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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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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


Your Invitation to the HSRCA’s 2017 Historic Autumn Race Meeting at Wakefield Park

Historic Autumn Wakefield Park

Entries are now open for the HSRCA’s 2017 Autumn Historics at Wakefield Park, to be held this April 8th & 9th. You are most cordially invited!

Click this link to enter via the CAMS Members’ Portal.

You are most cordially invited to join us at Wakefield Park this 8th & 9th of April, 2017, for our first historic race meeting of the year.

Entry to the event is now open through CAMS Motor Event Entry, which is now accessed through the CAMS Members’ Portal. Click this handy link to enter via the CAMS homepage.

The HSRCA Autumn Historic meeting at Wakefield Park has been designed to provide a relaxed and inclusive weekend of historic motorsport shared with good friends. Our traditional historic categories are most welcome and will, as always, be the feature of this meeting.

Entry numbers permitting, the meeting will include:

  • Races and regularity trials for all of the usual 5th category historic classes featuring race, sports and touring cars from the ‘30s to the ‘80s
  • Invited classes for a super sprint and regularity trial
  • An increased members’ discount of $50

The program is being designed for a maximum of 9 grids, more likely 8, so that track time is generous.

The number of events per category will be varied to suit the preferences of category members and obtain similar track time for all grids. Contact your category manager if you have suggestions to make.

We have secured Wakefield Park for Friday the 7th of April so that we can offer private practice exclusively for HSRCA entrants. This means that we’re also able to make garages and carports allocated for the weekend available from Friday. The private practice itself will be run by Wakefield Park and payment should be made to them.

To encourage participation and the friendly, buzzing atmosphere that is such an important aspect of HSRCA events, we have been in contact with other motorsport groups across New South Wales. We are working to introduce new people to our wonderful community and for the April race meeting we plan on offering a super sprint and regularity trial for invited classes of these groups.

These groups will include cars constructed after 1987 and before 1998. Such cars will, however, need to be representative of those that raced in that period and compatible with other entrants. Consequently, the HSRCA reserves the right to accept or reject entries for these categories based on these and other risk mitigation criteria. Please contact David Ellis for guidance.

In a further effort to give back to our membership and provide a more inclusive racing community, we have also increased the members’ discount for entry to race meetings to $50. This makes the HSRCA membership a great value, especially if you plan on competing in more than one race meeting each year.

If you’re not a member and would like to become one, please see the attached documentation. The increased member discount will apply to new member applications received by the 3rd of March 2017. Applications will need to be received and processed before new applicants enter this event.

For those reluctant or unable to use CAMS Event Entry please contact the club on members@hsrca.org.au or 9988 4743 and request a traditional entry form.

We greatly appreciate your involvement in both our events and the historic racing community at large. Your support is vital to the health of the sport, and is what makes it such an exciting and rewarding pursuit. We hope that you join us once more 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 look forward to catching up with everyone this April 8th and 9th.

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

Download event documentation below:

2017 Wakefield Park Historic Autumn Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

Application for Regularity Licence [DOC]

Download a membership form in PDF format

Download a membership form in DOC format


Gallery: Putting the Motorsport Back Into Parramatta Park at CARnivale

CARnivale 2017

The HSRCA proudly represented Parramatta Park’s motorsport history at CARnivale this Australia Day, displaying a magic collection of period and circuit appropriate historic race cars.

The display would not have been possible without the support of fellow enthusiasts who put in a great deal of effort bring their old race cars along and share the day with us. The display was made up by:

  • Rob Harborow and the Maybach Mk1. An iconic Australian special with a Maybach engine brought up from Victoria by Bob especially for the day
  • Todd Hamilton and the Ralt Mk IV. A Vincent-powered single seater similar to the first Ralt special that ran at Parramatta Park
  • Ray Hangar and the Ralt RT4. One of over 180 RT4s built by the company, which together with the Ralt Vincent represented early and late model cars designed and built by Ron Tauranac
  • Ross Hodgson and the MG TC Special. This car is based on the MG Special driven by George Pearse in the 1950s
  • John Lackey and the MG Q-Type. This MG is powered by a supercharged 750cc motor and is one of a model that completed 125 miles in an hour at Brooklands in the 1930s
  • Graeme Louk and the Cooper MG. This Cooper was built by combining a Cooper chassis with the engine from the Pearse MG so that it could compete with rear-engined Coopers
  • Robert Phillips and the Cooper Mk V
  • Robbie Rowe and the Bugatti Ford Day Special. A Ford V8-engined Bugatti that was campaigned by D. A. McLachlan in the ’50s
  • Gosford Classic Museum lent the Singer 9, similar to equivalents that originally raced at Parramatta Park

Not only would we not have been able to do it without you, the day would not have been nearly as enjoyable without your company.

