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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: Jeremy Braithwaite

2016 Tasman Trophy by Bill Fonseca

2016 Tasman Trophy: Rod Mackenzie

2016 Tasman Trophy: Seth Reinhardt

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 Jeremy Braithwaite, Bill Fonseca, Rod Mackenzie, 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 and see Jeremy’s website here for more from him, including shots of nearly all competitors. To get in touch with Seth or Peter, 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

Fabulous International Formula Junior Field to Feature at 2016 Tasman Trophy

Formula Junior Stanguellini

The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales will present the 2016 Tasman Trophy at Sydney Motorsport Park this 19th and 20th of November, joined by a magnificent collection of historic Formula Juniors.

This year’s event will build upon the Tasman format, celebrating that golden era of motorsport and the marvellous machines that powered it, pre-dated it and evolved from the lessons it taught.

In 2016 we’re very pleased to welcome a large contingent of significant international cars to the Tasman Trophy. Sydney Motorsport Park is one of Australia’s classic circuits, making its name hosting the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and Australian Touring Car Championship in the early ‘90s. We’re looking forward to sharing both it and beautiful late-Spring Sydney with drivers from around the world.

We’ll be celebrating the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee during the Tasman Trophy this year and are proud to host a round of The Tasman Tour 2016, including the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour.

The response of Formula Junior drivers has been brilliant and at this stage our Formula Junior grid is close to max capacity at just shy of 40 drivers. Highlights are plentiful throughout the field.

From across the Tasman comes the ex-Chris Atkinson Lotus 20/22 FJ 1961 of Phil Foulkes. John Rapley, ex-power boat racer, joins him and will be racing a Brabham BT2 that he bought and rebuilt back in 1987. The car was driven by Frančević, John Weston and Graeme McRae in its day, and Rapley believes it to be the prototype for the BT6 that he also rebuilt and maintains.

Looking further afield J. R. Mitchell has entered, shipping them all the way from the ‘States’,  a gorgeous Lotus 18 along with a second ’59 18 to be driven by Nick Grewal.  Doug Elcomb comes from even further north, bringing a Dreossi Special 1961 from Canada.

Duncan Rabagliati has shipped the Alexis HF1, HF101, named for Bill Harris and Alex Francis from the United Kingdom. Rabagliati’s raced the car for two decades after it originally raced at Oulton Park in period, before spending some time in the US and returning to the UK.

From Australia, Mike Rowe will pilot the Roger Ealand-restored and raced Koala FJ 1963, a particularly lovely and special Australian car. Another Antipodean car sure to catch your eye is the beautiful ‘59 Stanguellini Formula Junior of Norm Falkiner. Norm has developed a great history with the car since bringing it into Australia, and will be bringing it up from Melbourne for the event.

These join a spectacular entry of historic sports and racing cars representing six decades of motorsport history.

With a packed weekend of exciting races planned and the HSRCA’s traditionally friendly and relaxed pits and paddock to explore, the 2016 Tasman Trophy is set to be another great entry in Australia’s motorsport calendar. Be there this November 19th and 20th.

For more information stay tuned to www.hsrca.com and facebook.com/hsrca.

Vale: John Martin

John Martin

It is with great sadness that we share the news of John Martin’s recent passing. Please read on for a few words of John’s story, by John’s close friend Max Stahl.

Thanks to Max Stahl

“One of the great under-sung heroes of Australian motor racing has passed away at the grand old age of 90 years – there, after many, many years of being fobbed off by the “shy one”, I’ve revealed his age, but with good intentions, of course. And largely because for most of those years we were close mates and confidants. So close, in fact, that I introduced him to the second “love of his life”, Joan with whom he would spend his last 33 years in peace and contentment, save for an unfortunate series of illnesses that plagued him at the end.”

“John Martin was one of those racing “naturals” to whom speed came easily, along with a flair for the mechanical aspects. His racing career began with a self-prepared MG TC, in which he took on and invariably beat, the sports car stars of the day – Col James, Doug Chivas, George Pearse, Paul Meyer, Jim Johnston, et al.”

“Almost unbeatable in the MG, John moved up to a “streamliner”, a Lola 1100, in which he was just as unbeatable, winning hands down everywhere and leaving the lap record at Warwick Farm standing at 1:43.2 for six years, the longest standing of all records.”

“Without being a “social lion”, John was a lively companion on social occasions and a welcome regular at such Sydney motor racing “watering holes” – the Strand in Wentworth Avenue, the Whitehorse at Newtown, the “Horsepower” in Elizabeth St and the ARDC in Leichhardt, along with various workshops, garages and dealerships where the cognoscenti congregated, including his own yard at Neutral Bay, and he could often be found in the Classic car dealership he helped found – British & Continental Motors – in William St.”

“Married in the fifties to Robyn, John fathered two daughters, Sarah and Emma, with whom he stayed very close, despite his separation from Robyn, and introduced them to Joan in 1983.”

“A very special motor racing man. . . .RIP John Martin -Max.”

John will be farewelled on Tuesday, the 8th of November, from the Southern Chapel, Northern Suburbs Crematorium, at 10.00am. Afterwards, attendees are invited to share a celebration of his life at the Sydney Flying Squadron, McDougall St., Kirribilli.

Historic Sandown’s Major Milestone

Historic Sandown 2016

Historic Sandown is coming up over the 4th to the 6th of November, 2016, and is looking to be an awesome weekend of historic racing. Read on below for the news thanks to the VHRR’s Brian Reed.

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Video: Regularity with Matt Hart and his 1966 Plymouth Barracuda

Regularity with Matt Hart

Get to know the ins and outs of Regularity, with long-time HSRCA competitor Matt Hart and his 1966 Plymouth Barracuda.

This short film, by Paolo Febbo and Rob Scheeren, was shot during last year’s Tasman Trophy. It follows Matt Hart competing in his magnificent 1966 Plymouth Barracuda, getting to know Matt, his car and the Regularity category along the way.

Regularity is an excellent way to get into historic motorsport. In it, your goal is to set a benchmark time, and then lap as consistently close to that time as possible. Go faster, and you’re docked points. Go slower, and you’re docked even more. The competitor with the most points at the end of the event wins.

Competitors do not compete for track position, and it’s not a race event, so it’s a safer and more relaxed form of motorsport. The cars are also not required to have a Certificate of Description, so it provides an opportunity to compete in a car which may not be eligible for historic race events. This also leads to a wonderful variety of cars on the track, from beauties like Matt’s, to recreations and more.

Enjoy the video, and head to theescaperoad.com to check out some of Matt’s magic motorsport photography.

The Tasman Trophy will return to Sydney Motorsport Park over the 19th and 20th of November, 2016. Entries are open now via the CAMS Members’ Portal, so get yours in and join us for an awesome weekend of historic racing.

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: October 2016

Historic Lakeside 2016

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

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

This month’s magazine looks forward to the upcoming 2016 Noosa Hillclimb, which will be held over the 5th to the 6th of November, the HRCC combined Christmas party and awards presentation dinner and 2017’s historic racing calendar. It tells the story of Jack Brabham’s ‘Old Nail’, recaps Historic Lakeside and much more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque October 2016 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque September 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque August [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque July 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque June 2016 [PDF]