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April Private Practice Day at Sydney Motorsport Park

Sydney Motorsport Park Practice Day

Due to the cancellation of Top Gear, the ARDC have decided to put on a private practice day on Friday the 17th of April, 2015.

Sessions for L2S CAMS licences will be provided along with sessions for faster groups to suit the cars that turn up on the day.

Garages and carports are free and will be allocated on a first in best dressed basis. All you need to do to get involved is turn up and book in on the day in suite 9 from 7am. Gates open at 6am. Hit this link to the ARDC’s private practice page for more information.

A minimum PC CAMS licence or higher competition licence is required for cars, and an MA Senior National Licence is required for bikes.

The ARDC requires motorcycles, superkarts and sidecars to complete pre-payment of the practice fees prior to the practice date. A minimum of ten participants must have prepaid before a session is allocated to them. The documentation can be found on the ARDC’s website here.

This is a brilliant opportunity to get in some sorting or testing prior to Sydney Retro Speedfest, which will be held at the track on the 6th & 7th of June, 2015. With sessions for L2S CAMS licences it’s also a great opportunity to give the pride and joy a nice high speed run.

Come along, tell your friends and let’s make use of the track time recent events have freed up!

Photo Gallery: 2015 Ringwood Hillclimb

HSRCA Ringwood Hillclimb

Image: Ian Fletcher

We’re back from our first hillclimb event, the Ringwood Hillclimb, and have a wonderful set of photographs for you to enjoy thanks to Ian Fletcher!

MG Car Club Newcastle’s Ringwood facility just north of Raymond Terrace was the venue for the event, and we would like to send a huge ‘THANK YOU!’ to them for their magnificent venue as well as their invaluable assistance with timing, clerk of course duties, secretary duties and other officials.

Twenty cars took part in the event and were able to complete an impressive total of 180 runs over the day. Some rain in the morning and after lunch slowed proceedings a touch, but did little to dampen everyone’s enjoyment of the day.

FTD went to Laurie Griffiths in a Porsche 911. The oldest car running up the hill was a 1931 Alvis.

Midday saw the arrival of those who took part in the HSRCA club plate run to the venue and we were pleased to have more friends joining in the socialising after their morning’s adventures.

Thanks to everyone involved!

For a lovely selection of photos from the morning please head to our ‘Gallery’ page, or hit the handy link below.

2015 Ringwood Hillclimb: Ian Fletcher

Photography by, and thanks to, Ian Fletcher.

Gold Coast Function to Remember Leo Geoghegan

Leo Geoghegan

A memorial get together will be held at La Piazza in Runaway Bay, Queensland, for our northern-based friends and relatives to get together and honour our mate Leo Geoghegan.

The memorial will be held at La Piazza from 1.30 to 4pm on Monday the 23rd of March. Drinks and nibbles will be available.

La Piazza is located at:
21 Bayview Street,
Runaway Bay, QLD,
(07) 5563 9200

Please contact Ian Maudsley on 0417 240 101 or email us here if you would like to attend.

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: February & March, 2015

Historic Torque

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland, and both February and March editions for 2015 are now available for download.

The newsletters look forward to Autumn’s Historic Warwick, catch up with racer Jill Nelson, recap the HRCC Try, Train and Test event, celebrate the lives of Bill Campbell, Leo Geoghegan, Joe Marano and Ivan Tighe and a whole lot more. Download them from the following links:

HRCC Historic Torque February 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2015 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque January 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque December 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque November 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque September 2014 [PDF]

Photo Gallery: 2015 VHRR Phillip Island Classic

2015 Phillip Island Classic

Images: Martin Creely

Held early in March each year and attracting a huge and varied field of classic machinery, the Phillip Island Classic is one of the great events of Australian historic motorsport. Photographer Martin Creely was at the event over the 7th and 8th of March, 2015, and has kindly shared a wonderful gallery of the action with us right here!

His stunning shots cover the historic racing action out on the classic Phillip Island circuit, as well as some of the atmosphere in the pits. Head to our ‘Gallery‘ page, or click this handy link to check ‘em out!

Photography by, and thanks to, Martin Creely. Please head to his website here for much, much more and to organise digital copies and prints.

2015 Phillip Island Classic

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Entry Pack

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest

Entry to the 2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest, to be held over the 6 & 7th of June, 2015, is now open, and a full entry pack is available for download on the website below, or through our ‘Events & Entry Forms‘ page.

As usual, entry to the 2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest is preferred via CAMS Event Entry. Click this link straight to the event to enter.

The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of NSW, in conjunction with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, is organising the Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park on 6-7 June 2015 and we would be delighted to have you join us.

