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April 2018 Edition of Historic Torque Available for Download

April 2018 Historic Torque

Image: Kevin Gray, Ian Young and Max Pearson at Autumn Historic Warwick 2017, thanks to Ian Welsh of Shifting Focus Motorsport Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. They’ve just put out the April edition of the newsletter, and it’s available for download below.

The April edition looks forward to the HRCC’s upcoming Autumn Historic Warwick race meeting as well as July’s Historic Queensland and the Noosa Hillclimb in June. It also features ‘Hallelujah.. the AMX Did Not Break!’ a story by John Carson, news, classifieds and much more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque April 2018 [PDF]

Catch up on previous editions of Historic Torque with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque March 2018  [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2018 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2018 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque December 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque November 2017 [PDF]


2018 Autumn Festival Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

2018 Autumn Festival

We’re freshly returned from a perfect Autumn weekend at Wakefield Park, where we kicked off 2018’s historic motor racing with the Autumn Festival. Now that we’ve had a few days to adjust to the return to the working week, it’s time to take a look back at the action and share a few photos from the weekend.

The HSRCA’s first historic race meeting of 2018 was held in picturesque Goulburn, which did its level best to put on a near-perfect weekend for motorsport over the 7th & 8th of April. The weather was clear and warm and while the mercury may have crept up a little too high to squeeze absolutely every tenth out of the cars and circuit, it was kind on drivers and pleasant in the pits and paddock.

2018 Autumn Festival

The wonderful weather and quality camaraderie between entrants, officials, friends and spectators made for a lovely atmosphere and contributed to a relaxed and social weekend. We work hard to provide plenty of quality track time, but it’s equally important that time outside of the car is just as enjoyable, so we’re very thankful to be supported by such a warm and welcoming community.

While we advertise HSRCA meetings as two-day affairs, the option of private practice on Friday allows people to extend the meeting and spend some time getting cars, and drivers, nicely sorted – especially after the summer break. Proceedings thusly kicked off on Friday morning with private practice kindly supported by Wakefield Park.

2018 Autumn Festival

We kicked into top gear on Saturday, opening with qualifying and then heading into the full race, regularity and super sprint format on Saturday afternoon and throughout Sunday. Outside of a delay on Sunday morning, the program ran very smoothly throughout the weekend.

The race, regularity and super sprint events were a lot of fun and provided plenty of spectator appeal, with some great passing and dicing throughout the fields. It was fun to see the order mixed up in several events, with drivers putting in special runs to claim a win or a personal best.

Alex D’Onofrio, pictured above, put on a giant-killing display in Group N to outrun many of the larger-engined cars and we thoroughly enjoyed the awe-inspiring sight of Daniel Nolan in the ’75 Nola Chev and Paul Hamilton in the ’68 Elfin 600 on track together – both running well under the old lap record.

2018 Autumn Festival

We’d like to send a big ‘THANK YOU!’ to drivers and entrants for their respectful driving and exemplary preparation of the cars as well as organisers and officials, who keep everything ticking along nicely. We enjoyed excellent participation from interstate competitors at the Autumn Festival, so a huge thanks to all of you for making that effort as well!

2018 Autumn Festival

The Autumn Festival was headlined by two significant anniversaries – the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior and a commemoration of the life and career of Jim Clark on the 50th anniversary of his untimely passing on the 7th of April, 1968.

The Formula Junior Jim Clark tribute race was held on Saturday afternoon and we were happy to see it well-supported. It featured an excellent dice for the win, with Danny Ciarma from Victoria displacing Queensland’s Donald Thallon for the victory. Kim Shearn put in a very spirited drive to take third place in the Lotus 18 Formula Junior.

2018 Autumn Festival

We were also thrilled to be joined by some truly lovely Lotuses in race, regularity, super sprint and on display in the paddock in support of Jim Clark’s Lotus history. Thanks to everyone who contributed to those significant historical milestones, and a special thanks to Club Lotus Australia for their support.

Speaking of displays, we were able to put together a magic Jim Clark display in the sign-on facility, so a huge thanks to everyone who helped to create that – we hope you made time to check it out.

2018 Autumn Festival

We were also happy to welcome new friends in the form of the BMW E30 Racing series at the Autumn Festival. The BMW E30 Racing series joined with Group N for the weekend, and put on an awesome show, fitting in perfectly with the spirit and aesthetic of the meeting and contributing to some great dices throughout the weekend. It was great sharing a weekend with you, and we look forward to many more in the future!

