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Rusty Nuts Racers’ 2017 Spring Festival Report

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Rusty Nuts Racers at the Spring Festival

We were very pleased to be joined at this year’s Spring Festival by the crew of the Rusty Nuts Racers. Read on and enjoy their report on the action at the Spring Festival.

The Rusty Nuts Racers are a group of (mostly) ’50s and ’60s sports cars drivers, with a particularly strong contingent of MGs, who joined us to compete in Regularity.

We look forward to catching up with them again at the Summer Festival in November.

Rusty Nuts Racers at the Spring Festival

The Second Rusty Nuts Racers Gathering of 2017 at the HSRCA Spring Festival

September 2nd & 3rd saw the second gathering of the Rusty Nuts Racers (RNR) for 2017.

13 eager gents gathered at the HSRCA Spring Festival at Wakefield Park to compete in their regularity events, including a 30 minute enduro.

It was great to see 13 stunning MGs all gathered together to enjoy the unusually good weather for Goulburn. One MGA, Richard Rose in his Group S car, one MGCGT & 11 MGBs competed.

Clay Carter in his recently-acquired ex-Robin Swan MGB, had fuel pump issues on Saturday, however Richard from Peninsula Sports Cars brought a new pump down first thing Sunday morning and with a little huffing & puffing from Morsey & Phil Powell, had him going in no time to enjoy Sunday’s events.

The fastest cars of the field were lapping in the 1.16 & 1.17 sec. Those were Kerry Phelan, Phil Powell ,Greg Smith, MGB GT, Chris Scheffer in his amazing Mazda-powered MGB/X5 and not to mention Steve Perry in his rapid MGC GT.

Rusty Nuts Racers at the Spring Festival

Regularity was fast & furious with no incidents.

In event one on Saturday, Kerry Phelan came 1st and Greg Smith 4th on their nominated times. The second event was the 30 mins regularity ‘Enduro’ event, in which not only did you have to nominate the number of laps that you would do, but also team up with three other drivers and see how close the four of you can get to your collective laps. The RNR team of Steve Perry, Geoff Morse, Phil Powell and Greg Smith won the event after travelling the closest number of laps to their nominated laps.

In the third event on Sunday, Trevor Bly came first and Richard Rose gained 3rd position.

In the last event of the day the RNR group went out on to the track closely followed by the DUST STORM and a sprinkling of rain. Once again Christopher Belling in his HQ, gained first place closely followed by Tony Richmond and Greg Smith.

Rusty Nuts Racers at the Spring Festival

In the spirit of the RNR Geoff Morse and Phil Powell were jointly awarded the “RNR Helmut”. They were so given this award for assisting another new team member Clay Carter replace a fuel pump so that he could finally experience his newly acquired car on the track.

There is considerable interest from others to join our Rusty Nuts Racing group, as we are open to all comers that wish to enjoy our category without the aggressiveness of other groups.

Rusty Nuts Racers at the Spring Festival

It would be great to see our numbers swell to around 20 or more so that promoters could give us our own events.

11th & 12th November is our next event at the HSRCA Summer Meeting at SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARK. Let’s hope we have a big roll up of Rusty Nuts Racers.

I am organising cans of WD40 to help unseize those nuts!

Rusty Nuts – a group of likeminded people with cars that enjoy having fun with them by taking part in regularity events, supersprints, hill climbs, classic rallies and organised drives.

Rusty Nuts Racers at the Spring Festival

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