we have since learnt that Australia Post is on a “go-slow” with standard-priced mail and it could take up to 5 days for your entry package to be delivered.

Full entry details are on the ‘Events & Entry Forms’ page.

If you have not received your package prior to leaving for the meeting, just come and see either Robyn or myself in the tower and we will give you another one.

See you there,
Noel