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2017 Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park: Wrap-Up, Video and Photo Galleries

2017 Autumn Festival Historic Motorsport

After two fun days of historic motorsport at Wakefield Park, our first historic meeting of 2017 is in the books, so it’s time to catch up on the action and share a few photographs and videos from the weekend.

The HSRCA’s first historic race meeting of 2017 was held in Goulburn’s lovely countryside at the classic Wakefield Park circuit over the 8th & 9th of April. It was a relaxed and friendly return to the track, supported by, mostly, magic autumn weather and it saw several groups contest championship rounds, along with the introduction of a new supersprint category.

Conditions on Friday and Saturday were perfect for motorsport. The sun was out and temperatures were mild, making for great racing and a pleasant time tinkering and chatting in the pits and paddock. Sunday threatened rain when we arrived at the circuit, which sadly saw some competitors departing early, and did give Group N an exciting mid-race downpour, but the clouds parted at lunch and produced a spectacular autumn afternoon.

Event proceedings kicked off on Friday, which saw competitors getting into the groove and preparing their vehicles for the weekend’s racing. It was a good opportunity to get settled in, catch up with mates and give the cars a run after the summer break. Qualifying was held on Saturday morning and from there we popped it into top gear for the races.

2017 Autumn Festival Historic Motorsport

Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers who support us and entrants’ great preparation and tidy steering, the programme ran smoothly throughout the weekend. This contributed a great deal to the event’s friendly, relaxed and respectful atmosphere, which is something that we value a great deal and will continue to nurture. As always, the cars were beautifully-prepared and looked and sounded magic out on the track.

Our eight fields included Formula Vee, Groups K, L, M & Formula Junior, Groups O, Q & R, Regularity, Group S, Group N, Formula Ford and the new Supersprint event. Formula Vee, Group S, Group N and Regularity put together particularly full and exciting fields and the Vees stuck it out right to the bitter end to produce a particularly impressive 100% participation through Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed the races throughout the weekend, and were pleased to see exciting and respectful dices contested throughout all of the race events as well as consistent performances in regularity and some good times produced in the supersprint events.

2017 Autumn Festival Historic Motorsport

These old machines bring us a lot of joy, but they also bring it to others. Spectators were quick to praise the cars, people and racing and to comment on their reminiscence of the sport’s golden age.

Thank you to all of our drivers and their support crews! Competing in a race weekend is no small undertaking, and we greatly appreciate the effort you invest in preparing, running and racing your historic sports and race cars at our events. We will continue to work to improve the experience leading up to race weekend, as well as the weekend itself and our follow-up efforts, and we appreciate your support and feedback.

2017 Autumn Festival Historic Motorsport

The wonderful community that makes up our Club is one of the strongest draws to our events, and you have once again created a warm and relaxed atmosphere that made the weekend a pleasure. The pits and paddock were, as always, fun to explore – even if it takes an unexpectedly long time to get anywhere once you factor in all of the opportunities to stop and chat along the way. Thank you for making historic motorsport such a welcoming and social experience!

If you’re new to historic motorsport and join the HSRCA, or any of our sister clubs around the country, at a historic meeting, make sure to take the time to wander the pits and paddock, check out the cars and chat with their custodians and drivers. We’re a friendly bunch who love to chat – especially when cars are involved!

2017 Autumn Festival Historic Motorsport

Most importantly, we, and everyone involved in the Club and all of its events, would like to extend our most gracious thanks to the many volunteers who support us. You devote your time and talents to motorsport and its community, and it is your hard work and dedication that allows us to enjoy these experiences. THANK YOU!

That’s enough (far too many) words for one day – on to the photos! Put on the kettle and take a few minutes to click through the following links and enjoy the photos and video contributed to the many talented photographers, videographers and editors who cover our events.

Blend Line TV kindly filmed races on Sunday, and are currently uploading them to their YouTube channel. Scroll down to catch a few races, and make sure to check out their channel for more.

Images thanks to Mike Fisher, David Jenkins, Wayne Jones, Glenn Keating, Steve Koen, Rod Mackenzie, Brad McDonald, Seth Reinhardt and Geoff Russell. If you’d like to see more from them, or to organise digital copies or prints, please head to their official websites. We greatly appreciate you supporting their work.

Please head to Wayne’s Sportz Fotos website for more from him and to Ten Tenths for more from Glenn. David’s work can be found on Facebook here and Geoff can be found on Instagram here.