This was, as always, true for all of the Fifth Category competitors and support teams who joined us for the meeting. A big thank you to everyone in BMW E30, Formula Ford, Formula Junior, Formula Vee, Groups J, K, L and Invite M, Group N, Group O, Q and R, Group S, Regularity and Super Sprint. A huge amount of effort goes in to preparing for, and running at, a historic race meeting, and we greatly appreciate your support.

2018 Autumn Festival

As always, our biggest and most deserved thanks goes out to the many volunteers who support the club, its members and its events. Without you and the time, passion, dedication and skill you devote to the sport, none of this could happen. THANK YOU!

With that, it’s time to zip it and head to the photos. Put on the kettle and settle in to spend a few minutes clicking through the following links and enjoying the photos contributed by the many talented people who document our events.

Images thanks to Anne Bromley, Andrew Green, David Jenkins, Wayne Jones, Taylor, Pember, Seth Reinhardt, Stuart Row, Peter Schell, Dallas Thomas and Gino Valdes.

Anne and Dallas’ work can be found on their website atstudioeleven.com.au and Wayne’s images can be found on his website here. Stuart Row’s website is www.transchroma.com.

Follow David’s work on Facebook hereAndrew’s on Facebook here and Taylor’s Taylor.Made Photography Facebook page here.. To contact Gino, Peter or Seth, send Seth an email via seth@hsrca.com.

2018 Autumn Festival by Anne Bromley

2018 Autumn Festival by Andrew Green

2018 Autumn Festival by David Jenkins

2018 Autumn Festival by Wayne Jones

2018 Autumn Festival by Taylor Pember

2018 Autumn Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2018 Autumn Festival by Stuart Row

2018 Autumn Festival by Peter Schell

2018 Autumn Festival by Dallas Thomas

2018 Autumn Festival by Gino Valdes

Our next historic race meeting will be the Spring Festival, which will be held at Wakefield Park over the 22nd & 23rd of September, 2018. Entries will open in the coming weeks, and we will be in touch with an invitation shortly! Stay tuned to www.hsrca.com for more.

2018 Autumn Festival


An Opportunity to Help Scott Blake Save Rochelle

Save Rochelle

Scott Blake, secretary of Historic Formula Ford Australia, needs some help to save his 1984 Reynard Formula Ford, which was seriously damaged in an incident that saw him a passenger when he was hit from behind in qualifying at Bathurst last weekend.

He needs help to fund repairs of the car, and has set up a GoFundMe page in the hope of doing so in time for the 50th anniversary of Formula Ford in Australia in 2019. Scott plans to undertake the work himself to minimise costs and is looking for assistance to fund the parts required to repair the extensive damage to the car. You can view, and contribute to, the campaign here:

https://www.gofundme.com/save-rochelle

Read on to view the footage, and for Scott’s story, which recounts a little of the Reynard’s history as well as Scott’s as a racer, and the incident on the weekend.

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Autumn Festival Provisional Entry List, Program, Garage Allocation & Further Regulations

Autumn Festival 2018 Documents

The provisional entry list, provisional program, garage allocation, further regulations and paddock layout are now available for download ahead of this weekend’s Autumn Festival.

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HSRCA Autumn Festival Set for a Magic Weekend of Historic Racing April 7-8

Autumn Festival 2018

The HSRCA’s 2018 Autumn Festival will keep Wakefield Park busy over the weekend of the 7th & 8th of April, presenting a packed schedule of historic motorsport to recapture the atmosphere and excitement of the golden age of motor racing.

The event will see a wonderful field of historic cars, including sports, racing and touring cars from the ’30s all the way through to the ’90s, driven with verve and vigour around the classic countryside circuit.

The Autumn Festival will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior, commemorate the life of Jim Clark, welcome the BMW 30 Racing group to an HSRCA event for the first time and much, much more.

Competing cars will include classic touring and sports cars from Australia and around the world, magnificent rear-engined race cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s, big-engined ‘wings ‘n slicks’ cars of that same era and one-off specials that show off the ingenuity and inventiveness of classic motorsport. The event will also include a super sprint category, which will give more modern cars, up to the late ‘90s, an opportunity to hit the track.

The motorsport will fire up on Saturday morning with qualifying and carry on throughout the weekend with races starting after lunch on Saturday and continuing on through to Sunday afternoon. Wakefield Park is an awesome circuit for spectators, with its open layout providing views around the full circuit and different vantage points allowing you to get right up close to the action.

When you’ve had your fill of on-track action, take some time to explore the pits and paddock. The historic motorsport community is one of the most welcoming and friendly around, and the sport allows unparalleled access to the cars and their drivers and crews. Have a chat, make a few new friends and develop a greater appreciation for these magic old machines and the people who care for them.

