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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 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 some of the wetter moments out on the track. 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.

HSRCA Track Day Sunday 31 August 2014: Marulan Driver Training Centre

Marulan Track Walk

The HSRCA’s next track day will be held at Marulan Driver Training Centre on Sunday the 31st of August, 2014, and feature time trials and driver training for members, family and friends of the HSRCA and Austin Healey, Lotus Clubs, Peugeot and associated clubs.

Cars must be road registered or road registrable.

Please submit expressions of interest by the 6th of July, entries close on August the 25th, 2014.

Download the full information form and entry form by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save-As’ on the links below, or by heading to our ‘Entry Forms‘ page.

MDTC Track Day Entry Form [DOC]

MTDC Track Day Information [PDF]

Contact Richard Cardew 0405 459 546 or for more information.

Loose Fillings #47

Loose Fillings 47

About three times a year Garry Simkin and Terry Wright put out a newsletter called ‘Loose Fillings’, which chronicles the many adventures of historic air-cooled racing cars from the 1950s.

Their first newsletter for 2014 has been out and about for a few weeks, and is now available for download from the website. This edition revisits the pioneers of aircooled racing, tells the story of the remarkable speedway JAP engine and catches up on everything you need to know in the world of historic air-cooled racing cars from the ’50s.

Download it below by right-clicking the link and selecting ‘Save as’, and enjoy!

Loose Fillings #47 [PDF]

Take a look at the previous editions in the links below. Right-click and ‘Save as’, or just click.

Loose Fillings #46 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #45 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #44 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #43 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #42 [PDF]


The HRCC’s Historic Torque: April & May 2014

HRCC's Historic Torque

Image: Shifting Focus Photography

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

Download both from the links below, and catch up on all the historic racing action that our brothers and sisters have been getting up to in sunny Queensland!

Download them by right-clicking the following links and selecting ‘Save-As’:

HRCC Historic Torque April 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2014 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque March 2014 [PDF]

Social Night Wednesday May 21st: Adventures at Warwick Farm

Warwick Farm

The next HSRCA social night is set for this Wednesday, May 21st and will feature drivers talking of their experiences at Warwick Farm.

As a change from one speaker on the night we will hear from Brian Foley, Don Holland, Paul Hamilton, Ross Bond, Max Brunninghausen and Peter Finlay, each telling of their exploits at the former Sydney racetrack. Lots of fabulous pictures and movie footage will grace the silver screen!

As usual, the venue is the Denistone Sports Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde with the entertainment starting at 8pm. But why not arrive earlier and have a bite and a drink with fellow club members?

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

Historic Racing at Phillip Island

Image: Jim Jones

Just as we were packing up to head to the Sydney Retro Speedfest, the latest edition of Ed Holly’s magnificent M & O newsletter went out to members. So, now that life has returned to a more normal place, it’s time to share it with you here on the club website!

This edition recaps some of the year’s earlier events; our Summer Historics at Wakefield Park, the Phillip Island Classic, the Australian Grand Prix Historic Demonstration, Australia Day and more, takes a look at upcoming events and catches up on all of the action in the world of Australian 1960s racing cars.

It’s a great read, so download it from the link below!

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

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

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

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.21