We enjoyed a friendly and buzzing atmosphere throughout the day, and it was heartening to see such interest in the cars and sport from those attending the Australia Day festivities in Parramatta Park. We look forward to next year’s event!

In the meantime, click through the thumbnails below and take a few minutes to enjoy a few photos of the day.


Come Along to CARnivale this Australia Day

Ron Tauranac Parramatta Park

Join us at CARnivale this Australia Day, Thursday the 26th of January, where the HSRCA will be honoured by hosting the featured display.

We will have several cars on display that ran at Parramatta Park back in the 1950s. These will include the Maybach, Q-Type MG, Cooper MG and Day Special. Two RALTs will also be on display demonstrating the early and late eras of Ron Tauranac’s contribution to motorsport.

The event will celebrate Parramatta Park’s relatively unknown motorsport history. In the early-to-mid ’50s the park hosted a two-mile grand prix circuit which saw the likes of Sir Jack Brabham, Stan Jones and Ron Tauranac race in front of huge crowds of spectators. This year’s event commemorates the 60th anniversary of the closure of the circuit.

The broader CARnivale display will feature hundreds of cars, bikes and other vehicles from all manner of motoring history and pursuit. Other attractions include Sydney’s biggest hot air balloon sky display, which kicks off the day at 6AM, the Big BBQ, the Crescent featuring entertainment for kids, a free all-ages Triple J Hottest 100 party and a fireworks display to wrap up the day at 9PM.

CARnivale kicks off officially at 9AM, but you’ll find plenty to see and do in the area before then. It will be held at Parramatta Park on the corner of Pitt St & Macquarie St, Parramatta. For more details head to the Australia Day in Parramatta website here.


Join Us this April for the HSRCA Autumn Race Meeting

Wakefield Park Autumn Historic Race Meeting

Our 2017 Autumn historic race meeting will be held over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of April 2017 at Wakefield Park. We’re looking for good mates to go racing with, and that means you!

You are cordially invited to attend our forthcoming meeting at Wakefield Park on the 8th and 9th of April for a weekend of historic motor sport in good company.

We will cater for Historic (5th category) cars up to an including Group QR and we will offer one or two grids to cars of the historic period that have been modified, and potentially some more current cars.

Categories may be combined to form grids of 20 or more cars. The program will be designed to provide an hour or more of track time and the number of races offered will reflect category preferences.

Races, Regularity trials and a Supersprint will be offered, the latter to provide an opportunity for cars that do not fit traditional Regularity criteria. In doing this we plan to provide an opportunity for a wide variety of cars, including some later model cars, to run with us and their drivers be introduced to the joys and importance of historic motor racing and its community.

We are keen to hear from people interested in the Supersprint. If you are interested, please advise David Ellis (jochda@bigpond.net.au).

We would also like to build on the successful Tasman Tour for Formula Junior cars and offer at least one race for them alone if numbers are sufficient. If it is not possible to field a grid then we will aim for the September meeting.

We will, of course, continue with the following longstanding events:

  • Championship or series rounds for our usual categories
  • Give someone else a go theme encouraged by discounted entry for the second driver
  • Commentator’s award for best driving performance in each category over the weekend

The HSRCA may hire the circuit on Friday which will mean that private practice will be for HSRCA meeting entrants only. It also means that garages and carports will be available on Friday to entrants to our meeting.

The HSRCA member entry fee discount will be increased. When using CAMS EE ensure you mark the HSRCA as your first club.

Wakefield Park has traditionally been an opportunity for a weekend away with friends who enjoy motorsport and this year we will be endeavouring to retain that character and also provide more supporting activity.

Entries are scheduled to open on 3 February 2017 and close on 24 March 2017. When entries open on February 3, please enter via CAMS event entry. If that is difficult for you, an entry form will be made available for you on the Club website.

Please contact us if you expect to arrive after hours or if you have motorised accommodation with self-contained ablution and wish to enquire about camping.

Wishing you the best for 2017,
Richard Cardew


Promoting Parramatta Park’s Motorsport History at the CARnivale Media Day

Carnivale Media Day 2017

The HSRCA will be taking a contingent of significant historic motor racing machines to CARnivale this Australia Day, the 26th of January, to share some of Parramatta Park’s motorsport history with the wider world.