To accompany the motorsport, we’ll be organising activities for kids and families, putting on a car club display and making the most of Wakefield Park’s facilities, which provide a space to kick back, catch-up and grab a bite to eat.

We’ve also designed new club t-shirts, which will be available for the first time over the Autumn Festival weekend. HSRCA personnel will be modelling them, so keep an eye out, consider grabbing one to help support the club and let us know what you think of them.

The Autumn Festival will be a fun, welcoming and entertaining celebration of Australia’s motorsport history and culture. Come along for a few hours to enjoy the cars and racing in excellent company.

Head to Wakefield Park over the weekend of the 7th & 8th of April, 2018. The event will be open from 9AM to 5PM on Saturday and 9:15AM to 3PM on Sunday. Spectator tickets will be available at the gate each day. Kids under 16 get in free, adult tickets are $20 for a day or $30 for a weekend pass and concession tickets are $15 or $25 for the weekend. HSRCA members present your membership card for free entry.

For the most up-to-date information, see the HSRCA website at www.hsrca.com

  • Admission: adults $20, Concession $15, children under 16 free
  • Free entry for HSRCA members
  • Activities for children
  • Cafe on site with real coffee
  • Watch the racing, inspect the cars, meet the drivers
  • Saturday 9AM to 5PM, Sunday 9:15AM to 3PM

March 2018 Edition of Historic Torque Available for Download

HRCC Historic Torque March 2018

Image thanks to Ian Welsh of Shifting Focus Motorsport Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. They’ve just put out the March edition of the newsletter, which you can download and enjoy below.

The March edition recaps the HRCC’s February TTT day & supersprints, looks ahead to the 2018 CAMS Queensland Circuit Racing Championship, catches up on all the news in historic motorsport in Queensland and more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque March 2018  [PDF]

Catch up on previous editions of Historic Torque with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque February 2018 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2018 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque December 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque November 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2017 [PDF]


Jim Clark to be Commemorated at HSRCA Autumn Festival

Jim Clark Lotus 25 for 25th Anniversary Commemoration

Artwork by, and thanks to, Brian Caldersmith

The HSRCA will join the United Kingdom in celebrating the life and career of Jim Clark this April, with a commemoration of the great racer to be held at the Wakefield Park Autumn Festival on the 5th anniversary of his untimely passing.

The Autumn Festival will be held over the 7th & 8th of April, 2018, at Wakefield Park and celebrations will include a Jim Clark tribute race, invited group of Lotus cars, parade lap and family photo if numbers allow, and a display of cars and memorabilia. We hope to welcome examples of the cars which Clark helped make famous, including the Lotus Elite, Lotus Cortina and various Lotus Formula Juniors.

If you would like to join in these celebrations and have a suitable car that you would like to bring along, or if you would like to contribute in any way, please get in touch or head to the CAMS Members’ Portal to enter:

https://www.cams.com.au/

Additional documentation is available on the ‘Events & Entry Forms’ page.

Considered one of the greatest racing drivers of all time and held in incredibly high regard by his peers, Jim Clark had a sublime and incomparably smooth driving style. His smooth steering is the stuff of legend and made him extremely kind to his cars and all but unassailable on the track.

Clark first entered Formula One in 1960, driving for Lotus in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. He went on to win 25 Grand Prix and two Formula One World Drivers’ Championships.

An astonishingly talented driver, he would also win the Indianapolis 500 in 1965. He drove a Ford-powered Lotus 38 to a second-place start and went on to lead 190 of the 200 laps on the way to victory. With the win, he became the first driver from outside of the United States to take to the top step of the podium and made the Lotus 38 the first rear-engined car to win the 500.

Clark missed the Monaco Grand Prix to compete at Indy, but would return to Formula One barely two weeks later and win the next five races on the trot to make up for it. He went on to win the 1965 Formula One Drivers’ World Championship and become the only driver in history to win both the Indy 500 and the Formula One World Championship in the same year.

He would also compete three times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing second in class driving a Lotus Elite in ’59 and achieving a best finish of third in the 1960 race, driving an Aston Martin DBR1/300 with Roy Salvadori for the Border Reivers team. He dabbled in touring cars as well, winning the 1964 British Touring Car Championship in a Lotus Cortina.

Clark developed a good relationship with Australia as well, competing regularly in the Tasman Series, which was held across Australia and New Zealand, and connecting with drivers, teams and fans here. He won a record 14 races in the series, and claimed the Tasman Series title in 1965, 1966 and 1968.

Aged just 32, his life was tragically cut short on the 7th of April, 1968, while driving in the Deutschland Trophäe.

