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July 2017 HRCC Historic Torque Available for Download

2017 Historic Lakeside

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

July’s magazine is a bumper edition, featuring a huge report on Historic Queensland 2017, plenty of magic photos and much more from the world of historic racing cars in Queensland. Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque July 2017 [PDF]

Be part of the 2017 Historic Lakeside Race Meeting

The HRCC’s 2017 Historic Lakeside meeting will be held at Lakeside Park, Kurwongbah, over the 9th & 10th of September, 2017. For the full details including entry, head to their website.

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

HRCC Historic Torque June 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]


Looking Forward to the HSRCA Spring Festival at Wakefield Park

HSRCA 2017 Spring Festival

Entries are now open for the HSRCA’s 2017 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park, to be held over the 2nd & 3rd of September, with private practice offered on the 1st. You are most cordially invited!

Click this link to enter the event via the CAMS Members’ Portal, and please share this invitation with friends and family.

We hope to find you well, and hope that you are enjoying Sydney’s currently spectacular winter driving weather!

Preparations for the upcoming Spring Festival of historic motorsport at Wakefield Park are progressing smoothly. We still have just under a month and a half to go before the official close of entry date on the 18th of August, and we are pleased to see entries flowing in and fields developing nicely.

Your early entry helps us to judge the fields, plan the programme, sort out the garages and manage all of the nitty gritty that does into preparing a race meeting, so thank you.

We understand (through much first-hand experience) that historic sports, race and touring cars can be cantankerous beasts, and that occasionally life can get in the way of motorsport. So, in the event that you do place an entry that you’re unable to take advantage of, you can be confident in our efforts to refund you.

Remember that we offer a $50 discounted entry to race meetings for HSRCA members and that, in an effort to encourage sharing, the entry fee for same driver, second entry and same car, second driver entries will be the same. Each driver is entitled to the discount once only.

If you have trouble convincing Cams Event Entry to apply the discount, please manually deduct the $50 when you pay for your entry and let us know via an email to treasurer@hsrca.com, including a note of your membership number.

The Spring Festival is being run as a three-day event, with private practice to be held on Friday the 1st of September and run by Wakefield Park, please contact them directly to register. Garages and carports allocated for the weekend will be available from Friday.

For those reluctant or unable to use CAMS Event Entry please contact the club on members@hsrca.org.au or (02) 9948 4743 and request a traditional entry form.

Looking at the early fields we should see some great motorsport at the Spring Festival.

The Group S field in particular is building well and should put on some exciting races as they head into the back end of their 2017 season. Similarly, Group N is looking good for round 5 of their season, and Regularity should see a strong entry and an interesting field.

We’re also happy to see a good start to Formula Ford entries and OPQR cars – in particular a strong set of Group R drivers looking to stretch their legs at Wakefield Park.

Our efforts to make historic motorsport as inclusive, active and enjoyable as possible continue, and we are looking forward to the return of the super sprint category, which is open to cars built before 1998.

The weekend will see trophies decided for both winners and runners up of the Regularity team event as well as the new Roger Ealand Trophy for Formula Junior and a trophy for groups JKL if entries are there to support it.

If you’d like to join us as a spectator, remember that HSRCA membership includes entry to our race meetings and race meeting entry includes guest passes to the event.

If you are not a member and are not entering, 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.

As always, we deeply appreciate your support of the HSRCA, its events and the historic community at large. We will continue to invest every effort into providing a fun, festive and safe Spring Festival.

With every good wish for a memorable weekend of classic motorsport,

The HSRCA Race Committee

Upcoming 2017 HSRCA Historic Race Meetings

Wakefield Park Spring Festival – September 2 & 3

Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Festival – November 11 & 12


Your Name in the Credits of Endurance: The Untold Story of Formula One

Endurance Film EOFY Donation

Endurance is an independent Australian-made documentary which aims to tell the story of Jack Brabham and his engineering and sporting accomplishments.

