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

2017 Spring Festival

Having hibernated through the cold winter months, it’s time to fire up the engines and head to Wakefield Park for the Spring Festival.

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.

Historic motorsport is friendly, relaxed and open – so come along, enjoy some great racing, get up close to the cars and have a chat with the drivers. We’ve planned entertainment for kids, and Wakefield Park has facilities to get a bite to eat and a drink and take a break from the action. For a more detailed look at the event, hit this link.

Further regulations, proposed programme of events, entry list, and garage allocation documents are available to download ahead of this weekend’s 2017 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park.

2017 Spring Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Further Regulations [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Pit Lane Disclaimer [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Scrutineer Check Sheet [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Entry List [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Proposed Program [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Garage Allocation [PDF]

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

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

It's the Pits August 2017

Mal Reid’s J, K & L newsletter, covering pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars, has returned to recap 2017’s mid-season action, and been sent out to drivers.

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

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Join Us for a Fun Weekend of Historic Racing at the Wakefield Park Spring Festival

2017 Wakefield Park Spring Festival

The historic sports and racing cars of the HSRCA are set to return to Goulburn this 2nd and 3rd of September, when they head to Wakefield Park for the Spring Festival.

The HSRCA and Wakefield Park will bring Australian motorsport history to life over the weekend-long event, when a storied and exciting field of sports, touring and racing cars from the ‘50s to the ‘90s takes to the countryside circuit.

Competing cars will include everything from classic Australian touring cars and sports cars, to the beautiful rear-engined race cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s, as well as the big-engined cars of that era like the famous Matich SR3 and the Nola Chev, which set a new lap record for its class in April.

Part of an ongoing initiative to make historic motorsport as inclusive and open as possible, the event will see the return of a super sprint category. This category will see more modern cars hit the track, allowing drivers of cars up to the late ‘90s to enter.

In September, a group who meet under the banner of the Rusty Nuts will participate in regularity trials, mostly driving the popular sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s.

2017 Wakefield Park Spring Festival

Kicking off on Saturday morning with qualifying and following on with a day and a half of races, the field will keep Wakefield Park singing all weekend long as drivers enjoy a packed schedule of motorsport. The circuit is one of New South Wales’ best for spectators, featuring an open layout with views around the full circuit and vantage points that get you up close to the action and allow you to see a races unfold.

Historic motorsport is one of the most welcoming forms of motorsport around. The drivers are there to have fun, enjoy good company and friendly competition, and share their passion for historic cars. This creates a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere, made all the better by the song of race engines in the air.

2017 Wakefield Park Spring Festival

Spectator entry includes access to the pits and paddock, so take the time to chat with the drivers, get up close to the cars and learn about the cars and the exploits of drivers. Other entertainment at the track will include a jumping castle and face painting for kids, a car club display and more.

With the Spring Festival, the HSRCA will put on a fun, welcoming and exciting celebration of Australia’s motorsport history. Come along for a few hours and enjoy the people, the cars and the racing.

Head to Wakefield Park from Saturday the 2nd of September to Sunday the 3rd. 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.

  • Admission: adults $20, Concession $15, children under 16 free
  • Activities for children, e.g. jumping castles and face painting
  • Cafe on site with real coffee
  • Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 9am to 3pm
  • Watch the racing, inspect the cars, meet the drivers

2017 Wakefield Park Spring Festival

Ex-RAAF Fighter Pilot Brian Weston to Speak at September 20th Social Night

Brian Weston will be joining us to speak during our fourth social evening of 2017, which will be held at the usual venue, Denistone Sports Club, 59 Chatham Road in West Ryde starting at 7:30PM on Wednesday the 20th of September. As always, come along a little earlier to enjoy the bistro and a drink with friends.

Most members will be familiar with Brian Weston and his BRG Group Sb Midget that he has been racing for nearly the past 20 years. But what you may not know is that Brian has an even longer history of travelling quickly.

Brian Weston joined the RAAF at 17 years of age with a dream of flying the Australia’s air force jets. After 34 years, he retired having flown Winjeel, Chipmunk, Jet Provost, Hawker Hunter, Macchi MB-326H, Vampire, Avon Sabre, Mirage IIIO and F/A-18A Hornet aircraft.

His career included postings to all four RAAF fighter squadrons, including graduating from the RAAF fighter combat instructor course, and instructing on RAAF Mirage IIIO aircraft at the air force school for fighter pilots – No 2 (Fighter) Operational Conversion Unit. One of only a handful of RAAF pilots who flew tours in three generations of RAAF fighter aircraft – the Avon Sabre, Mirage IIIO and F/A-18A Hornet – he is well-placed to talk about his experiences flying fighters, especially flying the Mirage IIIO on which he accrued 2,400 flying hours.

As usual, Brian’s story will begin at 7:30 at the Denistone Sports Club but members are welcome to arrive earlier for some food, drink and socialising.

Finally, you still have a couple of days for a last-minute entry for our 2-3 September Wakefield Park event; entries close 18 August.

Group N Historic Touring Cars at the FoSC Winter One-Day Sydney Motorsport Park

FoSC Winter Invitation Eastern Creek

Image: Taylor Pember

The Group N cars of the Historic Touring Car Association of NSW recently contested the fourth round of their 2017 series at Sydney Motorsport Park with Festival of Sporting Cars. Read on, and enjoy Stephen Pitman’s report of the event.

The Historic Touring Car Association will join us at Wakefield Park in just a few weeks for the penultimate points round of their season, which will be contested at the Spring Festival.

Thanks to Stephen Pitman and the Historic Touring Car Association of NSW. See their website for a mega photo gallery and more information on the series.

Images thanks to Taylor Pember, Mark Walsh & Daniel Walters.

