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

An Invitation to a Memorial Gathering for Ian Cummins

Ian Cummins

Image via the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia

In many ways Ian Thomas Cummins was larger than life itself. Son, husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, friend, businessman, curator, avid collector, motor racer, enthusiast, club patron, wine buff, a genuine good bloke – you name it, there were many, many facets to the life of Ian Cummins.

Many of Ian’s Sydney based friends were regrettably unable to attend his memorial service and burial in Griffith last November. Accordingly, you are cordially invited to a belated informal memorial gathering to celebrate Ian’s very interesting and rather complex life.

Date: Saturday, 11 March 2017

Time: 2.30pm – 6pm

Venue: Classic Car Garage, 33 Hilly Street, Mortlake (Top level, ex Classic Autocraft, Cummins Classic Cars)

Dress: Casual

For catering and refreshment purposes, please notify your acceptance by phoning texting or emailing one of the following by no later than 28 February 2017 .

RSVP to either:

Rick Marks: 0418686340 skid.marks@bigpond.com
Geoff Wheeler: 0414514283 geoffwheels@yahoo.com.au

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

Historic Autumn Wakefield Park

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

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

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

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

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

Entry numbers permitting, the meeting will include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We greatly appreciate your involvement in both our events and the historic racing community at large. Your support is vital to the health of the sport, and is what makes it such an exciting and rewarding pursuit. We hope that you join us once more for a great weekend of motorsport!

Please pass this invitation on to friends and family and encourage them to get involved – the more friends we have to race and talk cars with, the better!

We look forward to catching up with everyone this April 8th and 9th.

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

Download event documentation below:

2017 Wakefield Park Historic Autumn Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

Application for Regularity Licence [DOC]

Download a membership form in PDF format

Download a membership form in DOC format

Reminder to Check Harness & Extinguisher Dates for 2017 Season

Long time supporter of the HSRCA & historic racing community, Greg Yard of Simpson Safety Australia, has been in contact with an important reminder for the start of the season.

For your safety, and to maintain compliance with competition rules, please check the dates of your harness and extinguisher when preparing yourself and your car for competition. The start of the season is the perfect time to make sure everything you need for competition is up to scratch and in date for the year.

Simpson Safety Australia has fresh Willans, Toorace and APV harnesses available and will have 2017-dated extinguishers in stock shortly. They’re also offering new packages and reduced prices to ease the burden of everyone in prep-mode for the year. And if you need anything during our upcoming Autumn Historics at Wakefield Park, Greg will be there to help out.

Head to their site for more details.

Thanks to Simpson Safety Australia for their support.

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: February 2017

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

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

February looks forward to a fresh year of historic racing, introduces the HRCC’s 2017 training course for new competitors, brings Australian Sports Sedans to the HRCC and a whole lot more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque January 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque December 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque November 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2016 [PDF]

Gallery: Putting the Motorsport Back Into Parramatta Park at CARnivale

CARnivale 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come Along to CARnivale this Australia Day

Ron Tauranac Parramatta Park

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

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

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

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

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

Join Us this April for the HSRCA Autumn Race Meeting

Wakefield Park Autumn Historic Race Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wishing you the best for 2017,
Richard Cardew

Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland Launches New Website

New Historic Racing Car Club Queensland Website

Our brothers and sisters up in Queensland, the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland, have kicked off the year with a very pretty and modern new website.

The Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland has started the new year with a bang by posting a new website to showcase and promote Historic Racing in Queensland and across Australia. The club wanted to create a modern interface to generate more interest in historic motorsport for its members and the public.

By providing more information online about historic motorsport, news and details for the race events scheduled for 2017 it is hoped it will attract interest from people who would like to step into grass roots motorsport.

We hope you’ll support them in their efforts to nurture our wonderful historic racing community. Check out the new website at their usual address: www.hrcc.org.au

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

Carnivale Media Day 2017

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

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

Carnivale Media Day 2017

Thanks to Dan Bando

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

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

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

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

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: December 2016

Historic Torque December 2016

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The December edition for 2016 has just been sent out, and is available for download here.

This month’s magazine catches up on all the news in the Queensland historic motorsport scene, wraps up the 2016 racing season, features photos from the 2016 Noosa Hillclimb and a whole lot more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque December 2016 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque November 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque September 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque August [PDF]