The crew are well into the ground-breaking production, which will feature virtual reality and mixed reality cinematography, as well as remastered archival footage and reenactments of key moments in the Jack Brabham story. They are working with the Australian historic motor racing community to fund the film and are currently running an end of financial year donation promotion.

The end of financial year promotion offers a special mention in the credits of Endurance to the first 100 people to make a 100% tax deductible donation of $100 before the end of the 2016-2017 financial year.

You can make a donation at the Documentary Australia Foundation website here. For more information on the Endurance film, hit their official website here.


Entry Now Open for the CAMS Foundation’s 2017 Drive Day

2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day

The 2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on Monday the 14th of August, and entry is now open.

The day is a great opportunity to enjoy some track time on the classic Sydney circuit and will generate funding to be invested in the CAMS Foundation, which works to identify and support young motorsport talent.

CAMS’ 2017 Foundation Drive Day offers two options – a Drive Experience and Luncheon, for road cars, and Race Car Testing for those wishing to run a race car.

The Drive Experience and Luncheon includes a minimum of five on-track sessions on the North Circuit of Sydney Motorsport Park as well as a hot lap. The luncheon element includes a three-course lunch hosted by Greg Rust and featuring special guests Mark Skaife, Russell Ingall and Tony Longhurst. It’ll run you $595 per car.

The second option, Race Car Testing, slims the day down to pure motorsport. It offers a minimum five on-track sessions on the North Circuit and will cost $495 per car.

For the full details and to enter, please see CAMS’ website here. If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Childs at stacie.childs@cams.com.au or (03) 9593 7731.

2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day


Introducing the HSRCA’s 2017 Summer Festival

HSRCA's 2017 Summer Festival

The Summer Festival is set for the 11th & 12th of November, 2017, and will see the HSRCA returning to Sydney Motorsport Park for the first time in 2017 to hold our biggest historic race meeting of the year.

The return to Sydney Motorsport Park’s flowing curves and longer straights will give some of the more powerful cars a chance to stretch their legs, and will offer a great mix of challenges and opportunities for exciting competition. Its excellent facilities and proximity to the city make it a great place to hold a race meeting, and we’re looking forward to putting together a brilliant meeting to close out 2017’s historic motorsport season.

The focus of this meeting will be on providing plenty of quality track time and a safe, smoothly-run opportunity to get out and enjoy our historic sports and racing cars, good company and a festive atmosphere representative of the golden age of the sport.

Groups LMO and S will be featured during the Summer Festival and will be offered feature events including the classic Dawson-Damer trophy and the always-exciting Group S Enduro Relay.

Keeping the circuit singing all weekend will be races for 5th Category historic groups, including JKLM, OPQR, N, S and Formulas Ford, Junior and Vee. Regularity trials and super sprints will also be offered, as will a speed (non-race) event for racing and sports racing cars.

In particular we would like to know the level of interest in a speed event for racing and sports racing cars. It is an opportunity to give some very special cars a fun run or offer someone else a drive in your car.  Please let us know and talk to Col Haste about it on 0408 865 629 or via email at hastbld@bigpond.com.

Most 5th Category groups will have trophy events to decide their perpetual trophies over the course of the weekend, and we’re looking forward to interesting fields and great races as those are decided.

HSRCA members will, of course, be offered the $50 members’ discount for entry to the meeting. If you’re not a member and would like to become one ahead of the meeting, please head to our membership page here and join the Club. The Club offers a wonderful camaraderie and a varied programme of opportunities to enjoy the historic motorsport community, both social and competitive.

We expect to open entries in mid-August.

On that note, entry is now open for the upcoming Spring Festival, which will be held at Wakefield Park over the 2nd and 3rd of September, with private practice available on Friday the 1st. Come along and enjoy an exciting weekend of motorsport in Goulburn’s stunning countryside.

Head to the CAMS website to place your entry.

As always, we are extremely grateful for your support and contribution to the sport of historic racing. We will continue our efforts to put on events that are safe and exciting, offer good value and high quality track time, and show off the depth of motorsport history in Australia by keeping engines hot, rubber melty and race tracks busy.

