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Spring 2015 Edition of the Oily Rag Heads to Members

Oily Rag Spring 2015

We are pleased to pass on the news that the next issue of The Oily Rag is now enjoying the tender mercies of Australia Post.

Within this issue are reports on the meetings at VHRR’s Sandown, HSRCA’s Sydney Motorsport Park and the HRCC’s Noosa Hillclimb. There are also articles on the recent Historic race meeting at Baskerville, Rob Roy Hillclimb and a pilgrimage to Goodwood.

Sadly it also includes obituaries for Alf Najar, Guy Buckingham and John Best.

All that and more including four pages of classifieds. Be watching at a letter box near you. oilyrag@hsrca.org.au

Join the HSRCA at CARnivale this Australia Day!

Parramatta Park Motorsport

The HSRCA is supporting CARnivale this Australia Day, the 26th of January, 2016, with a display of historic race cars to suit the venue’s significant Australian motorsport heritage.

2016 marks the first year that CARnivale will be held at Parramatta Park, which boasts an impressive motorsport history that not many know about. From 1952 until 1955 Parramatta Park was home to race meetings that drew enormous crowds to watch cars and motorcycles race around a picturesque and exciting circuit.

Ron Tauranac Parramatta Park

The events drew top Australian drivers, including several who went on to build impressive motorsport careers, such as Sir Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac. Seven of these drivers went on to win the Australian Grand Prix a total of twelve times between them.

The Club display this Australia Day will feature eight historic racing and sports cars, including two similar to those which ran in Parramatta Park’s motorsport heyday.

We’ll be joined by some six hundred other vehicles of all shapes, sizes and vintages for a magic celebration of our national day and Australia’s motoring culture and history.

Hit this link to the official CARnivale website for full details. We hope to see you there!

To get an idea for how things have changed, enjoy these before and after images prepared by Brian Caldersmith.

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: January 2016

Historic Torque December

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The January edition for 2016 has just been sent out, and is available for download here.

This month’s bumper edition looks forward to the HRCC’s TTT & Sprints Weekend this February, catches up on all the news in Queensland’s historic racing scene, takes a look at 2016’s historic racing calendar and a whole lot more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque January 2016 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque December 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque September 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque August 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque July 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque June 2015 [PDF]

JKL Newsletter December 2015

JKL Historic Racing

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 month Mal recaps JKL’s racing return to Sydney Motorsport Park and looks forward to 2016’s racing debut at February’s Summer Historics at Wakefield Park.

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

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

Catch up on the previous edition here:

It’s the Pits #9, September 2015 [PDF]

Your 2016 Wakefield Park Summer Race Meeting Entry Pack

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

Join Us at Wakefield Park this February 27th & 28th and Kick Off 2016’s Historic Racing Season With Our Historic Summer Meeting

A very happy festive season to you and your family from the HSRCA! I thought it best to send this invitation before Santa arrives this year, just in case there is something you need for the car so that you can drop that subtle hint.

You are cordially invited to participate in our forthcoming historic race meeting at Wakefield Park on the 27th and 28th of February.

Entry to our February 2016 All Historic Summer race meeting at Wakefield Park is preferred through Motor Event Entry. Please hit this link to head to the event and enter.

The theme for this meeting is Group N, particularly the over 3 Litre cars since they are not being invited to Phillip Island this year and will be needing a run to prepare their cars for the season. We are working with their category manager to provide something different in the programme for this group.

We will also have the usual programme for all 5th category historic cars and you can also look forward to the drinks and nibbles session at the close of play on Saturday evening where you have the chance to unwind and share a drink with the officials, who are untiring in their support of our sport.

So, if you want to be assured of having enough cars in your group to form your own grid (20), then get onto your mates and encourage them to enter!

Speaking of which, there are three ways to do just that:

  1. Go to Motor Event Entry (meecamsau.com) and enter online;
  2. Go to the HSRCA website hsrca.com and download the entry form; or
  3. Give Robyn or myself a call and an old fashioned snail mail package will eventually arrive in your letterbox.

If you have any queries, please call Noel or Robyn Bryen on (02) 9913 3662 and we will do our best to assist.

So, please come along and enjoy a wonderful weekend of historic motor sport with us.

Yours sincerely,

Noel Bryen
Competition Secretary
HSRCA

Your entry pack can be downloaded from the following links:

Entry to our February 2016 All Historic Summer race meeting at Wakefield Park is preferred through Motor Event Entry. Please hit this link to head to the event and enter.