The 7th of April, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s death, and we are honoured to celebrate his incredible life and career at the Autumn Festival. We hope that you will join us in commemorating this legend of the sport.


Join Us on March 14th for our First Social Meeting of 2018: The Clever Nut Night

March 2018 Clever Nuts Night

Kick your mind into top gear and test your knowledge with a fun trivia evening at Denistone Bowling Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde, on Wednesday the 14th of March from 7:30PM.

Hosted by Stephen Knox and Dave Williamson and aided by the encyclopaedic knowledge of Kerry Smith, the Clever Nut Night will offer prizes, including some very special books, as well as old films to enjoy, friends to meet and embellished stories to share.

We kick off at 7:30PM, but why not come along a little earlier and enjoy a meal and a drink from the bistro amongst friends.

See you there!

Garry Simkin


You are most cordially invited to join us at the 2018 HSRCA Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park

2018 HSRCA Autumn Festival

Entry is now open for the HSRCA’s 2018 Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park, to be held over the 7th & 8th of April, with private practice offered on the 6th. You are most cordially invited!

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

We’ll be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior, commemorating the life of Jim Clark, welcoming BMW E30 Racing and much, much more.

Our first historic race meeting of 2018, the Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park, will be held over the 7th and 8th of April and we would like to extend a most cordial invitation for you to join us.

Entry is now open via the CAMS Members’ Portal, which you can find on the CAMS homepage:

https://www.cams.com.au/

Looking bigger and better than last year, the Autumn Festival will cater for all historic 5th category cars, from Groups J, K & L to the more modern Q & R cars. Over the course of a full weekend’s motorsport, we will be commemorating the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior, celebrating the career of the legendary Jim Clark, who lost his life on the 7th of April in 1968, and, for the first time at an HSRCA meeting, welcoming the BMW E30 Racing group. The meeting will be a round of the championships for Formula Junior (double points), Formula Ford, Formula Vee, Group S and Group N.

Regularity and super sprint events will also be featured, with the latter providing an opportunity for cars manufactured as late as the 1990s to be involved. The super sprints are rapidly increasing in popularity and allow for a wide variety of cars to participate, so we’re very pleased to see them doing well.

Private practice will be available on Friday exclusively for competitors attending the meeting and entrants will have access to garages and carports from 4:30PM on the Thursday afternoon.

The Autumn Festival will offer a full schedule of events and categories may be combined to form grids of sufficient size. The program will be designed to provide plentiful track time, with the number of races offered to each group reflecting category preferences.

Wakefield Park has 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. Such activities will include car club displays, stalls and activities for children as well as the usual social event on Saturday evening in thanks to officials.

A bus may be provided for travel between the circuit and Goulburn over the weekend to allow drivers, their crews and their companions convenient travel between these locales. It will be offered on Saturday evening to allow easy attendance of the officials’ get together for those who need to move between the circuit and town.

The race committee is also investigating arranging a bus from Sydney to Goulburn leaving either Friday or Saturday and returning on Sunday for those who might like to attend but find it difficult to get there. Please get in touch and let us know if this would be interesting to you, further details will be advised in the very near future.

It is essential to note that noise limits are strictly enforced by Wakefield Park management. There is increasing fuss from locals on this issue, so come prepared to muffle your vehicles. Wakefield Park management will do what they can to help but can only give a car one chance to fix it.

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.

Entries are scheduled to open on the 3rd of February 2018 and close on the 24th of March 2018. Please enter via CAMS event entry. If that is difficult for you, please get in touch and we will provide a traditional entry form.

Wishing you all the best for 2018!

The race committee

Autumn Festival Documentation

2018 Autumn Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

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

Please enter via CAMS event entry. If that is difficult for you, please get in touch and we will provide a traditional entry form.

Further updates and documentation, including a scrutineer checklist and CAMS Pit Lane Disclaimer will be made available shortly.


Photo Gallery: HSRCA at CARnivale 2018

Australia Day at CARnivale 2018

We enjoyed a relaxed day at Parramatta Park last Friday, celebrating Australia Day with fellow automotive enthusiasts at CARnivale.

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Revisit the 2017 Summer Festival with a Brilliant Photo Gallery by Domenic Ciccio

HSRCA 2017 Summer Festival

Images: Domenic Ciccio

Kick off the 2018 historic motorsport season by winding your calendars back to 2017 and revisiting the Summer Festival with this brilliant photo gallery by Domenic Ciccio.