The HSRCA Race Committee


Photo Gallery: 2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival

2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival

Images thanks to Jeremy Braithwaite

The 2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival was held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the 10th & 11th of June, at Sydney Motorsport Park. Photographer Jeremy Braithwaite was at the event, and has kindly shared some of his images with us here.

The event saw a great collection of historic racing and sports cars gather at Sydney’s classic circuit for a winter’s weekend of historic competition. Awesome examples of the mighty Formula 5000s and the historic touring cars of Groups C & A joined strong fields of Formula Ford, Groups S & N, Sports Cars, BMW E30s and Regularity.

We were thrilled to see many HSRCA competitors supporting the event, which drew a strong field and put on exciting races in tricky conditions. We look forward to next year’s event!

Jeremy Braithwaite has kindly shared some photos from the weekend, and you can enjoy them over in the gallery. Hit the link below:

2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival by Jeremy Braithwaite

Head to Jeremy’s website here for more images and to organise prints.


The HRCC’s Historic Torque: June 2017

HRCC June 2017

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

June’s edition of the magazine looks forward to the 40th annual Historic Queensland, includes a great article on the trials and tribulations of regularity, recaps a day out at Silverstone and much more. Download it from the following link, and enjoy!

HRCC Historic Torque June 2017 [PDF]

Be part of the 40th HISTORIC QUEENSLAND race meeting

The HRCC’s 40th Historic Queensland race meeting is coming up over the 1st & 2nd of July at Morgan Park Raceway. It should be a magic weekend of historic motorsport, and will offer a great opportunity to race on the fresh and smooth new Morgan Park surface.

They’re expecting big fields of the lovely older J, K, L and M cars, as well as some exciting Group N and Group S racing. Group U will feature compatible invited cars, which should bring some great machines out to play, and the full field of 5th category historic cars will ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Full details are available on their website here, and entry is now open through CAMS Motor Event Entry, which you can get to right here.

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

HRCC Historic Torque May 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2017 [PDF]


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

Summer 2017 Oily Rag

The Summer 2017 edition of The Oily Rag is hot off the presses and is currently moving ‘post haste’ to a letterbox near you.

This issue features reports from the HSRCA’s Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park, the VHRR’s Phillip Island Classic and the HRCC’s Historic Warwick at Morgan Park. There is also a special photo spread commemorating 80 years of the Rob Roy Hillclimb along with photos of this year’s VHRR hillclimb.

In addition to all of that, the magazine includes a special article on Austin-Healeys racing at Bathurst in 1998 and tales of the exploits of a Kiwi F5000 driver at Phillip Island and the Leadfoot Festival. Plus lots more! Enjoy.


Your Invitation to the HSRCA’s 2017 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park

2017 Spring Festival

Entries are now open for the HSRCA’s 2017 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park, to be held over the 2nd & 3rd of September, with private practice held on the 1st of September and run by Wakefield Park. You are most cordially invited!

Click this link to enter via the CAMS Members’ Portal. Documentation is available on the ‘Events & Entry Forms’ page of the website.

You are most cordially invited to join us at Wakefield Park over the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September, 2017, for the Spring Festival of historic motorsport.

Entry to the event is now open through CAMS Motor Event Entry, which is accessed through the CAMS Members’ Portal. Click this link to head to the CAMS homepage and place your entry.

If you would like to pay for your entry via PayPal (prefered), please click on the credit and debit card option. You will then be presented with the PayPal and other card options.

Private practice will be held on Friday the 1st of September and be run by Wakefield Park, please contact them directly to register.

Please download and read the supplementary regulations, and print and bring along the pit lane disclaimer and scrutineer checksheet. Download the documents from the following links:

2017 Spring Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Pit Lane Disclaimer [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Scrutineer Check Sheet [PDF]

The Spring Festival will build on the successful Autumn Festival and offer a magic spring weekend of motorsport for all of our traditional categories. We will once again offer super sprint events to those with compatible historic and classic cars, and look forward to continuing our efforts to make historic motorsport a more inclusive, active and enjoyable pursuit.