2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

For those requiring a traditional entry form, please right-click and ‘Save-As’ to download it from here:

2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics Entry Form [DOC]

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: December 2015

Historic Torque December

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The October edition for 2015 was just released, and you can grab it below!

This month we look forward to historic racing in 2016 starting with the HRCC TTT & Sprints Weekend, recap 2015 in the president’s report and a whole lot more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque December 2015 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque September 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque August 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque July 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque June 2015 [PDF]

 

Vale Alf Najar

Alf Najar

Artwork by Brian Caldersmith

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Alf Najar.

A man that was involved in many areas. His special bodied MG TB was very successful winning the 1946 NSW Grand Prix at Bathurst and 6th in the 1947 Australian Grand Prix. He was second in 1948 AGP and was holder of many Sprint & Hill Climb records, which included the 1946 first post-war Australian Hill Climb Championship at Bathurst.

Alf was decorated with a Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II, with the Australian Sports Medal for his development & success in motor racing sport in Australia. In 1946 he started the Water Skiing Sport in Australia together with the legendary “Gelignite” Jack Murray. In 1948 he was a foundation member of the Australian Water Ski Association.

He was a member of the All Australian Five-Man Skeet Team for 16 years and held Australian and New Zealand titles in clay target shooting.

A memorial service will be held on Friday the 18th of December. If you wish to attend, please contact Seth at seth@hsrca.com and he will pass on the details.

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics Wrap-Up and Gallery

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

We’ve settled back into the routine of daily life after a packed weekend of historic racing at Sydney Motorsport Park, which means it’s time to take a look back at all the fun we had and pore over the photos!

The 28th and 29th of November, 2015, saw us head to Sydney Motorsport Park to put on our final historic racing meeting of the year with a few hundred of our closest friends and race cars, and we had a ball!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

The weekend saw us celebrate five decades of Formula Vee, unleash a maximum-capacity grid of Group S & T sportscars in an endurance race, welcome J, K and L back to the classic circuit and much, much more.

We were greeted by moody skies and periodic precipitation upon arriving at Sydney Motorsport Park, but that did little to dampen the happy banter filling the circuit as everyone got to work preparing their cars, catching up with friends and setting out for the weekend.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

The event included a celebration of 50 years of Formula Vee and we were honoured by the incredible support of the category. Beautifully prepared cars filled the dedicated marquee and overflowed into the carports opposite, and the drivers put on some awe-inspiring racing throughout the weekend.

Thanks to the legends who joined in the celebrations, and to everyone involved in the racing and parade laps!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

On Sunday morning we held a 20-lap feature endurance race for Groups S & T, including a driver change. The race itself was a lot of fun and closely-competed even at its extended duration. The driver change added another layer of spectacle to the event, and watching the action in pit lane during it was great fun.

Top marks to not only the drivers, but the cars for tackling this endurance and pulling it off with aplomb!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

We were thrilled to spend the weekend with the men and women of J, K and L after a few events at the circuit without them. They put together magnificent grids and races that belied the cars’ lengthy careers, and we hope to see that become a trend continuing well into the future!

We were similarly thrilled to spend it with everyone who set aside their weekend, and surely many weekends in preparation beforehand, to coming racing with us. We feature a few grids at each meeting, but every single competitor, every pit crew member and supporter and every spectator who joins us is greatly appreciated.

Formula Ford, M & O, N, Q & R and Regularity, thanks for joining us and putting on a brilliant weekend’s racing! You put together a magnificent field for the weekend and it’s a great honour to run these events for, and with, you.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

Speaking of the weekend’s racing, it was suitably impressive not only in the level of competition, but the cleanliness of driving. Good racing comes out of great respect and this was demonstrated each and every time the red light went out over the weekend.

Thank you for making HSRCA events safe, respectful and fun – and for doing so so with impressive consistency!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

Thank you also for making the pits and paddock a fun place to take a break and do some very important socialising! Cars bring us together, but it’s our mates that make the weekends fun and rewarding, and there’s no better reminder of that than a wander through the pits and paddock at any one of our events.

They’re full of good friends enjoying the weekend together, while tinkering with and chatting about their beautifully-prepared race cars. Historic motorsport is unique in its openness, so if you join us at an event make sure to take advantage of that, get up close with your favourite cars and get to know the women and men who race and maintain them.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

Finally, and most importantly, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the tireless support of volunteers. Your tireless, generous and expert contributions to these events are invaluable. You allow us to spend the weekend playing cars with our friends and keep us safe while we do it.

