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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

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