Entry numbers permitting, the meeting will include:

  • Races for 5th Category Groups JKLM, OPQR, N, S, and Formulas Ford, Junior and Vee
  • Regularity trials and super sprints for historic and invited classic cars
  • Trophy events for Groups JKL, Formula Junior and Regularity

Trophies to be decided over the weekend will include the perpetual trophies for groups JKL (subject to entry numbers), the new Roger Ealand Trophy for Formula Junior and trophies for the Regularity team event, which will be awarded to the winning and runner up teams.

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

The super sprint is open to cars built before 1998 and will include the large and fast cars. Cars built within a few years of that date will be considered in special cases.

We have secured exclusive use of the Wakefield Park circuit for private practice on Friday the 1st of September. This means that garages and carports allocated for the weekend will also be available from Friday. Private practice itself will be run by Wakefield Park and payment should be made directly to them.

We have retained the increased $50 members’ discount for entry to race meetings and intend to for the foreseeable future. Note that, in an effort to encourage sharing, the entry fee for same driver, second entry and same car, second driver entries will be the same. Each driver is entitled to the discount once only.

Feedback from the Autumn Festival demonstrated some issues in redeeming the $50 members’ discount when entering through CAMS Event Entry. Currently, the system works best if the HSRCA is registered with CAMS Event Entry as the entrants’ principal or first club and the membership expiry date is accurate. The discount does not apply after the closing date for entries.

Should the system not automatically deduct the membership discount when you place your entry, please manually deduct the $50 when making your payment via Paypal, electronic transfer or cheque and inform the club via email to treasurer@hsrca.com. Please include your membership number in this email.

If you’re not a member and would like to become one, please see the attached documentation. The members’ discount offers a tremendous value, especially if you intend on entering more than one event in a year. It will apply to new member applications received by the 1st of August. Applications will need to be received and processed before new applicants receive the benefit for this event.

For those reluctant or unable to use CAMS Event Entry please contact the club on members@hsrca.org.au or (02) 9948 4743 and request a traditional entry form.

Your involvement in HSRCA events and the historic racing community at large is greatly appreciated. We have been encouraged by the feedback from drivers at our recent meetings, and are keen to provide a very enjoyable weekend. Thank you for making this such a rewarding, exciting and welcoming pursuit.

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 taking to the track with you this September.

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

Upcoming 2017 HSRCA Historic Race Meetings

Wakefield Park Spring Festival – September 2 & 3

Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Festival – November 11 & 12


Hybrid Sport Frontal Head Restraint on Special at Simpson Australia

FIA Approved Hybrid Sport Head Restraints

Long-time supporters of the HSRCA and Australian historic racing community, Simpson Australia, currently have their FIA-approved Hybrid Sport head restraints on special, making this a great time for an upgrade.

The new Hybrid Sport frontal head restraint is being offered on special for $839.00. This frontal head restraint has become very popular both in Australia and overseas for its comfort and quality. Cheaper Hybrid models as well as the full carbon Hybrid Pro model are also available from Simpson Australia.

The special price makes this a great time to upgrade, or a good opportunity if you’re interested in a new frontal head restraint. Head to the Simpson Race Products website here for more information or to order, or give Greg a call on (02) 9545 6662.


It’s the Pits – J, K & L Newsletter May, 2017

JKL Newsletter May 2017

After a brief summer hiatus, Mal Reid’s J, K & L newsletter has returned and been sent out to drivers of pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars.

It’s also now available for you to peruse on the Club website. Read on, and enjoy!

It’s the Pits, May 2017

With the traditional HSRCA February summer meeting moved back to a later date (and hopefully a little more pleasant weather), the first major outing for our old JKL bangers was the annual Phillip Island extravaganza.

As usual there were a number of cars (11) from all over the world to give the locals a hard time and they proved too quick all weekend.

