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Join Us for the July 20th Social Night with Joel Wakely

Legends of the 48-215

‘Legends of the 48-215’ by Joel Wakely

Joel Wakely, author of ‘Legends of the 48-215’ will join us at our July 20th Social Night to tell more of the story.

Our next social evening will be held on Wednesday the 20th of July at Denistone Sports Club, and feature Joel Wakely presenting his book and tales from the era.

You’ve read the book review in the latest Oily Rag, page 58, now come and hear Joel tell more of the story and pick up a copy of your own. ‘Legends of the 48-215’ is a great read that’s centered around the story of preparing a 48-215 Holden for Spencer Martin and Barry Seton to race in the 1963 to 1965 period.

Hear about time spent with Lorenzo Bandini and the Cooper Maserati at the Boomeraing Service Station in Strathfield and a whole lot more on July 20th at Denistone Sports Club from 7:30PM. Come along a little early for a meal, a drink and a catch-up.

Denistone Sports Club is located at 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde.

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

We’re back in the real world after a brief trip back in time to the golden age of motorsport with this weekend’s Sydney Retro Racefest, and that makes it prime time to reminisce and check out some photos!

Thank you to everyone who got involved in the event and helped to put on two action-packed, welcoming and fun days of historic racing! 2016’s Sydney Retro Racefest was held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the 11th and 12th of June, and saw a brilliant collection of historic sports and racing cars gather at Sydney Motorsport Park for a jam-packed weekend of racing.

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

We kicked off on Friday with practice, which gave competitors a chance to get settled in, catch up with friends and make sure their cars were nicely sorted for the weekend’s racing.

Entrants did an awe-inspiring job preparing their cars, as they always do, and each and every machine was something to behold. They looked magnificent in the long rays of the winter sun, which thankfully shone on us unabated throughout the weekend – a very welcome change from the typhonic weather just a week prior!

The work we see is undoubtedly the tip of the iceberg of what goes into preparing for and running these events, and we’re extremely grateful for all that competitors do to get involved, as well as the care with which they do so.

We were pleased to be joined by a varied and storied collection of motor cars at Racefest, from the very exotic to the workhorses which fueled Australian motorsport in its formative and golden years. It’s lovely to see such variety in the cars which race with us, as it is the verve with which they are raced!

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

This year the event was headlined by the magnificent Australian muscle of the Heritage Touring Car series, and the legends of Bathurst did not disappoint. Drivers race door to door with all the vigor of the cars’ careers in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, but with a level of respect, neatness and professionalism that makes them a joy to watch and to host.

Despite a few racing incidents throughout the weekend, racing was similarly exciting and respectful throughout all of our categories – Q & R Racing & Sports and F5000, Group M & O Racing & Sports and Formula Vee, Formula Ford, Group N, Group S, Regularity and the aforementioned Group C & A touring cars of the Heritage Touring Cars Series.

Thank you to the drivers for respecting each other, leaving racing room and providing a safe, fun and social environment in which to race our historic cars. And for putting on a magnificent show for those of us who aren’t behind the wheel!

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

Speaking of a magnificent show – the excitement of a historic race meeting is not just found out on the track. We take great joy in providing unrivaled access for spectators to competitors and their cars. Retro Racefest 2016 was no exception, and the pits and paddock of the event were wonderful to hang out in.

The historic racing community is exceptionally friendly and social, so a wander through the pits always involves many a stop to catch up with friends, or make some new ones – and that’s what it’s all about really! Thank you for building such a warm and welcoming community and making the atmosphere at HSRCA events exceedingly pleasant.

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

Mercedes-Benz Parramatta, Sydney Retro Racefest’s major sponsors, set up an excellent display in the paddock, and brought along some particularly nice toys including one very exciting looking AMG race car. We will forgive them for the unexpected desires and potential lightening of the pocketbook that this has resulted in.

We would also like to thank them for providing the safety car for the weekend!

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

Club Lotus Australia and Simply Sports Cars were responsible for another excellent display in the paddock. The display featured six absolutely gorgeous Lotus Elevens, there to celebrate the model’s 60th birthday, as well as the brand new Lotus Evora 400 and a selection of classic and modern Lotuses. The Elevens in particular were lovely to see, both in the display and out in Regularity, and with some coming all the way from Queensland we’d like to send a special thank you to those involved.

We would also like to thank the car clubs who put on the classic car display as you entered the facilities. The response to this was magnificent, even surpassing 2015’s efforts, and we loved checking out the immaculately presented classic cars. Another relaxed and social area to explore and chat cars, life and everything!

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

As always, we finish on our most important thanks. Historic motorsport is made possible by many talented and dedicated volunteers, and we owe all of this to them. A huge amount of work goes into every aspect of a race meeting like this, and we wouldn’t be able to do it without the volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and love to giving us this opportunity to get together and go racing.

THANK YOU from everyone involved for giving us these opportunities and keeping us safe, and for all that you give to this sport and its community!

With that said, I imagine you’re well and truly ready to get to the photos! Take a few minutes to click through the links below and enjoy the many photos contributed by the talented photographers who cover our events.

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Glenn Albert

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Jeremy Braithwaite

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Rod Mackenzie

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Brent Murray

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Seth Reinhardt

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Mark Richards

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Stuart Row

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest Podiums by Peter Schell

Images thanks to Glenn AlbertJeremy Braithwaite, Rod MackenzieBrent Murray, Seth Reinhardt, Mark RichardsStuart Row and Peter Schell. Please click their names to click through to their websites for more, to organise prints and to support their work. To get in contact with Seth or Peter, send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

Next up, we’re heading to Wakefield Park in September for our Spring Historic race meeting. We can’t wait to do it all over again, and hope you join us there!

Sydney Retro Racefest is proudly presented by Mercedes-Benz Parramatta and powered by myplates.com.au.

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

Ready Yourself for Retro Racefest 2016!

Sydney Retro Racefest

This weekend will see Sydney Retro Racefest return to Sydney Motorsport Park to put on one of the biggest historic motorsport events of the year, and we’d love to see you there! Let’s take a look at what’s planned.

The mighty Group C & A touring cars of the Heritage Touring Cars series will be headlining the event with three races and qualifying over the weekend. These magnificent machines are the legends of Bathurst and include the likes of the Sandown 500-winning “Godzilla” GIO Nissan Skyline GT-R, fire-breathing Ford Sierra RS500s, JPS BMW M3s, Bob Holden Corollas and more.

Sydney Retro Racefest

Joining them on track will be a beautiful and varied collection of historic sports and racing cars from half a century of motor racing history.

Sydney Retro Racefest

If single-seater Formula cars are your thing, you’ll be able to enjoy big-capacity bangers in the form of Formula 5000 as well as Formula 1s, Formula Fords and Formula Vees. Groups Q & R will put some stunning sports race cars on track, Group S will field a packed grid of sportscars in closely fought racing and Group N are sure to unleash their classic touring cars in a fashion that harks back to the golden age of the sport.

Speaking of magnificent fields we have seen a brilliant response from Regularity drivers, who will be hitting the track with particularly varied and lively fields throughout the weekend.

Amongst those Regularity fields will be a handful of Lotus Elevens which are part of a record gathering of Australian Elevens at Sydney Retro Racefest. Eight out of the eleven Australian cars will be heading to Racefest to celebrate their 60th and will be forming a display, with a few cars joining in Regularity as well.

Lotus Evora 400 at Sydney Retro Racefest

Image courtesy of Simply Sports Cars

On the other end of the spectrum is the brand new Lotus Evora 400, which Simply Sports Cars will be bringing along to display alongside the other Lotuses. The car is the fastest road machine that Lotus has ever made and its 400 horsepower is capable of powering it from a standstill to 100 kilometers an hour in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 300 km/hr.

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.

For the planned schedule of races, grab the programme here:

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest Programme of Events [PDF]

Tickets to Sydney Retro Racefest 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.

Sydney Retro Racefest

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.

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

Sydney Retro Racefest

Sydney Motorsport Park is located on Ferrers Road, Eastern Creek NSW 2766. Hit this link to the circuit’s official website for information on how to get there, and this one for information on parking at the track.

Come down to Sydney Motorsport Park this Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the 11th & 12th of June, to enjoy a celebration of historic racing and the people who make it happen. We’ll see you there!

Sydney Retro Racefest is proudly presented by Mercedes-Benz Parramatta and powered by myplates.com.au.

Sydney Retro Racefest Profile: Ernst Luthi’s Alpine A110

Ernst's Alpine A110 in the Targa New Zealand

Image courtesy of Ernst Luthi, by Proshotz Photography

Sydney Retro Racefest will see this stunning Alpine A110 join the many rare and wonderful motor racing machines to hit the track at Sydney Motorsport Park over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

“When Jean Redele founded La Societe des Automobiles Alpine in 1955, in Dieppe, France, he had only one thing in mind – to build a car that was simple, based on existing Renault technology and ready for competition.”

“It is this design, with a tubular chassis (beams and backbone) and streamlined fiberglass body, that makes the A110 such a great car to drive.” – Ernst Luthi

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Simpson Race Products to Support Competitors at Retro Racefest

Simpson Race Products

Simpson Race Products will support Sydney Retro Racefest as an official accredited supplier for Sydney Motorsport Park and will be conveniently located in the pit area adjacent tower B.

The Simpson/Toorace Competitor Service Trailer will be in the pit area adjacent tower B from Friday through to Sunday afternoon. Greg and the team will be supplying essential spares along with their excellent range of safety gear and new products such as TRS4 race suits, Odyssey batteries, 360Fly Cameras, GoPro mounts and more.

If you are interested in picking up HSRCA car numbers and backgrounds at the track, please contact Simpson ahead of time to reserve them. Glance through what you might need at www.simpsonraceproducts.com.au or contact Greg pre-event with your request to be brought to the track via either phone, email or Facebook.

HSRCA club decals, badges and stickers will also be available from their trailer, as will the official Sydney Retro Racefest programme.

Simpson Race Products have been a long-time supporter of the Club, and we’re pleased to enjoy the benefits of their support once again.

For more information head to their website here, and follow them on Facebook here.

Heritage Touring Cars go Retro in Sydney

Heritage Touring Cars at Racefest

The Queen’s birthday long weekend on June 11-12 sees a big field of genuine Group C & Group A Touring Cars racing at Eastern Creek’s Sydney Motorsport Park. With a record grid of 30 cars entered, all vying for points in the Championship, racing will be fast and close and lap records are expected to be under threat.

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Record Gathering of Australian Lotus Elevens to Celebrate their 60th at Sydney Retro Racefest

Lotus Elevens at Sydney Retro Racefest

Lotus Eleven Chassis 538 leading 188 at Lakeside on the 26th of November, 1961. These cars will reunite at Sydney Retro Racefest this June. Image courtesy of the Brier Thomas Collection.

Sydney Retro Racefest will bring together a record gathering of Australian Lotus Elevens this Queen’s Birthday long weekend to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the classic sportscar racer.

Eight of Australia’s eleven Lotus Elevens will make their way to Sydney Motorsport Park this June 11th and 12th to take part in Sydney Retro Racefest. The gathering marks the 60th anniversary of the Eleven, and will see the cars displayed in a special marquee as well as compete in Regularity events.

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Sydney Retro Racefest Car Profile: The Army Reserve XD Falcon Group C

Army Reserve XD Falcon Group C

Frank Binding’s Army Reserve XD Falcon Group C will be unleashing its magnificently-liveried muscle upon Sydney Retro Racefest this June 11th and 12th Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

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Summer 2016 Edition of the Oily Rag

Oily Rag Summer 2016

The Summer 2016 issue of The Oily Rag is now with the printers and, depending on the vagaries of Australia Post, will soon be in a letter box near you.

In this issue are reports from the HSRCA’s February Wakefield Park meeting, the HRCC’s TTT day and Super Sprints and the VHRR’s Phillip Island Classic.

There is of course a lot more including stories on two Alfa TZs, Parramatta Park and four pages of classifieds. Sadly there are also a couple of obituaries, including one that’s of significance to the HSRCA.

Keep an eye on your postbox, and enjoy!

If you have any questions about The Oily Rag, or would like to submit a story or images, please contact editor Patrick Quinn at oilyrag@hsrca.org.au.

Ex-Dick Johnson Greens’-Tuf Mustang Returns to the Track for Sydney Retro Racefest

Dick Johnson Greens Tuf Mustang

Dick Johnson’s Greens’-Tuf Mustang is set to return to Australian motorsport this Queen’s Birthday long weekend at Sydney Retro Racefest.

The car was formerly owned by Bill Pye, who entered it in 2015’s Sydney Retro Speedfest before his tragic passing later that year. It has since been purchased by well-known Heritage Touring Cars racer Terry Lawlor, who added it to his collection of classic Mustangs after selling his ex-Bond Caltex Sierra.

Lawlor will race the car for the first time at Sydney Retro Racefest.

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