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Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.27

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.27

Image: Peter Schell

The latest edition of Ed Holly’s magnificent M & O newsletter went out to members late last week, which means it’s time to share it right here on the club website!

This edition kicks off by paying respect to Sir Jack Brabham, before recapping the Sydney Retro Speedfest and taking a look back at the many adventures of Australian 1960s racing cars at Mallala, Historic Winton and Morgan Park. We then hear from Kim Shearn, who’s racing in the UK and Europe, learn from Damon Hancock’s experience with his Brabham BT23C fire, look forwards to future events, catch up with all the news in the world of Australian 1960s racing cars and a whole lot more.

Enjoy it by downloading it from the link below:

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.27 [PDF]

Previous 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newletters:

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.26

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.25

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.24

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.23

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.22

Your Entry Pack for Our 20th Anniversary Meeting at Wakefield Park

Historic Motorsport at Wakefield Park

Entry packs for our upcoming 20th anniversary meeting at Wakefield Park , coming this September 26 – 28, 2014, are heading out to members and the entry form, supplementary regulations (read them), and entry letter are available for download right here on the club website.

To enter the HSRCA Wakefield Park Summer Meeting:

If you are new to the system:

  • Click ‘Create an Account’ and follow the prompts – wait for a confirmation email, then go back to the CAMSEventEntry website,
    • Go to ‘Toolkit’ and fill in your details, cars and team,
  • Log on to the system using your CAMSEventEntry ID and password and enter through ‘Upcoming Events’ as before.

You will also find the entry pack available for download by clicking the handy links below, by right-clicking and selecting save as, or by heading to our Entry Forms page here.

Wakefield Park September 2014 Entry Form [DOC]

Wakefield Park September 2014 Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

Entry Letter

This September, Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the First Race Meeting at Wakefield Park

20th Anniversary of Wakefield Park

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: July 2014

Bob Holden

Image by Shifting Focus Images, via Historic Torque

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland, and is now available for download for July of 2014.

This month’s newsletter wraps up the 37th Historic Queensland race meeting with some excellent perspectives on the weekend and plenty of wonderful photos, before catching up on all of the historic racing action in Queensland. Download it from the link below:

HRCC Historic Torque July 2014 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque June 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque April 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2014 [PDF]


Ron Tauranac AO Accepts Patron Role with HSRCA

Ron Tauranac

The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association announces Ron Tauranac’s acceptance as patron of the club.

Formed in 1982 the role of the HSRCA was then, and still is, to promote historic motor sport in New South Wales and throughout Australia.

From its inception, the HSRCA has promoted hundreds of historic race meetings, including the highly successful Tasman Revival. The original 1960s Tasman Series brought top drivers and their race cars from the US, UK, Europe, NZ and Japan to race in Australia.

Ron Tauranac and Jack Brabham

Ron Tauranac, along with his friend Jack Brabham, formed Motor Racing Developments in 1960 with the aim of building racing cars under the Brabham name. From then to 1970 over 500 Brabham cars were built, with each carrying the suffix BT, or Brabham Tauranac. While it is true that Jack Brabham won the 1966 World Championship in a car carrying his own name, it was Ron Tauranac who designed it.

After Ron Tauranac sold Brabham to Bernie Ecclestone in 1970, he reintroduced the name he first used in a short line of racing cars from the early 1950s – RALT. Between 1975 and 1993 a total of 1,051 RALTs (Ron and Austin Lewis Tauranac) were produced, making Ron Tauranac the most prolific producer of racing cars in the history of motor sport.

In accepting his role as patron of the HSRCA, Ron Tauranac said; “I am pleased to add my name to the HSRCA because if I can do anything to help, I am happy to. Motor racing has been half of my life.”

Speaking on behalf of the HSRCA, acting President David Kent said; “Ron was at the helm of two of the premier racing car manufacturers from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s when we talk about Brabham and RALT. He has been involved with motor sport for his entire career, which is what the HSRCA is about and does. Ron is a long term friend of ours, having attended many of our race meetings and functions and I think he has the right sort of attitude to be the patron of our club.”

“I think Ron Tauranac is absolutely ideal and the most appropriate person to be the patron of the HSRCA, and we look forward to his advice and friendship well into the future.”

The above text and photos are from an HSRCA press release that was forwarded to Australia’s motoring writers on Thursday 10 July 2014.

Ron Tauranac

Reviving the Retro Speedfest Coverage!

Sydney Retro Speedfest by Michelle McCue

Image: Michelle McCue

As The Dude would say, in his infinite wisdom, new stuff has come to light. We’ve recently received a few new sets of photographs from the inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest, and you can enjoy them below.

First up we have an excellent set from Michelle McCue, capturing a lovely mix of atmosphere and action. Check ‘em out here.

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014 by Bob Ross

And then we head out to the track for an all-action gallery from Bob Ross, who did a great job of capturing the weekend’s historic racing action. Hit this link for Bob’s full gallery.

Thanks to Michelle and Bob for sharing their work! For more of Michelle’s work at the Speedfest, hit this link to her Flickr page.

Photography by Michelle McCue and Bob Ross

Wrap Up: Club Plate and Members Run – Sunday June 22, 2014

Club Plate & Members Run

What can I say? An absolutely beautiful winter’s day, a great roll up of members and partners, a terrific drive through picturesque areas south of Sydney, a delicious lunch and a cold beer!

Most of us met at Waterfall and drove through the Royal National Park, stopping for photos at Stanwell Tops. We then headed over the fabulous Sea Cliff Bridge, through to Wollongong and up the Macquarie Pass to the famous Robertson Pie Shop to meet the Southern Highlands contingent and have some light refreshments.

Our final lunch destination was the Scottish Arms Hotel in East Bowral, and everyone arrived safely and happily thanks to Barry Thew’s clear, concise and enjoyable instructions.

We had a great mix of marques along for the drive including Ferrari, Porsche, Lotus, MG, Cooper S, Datsun, Mercedes.  All the cars looked great and performed well and so did their drivers and co-drivers. 

From all accounts everyone enjoyed the day. We will look at organising the next run for September/October but must bear in mind that there are a lot of car related activities in Spring. 

Rick Marks,
Club Plate Registrar

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: June 2014

Sir Jack Brabham

Image via Historic Torque

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland, and is now available for download for June of 2014.

This month’s newsletter farewells the great Sir Jack Brabham, features a JKL report from the HRCC’s Autumn race meeting at Morgan Park and catches up on all the historic racing action in Queensland. Download it from the link below:

HRCC Historic Torque June 2014 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque April 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2014 [PDF]

JKL Newsletter for June 2014

JKL June

Hi to all JK & L enthusiasts,

The 38th Historic Winton has come and gone once again. Every year it seems to sneak up on us and in a blink it’s all over. For all JK & L competitors it really is the biggest event of the year, both in terms of competition numbers and spectators that get to see our cars in action. The off circuit socialising was, as usual, pretty hectic. I can only comment on those that stayed at Wangaratta, but it was great to catch up with many of our interstate mates at the Pinsent Hotel for a beer or 6.

Read on for the full JKL Newsletter for June, 2014

June 14, 2014: A Tribute to Sir Jack at Gnoo Blas, Orange

Jack Brabham Tribute

Orange will hold a tribute to Sir Jack Brabham on the old Gnoo Blas track where he made his road racing debut 61 years ago.

The Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club has joined Orange City Council in holding a tribute to Sir Jack on the circuit on Saturday, June 14, at 2.30pm.

A special guest will be Ron Tauranac, who was Sir Jack’s engineer and who designed and built the Brabham racing cars.

It’s fitting that the tribute will be held on the track where Sir Jack started his road racing career and the organisers are hoping a big crowd of enthusiasts will turn up.

Sir Jack drove a Vincent-engined Cooper 1100 in the opening meeting on Gnoo Blas in January 1953, with disappointing results.

Sir Jack and Dick Cobden (Cooper 1100) struggled off the line with Cobden stopping to change plugs after 100 or so metres while Sir Jack eventually got going and with some aggressive driving began to catch the field.

While running ninth in his Cooper, he blew up in a spectacular cloud of blue smoke and that was the end of the meeting for him.

He was back at Easter 1953 for his second road meeting and managed a third to Tom Sulman (Maserati) and Bill Murray (Alfa Alvis).

In October Sir Jack was back again, this time in his new Cooper Bristol, to win the NSW Grand Prix, the first and only time the title was approved.

He was a regular competitor after that, winning the South Pacific Championships several times and holding the lap record for several years.