Young Will Nuthall from the UK in the T53 Cooper showed the way in qualifying, cutting a very tidy 1.49.86 after only 4 laps. He led our old mate Julian Bronson visiting this time in the very impressive Scarab GP and running a 1.52.

The locals finally got a look in with Nick McDonald coming to grips with father Ian’s Scott Holden Repco 1.55.07, 3rd. David Reid in the Faux Paus 1.55.15, UK regular Rob Jolley in the big silver Lister Jaguar 1.55.66 next and yours truly finally getting some track time in Prad Mk3 Repco Holden only a smidge behind with a 1.55.9.

Paddins Dowling (UK) ERA, John Clark (UK) T51 Cooper and the mighty flat head ford V8 of Graeme Raper rounding out the top 10 in the George Reed Monoskate, a very impressive result from Graeme and the big Ford in very good company.

Racing all weekend was as good as it gets on this wonderful circuit. This is now a full three-day meeting and, following qualifying on Friday morning, the first race was on in the afternoon. The visitors out front had no trouble keeping the locals at bay but they did share the wins around.

Will Nuthall suffered all weekend with a lack of 1st gear in the T53 and was slow away from the starter’s flag, but once going really showed his class. However, it was the Scarab first over the line by a reasonable margin first from Rob Jolley and then Nuthall 3rd. The 2 Holden Repco Specials, Scott and Prad were next from the mighty Dalro Jag with Les Wright as usual at the wheel.

It’s always a touchy subject down south and it’s advisable not to predict the weather as it can change in an instant. Saturday dawned bright and sunny and so it was to be for the whole week end. Probably as good a weather as I’ve seen in the 39 years since I first ran Monoskate at  the 78 meeting. Yes we’ve had some beaut days but to get 3 in a row was great and it brought in the crowds from all over.


Historic Race Cars and Bikes Head to Historic Winton This Weekend

Historic Winton 2017

The Austin 7 Club’s 41st Historic Winton historic race meeting is coming up this weekend, the 27th & 28th of May, and will be held at Winton Motor Raceway just outside of Benalla in Victoria.

The event will feature over 400 historic race cars and bikes going all the way back to the 1920s and reaching into the ’80s. Read on for the full details of festivities, and head to the Club’s official website here for more.

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The HRCC’s Historic Torque: May 2017

Autumn Historic Warwick

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

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

May’s edition of Historic Torque is a special bumper edition, featuring a 16-page celebration of the recent Autumn Historic Warwick. Make sure to download it, and enjoy!

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque May 2017

Be part of the 40th HISTORIC QUEENSLAND race meeting

The HRCC’s 40th Historic Queensland race meeting is coming up over the 1st & 2nd of July at Morgan Park Raceway. It should be a magic weekend of historic motorsport, and will offer a great opportunity to race on the fresh and smooth new Morgan Park surface.

They’re expecting big fields of the lovely older J, K, L and M cars, as well as some exciting Group N and Group S racing. Group U will feature compatible invited cars, which should bring some great machines out to play, and the full field of 5th category historic cars will ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Full details are available on their website here, and entry is now open through CAMS Motor Event Entry, which you can get to right here.

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

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque December 2016 [PDF]

Historic Queensland

 


Vale: Ivan Glasby

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of long-time HSRCA member Ivan Glasby on Sunday the 7th of May.

Ivan was born in Rhodesia in 1945 into a family very involved in cars and motor racing. Following in his father’s footsteps, Ivan was soon racing Minis and Alfas, finding some success.

In 1981, Ivan’s family moved to Australia. Here, Ivan established Glasby Engineering, where he worked on racing cars as well as Mini spares and repairs – an avenue to focus on his much-loved Minis.

A memorial service for Ivan will be held at 11:30AM on Friday the 12th of May, 2017, at St. Bernadettes Church in Castle Hill. For further details please contact Wes at members@hsrca.org.au or Seth at seth@hsrca.com.


