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You are most cordially invited to join us at the 2018 HSRCA Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park

2018 HSRCA Autumn Festival

Entry is now open for the HSRCA’s 2018 Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park, to be held over the 7th & 8th of April, with private practice offered on the 6th. You are most cordially invited!

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

We’ll be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior, commemorating the life of Jim Clark, welcoming BMW E30 Racing and much, much more.

Our first historic race meeting of 2018, the Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park, will be held over the 7th and 8th of April and 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/

Looking bigger and better than last year, the Autumn Festival will cater for all historic 5th category cars, from Groups J, K & L to the more modern Q & R cars. Over the course of a full weekend’s motorsport, we will be commemorating the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior, celebrating the career of the legendary Jim Clark, who lost his life on the 7th of April in 1968, and, for the first time at an HSRCA meeting, welcoming the BMW E30 Racing group. The meeting will be a round of the championships for Formula Junior (double points), Formula Ford, Formula Vee, Group S and Group N.

Regularity and super sprint events will also be featured, with the latter providing an opportunity for cars manufactured as late as the 1990s to be involved. The super sprints are rapidly increasing in popularity and allow for a wide variety of cars to participate, so we’re very pleased to see them doing well.

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

The Autumn Festival will offer a full schedule of events and categories may be combined to form grids of sufficient size. The program will be designed to provide plentiful track time, with the number of races offered to each group reflecting category preferences.

Wakefield Park has been an opportunity for a weekend away with friends who enjoy motorsport and this year we will be endeavouring to retain that character and also provide more supporting activity. 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.

A bus may be provided for travel between the circuit and Goulburn over the weekend to allow drivers, their crews and their companions convenient travel between these locales. It will be offered on Saturday evening to allow easy attendance of the officials’ get together for those who need to move between the circuit and town.

The race committee is also investigating arranging a bus from Sydney to Goulburn leaving either Friday or Saturday and returning on Sunday for those who might like to attend but find it difficult to get there. Please get in touch and let us know if this would be interesting to you, further details will be advised in the very near future.

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 open on the 3rd of February 2018 and close on the 24th of March 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.

Wishing you all the best for 2018!

The race committee

Autumn Festival Documentation

2018 Autumn Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

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

Please enter via CAMS event entry. If that is difficult for you, please get in touch and we will provide a traditional entry form.

Further updates and documentation, including a scrutineer checklist and CAMS Pit Lane Disclaimer will be made available shortly.

Photo Gallery: HSRCA at CARnivale 2018

Australia Day at CARnivale 2018

We enjoyed a relaxed day at Parramatta Park last Friday, celebrating Australia Day with fellow automotive enthusiasts at CARnivale.

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Revisit the 2017 Summer Festival with a Brilliant Photo Gallery by Domenic Ciccio

HSRCA 2017 Summer Festival

Images: Domenic Ciccio

Kick off the 2018 historic motorsport season by winding your calendars back to 2017 and revisiting the Summer Festival with this brilliant photo gallery by Domenic Ciccio.

Domenic’s gallery captures the action in the pits and paddock, and also includes a story about his experience, which you can read here. Enjoy the full set in our gallery page at the following link:

2017 Summer Festival by Domenic Ciccio

Enjoy, and hit this link to the Motorvated website for the full story and to get in touch for more images or to organise a print or two.

Images by, and thanks to, Domenic Ciccio

January 2018 HRCC Historic Torque Available for Download

HRCC Historic Torque January 2018

Image 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 kicked off with their first edition of the newsletter of 2018, and it’s available for download below.

The inaugural edition of 2018 presents the TryTrainTest & super sprint meeting coming up at Morgan Park, looks forward to the 2018 historic motorsport season around the country, catches up on a bit of news and more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque January 2018 [PDF]

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

HRCC Historic Torque December 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque November 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque September 2017 [PDF]

We’re Going to CARnivale this Australia Day!

HSRCA CARnivale 2018

The HSRCA will display several historic cars at the annual CARnivale Australia Day celebrations at Parramatta Park this Friday, the 26th of January, 2018.

We will be located by the rose garden and you can find out more details about the event itself, and all of the other Australia Day celebrations held in Parramatta on the day, at the official website here. CARnivale itself opens at 10AM, but there’s a hot air balloon display going from 6AM to 9AM and you’ll also be able to enjoy music, a barbecue battle, kids’ entertainment, fireworks at the end of the day and much more.

Porsche, Brabham, Elfin, MG and Sunbeam will all be represented in our display along with, all going to plan, a lovely Elva. The Gosford Classic Car Museum is lending the Yellow Submarine (Brabham) to the display and Ron Goodman will bring several Porsches including a spectacular 906. There will also be a display of vintage motor cycles near our location.

It’s a great opportunity to catch up after the summer break in a relaxed social environment, as well as to promote our wonderful sport in the wider community. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone, and hope you join us!

Thanks to Daniel Bando, Ron Goodman, Garry Hancock, Ken Grindrod, Geoff Varey, Stephen Perry, Peter Rose, Lehel Steindl, André Breit, Rick Marks, Perry Long, Bruce Smith and Patrick Quinn, and everyone else who are contributing, or plan to contribute, to the day.

CAMS High Performance Endorsement Required for Formula 1, F5000 and Indy Cars

CAMS High Performance Endorsement

As we rapidly head into the holiday break, we have an important announcement for drivers and owners of Formula 1, Formula 5000 and Indy cars.

From the 1st January 2018, drivers of the above cars will be required to have a license endorsement in order to participate in historic races.

For new drivers, or those moving from another group, this endorsement requires passing an observed test.

Existing drivers can complete a “Recognition of Previous Experience” section on the HPE application form and should not be required to undertake an observed test.

The CAMS website has a full explanation and links to the necessary forms on their website. Head to this link:

https://www.cams.com.au/motor-sport/sport/historics/high-performance-licence-(hpl)-endorsement

The Winter 2017 Edition of The Oily Rag is On Its Way!

Oily Ray Winter 2017

The Winter 2017 edition of The Oily Rag is hot off the presses and has been entrusted to Australia Post for delivery to your doorstops.

This edition of the magazine features our recent Summer Festival, the Rob Roy Hillclimb, the VHRR’s Sandown meeting, the HRCC’s Noosa Hillclimb and a whole lot more. It’s full of great stories, fun photos and news and views from all around the world of historic motorsport.

We hope that it’s able to duck and weave its way through the packed Christmas mail field and arrive in your hands posthaste.

December 2017 HRCC Historic Torque Available for Download

HRCC Historic Torque December 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. They’ve just put out the final edition of the newsletter for 2017, and it’s available for download below.

This month, catch up on all the news with HRCCQ’s Club President Alan Steel, look forward to the 2018 calendar and much, much more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque December 2017 [PDF]

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

HRCC Historic Torque November 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque September 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque August 2017 [PDF]

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