Domenic’s gallery captures the action in the pits and paddock, and also includes a story about his experience, which you can read here. Enjoy the full set in our gallery page at the following link:

2017 Summer Festival by Domenic Ciccio

Enjoy, and hit this link to the Motorvated website for the full story and to get in touch for more images or to organise a print or two.

Images by, and thanks to, Domenic Ciccio


January 2018 HRCC Historic Torque Available for Download

HRCC Historic Torque January 2018

Image thanks to Ian Welsh of Shifting Focus Motorsport Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. They’ve kicked off with their first edition of the newsletter of 2018, and it’s available for download below.

The inaugural edition of 2018 presents the TryTrainTest & super sprint meeting coming up at Morgan Park, looks forward to the 2018 historic motorsport season around the country, catches up on a bit of news and more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque January 2018 [PDF]

Catch up on previous editions of Historic Torque with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque December 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque November 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque September 2017 [PDF]


We’re Going to CARnivale this Australia Day!

HSRCA CARnivale 2018

The HSRCA will display several historic cars at the annual CARnivale Australia Day celebrations at Parramatta Park this Friday, the 26th of January, 2018.

We will be located by the rose garden and you can find out more details about the event itself, and all of the other Australia Day celebrations held in Parramatta on the day, at the official website here. CARnivale itself opens at 10AM, but there’s a hot air balloon display going from 6AM to 9AM and you’ll also be able to enjoy music, a barbecue battle, kids’ entertainment, fireworks at the end of the day and much more.

Porsche, Brabham, Elfin, MG and Sunbeam will all be represented in our display along with, all going to plan, a lovely Elva. The Gosford Classic Car Museum is lending the Yellow Submarine (Brabham) to the display and Ron Goodman will bring several Porsches including a spectacular 906. There will also be a display of vintage motor cycles near our location.

It’s a great opportunity to catch up after the summer break in a relaxed social environment, as well as to promote our wonderful sport in the wider community. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone, and hope you join us!

Thanks to Daniel Bando, Ron Goodman, Garry Hancock, Ken Grindrod, Geoff Varey, Stephen Perry, Peter Rose, Lehel Steindl, André Breit, Rick Marks, Perry Long, Bruce Smith and Patrick Quinn, and everyone else who are contributing, or plan to contribute, to the day.


CAMS High Performance Endorsement Required for Formula 1, F5000 and Indy Cars

CAMS High Performance Endorsement

As we rapidly head into the holiday break, we have an important announcement for drivers and owners of Formula 1, Formula 5000 and Indy cars.

From the 1st January 2018, drivers of the above cars will be required to have a license endorsement in order to participate in historic races.

For new drivers, or those moving from another group, this endorsement requires passing an observed test.

Existing drivers can complete a “Recognition of Previous Experience” section on the HPE application form and should not be required to undertake an observed test.

The CAMS website has a full explanation and links to the necessary forms on their website. Head to this link:

https://www.cams.com.au/motor-sport/sport/historics/high-performance-licence-(hpl)-endorsement


The Winter 2017 Edition of The Oily Rag is On Its Way!

Oily Ray Winter 2017

The Winter 2017 edition of The Oily Rag is hot off the presses and has been entrusted to Australia Post for delivery to your doorstops.

This edition of the magazine features our recent Summer Festival, the Rob Roy Hillclimb, the VHRR’s Sandown meeting, the HRCC’s Noosa Hillclimb and a whole lot more. It’s full of great stories, fun photos and news and views from all around the world of historic motorsport.

We hope that it’s able to duck and weave its way through the packed Christmas mail field and arrive in your hands posthaste.


December 2017 HRCC Historic Torque Available for Download

HRCC Historic Torque December 2017

Image thanks to Ian Welsh of Shifting Focus Motorsport Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. They’ve just put out the final edition of the newsletter for 2017, and it’s available for download below.

This month, catch up on all the news with HRCCQ’s Club President Alan Steel, look forward to the 2018 calendar and much, much more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque December 2017 [PDF]

Catch up on previous editions of Historic Torque with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque November 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque September 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque August 2017 [PDF]


Q&R Category Manager Report: The 2017 Summer Festival

Q&R At The 2017 Summer Festival

Catch up on all the action in Q & R Sports & Racing at the Summer Festival thanks to Ian Buddery’s latest Category Manager Report.

With thanks to Ian Buddery

The HSRCA Summer Festival was an excellent event. The weather was beautiful, the racing great and the atmosphere relaxed and friendly – just as historic racing should be!

Q&R entries were lower than usual due in part to the clash with Sandown and unfortunately some late withdrawals, both health and business related. 12 cars made up the Q&R Sports and Racing grid.