Vale: Sir John Whitmore

 Sir John Whitmore

Images courtesy of Brian Caldersmith

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Sir John Whitmore’s passing on Friday the 28th of April at the age of 79.

Alongside winning the British Saloon Car Championship and European Touring Car Championship, Sir John would also drive a works Ford GT40 at Le Mans and secure a second in class in the 1959 running of the great race, driving alongside Jim Clark.

Several times a patron of the Tasman Revival, we were honoured to welcome him at our events and call him a friend.

Brian Caldersmith has written a lovely vale for him and kindly shared it with the Club. Please find it below along with a wonderful portrait he made in tribute to Sir John Whitmore.

Thanks to Brian Caldersmith

John was one of the great drivers of the 1960s, winning many titles in Mini Coopers, Lotus Cortinas, Shelby Cobras and GT40s. He co-drove with Jim Clark at Le Mans in a Lotus Elite.

John was a friend who spent some time at our home during his Australian visits and he shared my Elite at a Tasman Revival meeting. There was one Sunday when we were preparing to watch the Australian Grand Prix when Frank Gardner turned up – “I heard Whitmore was in residence!” They both shared development work on the Ford GT40s. It was a funny afternoon.

Sadly both are now gone.

I am pleased now that on my last visit to the UK I was able to organise a reunion with John and Chris Barber. They had not seen each other for 30-odd years. The photo above was taken at the pub in Potters Bar, with myself and Warren King sitting opposite them.

This colour pencil portrait is my tribute to John. One of the good ones.
Brian

Sir John Whitmore by Brian Caldersmith


Colin Bond to feature as Guest Speaker at May Social Night

Colin Bond 2010 Tasman Revival

The May 2017 HSRCA social night is coming up on Wednesday the 17th and will feature Aussie great Colin Bond as guest speaker.

Colin Bond has run in a vast array of categories including hill climbs, motorkhanas, rallies, rallycross, touring cars, Formula Vees, F5000 and sportscars and achieved considerable success in all of them. From an early start in an Austin Healey Sprite to a McLaren F5000 to V8-engined sports sedans, Alfa Romeos, Porsches, to Lotus Formula 1 cars belonging to the late John Dawson-Damer, Colin has raced them all.

He has kindly offered his time as guest speaker at our social evening, ensuring a most entertaining evening of motorsport tales and behind the scenes insight.

The evening will be held at the usual Denistone Sports Club venue at 59 Chatham Road, Denistone. Starting time is 7:30 pm, the bistro provides a good meal and your friends in the HSRCA will provide good company.

Garry Simkin


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, Geoff Russell and Rudi Seidel. 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, Rudi, 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 Rudi Seidel

2017 Autumn Festival by Geoff Russell

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

2017 Autumn Festival Historic Motorsport


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

2017 Autumn Festival Documentation Now Available

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

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

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

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

Phase Out of Lead in Racing Fuels

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

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

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

Phase out of Leaded Fuel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Readying to Race at the HSRCA’s Autumn Festival

Wakefield Park Autumn Festival

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

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

Championship Rounds

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

Probable Grids

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

Adding to the Action

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

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

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

Extra Facilities

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

Garages and Carports

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

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

Gate Entry and Passes

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

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

New Noise Meter

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

Fuel

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

Fun

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

Spectators

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

Support and Sponsorship

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

Enquiries

For on track matters contact Mark Stockwell.

Support facilities contact Richard Cardew or André Breit.

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


CAMS is Looking for Historic Eligibility Officers

CAMS Historic Eligibility Officers

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

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

Call out for Historic Eligibility Officers

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

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

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

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


The HRCC’s Historic Torque: March 2017

March Historic Torque

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

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

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

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque December 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque November 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2016 [PDF]


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

Dave Mawer

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

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

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

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

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

Garry Simkin


Vale: Bill Pitt

Bill Pitt

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

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

By, and thanks to, Les Hughes – Jaguar Magazine

Vale: Bill Pitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.jaguarmagazine.com