This second running of the Speedfest is once again designed to showcase the best of classic racing with plenty of track time to ensure value for money for all enthusiasts, competitors and spectators alike.  The meeting will be conducted on the Gardner (traditional Grand Prix) circuit, which provides a challenging and entertaining mixture.  Each category will be allocated a qualifying session and four races over the two days, including a trophy race on the Sunday.  In addition, a large collection of historic Formula One cars will be on display and participate in demonstration hot-laps.

Those who competed in the inaugural 2014 event gave plenty of positive feedback, and we are happy to announce the TV coverage to the big screen and monitors on site, live streaming to an internet connection, and broadcast of a highlights package to be shown later on SPEEDWEEK (SBS) and FOXTEL, will again be features in 2015.  A DVD of highlights will be available for purchase at low cost by competitors, with details to be announced after the event.

With an estimated 80 minutes of track time available to each category, and the bonus of TV and live coverage exposure, the Sydney Retro Speedfest offers competitors exceptional value for participating in an established top level event.  Despite increasing costs we have managed to keep the entry fee at the 2014 level.

Entries for the event are preferred through the CAMSEventEntry online system on the CAMS website (www.meecamsau.com).  If you have problems completing entries online, or if you require a paper entry to be sent to you, please contact the HSRCA office on 02 9988 4743 for assistance and directions.

Please read the supplementary regulations prior to completing your entry form.  In particular you should note that no vehicles other than competition cars will be permitted to park in the paddock area at the rear of the pit lane garages.  Numbered spaces (each 10m x 3m in size) will be available in the skid pan area for those who seek to locate there – each space is sufficient for a race car and support vehicle.

Private practice will be available (at extra cost) on the Friday prior to the meeting.  Arrangements to participate and payment may be completed at driver sign-on on that day.

If sponsors can be arranged for individual categories or races, competitors may be required to display the naming rights sponsor’s logo on their vehicles in a specified position for the duration of the event, subject of course to CAMS approval.  Details of any such arrangements will be included in the Further Supplementary Regulations.

We thank you in anticipation of your entry and look forward to you joining us on 6-7 June.  With your valued support the Speedfest event will continue to grow and become a flagship feature of the Queen’s Birthday weekend in each year’s calendar.

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

For supplementary regulations and further event documentation, please see the following links:

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Entry Form [DOC]

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Invitation Letter [PDF]

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Car Club Corral Fact Sheet [PDF]

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Car Club Corral Registration [PDF]

Vale Leo Geoghegan

Leo Geoghegan

Leo Geoghegan by Brian Caldersmith

With great sadness the Committee of the HSRCA advises the passing this morning of our dear friend, Leo Geoghegan. As most would be aware Leo’s passing ends a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

Leo was 78 and started his motor racing career in 1956 driving an early model Holden. Throughout this career he captured an extensive range of titles including the 1970 Australian Drivers Championship, the 1960 Australian GT Championship, the 1963 Australian Formula Junior Championship and the 1973-74 Australian F2 Championship 1973-74, also shared second place in the 1967 Gallaher 500 with his famous brother, Ian. Leo capped an outstanding career with victory in the international Japan Grand Prix of 1969, driving the Lotus 39-Repco V8. Geoghegan and Lotus enjoyed a close association for many years and was renowned for the superb presentation of the team.

Leo is survived by his widow, Del, sister Marie-Louise, sons Steven and Shaun, and daughters Roslyn and Naomi.

2015 Wakefield Park Summer Historics Wrap-Up and Gallery

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Welcome home!

We’re freshly-returned from our first historic racing weekend of 2015, and with a few days’ recovery under our belts it’s time to take a look back at the action and check out some photos.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Our 2015 Wakefield Park Summer Historics race meeting was held at Wakefield Park over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of February. With no set theme for the event, it was held as a relaxed opportunity to get back into historic motorsport, catch up with mates and give the cars their first run for the year.

All these things, it did with aplomb!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Goulburn treated us with weather that, while hardly the full brunt of summer, was absolutely perfect for a weekend’s racing. Cool and gentle, only the last few races on Saturday afternoon were affected by some light rain. Well done to the drivers who braved the track at that point as the rain made for some very slippery conditions!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

And in a fair trade, we treated Goulburn with a full field of around 160 historic racing and sports cars representing the full depth and variety of the sport. We kept that field busy, with races held back-to-back all weekend long.

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, some very thorough organisation, wonderful management and clean racing, these events ran exceptionally smoothly with nary a blip to be heard in the song of historic race motors throughout the weekend. We’d like to thank everyone involved for helping us to put on one of the smoothest and most efficient events we’ve experienced yet.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

As mentioned no specific theme was set for this event, which made for a relaxed atmosphere, plenty of great racing throughout the varied field and lots of happy socialising through the pits and paddock.