Immediately before our first race, an MG jettisoned its oil on the line from entry to apex of turn 1, so the first few laps involved a cloud of white dust and uncertain grip.  Tom Tweedie DNF’d with an engine misfire, after setting fastest lap, Chris Farrell took the flag.

The track was clean for our trophy race Sunday morning and I got a great start, getting down the inside of Chris and finding myself in the lead for the first time in my historic racing career. My grin was short lived though as I soon had Chris in my mirrors and a dice ensued. My rear tyres were fading and on lap 6 (or thereabouts) Chris got the better drive out of 15 and took a well-deserved lead, then the win. Meanwhile, Tom came from last to fourth.

Q&R At The 2017 Summer Festival

Trophies were presented over lunch, with Ray Stubber winning the Ron Tauranac Trophy for Group Q Racing, presented by the great man himself. Tom Tweedie took home the Bib Stillwell Trophy for Group Q Sports, Chris Farrell first place trophies for both Group QR and Group R, yours truly for second and Vivian King for third.  Smiles all round!

The final race wasn’t so great for me, my rear tyres fell away completely and I nearly lost it coming onto the main straight on lap 1, which obliged me to back off, then I had the ignominy of running out of fuel on lap 9, while Chris, Vivian and Peter Warren made up the podium.

I’d like to compliment all Q&R drivers for an incident free weekend with good sportsmanship on display throughout.

Meanwhile at Sandown (looking at Natsoft results) John Bowe in the March 741 dominated a ten-car field, from Andrew Makin (March 73B) and Donald Hume (Ralt RT4) with David Hardman (Hardman JH-1) in 3rd for race 2, Jamie Larner (Ralt RT1) 3rd in race 3.  Jonathan Miles (Tiga S2000) was the best S2000 in races 1 and 2, with Grant Kelly (Tiga SC-82) winning the category in race 3, where it appears Jonathan was a DNS.

Please note that I would greatly appreciate receiving reports and anecdotes from any competitors at other events, not matter how brief.  Email details below.

Over the course of the last month I’ve spoken to many Q&R drivers and I’d like to thank everyone for their support.  I’m slowly getting the hang of the category manager job and I’ll do my best to serve the interests of our group and the sport in general.  Please email me with any news I’ve missed or any topic you’d like to raise: qr@hsrca.com

Ian Buddery

Q&R At The 2017 Summer Festival


2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park: Photos and Wrap-Up

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Running from Friday the 10th of November through to Sunday the 12th, the 2017 Summer Festival saw us wrapping up the 2017 historic motorsport season at Sydney Motorsport Park with a weekend of good friends, classic sports and racing cars and magnificent motorsport.

We may have called the event the Summer Festival, but it was technically held in spring and that turned out beautifully. We enjoyed perfect conditions for motorsport over the weekend. The weather was warm and summery in feel, without the brutal heat and humidity that peak Sydney summer can supply. Kind on the cars and kind on their drivers!

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

As always, it was a friendly and relaxed weekend, albeit this time out somewhat quieter than our summer meetings usually are. The event kicked off on Friday with private practice run by the ARDC, before settling in to qualifying and races on Saturday and Sunday. Eight grids joined in the fun, including:

  • Formula Vee
  • Group N
  • Group MOP, Formula Junior and Invited Group QR
  • SuperSprint
  • Formula Ford
  • Group S
  • Regularity
  • Group QR

It was great to see a varied and interesting group of cars out on the circuit, including rare and special machines and new some faces as well. As always, all of the cars presented were beautifully prepared and a joy to see driven in anger.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

The Group S Relay Enduro was our feature event for the weekend and was a lot of fun, especially during the mid-race scramble when cars pull in to the pits for the driver swap or solo racer pit-stop. We were also happy to award a series of trophies on Sunday, with very special thanks to club patron Ron Tauranac who joined us for the presentation.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Sunday saw club members joining us for a club plate run and classic car display. Thanks to Rick Marks for organising the run and display, and to all of the club members who came along. Your participation and display added a great deal to the atmosphere and it was lovely to share the day with you.

The racing, regularity and super sprinting over the weekend was very good as always, with competitors putting on some great events. The standard of driving at our meetings is consistently excellent, displaying not only exciting dices, quick laps or consistent regularity, but safe, respectful and skillful driving conduct. This improves the safety of the sport, allows people to get involved with confidence and also allows us to get and enjoy the cars, sharing them with fellow fans, in a competitive, but safe, respectful and well-supported environment.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

We’d like to send our sincere thanks to competitors, entrants and teams for supporting not only this event, but the HSRCA and sport of historic motorsport in general. The weekend itself represents the tip of the iceberg in terms of all of the work that goes into competing, and we greatly appreciate your passion and dedication.

