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Sydney Retro Speedfest Historic Racer Profile: Terry Lawlor

GIO Nissan GTR Godzilla

After a winning clean sweep of the four  Phillip Island Classic weekend races, Terry Lawlor will bring the GIO Nissan GTR “Godzilla” to the Sydney Retro Speedfest racing in the Group C & A “Heritage Touring Cars” category. Racing will be close with other Nissans, Mustangs, Sierras and Commodores.

“Phillip island was my first weekend in the car and it was sensational. We still have a long way to go in learning about the car and expect some tough competition”

Terry will also race his “new” 1974 Group S Porsche at the Sydney Retro Speedfest after a long break from the category where he won it outright in 2008 and finished second in 2009 and 2010.

Sydney Retro Speedfest Historic Racer Profile: Geoff Morgan

Geoff Morgan

Four-time Australian Porsche Cup Champion, Asian Porsche Cup Champion, three-time runner-up in Australia’s Nations Cup and outright Group S Champion for the last five years, Geoff Morgan has an impressive thirty year history with Porsche and historic racing.

He started in a 1974 Porsche 911S in super sprints and his first race was in a 2.7 1974 Carrera in Porsche Cup, and he now races his beloved 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera.

In addition to racing in Australia Geoff has been privileged to race at Nurburgring (2003/2004), Watkins Glen (2013) and Laguna Seca, California (2011) having taken his Porsche as part of an Australian contingent.

“I love driving the historic Porsche on radials.  It’s so exciting, especially at SMSP where it’s continually on the edge”.

Sydney Retro Speedfest Historic Racer Profile: Danny Gatto

Danny Gatto

Danny Gatto is a 46 year old Alfista, who got the bug for racing after doing some super sprinting with the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of NSW, about 10 years ago.

“After encountering historic racing, I thought “I’ve got to do this!” So I built a 1978 Alfetta GTV.”

Danny has now been racing this car for six years and has never looked back.  The car has been raced in three states around Australia, from Phillip Island to Morgan Park, not to forget Mt Panorama. The car also gets used for All Alfa Racing with the Veloce Racing Association, where they run an East Coast Challenge between the Victorians, Queenslanders & NSW.

“I look forward to running at the Sydney Retro Speed Fest, as Sydney Motor Sport Park is a track I tend to do well at.”

“The big bonus for me is the camaraderie and excitement of racing that I share with all of my fellow racers, and the good mates that I have made through racing.”

Sydney Retro Speedfest Historic Racer Profile: Richard Rose

Richard Rose

Richard Rose began his involvement in historic motor racing in 1985. He kicked off his historic motor racing career in an MG TD, then, in 1987, moved to a Buchanan Cobra before hopping into his 1959 MG A 1600 in 1995.

This MG A commenced historic racing in Group Sa in 1979, and has had a continuous racing history since 1972 when it was raced as a production sports car.

“What I like about historic racing is the camaraderie between drivers. The racing can be very competitive out on the track, but at the end of the day we still remain friends”

Bulletin: CAMS ISSUES REGULATION AMENDMENTS FOR FRONTAL HEAD RESTRAINTS

Frontal Head Restraints

CAMS has recently issued an amendment to regulations for frontal head restraints, making them mandatory from 2014.

Read on for the release from CAMS, and head to the official CAMS website here for more information.

CAMS ISSUES REGULATION AMENDMENTS FOR FRONTAL HEAD RESTRAINTS

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) has issued regulation amendments incorporating the mandatory use of Frontal Head Restraints (FHR) after announcing the use of FHRs are to become mandatory from 2014.

The amendments affect two Schedules; Schedule D – Apparel and Schedule I – Safety Harnesses/ Window Nets.

These Schedules with regulation amendments for the mandatory use of FHR devices can be found by clicking here for SCHEDULE D and here for SCHEDULE I.

For the Bulletin click HERE.

Please Note:

CAMS will only recognise the SFI Standard 38.1 FHR devices up until the 31/12/2015, when the SFI Standard 38.1 devices will no longer be recognised. CAMS has only ever recognised and recommended the use of FIA approved devices.

The SFI Foundation, in testing to meet the SFI 38.1 Standard, utilised a test scenario involving the use of a sled and a test dummy fitted with the device. The sled and dummy, are then accelerated and rapidly decelerated to produce a velocity change, thus testing the ability of the device to support the head and neck in an impact. The FIA take testing a step further than the sled and dummy test by incorporating testing for the helmet posts and the individual tethers. The FIA then undertake a destruction test to determine the ultimate ability of the device.

Furthermore, CAMS will not approve the drilling of a helmet to facilitate the fitting of FHR tether posts unless undertaken by the helmet manufacturer or a helmet manufacturer’s agent. Most helmets with the applicable standard required for FHR are pre-drilled to suit the tether posts and therefore only require the post to bolted or screwed into place. Manufacturers and manufacturer agents will undertake this action for minimal cost and will also be able to verify that the helmet is in fact of the necessary standard to suit the use of FHR.

CAMS has resolved to introduce regulations which mandate the use of Frontal Head Restraints in accordance with FIA standards as follows:

From 1 July, 2014 all international and national circuit races, road events and off road events, except where specifically exempted due to the type of vehicle;

From 1 January, 2015, all state circuit races, road events and off road events, except where specifically exempted due to the type of vehicle.

This does not include Speed events and Auto tests.

Competitors in other disciplines and lower level competition are reminded that the use of these restraints remains highly recommended.

FHRs are a safety device that reduce the likelihood of head and/ or neck injuries and are already compulsory in many motor sport events worldwide.

The purpose of FHR devices is to stop the head from whipping forward in a crash, without restricting the movement of the neck, as an FHR device maintains the relative position of the head to the body.

For a video on how to use Frontal Head Restraints – click HERE

For a video on the introduction of FHR’s by CAMS – click HERE

CAMS has FHR devices for sale at CAMS Shop on CAMS website.

Sydney Retro Speedfest Historic Racer Profile: Austin Healey 3000 Mk I

Brian Duffy Austin

Originally prepared by Carl Stecher for Robert Foster (QLD) in 1998, this Healey was successfully campaigned by Rob Rowland of the Healey Factory from 2003.

Historic racing successes include a pole position (Group S) at Philip Island, and it currently holds the Sa Lap Record at Phillip Island. In 2007 owner Brian Duffy re-painted the car Docker Green  (NOJ 392).

“We’re ready to race, rock ‘n roll at Sydney Retro Speedfest!”

Car: Austin Healey 3000 Mk I
Year: 1959
Race No: 34
Owner: Brian P Duffy

Sydney Retro Speedfest Historic Racer Profile: Ed Singleton

Ed Singleton

Ed Singleton’s first motorsport love is his ex-Allan Grice & Colin Bond “Group C” Commodore. Presented in its iconic  period STP livery, “Elvis” is an original Bathurst & ATCC race car, exactingly restored to its 1983 race specification.

Having raced in a variety of classes including the Mini Challenge and Radical Australia Cup (Ed is the 2011 Radical national champion), he’s adamant that there’s nothing quite like the Heritage Touring Car Series, and is very much looking forward to running on the Gardner Circuit at the Sydney Retro Speedfest.

“I can’t wait to hit the track in May!”

“We’re lining up a big grid of Bathurst touring cars, ranging from the nimble Bob Holden Escorts to the “Big Banger” V8 Commodores and Falcons, right through to the mighty Gibson Motorsport Nissans, and everything in between. Nothing gets the crowd cheering like a full grid of Bathurst Legends, and the Group C and Group A boys always put on an entertaining show. Join us trackside for touring car racing like it used to be!”

Sydney Retro Speedfest Historic Racer Profile: Andrew Fellowes

Andrew Fellowes

Andrew Fellowes will be racing at the upcoming Sydney Retro Speedfest in his barn find Lotus 27.

This works car was missing for nearly 40 years, but is now back on the track after a two year rebuild. We can’t wait to see it out at full flight!

“I started racing 35 years ago with a A6GCS Maserati, another barn find, and after 5 enjoyable years gave that away to join the Pre-’71 F2 class. In 1988 I won the UK historic championship, but only because the hot shots had too many holidays that year!”

Our vision for the Sydney Retro Speedfest

Sydney Retro Speedfest Coverage

The Sydney Retro Speedfest race weekend on May 3 – 4 will be captured from every angle, ensuring all competitors and spectators will see every bit of racing action across the expansive Sydney Motorsport Park complex.

Motorsport specialists AVE will be on board for the inaugural event, providing full television coverage with nine fixed cameras and 20 in-car cameras.

The feed will be streamed live to a big screen for spectators, as well as to the monitors in paddock complex and garages.

And AVE will endeavour to provide equal billing and time for every race category.  That’s every car, filmed in every race – and not just following the top three!

More details on the television coverage to follow – stay tuned to sydneyretrospeedfest.com.

Sydney Retro Speedfest Historic Racer Profile: Tom Tweedie

Tom Tweedie

Tom is just 25 years of age – but has been racing for nine years! He currently runs the fastest Formula 5000 in Australia, and is the current F5000 lap record holder at Sydney Motorsport Park. In the past has also competed in Formula Ford, Formula 3, V8 Supercar Development Series, and the Porsche Carrera Cup. He plans to bring his Formula 5000 and his Formula Ford to the Sydney Retro Speedfest in May.

“I am really looking forward to a fun weekend getting back into one of the most exhilarating cars I’ve ever driven,” Tweedie says. “Sydney Motorsport Park gives us the perfect mix of challenging corners and opportunity to stretch the car’s legs, including high speed Turn 1 where we are just shy of 270kph… Always exciting!”