From everyone involved in the event, and the sport as a whole – THANK YOU!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

With that, I think it’s time for some photos! Top up your beverages, settle in and enjoy the photos thanks to the many talented photographers who support the Club!

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Seth Reinhardt

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Riccardo Benvenuti

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Brian Caldersmith

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Jeremy Dale

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Bill Fonseca

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Rod Mackenzie

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Brent Murray

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Syd Reinhardt

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Mark Richards

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Stuart Row

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Geoff Russell

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Peter Schell

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Richard Taylor

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Daniel Walters

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Russell Windebank

Galleries thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Brian Caldersmith, Jeremy Dale, Bill Fonseca, Rod Mackenzie, Brent Murray, Seth Reinhardt, Syd Reinhardt, Stuart Row, Geoff Russell, Peter Schell, Richard Taylor, Daniel Walters and Russell Windebank.

For more images from each photographer, or to organise prints, please hit the following links to their websites, or send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.comRiccardo Benvenuti, Bill Fonseca, Brent Murray, Mark RichardsStuart RowGeoff Russell, Richard Taylor and Daniel Walters.

Next up – some Summertime relaxing with our friends and families, a few too many slices of Christmas cake and then our Wakefield Park Summer Historics in February!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

Come Along and Enjoy the Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park This Weekend

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

This weekend will see us return to Sydney Motorsport Park for a glorious weekend of summer historic motorsport, and we’d love for you to join us! Let’s take a look at what’s coming up, illustrated by our adventures at June’s Sydney Retro Speedfest.

The event will include a celebration of 50 years of Formula Vee, joined by legends of the racing formula, a feature endurance race for Group S on Sunday morning, the return of J, K and L and, of course, events for the breadth of fifth category historic cars.

Formula Vee races are some of the most consistently exciting that we see at our historic race meetings, and we’ve had a stunning response to our feature events celebrating the category’s half-century.

Along with feature races throughout the weekend, the Vees will be joined by several legends of the category, who will participate in both races and lunchtime demonstration runs. The cars will be housed in a dedicated marquee, and have spilled out to fill the carports opposite.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

Moving to cars with roofs – Group S will put on a feature 20-lap endurance race on Sunday morning, and it’s set to be a banger. They hit the 47 car maximum grid in no time, and with such a strong field and their competitive racing, we can’t wait to see what they get up to.

For the first time in the last few years, the men and women of J, K and L will be joining us at Sydney Motorsport Park, and they’ve jumped back in with a spectacular field. These pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars are absolutely wonderful, and their drivers aren’t afraid to give them hefty doses of the old right boot on the track, which is just how we like it!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

Flipping to the opposite end of the spectrum, we’ll be joined by a group of Formula 5000s that are set to unleash the thunder in our Q & R Racing events. These mighty machines aren’t something you watch – they’re a sensory experience. If you enjoy historic motorsport, Q & R Racing this November is not to be missed.

And that’s just the warm-up! Groups Q & R Sports, N, M & O, Formula Ford and Regularity will all be forming grids of their own, and will keep Sydney Motorsport Park singing throughout the weekend with magnificent historic racing action.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

When you need a break from the racing action, the pits and paddock at HSRCA events are about as friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable as you can find. So make sure to take a wander, make a few new friends, catch up with some old ones and get up close and personal with the cars.

The event will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park, and spectator access is not only unparalleled, but affordable!

Tickets will be available at the gate. Full-price entry is $15 on Saturday, $25 on Sunday and $30 for a weekend pass. A family pass is available for $50, kids under 14 may join in for free and a concession pass is available for $20.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

We are thrilled to invite you to attend this upcoming event and look forward to putting on a great weekend this 28th & 29th of November. Join us at Sydney Motorsport Park then, for the HSRCA’s 2015 Summer Historics.

To help get into the mood, why not take a look back at the action that took place at our previous visit to Sydney Motorsport Park for the 2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest:

2015 Sydney Retro Speed Fest Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park: Friday Practice

Friday Practice Sydney Motorsport Park

Friday practice for our 2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park is just a few days away, which makes this a great time to download the practice schedule and get to know the order of events!

Download the Friday practice schedule from the following link, or over on our ‘Events & Entry Forms‘ page:

2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park Friday Practice Programme [PDF]