See Brad’s work on totalexposure.com.au here for more shots from him. Rod can be found at the Rod Mackenzie Collection and for more from David, Mike, Steve or Seth, send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

2017 Autumn Festival by Mike Fisher

2017 Autumn Festival by David Jenkins

2017 Autumn Festival by Wayne Jones

2017 Autumn Festival by Glenn Keating

2017 Autumn Festival by Steve Koen

2017 Autumn Festival by Rod Mackenzie

2017 Autumn Festival by Brad McDonald

2017 Autumn Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2017 Autumn Festival by Geoff Russell

Our next historic race meeting will see us returning to Wakefield Park for the 2017 Spring Festival, to be held over the 2nd and 3rd of September, 2017. Entries will open shortly, and we will be in touch in the very near future. Stay tuned to www.hsrca.com for more!

2017 Autumn Festival Historic Motorsport

2017 Autumn Festival Programme, Entry List & Further Regulations Now Available

2017 Autumn Festival Documentation Now Available

Further regulations, programme of events, provisional entry list, garage allocation and paddock layout documents are now available to download ahead of this weekend’s 2017 Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park.

After a brief summer break, this weekend will see us return to Wakefield Park for our first historic meeting of 2017 – the April 8-9 Autumn Festival.

Thank you to all for your support! We look forward to the opportunity to catch up with everyone next weekend, and wish you all the best for a great weekend’s motorsport. 

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CAMS Update: Government-Led Proposal to Phase Out Lead in Racing Fuels by July 2019

Phase Out of Lead in Racing Fuels

The Australian Government has proposed the phasing out of lead in racing fuels and the use of avgas for racing, to take place over a two-year period beginning the 1st of July 2017.

The proposal is based on findings from a 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council report, as well as advice from the Fuel Standards Consultative Committee and consultation with race fuel suppliers and associations.

Please take a moment to read CAMS’ bulletin, which includes CAMS’ efforts to manage this transition and its effect on historic motor racing, below to keep up to date with this important initiative.

Phase out of Leaded Fuel

The Australian Government has been reviewing the use of lead in racing fuels in Australia, given increasing concerns about the impact of lead on both the environment and on public health and safety.

In response to a 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council report on the effects of lead on human health and advice from the Fuel Standards Consultative Committee, the Ministry for the Environment subsequently consulted with racing fuel suppliers and racing associations on a phase-out timeframe for lead in racing fuels and how industry might need to adjust its practices.

As such the Government proposes to phase out lead in racing fuels and the use of aviation gasoline (avgas) for racing, over a two-year period from 1 July 2017, with a proposed prohibition on lead from 1 July 2019.

Given the impact this phase out will have on Historic Motor Sport, CAMS is currently developing a strategy to manage the phase out and the development of changes to ensure that affected vehicles can be modified to ensure they can continue to be used in the sport. Further to this, CAMS is seeking dispensation to allow the use of a leaded fuel to make sure that some of our most popular and renowned events can be participated in by a unique range of vehicles from both Australia and abroad.

CAMS will be issuing an update in due course with further details on how it plans to facilitate a steady transition for Historic Racing in Australia during this phase out period.

All current holders of section 13 racing fuel approvals (leaded and unleaded) have been granted an extension until 30 June 2017. This extension will not require an application, and is at no cost to the supplier. Before the extension ends, information will be provided to racing fuel suppliers and racing associations on the outcome of the Ministry for the Environments’ consideration of the use of lead in racing fuel.

List of approvals for holders of Section 13 racing fuels available HERE [PDF]

For further information please direct all queries to historics@cams.com.au

Readying to Race at the HSRCA’s Autumn Festival

Wakefield Park Autumn Festival

Our first race meeting of 2017 is coming up this April 8th & 9th, and we’re nearly ready to race.

The meeting will be held at Wakefield Park and takes place at the start of school holidays, so it’s a good idea to book accommodation early. If you have a vehicle with self-contained ablution that you use for accommodation and would like to stay at the circuit, contact Wakefield Park.

Championship Rounds

The meeting will host rounds of the annual point score for Groups N, S and Formulas Ford, Junior and Vee.

Probable Grids

Entrants will be grouped in much the same way as last September. A super sprint will be available for late model cars that do not fit 5th category groups, as well as Group U. We will schedule 5 or 6 events for this category of shorter duration than other events so that overall track time is equal.

Adding to the Action

For this meeting we have organised activities to entertain children, including a jumping castle and face painting, so let your friends know. A good deal of local publicity is being arranged so we expect a healthy spectator turnout.

On the Saturday, an open day will be held at the Mercure Motel where we will have a selection of cars on display and will be inviting people to head down the road and watch such cars in action. There will be pre- and post-event media announcements and live broadcasting on the day.

We will be holding the usual BBQ for officials, to which all are invited. This will take place on Saturday late afternoon and continue on through the early evening.

Extra Facilities

The HSRCA will have a marquee and some tables and chairs for those wishing to relax. The media centre will be available as a quiet space for folks.