The CARnivale team organised a media day for this past Tuesday, the 10th of January, to promote the event and we went along to help. Daniel Bando has kindly put together a few words and photos from the day.

Carnivale Media Day 2017

Thanks to Dan Bando

A small group assembled at Old Government House on Tuesday for the CARnivale media day. Channels 7 and 9, 2GB, Telegraph and local papers were in attendance. We were there to help promote Australia Day celebrations that will be held in Parramatta Park.

For those that don’t know (I was certainly not around at the time) Parramatta Park was also used as a race circuit. There is hope that a plaque or monument will be erected to recognise this event as well, at some point in the future.

The HSRCA is planning to have as many ex-Parramatta race cars in attendance as possible for our display at CARnivale this 26th January. We have a small number assembled, but if you have a car that raced at Parramatta (or something very similar) and would like to join our display, please contact Daniel Bando as soon as possible.

Thank you to our band of enthusiasts who helped on the day. They were:
Ron Tauranac
Daniel Bando
John Bando
Brian Caldersmith
Richard Cardew
Todd Hamilton
John Lackey
Robert Phillips


2016 Tasman Trophy: Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

2016 Tasman Trophy

After a lovely weekend celebrating the golden era of the Tasman Series with the 2016 Tasman Trophy, it’s time to hang up our gloves for the year and prepare for the holiday season. Before we do that, however, let’s wrap the event up and enjoy some photos!

The 2016 Tasman Trophy was held over the 19th and 20th of November and saw an excellent entry of historic sports and racing cars take to Sydney Motorsport Park for a spot of historic motorsport. Thank you to everyone involved for getting stuck in and putting on an action-packed and friendly weekend of racing.

2016 Tasman Trophy

We arrived at Sydney Motorsport Park on Friday the 18th to hold a private practice day for competitors. The day gave everyone a chance to get settled in, catch up and ensure their cars were nicely sorted for the weekend. Sydney put on a scorcher on Friday, so hats off to everyone who braved the inferno!

The cars were, as always, spectacular to behold and beautifully prepared. It’s a joy to see them so well cared for and in tremendous racing shape, and that care greatly contributes to a smooth weekend of racing. The work and tinkering that we see at the track, considerable that it is, is but a fraction of the preparation that goes into getting the cars there in the first place. So, thank you!

2016 Tasman Trophy

Saturday morning set the stage with final practice and qualification up until lunch, after which racing kicked off and didn’t let up until late Sunday.

Our feature category for the Tasman Trophy this year was Formula Junior, featuring a round of the Tasman Tour 2016 and the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour. The Juniors are such evocative little cars and, with full grids all weekend and some very exciting racing, were absolutely awesome to feature at the event.

We were joined at the Tasman Trophy by a large contingent of significant international cars, and many of those took part in the Formula Junior events. We would like to extend a special ‘Thank you!’ to all of our international competitors for travelling to Sydney and joining us for a weekend’s racing. It was an honour to host you, and we hope to see you back soon!

2016 Tasman Trophy

Group S was our other feature category and put on the always-spectacular relay enduro race on Sunday.

The 45-minute endurance race was a true test of driver and machine, and was a lot of fun – particularly in the pits around change-over. Well done to everyone for putting on a smooth race, for tackling the competition like it was a sprint and for holding a fun event!

2016 Tasman Trophy

The same should be said for drivers in all categories. Thank you for respecting each other and the cars of which you are custodians, for leaving racing room and providing a safe, fun and social environment in which to race. The racing was exciting and respectful all weekend and great to be a part of whether on the track or spectating.

The joys of historic racing are not limited to time in the seat of a race car. The pits and paddock are lots of fun to explore and provide a level of access that’s hard to match in motorsport. The pits and paddock had a very pleasant, social and relaxed atmosphere throughout the Tasman Trophy and that’s a credit to the good people who make up this community.

2016 Tasman Trophy

Speaking of the good people who make up this community, I will conclude with our most important thanks. A monumental amount of work goes in to preparing and running an event like the Tasman Trophy and none of it would be possible without the support of skilled, passionate and dedicated volunteers.

You allow us to hold these events, enjoy these experiences and take part in this community. THANK YOU from everyone involved for giving us these opportunities and keeping us safe, and for all that you devote to historic racing and its community.

