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

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

Head Back to the 2016 Tasman Trophy with a Magnificent Gallery by Domenic Ciccio

2016 Tasman Trophy

Images: Domenic Ciccio

Domenic Ciccio of Motorvated has kindly reached out to us with a brilliant story capturing the action and atmosphere of the 2016 Tasman Trophy and a huge gallery of images to go along with it.

The story, penned by Aimee Armstrong, recounts the origins of our Tasman series of events, captures the action and atmosphere of the weekend and chats with long-time HSRCA contributor and competitor Daniel Bando, who competed over the weekend in his Lotus 51.

2016 Tasman Trophy

Hit this link to the Motorvated website to enjoy the story and to check out more images by Domenic. Make sure to get in touch with him if you’re looking for any images in particular or to organise a print or two.

And head right here:

2016 Tasman Trophy, by Domenic Ciccio

To enjoy the magic gallery which Domenic has kindly shared with us.

Images by, and thanks to, Domenic Ciccio

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]