Garages and Carports

The circuit will be ours on Friday and garages and carports will be accessible from early morning. Scrutineering will take place at the usual time.

We will post the allocation on the web soon and provide updates. We will do our best to meet all requests.

Gate Entry and Passes

As we did last year, entry to the circuit on Saturday will be free before 8am (the drivers briefing) and people can collect documents and passes after they arrive.

Entry documents will also be available via the website. If you wish to have passes set aside for collection at the gate after 8am on Saturday morning, please let us know so that we can assist with arrangements.  This process avoids congestion for arrival on Saturday morning and saves anxiety and cost about the post.

New Noise Meter

An important reminder is that Wakefield Park now has a very sensitive noise meter that identifies the car that trips it by photo, emailing circuit management immediately. They are obliged to be rigorous so take some means of dealing with it if in doubt.

Fuel

Goulburn airport has been advised of our meeting and Avgas can be purchased there. Other fuel can be supplied by Wakefield Park. There is a 40 litre limit to storage in garages and car ports also, again an external requirement.

Fun

We are there for enjoyment. The last two meetings have been relatively free of incidents and have finished each day ahead of schedule. That encourages us to build in a little more track time. Thank you for being considerate to each other, it helps make for a happy time.

Spectators

The effort to attract more spectators may result in more children on site and it will be important to ensure that they are safe. Appropriate procedures are in preparation, particularly to manage spectator movement as cars leave the circuit and within the paddock. Please take care.

Support and Sponsorship

The Goulburn Information Centre are helping us with promotion. We will display two cars at the Mercure Motel Open Day on 8 April, a Valiant Charger that actually ran at Bathurst and Garry Hancock’s Brabham BT23. Gosford Classic Car Museum is providing the Charger. Wakefield Park Raceway people are very supportive of our intentions and particularly helpful.

Enquiries

For on track matters contact Mark Stockwell.

Support facilities contact Richard Cardew or André Breit.

All other enquiries to Wes Dayton who will pass them on to the appropriate person.

CAMS is Looking for Historic Eligibility Officers

CAMS Historic Eligibility Officers

The CAMS Historic Motor Sport Commission is looking for expressions of interest for Historic Eligibility Officers. This is a great opportunity for those with the right knowledge to take on an interesting role in supporting the historic motorsport community.

If you’re interested, read on for the word from CAMS.

Call out for Historic Eligibility Officers

Think your retro-tech knowledge is up with the best? CAMS Historic Motor Sport Commission is seeking Expressions of Interest from enthusiasts who would like to use their knowledge and expertise to assist the Commission in the area of historic vehicle eligibility.

This can involve the inspection of historic vehicles as the initial step in the process that can lead to the granting of CAMS Certificates of Description, FIA Historic Technical Passports and CAMS Historic logbooks and the checking of vehicles at race meetings to ensure that they continue to comply with their documentation.

Whilst applicants with knowledge of all historic vehicle groups are welcome, the Commission is particularly interested to hear from those with expertise in Group C and A Historic Touring cars, all Groups of Racing and Sports racing cars -particularly the earlier groups for cars built prior to 1960 – and all Groups of Historic Formula Ford.   This is a voluntary system, but expense reimbursement is available to cover travel and other associated costs. 

Interested applicants should contact trent.price@cams.com.au at CAMS Head Office with a brief resume of their background, For further information, contact Commission Chair Bob Cracknell 0418 249 059 or Deputy Chair Col Haste on 0408 865 629.

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: March 2017

March Historic Torque

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The March 2017 edition has just been sent out, and is available for download here.

March looks forward to the HRCC’s Autumn Historic Warwick, coming up over the 6th to the 7th of May, catches up on the HRCC’s 2017 training course for new competitors, looks at the resurgence in the Historic Sports Sedan category and more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque December 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque November 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2016 [PDF]

Join Us for the 29th March Social Meeting Featuring Dave Mawer

Dave Mawer

The first HSRCA social evening of 2017 will be held on the 29th of March at the Denistone Sports Club and feature the brilliant motorsport engineer Dave Mawer.

Dave will regale us with many ‘war’ stories from his considerable involvement in motorsport both at the track and in the workshop.

From his early days an an apprentice tool-maker with Hoover, Dave moved through the motorsport ranks. He assisted a veritable who’s who of racing and built many successful race cars along the way.

His efforts were recognised by CAMS in 2015 with the Phil Irving Award for an outstanding contribution to engineering excellence in motorsport at an Australian and international level. Previous winners of the award include HSRCA patron Ron Tauranac, as well as Ron Harrop, Ivan Tighe, Peter Holinger and more. Heady company indeed.

It’s going to be an entertaining evening at the usual venue, Denistone Sports Club at 59 Chatham Road Wester Ryde. The evening will kick off at 7:30PM, but why not arrive earlier for a drink and a bite from the bistro?

Garry Simkin

Vale: Bill Pitt

Bill Pitt

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of Bill Pitt, a great Australian driver and a successful racer in the ’50s and ’60s. Bill passed away on February 23 at the age of 90.

Les Hughes of the Jaguar Magazine put together a lovely piece remembering Bill and has kindly allowed us to reprint it here. Please read on.

By, and thanks to, Les Hughes – Jaguar Magazine

Vale: Bill Pitt

It’s with a very heavy heart that we pass on the news that one of Jaguar’s greatest racers and devotees, Bill Pitt, died on February 23 at the grand age of 90 years.

Bill was co-winner of the first 24 Hours race held in Australia (1954) driving one of the first XK120 FHCs built, defeating Peter Whitehead and Tony Gaze in an ex-works C-Type.

He co-purchased new D-Type XKD526, raced it with great success, and even flipped it onto its back at Albert Park in its second outing. He was incredibly fortunate to survive that – and without any injury.

In 1957 he co-drive the Queensland Jaguar distributor’s MkVIII auto saloon in the Mobilgas Around Australia Trial – coming home the first non-VW car and in 7th placing outright. They also claimed a host of other awards for what he said was his finest competition event.

In 1959 he co-owned and drove one of the potent and rare works prepared 3.4 Litre (Mk1) cars to finish second in the first Australian Touring Car Championship in 1960 (behind another works ‘Mk1’).

In 1961 he captured the second Australian Touring Car Championship in the ‘Mk1’ beating Bob Jane and a host of other Jaguar entrants.

Bill was the Service Manager for Westco Motors, the Queensland and Northern Territory Jaguar distributors, and carried out a host of other vital roles in the business before going into his own non-motoring enterprise.

Last year we were delighted to take Bill, the Patron of the Jaguar Drivers Club of Queensland, to meet David Bowden who showed him around his incredible collection of historic racing cars.

That includes the first works-built ‘Mk1’ in Australia, the ex-David McKay ‘Grey Pussy’ – when Bill sat in a ‘Mk1’ racing Jaguar for the final time.

He lost his delightful wife Cherry some years ago, but was strongly supported by his daughter and two sons to whom we pass on our deepest sympathies on their loss of a talented but too modest man who loved Jaguars to his core.

RIP, Bill Pitt. It was an honour to know you.

www.jaguarmagazine.com

HSRCA Looking for an Operational Health & Safety Officer

HSRCA Operational Health & Safety Officer

Due to the retirement of long-time OH&S officer Mark Alchin, the HSRCA is currently looking for an Operational Health & Safety Officer. If you believe you can fulfill the role and are interested in taking it on, please contact André Breit on 0435 020 111 or via email at vicepresident@hsrca.com.

Mark Alchin, HSRCA Operational Health & Safety Officer Officer for many years, has retired from the role due to overwhelming personal commitments. We would like to pay our immense gratitude to Mark, who has been instrumental in taking the Club to compliance and championing the health and safety of all those involved in our events. Mark, thank you for all that you have contributed to the Club and the sport.

The Club is now looking for an Operational Health & Safety Officer to replace Mark. Amongst other things, the role will include attending race meetings to ensure that the HSRCA remains compliant with OH&S regulations.

Interested members please contact André Breit on 0435 020 111 or via email at vicepresident@hsrca.com.

Michael Henderson & Bryan Miller Honoured at CAMS National Dinner

CAMS Award Dinner

Image by George Hitchens, via CAMS

Michael Henderson and Bryan Miller have been honoured at the CAMS Motor Sport Awards ‘Champions and Rivals Gala’ for their exceptional contributions to Australian motorsport.

CAMS’ annual awards dinner was held on Saturday the 18th of February, 2017, at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, recognising exceptional efforts and dedication within the Australian motorsport community.

Dr. Michael Henderson was awarded CAMS’ highest honour, the Award of Merit, for his contributions to motorsport safety. In 2004 he was awarded a CAMS Life Membership. Bryan Miller received the CAMS Service Medal for his years of service.

Congratulations Michael and Bryan, and thank you for your contribution to our sport! We would also like to send our immense thanks to all of the men and women who dedicate their talents and time to the motorsport community. You are, without question, the lifeblood of the sport, and we are immeasurably grateful for all that you do.

During the evening, Bill Buckle was awarded the Phil Irving Award in recognition of his 60-year career of engineering excellent, Mark Webber was awarded the Peter Brock Medal for his tremendous career in international motorsport and Dr. Brent May received an FIA award for the Best Doctor of the Season.

For further details, head to CAMS’ website here.

Image by George Hitchens, via CAMS