A few minutes’ stroll through the pits and paddock inevitably became many minutes thanks to the friendliness and openness of everyone present. This atmosphere is something which we’re thrilled graces our events and we’re thankful for everyone’s role in nurturing it.

If you haven’t come along to enjoy a historic race meeting before, make sure to stroll through the pits and paddock when you do – you’re sure to leave a few friends richer!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Speaking of a few friends richer, were joined this weekend by the Heritage Touring Cars series, who unleashed the mighty Group C and A Australian Touring Cars upon Wakefield Park. These more modern machines were spectacular to watch and we’re looking forward to hosting another round of their championship at Sydney Retro Speedfest in June!

Every single historic sport and racing car to be found at the event was, as always, immaculately prepared and presented. They were also beautifully driven, with the women and men who support these events putting on clean and exciting historic racing all weekend long and creating a wonderful friendly buzz throughout the pits and paddock. You are all a credit to the sport and we’re very grateful for your support and your respectful and friendly approach to it!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

We are also most grateful for the support of the many wonderful, talented and dedicated volunteers who make all of this possible at all. A huge amount of time and talent is invested behind the scenes of all of our events and their success is down to you.

We, and everyone involved in our events, would like to send a heartfelt, immense and everlasting thanks to all of you. As always, you have gone above and beyond to keep us all safe and bring happiness to others. THANK YOU!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

With that, grab a cup of tea, put your feet up and spend a few minutes relaxing and reminiscing with these photo galleries from the historic racing at Wakefield Park. Click through the handy links below, and enjoy!

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Jeremy Dale

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Bill Forsyth

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Steve Koen

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Brent Murray

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Graham Olde

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Seth Reinhardt

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Peter Schell

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Richard Taylor

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Pete Trapnell

Thanks to Jeremy Dale, Steve Koen, Brent Murray, Graham Olde, Peter Schell, Richard Taylor, Pete Trapnell and Seth Reinhardt for sharing their work!

Head to Brent’s Facebook page here for more

Trapnell Creations’ website can be found here and has a full set of images from Pete. Hit this link to join Trapnell Creations on Facebook as well

Head to Richard Taylor’s website here for his full set

And finally, email Seth here if you’re looking for anything from him, Graham, Peter Schell or Steve.

We love to promote the work of our many talented mates, so if you have photos, video, or stories from the weekend and would like to share them on the club website, send an email to seth@hsrca.com, or drop by the club Facebook page and say hi.

Up next we head to Sydney Motorsport Park over the 6th & 7th of June for Sydney Retro Speedfest. We can’t wait to get out there and do it all again!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Sunday 22nd of March Club Plate & Members Run

On Sunday the 22nd of March we’re going to hold a Club Plate & Members Run in conjunction with the Ringwood Hillclimb to be held on the same day.

While we do not want to deter entrants in the hillclimb, we do want to provide an opportunity  for those who may not want to enter the competition but would still like to have a nice run up north in their club plate or interesting modern classic/sports car.

It’ll be an opportunity to go for a run, take a look at the complex, enjoy the on-track action and have a picnic lunch with some good friends.

For the run itself we’ll meet at the old toll gates at Berowra at 9.30am for a 10am depart. This will mean we should be at Ringwood Park by 12 noon for an early lunch. At this stage you should plan to bring your own lunch – we will update you on availability of food locally in due course.

If you are interested in this run please contact Rick Marks as soon as possible.

Pat Burke to Speak at HSRCA 18th of March Social Meeting

LOLA photo

Forty years ago this February, Warwick Brown became the first Australian to win the Tasman Series. Patron and team owner Pat Burke was behind this effort, and will present many previously unseen photos at our social meeting on Wednesday the 18th of March.

The Tasman Series was comprised of eight races held in New Zealand and Australia, frequented by the Formula 1 elite of the era. Many locals like KB, Frank Matich, Max Stewart and John McCormack had tried to crack the series, but not succeeded.

New Zealanders Graham McRae, Graeme Lawrence and Chris Amon, however, had suceeded.

It took the talents of Warwick Brown, Peter Molloy, John Wright (later a Formula 5000 driver himself), Phil Harris and a couple gofers to get the job done, and even then it came down to a three way battle at the last race at Sandown to decide a winner. The drama went right down to the last lap!

Patron and team owner Pat Burke was behind this effort, and will present many previously unseen photos at our social meeting on Wednesday the 18th of March. All going well, the whole team will be along as well.

So join us at Denistone Sports Club at 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde, for a wonderful evening of historic motorsport tales, along with dinner and a drink beforehand.

There will be brief HSRCA business at 7:30PM and we’ll kick off at 8PM.

Garry Simkin
Social Secretary

Warwick Brown Pat Burke Lola