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Join Us this April for the HSRCA Autumn Race Meeting

Wakefield Park Autumn Historic Race Meeting

Our 2017 Autumn historic race meeting will be held over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of April 2017 at Wakefield Park. We’re looking for good mates to go racing with, and that means you!

You are cordially invited to attend our forthcoming meeting at Wakefield Park on the 8th and 9th of April for a weekend of historic motor sport in good company.

We will cater for Historic (5th category) cars up to an including Group QR and we will offer one or two grids to cars of the historic period that have been modified, and potentially some more current cars.

Categories may be combined to form grids of 20 or more cars. The program will be designed to provide an hour or more of track time and the number of races offered will reflect category preferences.

Races, Regularity trials and a Supersprint will be offered, the latter to provide an opportunity for cars that do not fit traditional Regularity criteria. In doing this we plan to provide an opportunity for a wide variety of cars, including some later model cars, to run with us and their drivers be introduced to the joys and importance of historic motor racing and its community.

We are keen to hear from people interested in the Supersprint. If you are interested, please advise David Ellis (jochda@bigpond.net.au).

We would also like to build on the successful Tasman Tour for Formula Junior cars and offer at least one race for them alone if numbers are sufficient. If it is not possible to field a grid then we will aim for the September meeting.

We will, of course, continue with the following longstanding events:

  • Championship or series rounds for our usual categories
  • Give someone else a go theme encouraged by discounted entry for the second driver
  • Commentator’s award for best driving performance in each category over the weekend

The HSRCA may hire the circuit on Friday which will mean that private practice will be for HSRCA meeting entrants only. It also means that garages and carports will be available on Friday to entrants to our meeting.

The HSRCA member entry fee discount will be increased. When using CAMS EE ensure you mark the HSRCA as your first club.

Wakefield Park has traditionally 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.

Entries are scheduled to open on 3 February 2017 and close on 24 March 2017. When entries open on February 3, please enter via CAMS event entry. If that is difficult for you, an entry form will be made available for you on the Club website.

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.

Wishing you the best for 2017,
Richard Cardew

Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland Launches New Website

New Historic Racing Car Club Queensland Website

Our brothers and sisters up in Queensland, the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland, have kicked off the year with a very pretty and modern new website.

The Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland has started the new year with a bang by posting a new website to showcase and promote Historic Racing in Queensland and across Australia. The club wanted to create a modern interface to generate more interest in historic motorsport for its members and the public.

By providing more information online about historic motorsport, news and details for the race events scheduled for 2017 it is hoped it will attract interest from people who would like to step into grass roots motorsport.

We hope you’ll support them in their efforts to nurture our wonderful historic racing community. Check out the new website at their usual address: www.hrcc.org.au

Promoting Parramatta Park’s Motorsport History at the CARnivale Media Day

Carnivale Media Day 2017

The HSRCA will be taking a contingent of significant historic motor racing machines to CARnivale this Australia Day, the 26th of January, to share some of Parramatta Park’s motorsport history with the wider world.

The CARnivale team organised a media day for this past Tuesday, the 10th of January, to promote the event and we went along to help. Daniel Bando has kindly put together a few words and photos from the day.

Carnivale Media Day 2017

Thanks to Dan Bando

A small group assembled at Old Government House on Tuesday for the CARnivale media day. Channels 7 and 9, 2GB, Telegraph and local papers were in attendance. We were there to help promote Australia Day celebrations that will be held in Parramatta Park.

For those that don’t know (I was certainly not around at the time) Parramatta Park was also used as a race circuit. There is hope that a plaque or monument will be erected to recognise this event as well, at some point in the future.

The HSRCA is planning to have as many ex-Parramatta race cars in attendance as possible for our display at CARnivale this 26th January. We have a small number assembled, but if you have a car that raced at Parramatta (or something very similar) and would like to join our display, please contact Daniel Bando as soon as possible.

Thank you to our band of enthusiasts who helped on the day. They were:
Ron Tauranac
Daniel Bando
John Bando
Brian Caldersmith
Richard Cardew
Todd Hamilton
John Lackey
Robert Phillips

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: December 2016

Historic Torque December 2016

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

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

This month’s magazine catches up on all the news in the Queensland historic motorsport scene, wraps up the 2016 racing season, features photos from the 2016 Noosa Hillclimb and a whole lot more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque December 2016 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque November 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque September 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque August [PDF]

The Winter 2016 Edition of the Oily Rag is On Its Way

Winter 2016 Oily Rag

Your next issue of The Oily Rag is with Australia Post and currently jockeying for position with a zillion Christmas cards to see what gets to your letterbox first.

