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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