On that note, the people who make up the club and who join in our events are some of the nicest you could hope to meet and it’s always a joy to spend a weekend together. The atmosphere at the track was friendly and relaxed, with the pits and paddock full of people chatting, tinkering and chillin’ out after events. Thanks for making Sydney Motorsport Park such a pleasant place to spend a weekend.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Most importantly, we, and I’m sure everyone involved, would like to send a ‘THANK YOU!’ of immeasurable importance to the many volunteers who support us and make all of this possible. Thank you for the time, talent and hard work that you lend to the sport and its people. Without your help, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this.

Thank you!

So with that, let’s move on to the photos! Take a few minutes to scroll through the photo galleries below, and please click through to the photographers’ websites if you’d like to organise prints or soft copies to support their work and the effort they put in to covering HSRCA events.

Images thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Daniel Ferraro, Bill Fonseca, Rod Mackenzie, Ken Meredith, Cori Mitchell, Brent Murray, Seth Reinhardt, Geoff Russell and Peter Schell.

For more from Riccardo, please see his website here and for more of Daniel’s work visit ferraroautomotivephotography.com. Bill Fonseca’s website can be reached by clicking this link. You can find Ken’s work at www.kenmeredith.com and Rod’s at rodmackenziecollection.com. Find Brent on Facebook at At Speed Images. Check out Geoff’s work on Instagram here.

If you’d like to reach out to Seth, Cori or Peter, please send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

2017 Summer Festival by Riccardo Benvenuti

2017 Summer Festival by Daniel Ferraro

2017 Summer Festival by Bill Fonseca

2017 Summer Festival by Rod Mackenzie

2017 Summer Festival by Ken Meredith

2017 Summer Festival by Cori Mitchell

2017 Summer Festival by Brent Murray

2017 Summer Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2017 Summer Festival by Geoff Russell

2017 Summer Festival by Peter Schell

The HSRCA will return to race tracks in 2018! Put the following dates in your diaries:

  • April 7 & 8 Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park featuring Formula Ford
  • September 22 & 23 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park featuring the Mini Challenge
  • December 1 & 2 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park featuring Formula 5000, ’60s racing cars and international visitors

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park


Summer Festival Entry List, Schedule of Events, Further Regs & Garage Allocation Available to Download

2017 Summer Festival

The 2017 Summer Festival is coming up in just a few days at Sydney Motorsport Park, and we’re looking forward to a magic weekend of motorsport to close out 2017’s historic racing season. To help you get ready for the weekend, the further supplementary regulations, entry list, schedule of events, garage & carport allocation and paddock layout are all available to download from the website.

Competitors can download event documentation from the following links:

2017 Summer Festival Further Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Entry List [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Schedule of Events [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Garage & Carport Allocation [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Paddock Layout [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival SMSP Bowser Prices & Instructions [PDF]

If you’d like to come along to check out the action as a spectator, passes will be available at the gate on both days. 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.


2017 Summer Festival Competitor Profile: Wayne Seabrook

Wayne Seabrook

Images kindly provided by Wayne Seabrook

This week, we catch up with Wayne Seabrook to learn a little about his history in motorsport and the 1976 Porsche 911 that he’ll be running in the Summer Festival this weekend.

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2017 Summer Festival Car Profile: Geoff Varey’s Elfin Mono

Geoff Varey Elfin Mono

In the second of our Summer Festival competitor profiles, we sit down with Geoff Varey to learn a little more about the Elfin Mono that he will be running at Sydney Motorsport Park.

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October 2017 HRCC Historic Torque Available for Download

Noosa Hillclimb 2017

Image thanks to Ian Welsh of Shifting Focus Motorsport Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The October 2017 edition has been sent out to members of the club, and is available to download below.

This month’s magazine looks forward to the Noosa Hillclimb, recaps Historic Lakeside 2017, catches up on all the news in the Queensland historic motorsport community and more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque October 2017 [PDF]

Catch up on previous editions of Historic Torque with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque September 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque August 2017

HRCC Historic Torque June 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2017 [PDF]


2017 Summer Festival Car Profile: Rob Tweedie’s Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

We’re very much looking forward to the upcoming Summer Festival, which will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park from the 10th to the 12th of November. To help everyone get in the mood, we are going to take a look at some of the historic cars which will be joining us at the meeting, and we’re kicking off today with a look at Rob Tweedie’s Elfin-Repco Holden MS7, which will be driven by his son Tom in Group Q.