In this issue there are reports from VHRR’s Winton meeting, HRCC’s return to Lakeside and the HSRCA’s Spring meeting. Plus there are words to read from Wayne Wilson on his fun and games in the UK and especially driving his Brabham at Reims.

Aaron Lewis has also kindly sent in words and pics on his Goodwood experiences and who wouldn’t be smiling sitting next to Sir Stirling in an Aston Martin DB3S. All that and reports on the VSCC 40th Anniversary meeting, review of a great book on a long forgotten WA race circuit, Maseratis racing in Australia and whatever happened to the Costin-Nathan. Almost forgot – there are four pages of classifieds.

Make sure you stand by your letter boxes to keep the cards at bay so there is plenty of room for your copy of The Oily Rag.

Working to get the next issue out in January so please send your classified ads etc to me ASAP.

Patrick Quinn,
Oily Rag Editor

2016 Tasman Trophy: Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

2016 Tasman Trophy

After a lovely weekend celebrating the golden era of the Tasman Series with the 2016 Tasman Trophy, it’s time to hang up our gloves for the year and prepare for the holiday season. Before we do that, however, let’s wrap the event up and enjoy some photos!

The 2016 Tasman Trophy was held over the 19th and 20th of November and saw an excellent entry of historic sports and racing cars take to Sydney Motorsport Park for a spot of historic motorsport. Thank you to everyone involved for getting stuck in and putting on an action-packed and friendly weekend of racing.

2016 Tasman Trophy

We arrived at Sydney Motorsport Park on Friday the 18th to hold a private practice day for competitors. The day gave everyone a chance to get settled in, catch up and ensure their cars were nicely sorted for the weekend. Sydney put on a scorcher on Friday, so hats off to everyone who braved the inferno!

The cars were, as always, spectacular to behold and beautifully prepared. It’s a joy to see them so well cared for and in tremendous racing shape, and that care greatly contributes to a smooth weekend of racing. The work and tinkering that we see at the track, considerable that it is, is but a fraction of the preparation that goes into getting the cars there in the first place. So, thank you!

2016 Tasman Trophy

Saturday morning set the stage with final practice and qualification up until lunch, after which racing kicked off and didn’t let up until late Sunday.

Our feature category for the Tasman Trophy this year was Formula Junior, featuring a round of the Tasman Tour 2016 and the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour. The Juniors are such evocative little cars and, with full grids all weekend and some very exciting racing, were absolutely awesome to feature at the event.

We were joined at the Tasman Trophy by a large contingent of significant international cars, and many of those took part in the Formula Junior events. We would like to extend a special ‘Thank you!’ to all of our international competitors for travelling to Sydney and joining us for a weekend’s racing. It was an honour to host you, and we hope to see you back soon!

2016 Tasman Trophy

Group S was our other feature category and put on the always-spectacular relay enduro race on Sunday.

The 45-minute endurance race was a true test of driver and machine, and was a lot of fun – particularly in the pits around change-over. Well done to everyone for putting on a smooth race, for tackling the competition like it was a sprint and for holding a fun event!

2016 Tasman Trophy

The same should be said for drivers in all categories. Thank you for respecting each other and the cars of which you are custodians, for leaving racing room and providing a safe, fun and social environment in which to race. The racing was exciting and respectful all weekend and great to be a part of whether on the track or spectating.

The joys of historic racing are not limited to time in the seat of a race car. The pits and paddock are lots of fun to explore and provide a level of access that’s hard to match in motorsport. The pits and paddock had a very pleasant, social and relaxed atmosphere throughout the Tasman Trophy and that’s a credit to the good people who make up this community.

2016 Tasman Trophy

Speaking of the good people who make up this community, I will conclude with our most important thanks. A monumental amount of work goes in to preparing and running an event like the Tasman Trophy and none of it would be possible without the support of skilled, passionate and dedicated volunteers.

You allow us to hold these events, enjoy these experiences and take part in this community. THANK YOU from everyone involved for giving us these opportunities and keeping us safe, and for all that you devote to historic racing and its community.

With that, I’m sure you’ve had more than enough of words and are ready for photos! Grab a cup/pot/pint of your favourite beverage, sit back and spend a few minutes clicking through the links below to enjoy the many photos contributed by the talented photographers who cover our events.

2016 Tasman Trophy by Riccardo Benvenuti

2016 Tasman Trophy: Jeremy Braithwaite

2016 Tasman Trophy by Jeremy Dale

2016 Tasman Trophy by Bill Fonseca

2016 Tasman Trophy: Rod Mackenzie

2016 Tasman Trophy: Seth Reinhardt

2016 Tasman Trophy by Mark Richards

2016 Tasman Trophy by Geoff Russell

Tasman Trophy 2016 by Rob Scheeren

2016 Tasman Trophy by Peter Schell

2016 Tasman Trophy by Sam Snape

2016 Tasman Trophy Trophy Winners, by Peter Schell

Images thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Jeremy Braithwaite, Jeremy Dale, Bill Fonseca, Rod Mackenzie, Mark Richards, Geoff Russell, Seth Reinhardt, Rob Scheeren, Peter Schell and Sam Snape.

For more from Rod, please see his website here, Bill’s website can be found here, Geoff can be found on Instagram here and Sam can be found at www.mmmsport.com.au. Head to autofokus.com.au for more of Rob Scheeren’s work, click here for Riccardo’s website and see Jeremy’s website here for more from him, including shots of nearly all competitors. Mark’s website can be found here, and to get in touch with Jeremy, Peter or Seth, please send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

Next up, Christmas cake and a nap! Then we’re heading to Wakefield Park over the 8th and 9th of April, 2017. We can’t wait to get stuck in to a fresh year of historic racing, and look forward to seeing you there!

2016 Tasman Trophy

A Day in the Pits at the Tasman Trophy Learning How to Go Racing

How to Go Historic Racing

Nik Masters is a passionate member of the motorsport community who wants to get into historic racing and is doing his homework on how best to do so. He’s been investigating the costs, preparation and experience of racing a historic car and spent Saturday at the Tasman Trophy with Club regular Dan Bando to develop some first hand insights into the sport.

He’s kindly shared his experience with us, and its a must-read for anyone interested in the sport. Read on!

Thanks to Nik Masters

I have been a passionate motorsport follower for most of my life. As well as following categories like Formula 1, a few years ago I also got involved in officiating at SMSP to try and get more involved in the sport.

I have always loved historic race and sports cars and it was always a great pleasure to flag marshall at events hosted by the HSRCA. With such a wide variety of cars on display from many eras of the sport the bug to potentially get more involved was always itching!

Having done the odd drive day on track but not previously participating in club racing there were a lot of questions I had when considering how to get more involved in the sport. Finding examples of the cost of a car and trailer was simply enough on the internet, but I wanted to learn about the ongoing costs such as how often tyres are replaced, what suspension adjustments are made at different events, who rebuilds the engines etc etc. There were a lot of questions I wanted to answer before I could get an idea of a budget to go racing as well as what was involved at a race weekend beyond driving the car.

I contacted the HSRCA and offered a suggestion to encourage new members to the Club by asking Club drivers or owners to invite a potential member to spend some time in their garage at an event. Following the suggestion Daniel Bando kindly offered for me to spend some time with him at the November Tasman event, which I gratefully accepted.

How to Go Historic Racing

Daniel arranged for a ticket to access the event and I met him and his dad John in their garage first thing on Saturday. Both were extremely welcoming and Daniel’s Lotus 51 was a beautiful example of a loved historic racer. There were a variety of cars sharing the garage and it was great to get so close to the cars and watch the work being done by drivers and mechanics during the day.

Daniel was brilliant in enthusiastically answering all my questions and also took me along to the drivers briefing to get an idea of the process. He was happy to share information about his car and how he got into motorsport by initially sharing the cost of a car with a friend – a great idea to reduce the costs when starting out. John and Daniel also asked me to join them on the dummy grid which again showed another aspect of a race weekend I hadn’t previously been involved in.

How to Go Historic Racing

One thing I really noticed was that there seemed to be a great camaraderie between competitors. As well as banter between drivers everyone also seemed happy to chat with spectators about their cars and the event. The feeling in the pits was very open and friendly – certainly a world away from the closed shop of a Formula 1 pit – unless you pay big money for a Paddock Pass!

For anyone interested in getting involved in historic motorsport or just those with a passion for racing cars, spending a day in the pits was a great way to learn about what goes on at a race weekend and get to see the cars up close. I am certainly more interested than ever in getting started in historic motorsport.

My sincere thanks to Daniel and John Bando for their hospitality during the day – it was a privilege to be able to share their infectious enthusiasm for racing.

To catch up on the action at the 2016 Tasman Trophy, check out our wrap-up and photo galleries right here.

Take Yourself to the 2016 Tasman Trophy

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

This weekend sees the HSRCA return to Sydney Motorsport Park to farewell the 2016 historic racing season with one of our biggest events of the year – the Tasman Trophy. Join us over the 19th & 20th of November for a packed weekend of historic racing shared with good friends in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The event will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park over the 19th & 20th of November, 2016. Spectator passes will be available at the gates on both days and parking will be available on site through Gate A.

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

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.

Spectator passes include access to the grandstands, viewing areas and the pits and paddock. Spectator access to the cars and stars in historic motorsport is unparalleled, so please do take advantage of the sport’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere to get up close and personal with the cars and meet their custodians and drivers.

Formula Juniors Tasman Trophy

Formula Junior will be the feature category at the Tasman Trophy and welcome a large contingent of international cars competing in the Tasman Tour 2016 including the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour.

Featuring full grids of these evocative race cars, these races are sure to be exciting and capture the feeling of the Tasman period beautifully.

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

The Group S Relay Enduro race will be another highlight over the weekend, and has traditionally been great fun – especially around change-over. With the packed Group S entry to feature everything from the Porsche 356 Pre-A of Ron Goodman to fleets of MG Midgets and Porsche 911s and the American muscle of Terry Lawlor’s Shelby GT350, this weekend’s racing is sure to offer plenty of action.

Strong entries throughout the field should make for a great weekend of late-spring historic motorsport. To get an idea of who’s going to be racing what and when, grab the provisional entry list and programme of events here:

2016 Tasman Trophy Entrant List [PDF]

2016 Tasman Trophy Programme of Practice & Events [PDF]

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

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 along to the Tasman Trophy this weekend, the 19th & 20th of November, 2016, to enjoy a celebration of historic racing, the Tasman period and the women and men who make it all tick. We’ll see you there!

It’s The Pits – JKL Newsletter November 2016

JKL Its the Pits November

Mal Reid’s November 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. Read on, and enjoy!

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Vale: Ian Cummins

Ian Cummins

Today we return with the sad news that Ian Cummins passed away unexpectedly last weekend at the age of 77. Rick Marks has kindly put together these words to share some of Ian’s story with us.

Thanks to Rick Marks

Ian was a founder member of HSRCA and held member #8. He had been life member and Patron of the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia for many years.

Ian was very well known and highly regarded amongst the classic car and historic racing fraternity both here and overseas – even working for the late Tom Wheatcroft managing the Donnington Museum quite a few years ago.

Ian probably owned more significant historic racing and classic cars over his lifetime than most of us have had hot dinners. From original C & D Type Jaguars, SS100, Ferrari Super Squalo, Ford GT70 prototype just to name a few.

After selling Cummins Classic Cars at Mortlake, Ian moved to historic Ross, Tasmania, with wife Judith some five years ago where they set up an Antique Shop and two large Motor Houses to display his fantastic classic car and motoring memorabilia collection largely for the benefit of car clubs touring Tasmania. He was also involved with the National Automobile Motor Museum at Launceston where several of his cars have been displayed for various themes.

Ian’s other passion (aside from his family and a good red wine) was antique Australian military weaponry and memorabilia and he had an impressive collection. He was very well respected in these circles as well. There will be a lot more written about Ian Cummins by several of his closest friends for the next Oily Rag – this is a very small part. I knew Ian well for the past 30 years and we spent a lot of time together this past four years. Ian had so many stories to tell from his colourful life – he was a real character. He will be missed by family and friends very much.

Rick Marks

Ian’s funeral will be held on Friday 11 November at 1pm in the chapel of Collier Trennery, 202 Yambil Street, Griffith. For those unable to attend, there will be a memorial service in Sydney in a few weeks’ time. More information on this will be provided in due course.

Image via the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia