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Vale Merv Collins

Merv Collins

It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of member Merv Collins on Thursday 15th September, 2016.

Originally starting his racing in go carts before progressing to Mini Coopers where he participated in the inaugural Mini-Monte in 1965.

Merv started funding his open wheel racing through bartering work for Guy Buckingham assisting in the building of other Notas to allow him the opportunity to build his own 1964 Nota. He raced with the Scuderia-Avanti team for a number of years, a venture which not only helped him win many events but also a heart, meeting his future wife on a blind date at an event for the team.

He then went on to run a Hadley Safari with his brother in-law Neville Carden, until that car was left parked head on in the poplar trees at Homestead Corner, Warwick Farm. Always with a sense of humour he got the car home, with the front wheels touching and left a note for Neville advising that it needed a wheel alignment.

Merv is survived from by his wife Janice, daughter Tiffane and her partner David. Merv regaining possession of his original Nota, five years ago, which David is now planning to get back on the track.

CMC’s The Preserve Available to Download for September 2016

The Preserve September 2016

‘The Preserve’ is the Council of Motor Clubs’ newsletter. It’s released on a regular basis and is full of useful information for the motor car enthusiast.

As a CMC affiliated club, it’s available to the HSRCA. So, we have the September 2016 edition of the newsletter available to download below!

This edition includes details on Carnivale and the National Motoring Heritage Day, important news on the Historic Conditional Registration Scheme and incoming Classic Vehicle Scheme, recaps of the RAC Pedr Davis Tribute Dinner and the Shannons Sydney Classic and much, much more.

Download it here:

The Preserve September 2016 [PDF]

Autumn 2016 Edition of The Oily Rag On the Way!

Autumn 2016 Oily Rag

The Oily Rag – Coming to a Letterbox Near You!

Keep an eye out for the next issue of The Oily Rag that is currently enjoying the tender mercies of the post office.

In this issue you will find reports on the HSRCA’s Retro Racefest, VHRR’s Rob Roy Hillclimb, the HRCC’s Autumn Historics and Historic Winton. But wait there’s more, as the thorny question of replicas raises its ugly head along with just how important “line of history” really is. All that and more in this issue, so please greet your postal delivery person (PC for postman) with open arms.

Patrick Quinn, Editor – oilyrag@hsrca.com

Observed Licence Testing at September Wakefield Park Historic Meeting

Observed Licence Testing Wakefield Park

On the Friday before our September historic race meeting at Wakefield Park Ed Gavin and his colleague have offered to conduct observed licence testing for anyone interested.

Observed licence testing requires CAMS approval and it has been indicated that this OLT will be specifically for historic racing. If you are interested in taking up the offer, it is essential that you come prepared. Ed advises the following:

  • It is highly likely that we will be able to hold an Observed Licence Test during the practice day to be held on the 23rd of September
  • We are awaiting final confirmation from CAMS as the OLT will be a CAMS permitted event
  • The OLT will be for drivers of fifth category (historic) cars only. This is the first time that an OLT has been category specific
  • Interested persons will need to follow the normal CAMS procedures for obtaining a General Competition Licence – ie. make contact with CAMS to obtain the correct paperwork, undertake the required medical test and do the online flags/safety test before entering the OLT
  • As the name suggests this will be a TEST. It is NOT a driver training program, although it will be conducted in the company of other historic category vehicles rather than in the context of State Championship competitors which is the normal practice
  • The same standards will be applied in assessing drivers as per a normal OLT
  • The OLT should be conducted using a vehicle which will be raced ie. not a road registered vehicle unless the vehicle is suitably race prepared. Participants should be thoroughly familiar with the car they are driving and have some prior experience at Wakefield Park
  • Prospective participants must enter the OLT via CAMS NSW (contact Matthew Anderson on (02) 8736 1218 for further information)
  • It is strongly recommended that anyone interested in doing this OLT make contact with Edward Gavin on 0409 794 033 as soon as possible
  • Anyone who just turns up on the day expecting to do the OLT will not be able to take part

Entries Open for Spring Historic Meeting at Wakefield Park

Wakefield Park Historic Racing Invitation

Entry to the HSRCA’s 2016 Spring Historics at Wakefield Park, to be held over the 24th & 25th of September, is now open. Head to CAMS Event Entry here to enter.

The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of NSW is holding the Wakefield Park Spring Historic Meeting at Wakefield Park over the weekend of the 24th and 25th of September, 2016, and you are most cordially invited!

Entry is open through CAMS Event Entry, which is now accessed through the CAMS Member portal. You can get there by clicking this handy link to the CAMS homepage.

Log in with your CAMS ID, which should be your CAMS licence number, and the password you nominated for the CAMS Member Portal. If you have forgotten your password, or have not yet nominated one click ‘Retrieve Your Password’.

The event promises plenty of quality track time and the relaxed, social atmosphere which makes historic racing so enjoyable. A quiet room will be available for family and partners.

This meeting will run the weekend following the 40th Anniversary Celebration of All-Historic Racing at Wakefield Park, which is restricted to pre-1962 cars and motorcycles. We will of course cater for JKL and Sa drivers who wish to compete with us and will offer a discounted entry fee to competitors who compete at both events. In addition, Wakefield Park Management has offered free storage of cars for those wishing to compete at both meetings.

Subject to sufficient grid sizes the meeting should comprise:

  • Races for 5th category groups from JKL up to and including Group QR cars that are suitable to run with Group MO
  • Usual grids for JKL
  • Championship or series rounds for several 5th category groups
  • Team enduro for a regularity grid
  • Give someone else a go, helped by discounting second driver entry in same car
  • Possibly a handicap race for drivers over 65 years of age that draws on cars from several CAMS compatible categories
  • Commentator’s award for best driving performance (not necessarily the fastest) in each category over the weekend
  • Observed licence testing on Friday if sufficient people are interested
  • We may invite a compatible non-5th category group if entry numbers necessitate

The HSRCA has engaged Mark Stockwell as race secretary. He will be known to people who competed at the last HRCC meeting at Morgan Park.

Unleaded fuel is available at the circuit. Arrangements will be made with Goulburn airport to obtain leaded racing fuel. Refuelling of cars is not permitted in garages or carports.

Wakefield Park is working to obtain permission for camping at the site from the relevant government authority. They do not expect approval by our meeting date but we will advise you if that becomes available. If you have motorised accommodation with self-contained ablution please contact us.

The success of all of our events is thanks to your support and involvement. We’re extremely grateful for your continued support and hope for you to join us once again for a great weekend of motorsport.

Please pass this invitation on to friends and family and encourage them to get involved – the more friends we have to race and talk cars with, the better!

We’re looking forward to going racing with you this September.

With every good wish for a memorable weekend of classic motorsport,
The HSRCA Race Committee

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: August 2016

Historic Torque August

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

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

This month’s edition looks forward to Historic Lakeside this 17th and 18th of September, recaps the historic racing at Historic Queensland, catches up on all the news in the Queensland historic racing scene and more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque August [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque July 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque June 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque April 2016 [PDF]

 

It’s The Pits – JKL Newsletter August 2016

Mal Reid Sulman Singer

Image by Steve Duggan of sdpics.

Mal Reid’s latest 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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CAMS: Demystifying the FIA Historic Technical Passport

CAMS Historic Technical Passport

The FIA Historic Technical Passport provides an internationally-accepted specification for vehicles eligible to compete in international historic meetings.

For some time now, the CAMS Australian Historic Motor Sport Commission has been weighting up its inclusion in our own motorsport rules. Their article ‘Demystifying the FIA Historic Technical Passport’ aims to break down what it is, why it’s of value and why we should incorporate into Australian historic motorsport.

It’s well worth taking a few minutes out of your day to read, and you can do so over on CAMS’ website here, or by downloading their document from the following link:

CAMS: Demystifying the Historic Technical Passport [PDF]

Thanks to the CAMS Australian Historic Motor Sport Commission

Introducing September’s Wakefield Park Spring Historics

Historic Racing Wakefield Park

The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of NSW is holding the Wakefield Park Spring Historic Meeting at Wakefield Park over the weekend of the 24th and 25th of September, 2016, and we would be delighted to have you join us!

The event promises plenty of quality track time and the relaxed, social atmosphere which makes historic racing so enjoyable. A quiet room will be available for family and partners.

Entries will be available soon through the usual channels and should be available from early August.

This meeting will run the weekend following the 40th Anniversary Celebration of All-Historic Racing at Wakefield Park, which is restricted to pre-1962 cars and motorcycles. We will of course, cater for JKL and Sa drivers who wish to compete with us and will offer a discounted entry fee to competitors who compete at both events. In addition, Wakefield Park Management has offered free storage of cars for those wishing to compete at both meetings.

Subject to sufficient grid sizes the meeting should comprise:

  • Races for 5th category groups from JKL up to and including Group QR cars that are suitable to run with Group MO
  • Usual grids for JKL
  • Championship or series rounds for several 5th category groups
  • Team enduro for a regularity grid
  • Give someone else a go, helped by discounting second driver entry in same car
  • Possibly a handicap race for drivers over 65 years of age that draws on cars from several CAMS compatible categories
  • Commentator’s award for best driving performance (not necessarily the fastest) in each category over the weekend
  • Observed licence testing on Friday if sufficient people are interested
  • We may invite a compatible non-5th category group if entry numbers necessitate

The HSRCA has engaged Mark Stockwell as race secretary. He will be known to people who competed at the last HRCC meeting at Morgan Park.

Wakefield Park is working to obtain permission for camping at the site from the relevant government authority. They do not expect approval by our meeting date but we will advise you if that becomes available. If you have motorised accommodation with self-contained ablution please contact us.

We’re looking forward to going racing with you! Stay tuned to the site as entry documentation and further information will be made available in the very near future.

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: July 2016

HRCC July 2016

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

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

This month’s magazine is a bumper 16-page edition in celebration of the 39th Historic Queensland race meeting and features a great report and plenty of photos from the event along with much more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque July 2016 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque June 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque April 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2016 [PDF]