With thanks to Robert Tweedie

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

Built in Adelaide for the singular purpose of winning the Australian Sports Car Championship, the one-off, aluminium monocoque Elfin MS7 did just that, with South Australian designer/builder Garrie Cooper taking the crown at Phillip Island on November 30, 1975.

In essence the MS7 was derived from the open-wheeler MS6 Formula 5000 car, with full-width bodywork clearly influenced by the Porsche 917/10 Can-Am car capable of generating massive downforce. With a dry weight of 730 kgs and serious grunt from the 5 litre Repco V8 using Lucas fuel injection, the Elfin proved more than a match for its opposition and dominated from the time of its debut in 1974, setting numerous lap records and scoring several outright victories in the period 1974-1975.

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

The MS7 passed to privateer Stuart Kostera in West Australia in 1975 and continued racing in sports car events until 1983 (winning the 1976 Australian Tourist Trophy amongst other races), then Alan Newton in Victoria owned the car until 1997. It has raced more or less continuously ever since, competing in Group Q Historic Sports Cars with Aaron Lewis of New South Wales from 1997, who drove it to many class lap records.

The current owner Robert Tweedie purchased the Elfin in May 2005 and raced the following year before instigating a full rebuild over the winter of 2006/7, with a new 565 bhp engine and improved cosmetics. From 2007 onwards the car continued to perform well at Phillip Island, the Australian Grand Prix meet, Oran Park, Eastern Creek, Winton and Wakefield Park with a number of wins, podiums and lap records.

At the end of 2016 Robert retired and passed driving duties onto his son Tom, who already has excellent driver credentials with his most successful Chevron B24/28 Formula 5000 open wheel racing car and historic Formula Ford. With many lap records and multiple wins to his name, it will be interesting to see whether Tom can lower the existing Sydney Motorsport Park Historic Sportscar lap record, and by how much. Tom has already run the Elfin at SMP briefly and was lapping in the 1min28s, which hopefully is a good indication of what we can expect.

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7


Introducing Q & R Sports and Racing’s New Category Manager, Ian Buddery

Ian Buddery Q & R Category Manager

Ian Buddery recently took over the role of Q&R Category Manager for both sports and racing cars, kindly offering his time, skill and passion as caretaker of this evocative historic racing category. Read on for an introduction, thanks to Ian.

Thanks to Ian Buddery

This is my first report since taking up the Q&R Category Manager role, so forgive me if it’s short on news and long on partly-informed ideas! I have yet to complete the task of reaching out to all Q&R competitors, but when that’s happened I’ll do my best to represent their best interests.

I’ve been advised to explain my background, in order to have some level of credibility in this job.

Like most of you, I’ve been irrational about cars and motorsport for as long as I can remember, from hanging off the fencing at the back of Sandown, which was a short pushbike ride from home, to competing in my first forest rally as an 18 year old, during which I all but wrote off my hire-purchase MG Midget, going through a fence at a t-junction and hitting the only tree in the paddock. I blamed the navigator of course…  No helmets, no roll cage – those were the days! 

I did lots of rallying and car club track days over the years, but no actual racing until I found myself the co-owner of a Penske Indy car in 2007.  My sincere advice is never accept free alcohol at a Pebble Beach auction!

Discovering that our new purchase was a restoration project, we bought a Lola T700 to cannibalise for parts. Eventually realising that this car was too good and too rare to break up, I got my circuit license and recommissioned it, my first meeting being at Eastern Creek in Jan 2010.

Ian Buddery Q & R Category Manager

It took me a while, but I eventually got the hang of preparing and driving the Lola. I then thought that buying a newer car that was 10% faster in the day would take 10% off my lap times (I can hear you all laughing now). Enter my current car, a 1986 March86C. Unfortunately it was 20% harder to manage than the ground effect Lola and my times went backwards, so another learning curve began.

But oh how I love the racing and how I kick myself for not finding it 20 years sooner! I also enjoy the history of my car, a 2 time Indy 500 entrant, and work hard to preserve its patina and keep it correct. This hobby includes all the enjoyment of preserving a classic car, with all the excitement of racing one.

So on to what I hope to achieve as category manager. First and foremost, I will work to encourage the largest possible grids, so that meeting organisers always include us. Next, I’d like to encourage camaraderie and interaction amongst us all; keep other club members informed of what’s happening amongst Q&R competitors; and finally encourage new people to buy suitable cars and join the ranks.

So I need your help, please email me at qr@hsrca.com whenever you buy or sell car, rebuild or repair one you already own, or have any interesting experience to share.

I’m still working on building a complete database of Q&R drivers, so please send me an email with your contact details and the Q&R car(s) that you run.

Regards,
Ian Buddery