With that, I’m sure you’ve had more than enough of words and are ready for photos! Grab a cup/pot/pint of your favourite beverage, sit back and spend a few minutes clicking through the links below to enjoy the many photos contributed by the talented photographers who cover our events.

2016 Tasman Trophy by Riccardo Benvenuti

2016 Tasman Trophy: Jeremy Braithwaite

2016 Tasman Trophy by Jeremy Dale

2016 Tasman Trophy by Bill Fonseca

2016 Tasman Trophy: Rod Mackenzie

2016 Tasman Trophy: Seth Reinhardt

2016 Tasman Trophy by Mark Richards

2016 Tasman Trophy by Geoff Russell

Tasman Trophy 2016 by Rob Scheeren

2016 Tasman Trophy by Peter Schell

2016 Tasman Trophy by Sam Snape

2016 Tasman Trophy Trophy Winners, by Peter Schell

Images thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Jeremy Braithwaite, Jeremy Dale, Bill Fonseca, Rod Mackenzie, Mark Richards, Geoff Russell, Seth Reinhardt, Rob Scheeren, Peter Schell and Sam Snape.

For more from Rod, please see his website here, Bill’s website can be found here, Geoff can be found on Instagram here and Sam can be found at www.mmmsport.com.au. Head to autofokus.com.au for more of Rob Scheeren’s work, click here for Riccardo’s website and see Jeremy’s website here for more from him, including shots of nearly all competitors. Mark’s website can be found here, and to get in touch with Jeremy, Peter or Seth, please send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

Next up, Christmas cake and a nap! Then we’re heading to Wakefield Park over the 8th and 9th of April, 2017. We can’t wait to get stuck in to a fresh year of historic racing, and look forward to seeing you there!

2016 Tasman Trophy


A Day in the Pits at the Tasman Trophy Learning How to Go Racing

How to Go Historic Racing

Nik Masters is a passionate member of the motorsport community who wants to get into historic racing and is doing his homework on how best to do so. He’s been investigating the costs, preparation and experience of racing a historic car and spent Saturday at the Tasman Trophy with Club regular Dan Bando to develop some first hand insights into the sport.

He’s kindly shared his experience with us, and its a must-read for anyone interested in the sport. Read on!

Thanks to Nik Masters

I have been a passionate motorsport follower for most of my life. As well as following categories like Formula 1, a few years ago I also got involved in officiating at SMSP to try and get more involved in the sport.

I have always loved historic race and sports cars and it was always a great pleasure to flag marshall at events hosted by the HSRCA. With such a wide variety of cars on display from many eras of the sport the bug to potentially get more involved was always itching!

Having done the odd drive day on track but not previously participating in club racing there were a lot of questions I had when considering how to get more involved in the sport. Finding examples of the cost of a car and trailer was simply enough on the internet, but I wanted to learn about the ongoing costs such as how often tyres are replaced, what suspension adjustments are made at different events, who rebuilds the engines etc etc. There were a lot of questions I wanted to answer before I could get an idea of a budget to go racing as well as what was involved at a race weekend beyond driving the car.

I contacted the HSRCA and offered a suggestion to encourage new members to the Club by asking Club drivers or owners to invite a potential member to spend some time in their garage at an event. Following the suggestion Daniel Bando kindly offered for me to spend some time with him at the November Tasman event, which I gratefully accepted.

How to Go Historic Racing

Daniel arranged for a ticket to access the event and I met him and his dad John in their garage first thing on Saturday. Both were extremely welcoming and Daniel’s Lotus 51 was a beautiful example of a loved historic racer. There were a variety of cars sharing the garage and it was great to get so close to the cars and watch the work being done by drivers and mechanics during the day.

Daniel was brilliant in enthusiastically answering all my questions and also took me along to the drivers briefing to get an idea of the process. He was happy to share information about his car and how he got into motorsport by initially sharing the cost of a car with a friend – a great idea to reduce the costs when starting out. John and Daniel also asked me to join them on the dummy grid which again showed another aspect of a race weekend I hadn’t previously been involved in.

How to Go Historic Racing

One thing I really noticed was that there seemed to be a great camaraderie between competitors. As well as banter between drivers everyone also seemed happy to chat with spectators about their cars and the event. The feeling in the pits was very open and friendly – certainly a world away from the closed shop of a Formula 1 pit – unless you pay big money for a Paddock Pass!

For anyone interested in getting involved in historic motorsport or just those with a passion for racing cars, spending a day in the pits was a great way to learn about what goes on at a race weekend and get to see the cars up close. I am certainly more interested than ever in getting started in historic motorsport.

My sincere thanks to Daniel and John Bando for their hospitality during the day – it was a privilege to be able to share their infectious enthusiasm for racing.

To catch up on the action at the 2016 Tasman Trophy, check out our wrap-up and photo galleries right here.


Take Yourself to the 2016 Tasman Trophy

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

This weekend sees the HSRCA return to Sydney Motorsport Park to farewell the 2016 historic racing season with one of our biggest events of the year – the Tasman Trophy. Join us over the 19th & 20th of November for a packed weekend of historic racing shared with good friends in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The event will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park over the 19th & 20th of November, 2016. Spectator passes will be available at the gates on both days and parking will be available on site through Gate A.

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

Adult tickets are $25.00 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday and $50 for a two-day pass. Concession passes are $20.00 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday and $40 for a two-day pass. Entry for kids under 12 is free.

Spectator passes include access to the grandstands, viewing areas and the pits and paddock. Spectator access to the cars and stars in historic motorsport is unparalleled, so please do take advantage of the sport’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere to get up close and personal with the cars and meet their custodians and drivers.

Formula Juniors Tasman Trophy

Formula Junior will be the feature category at the Tasman Trophy and welcome a large contingent of international cars competing in the Tasman Tour 2016 including the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour.

Featuring full grids of these evocative race cars, these races are sure to be exciting and capture the feeling of the Tasman period beautifully.

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

The Group S Relay Enduro race will be another highlight over the weekend, and has traditionally been great fun – especially around change-over. With the packed Group S entry to feature everything from the Porsche 356 Pre-A of Ron Goodman to fleets of MG Midgets and Porsche 911s and the American muscle of Terry Lawlor’s Shelby GT350, this weekend’s racing is sure to offer plenty of action.

Strong entries throughout the field should make for a great weekend of late-spring historic motorsport. To get an idea of who’s going to be racing what and when, grab the provisional entry list and programme of events here:

2016 Tasman Trophy Entrant List [PDF]

2016 Tasman Trophy Programme of Practice & Events [PDF]

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

Sydney Motorsport Park is located on Ferrers Road, Eastern Creek NSW 2766. Hit this link to the circuit’s official website for information on how to get there, and this one for information on parking at the track.

Come along to the Tasman Trophy this weekend, the 19th & 20th of November, 2016, to enjoy a celebration of historic racing, the Tasman period and the women and men who make it all tick. We’ll see you there!


It’s The Pits – JKL Newsletter November 2016

JKL Its the Pits November

Mal Reid’s November 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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Fabulous International Formula Junior Field to Feature at 2016 Tasman Trophy

Formula Junior Stanguellini

The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales will present the 2016 Tasman Trophy at Sydney Motorsport Park this 19th and 20th of November, joined by a magnificent collection of historic Formula Juniors.

This year’s event will build upon the Tasman format, celebrating that golden era of motorsport and the marvellous machines that powered it, pre-dated it and evolved from the lessons it taught.

In 2016 we’re very pleased to welcome a large contingent of significant international cars to the Tasman Trophy. Sydney Motorsport Park is one of Australia’s classic circuits, making its name hosting the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and Australian Touring Car Championship in the early ‘90s. We’re looking forward to sharing both it and beautiful late-Spring Sydney with drivers from around the world.

We’ll be celebrating the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee during the Tasman Trophy this year and are proud to host a round of The Tasman Tour 2016, including the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour.

The response of Formula Junior drivers has been brilliant and at this stage our Formula Junior grid is close to max capacity at just shy of 40 drivers. Highlights are plentiful throughout the field.

From across the Tasman comes the ex-Chris Atkinson Lotus 20/22 FJ 1961 of Phil Foulkes. John Rapley, ex-power boat racer, joins him and will be racing a Brabham BT2 that he bought and rebuilt back in 1987. The car was driven by Frančević, John Weston and Graeme McRae in its day, and Rapley believes it to be the prototype for the BT6 that he also rebuilt and maintains.

Looking further afield J. R. Mitchell has entered, shipping them all the way from the ‘States’,  a gorgeous Lotus 18 along with a second ’59 18 to be driven by Nick Grewal.  Doug Elcomb comes from even further north, bringing a Dreossi Special 1961 from Canada.

Duncan Rabagliati has shipped the Alexis HF1, HF101, named for Bill Harris and Alex Francis from the United Kingdom. Rabagliati’s raced the car for two decades after it originally raced at Oulton Park in period, before spending some time in the US and returning to the UK.

From Australia, Mike Rowe will pilot the Roger Ealand-restored and raced Koala FJ 1963, a particularly lovely and special Australian car. Another Antipodean car sure to catch your eye is the beautiful ‘59 Stanguellini Formula Junior of Norm Falkiner. Norm has developed a great history with the car since bringing it into Australia, and will be bringing it up from Melbourne for the event.

These join a spectacular entry of historic sports and racing cars representing six decades of motorsport history.

With a packed weekend of exciting races planned and the HSRCA’s traditionally friendly and relaxed pits and paddock to explore, the 2016 Tasman Trophy is set to be another great entry in Australia’s motorsport calendar. Be there this November 19th and 20th.

For more information stay tuned to www.hsrca.com and facebook.com/hsrca.


Historic Sandown’s Major Milestone

Historic Sandown 2016

Historic Sandown is coming up over the 4th to the 6th of November, 2016, and is looking to be an awesome weekend of historic racing. Read on below for the news thanks to the VHRR’s Brian Reed.

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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 theescaperoad.com 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.


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

HSRCA AGM

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
President

Agenda

  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

 


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


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.


Video: Open-Wheel Highlights from Sydney Retro Racefest

Sydney Retro Racefest 2016 Coverage

Settle in for 25 minutes of historic open-wheeler action with this excellent coverage of Sydney Retro Racefest from our coverage partners Blend Line TV.

The video features the trophy races and some behind-the-scenes highlights from Formula Ford, Groups M & O Racing & Sports, Formula Vee, Q & R Racing & Sports and Formula 5000 on Sydney Retro Racefest’s raceday Sunday. It’s packed with great racing highlighted by the erudite and exciting commentary of Daniel Beckinsale and John Young.

This episode was originally broadcast on Aurora on Monday, the 4th of July at 8:30PM and will run again on Tuesday the 5th of July at 3PM and then Friday the 8th of July at 8PM.

Heritage Touring Cars, Group S and Group N races will be broadcast next week at the same times, and the telecast will be made available on YouTube at the same time. Tune in to Aurora at 8:30PM on Monday the 11th of July, 3PM on Tuesday the 12th of July and 8PM on Friday the 15th of July and keep an eye right here as we’ll be bringing you the coverage as soon as it’s available.


Race to your TVs for the Retro Racefest Recap

Sydney Retro Racefest 2016

Sydney Retro Racefest is heading to your TVs, YouTube and Facebook starting from this evening, Monday the 4th of July.

Coverage of the open wheel categories of Sydney Retro Racefest will air tonight, Monday the 4th of July, on Aurora at 8:30PM. For Foxtel subscribers, Aurora can be found on channel 183.

Once the broadcast airs the telecast will be available for viewing on YouTube thanks to our coverage partners Blend Line TV. We will update this page with the video once it is available.

The broadcast will be repeated on Aurora on Tuesday the 5th of July at 3PM and then Friday the 8th of July at 8PM.

Heritage Touring Cars, Group S and Group N races will be broadcast next week at the same times, and the telecast will be made available on YouTube at the same time. Tune in to Aurora at 8:30PM on Monday the 11th of July, 3PM on Tuesday the 12th of July and 8PM on Friday the 15th of July.

In the meantime, head to Blend Line TV’s Facebook page here for some great footage to keep you entertained until the broadcast.

 


Join Us for the July 20th Social Night with Joel Wakely

Legends of the 48-215

‘Legends of the 48-215’ by Joel Wakely

Joel Wakely, author of ‘Legends of the 48-215’ will join us at our July 20th Social Night to tell more of the story.

Our next social evening will be held on Wednesday the 20th of July at Denistone Sports Club, and feature Joel Wakely presenting his book and tales from the era.

You’ve read the book review in the latest Oily Rag, page 58, now come and hear Joel tell more of the story and pick up a copy of your own. ‘Legends of the 48-215’ is a great read that’s centered around the story of preparing a 48-215 Holden for Spencer Martin and Barry Seton to race in the 1963 to 1965 period.

Hear about time spent with Lorenzo Bandini and the Cooper Maserati at the Boomeraing Service Station in Strathfield and a whole lot more on July 20th at Denistone Sports Club from 7:30PM. Come along a little early for a meal, a drink and a catch-up.

Denistone Sports Club is located at 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde.