The HSRCA is one of Australia's leading car clubs catering specifically for historic racing, sports and touring cars.

Video: Regularity with Matt Hart and his 1966 Plymouth Barracuda

Regularity with Matt Hart

Get to know the ins and outs of Regularity, with long-time HSRCA competitor Matt Hart and his 1966 Plymouth Barracuda.

This short film, by Paolo Febbo and Rob Scheeren, was shot during last year’s Tasman Trophy. It follows Matt Hart competing in his magnificent 1966 Plymouth Barracuda, getting to know Matt, his car and the Regularity category along the way.

Regularity is an excellent way to get into historic motorsport. In it, your goal is to set a benchmark time, and then lap as consistently close to that time as possible. Go faster, and you’re docked points. Go slower, and you’re docked even more. The competitor with the most points at the end of the event wins.

Competitors do not compete for track position, and it’s not a race event, so it’s a safer and more relaxed form of motorsport. The cars are also not required to have a Certificate of Description, so it provides an opportunity to compete in a car which may not be eligible for historic race events. This also leads to a wonderful variety of cars on the track, from beauties like Matt’s, to recreations and more.

Enjoy the video, and head to to check out some of Matt’s magic motorsport photography.

The Tasman Trophy will return to Sydney Motorsport Park over the 19th and 20th of November, 2016. Entries are open now via the CAMS Members’ Portal, so get yours in and join us for an awesome weekend of historic racing.

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: October 2016

Historic Lakeside 2016

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

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

This month’s magazine looks forward to the upcoming 2016 Noosa Hillclimb, which will be held over the 5th to the 6th of November, the HRCC combined Christmas party and awards presentation dinner and 2017’s historic racing calendar. It tells the story of Jack Brabham’s ‘Old Nail’, recaps Historic Lakeside and much more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque October 2016 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque September 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque August [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque July 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque June 2016 [PDF]


Sydney Retro Racefest 2015 Photos, by Domenic Ciccio

Sydney Retro Racefest 2015

Domenic Ciccio recently got in touch with us to share a new set of photos from our 2015 Sydney Retro Racefest.

Domenic’s set moves between the pits & paddock and the track to capture the atmosphere of the event and its action magnificently. It’s up on the gallery page here:

2015 Sydney Retro Racefest: Domenic Ciccio

If you’d like to reminisce further about our 2015 Sydney Retro Racefest, check out our wrap-up and photo galleries from the event here.

Thanks to Domenic for sharing the shots. Head to his website here for more and to support his work.

Join Us at the 2016 HSRCA AGM on Wednesday, October 19th


The 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October the 19th, at Denistone Sports Club from 8:00 PM.

At this meeting your new committee will be elected, which means that all positions will be declared vacant. If you would like to contribute to the continued growth and direction of our Club, fill in the following notification form, have it signed and return it to the office address on the form at least 14 days prior to the meeting to allow inclusion in a nominations listing on the HSRCA website.

This is an important meeting, and apart from business is a great chance to catch up with friends and socialise.

Download the relevant documentation by right-clicking the links below and selecting ‘Save As’:

HSRCA 2016 AGM Proxy Form [DOC]

HSRCA 2016 AGM Nomination Form [DOC]

Annual General Meeting 2016

Denistone Sporting Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde

At 8.00 pm on Wednesday 19 October 2016

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting in October.

It is an important time for the Club. We have made progress in the face of a number of challenges and we are uncovering more challenges. It is particularly helpful to hear your voice on these matters and sense where the weight of support lies the directions in which the Club might move. There is evident good will and much for members to give thought to. The historic motorsport market place is undergoing change on many fronts, not just within clubs. There seems to be a new development every month even since the last newsletter!

The AGM will not be the only item for the night. David Williamson has a presentation on tyre barriers on which he would welcome support. It is, equally, an important time to get together and share thoughts. Whilst there will be opportunity to do that in formal proceedings the before and after discussions are just as important, and to encourage that participation in those discussions the meal is on the house.

Richard Cardew


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the 2015 AGM
  3. President’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Election of 2016-2017 Committee
    1. Positions declared vacant
    2. Appointment of interim chair
    3. Nominations and election
  6. Changes to Constitution – for discussion
  7. Future directions for the Club – open discussion
  8. Other business

Supporting papers for this meeting are available on request from the Club’s usual contacts from early October.

2016 Spring Historics at Wakefield Park: Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

What a glorious Spring weekend! We’re back from two lovely days of historic racing at Wakefield Park, which means it’s time to catch up and enjoy a few photographs.

The HSRCA’s third meeting of 2016 was held at Wakefield Park over the 24th & 25th of September at Goulburn’s classic Wakefield Park circuit, and it was a stunner. The Spring meeting was a relaxed affair that focused on plenty of motorsport, including a Regularity team enduro race, and championship rounds for several groups within the Club.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Goulburn denied predictions of rain and put on perfect racing weather for us all weekend long. The countryside town supplied plenty of cool fresh air for the cars to breathe and the perfect amount of sunshine to warm the track surface and everyone out and about enjoying the action.

Our Spring historic meeting kicked off on Friday with practice, before settling into a steady racing groove on Saturday leading into race day Sunday. Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers who support us, entrants’ excellent preparation and respectful driving, proceedings ran extremely smoothly and kept the track singing.

HSRCA Wakefield Park Spring Meeting 2016

The cars all looked, sounded and ran magnificently, and were driven with verve and vigor to match their period racing careers. The quality of driving throughout the field was excellent and contributed a great deal to the relaxed and respectful atmosphere of the meeting.

Both Regularity groups were very well supported, and put on fun regularity trials. This fun, safe and welcoming form of historic racing is an excellent way to get involved in motorsport, and we’re pleased to see it doing well.

Historic Touring Cars Association of NSW

On the more door-to-door end of competition were our two tin-top fields – The Group S Racing Association and Historic Touring Cars Association of NSW’s Goup N. Both put together excellent fields for rounds in their respective 2016 series, and with their championships late in the season racing was close, but respectful, and great fun to watch.

As were races in Formula Ford & Formula Vee, J, K & L Sports & Racing, Q, O & R Sports & Racing and Group M. Thanks to all of our drivers for putting in the preparation and maintenance to go racing, and for taking part in a positive, friendly and respectful way. We are very grateful for your support, and will continue to work to improve the experience of racing at our meetings.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Racing wouldn’t be much fun without mates, so the opportunity to catch up with friends and talk life, cars and everything is one we look forward to each time we take to the track.

The pits and paddock of Wakefield Park exuded a lovely relaxed atmosphere and was full of people catching up, tinkering with cars and chillin’ between races. And that’s just how it should be! Thanks for making motorsport the welcoming, social experience it should be.

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!

HSRCA Wakefield Park Spring Meeting 2016

We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the support of dedicated, talented and selfless volunteers, so, as always, we finish on our most important thanks. THANK YOU on behalf of everyone involved for devoting your time and talents to this sport and its community, and allowing us to go racing in a safe and well-supported environment.

With that, let’s get to the photos! Take a few minutes to click through the links below and enjoy the photos contributed by the talented photographers who cover our events.

2016 Wakefield Park Historic Spring: Seth Reinhardt

2016 Wakefield Park Historic Spring: Peter Schell

Our next historic race meeting will be the 2016 Tasman Trophy, to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park over the 19th & 20th of November. Entries are open now, and more details will be heading your way in the very near future!

HSRCA Wakefield Park Spring Meeting 2016


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 –

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