FoSC Winter Invitation Eastern Creek Druitt Circuit 1 Day Meeting Saturday 22nd July 2017

August 2, 2017

PAYCE Historic Touring Cars Group N
Report by Stephen Pitman. Images by Taylor Pember, Mark Walsh & Daniel Walters.

Braving a brisk and early start, nineteen of our members turned out to experience an enjoyable day of motor racing in warm winter weather and a relaxing atmosphere at the FoSC Winter Invitational.

FOSC organisers praised the standard of on-track driving, highlighting Group N’s performance.

This was also a meeting that continued the trend of younger drivers being introduced to the group N category. Drivers such as Adrian Macri, Jamie Tilley, Andrew Taite, and Luke Broadhead, who featured in the Mark Broadhead invitation regularity event, joined the competition at the event.

Again I stress the importance of the regularity category as an introduction to the Group N category. These young drivers competed in all of the races and displayed extraordinary driving skill to more than cement their position in the Group N ranks.

Both aspects of the day were very encouraging to see.

FoSC Winter Invitation Eastern Creek

Image: Daniel Walters

Qualifying Results

Group Nc
Jamie Tilley 1.11.5
Andrew Taite 1.11.7
Wayne Rogerson 1.14.5

Group Nb
Harry Bargwanna 1.13.3
John Harrison 1.15.3
Chris Collett 1.16.8

Race 1

Although Jamie Tilley had pole, he just could not master the start, which allowed Andrew Taite in the Chevrolet Camaro to lead into the first corner and ultimately go on to take the win ahead of Jamie in the Ford Mustang. Cam Worner in the GT Falcon finished in third.

Honours in the Nb placing went to Chris Collet in the Morris Cooper S with a win, Matt Russell Morris Cooper S in second and the EH Holden of Adrian Macri rounding out the podium with third.

Race 2

Again Jamie Tilley bogged down on the start to hand the lead advantage to Andrew Taite in the Chevrolet Camaro, ultimately resulting in an identical result to in Race 1.

Nb placings were slightly different this time out, with Chris Collett in the Morris Cooper S taking the win followed by Adrian Macri in the Holden EH second and David Wheatley in third position. A result due to the DNF of the Matt Russell Morris Cooper S. Harry Bargwanna also recorded a DNF in this event for reasons unknown.

Race 3

Andrew Taite in the Chevrolet Camaro had the best of the start again to lead Jamie Tilley in the Ford Mustang for the best part of the early laps of the event. This time, however, Jamie made a successful passing move to take the lead around the end of lap 3. Andrew and Jamie put on an entertaining display of driving, Andrew maintaining the pressure on Jamie until the end unable to slip by Jamie, who held on to experience a well-earned win. Cam Worner in the Falcon GT finished in third position.

Chris Collett would again be first on the podium for the Group Nb category, once again followed by Adrian Macri in the EH Holden and Barry Jessop in his EH Holden, resplendent in the new livery of diamond white and contrasting white roof. There is a rumour that the car was painted in a dodgy suburb in the States, explaining the bullet holes in the rear boot lid.

FoSC Winter Invitation Eastern Creek

Image: Mark Walsh

Mark Broadhead Invitation Regularity Event

This event would display how important regularity is to blooding new members and younger drivers to our sport. While it received a comparably low participation rate, it allowed for some of the more experienced drivers to back off a little and let these new competitors get some experience under their belts to feel comfortable driving at speed in simulated race conditions.

At the sharp end of the field the Holden of a Macri put on a display of co-ordinated driving with fellow competitors to assist the new comers in finding their feet. Dave Wheatley Morris Cooper S supported newcomer Francis Meier also in a Morris Cooper S, demonstrating the race lines to be used to create fast lap times.

Also, and even though he has been around for some time, Nathan Swain has successfully completed his Observed Licence Test to attain his right to start competing. Congratulations Nathan! Nathan will be adding to the numbers of EH Holdens already competing. There is no mistaking Nathan – he resembles Captain Risky although I am assured he does drive a lot better.

As a club it is pleasing to see the emergence of this new talent to our ranks and that our promotion to attract new members is working. So, I call on all existing members to provide support where ever you can to help establish a firm place in our club moving forward.

Stephen Pitman

Developing the Regularity Category to Make for More Inclusive Motorsport

Regularity Developments

Regularity is one of the most inclusive, welcoming and fun categories in historic racing. As the times change, however, so must we, and we’re working to improve the category to make it more inclusive while improving the safety, enjoyment and smooth running of its events.

Regularity is open to a large range of production, sports, touring and racing cars as well as replicas and cars with a degree of modification. The rules defining which cars may run are not as strict as other categories, and the committee is able to approve invitation of compatible cars.

Drivers in the category do not compete for track position or ultimate lap time – they compete to be the most consistent. This significantly reduces the on-track pressure and competition, making Regularity a safe and welcoming form of motorsport.

Regularity Developments

The open nature of the category and the non-competitive nature of its events make Regularity one of the best points of entry to the sport of historic motorsport. Regularity’s a great category in which to build confidence, skill and experience. It’s also a joy to watch, because of the sheer variety of cars on display and tendency to draw out cars and drivers who may not otherwise compete.

In an effort to continue developing the Regularity category, increasing its appeal and improving the format, some changes are being trialed and implemented. Read on for an update by Regularity Category Manager David Ellis.

Regularity Developments

Thanks to David Ellis

Developments in the Regularity Category

The Regularity category is currently undertaking a transitional change in order to retain and appeal to the many cross sections of motoring groups within the Club and beyond.

The Category at recent meetings has attracted quite a cross section of vehicles, and whilst this is good for numbers and spectators, it means that the cars don’t always match well as a group.

Traditional Regularity cars can be overshadowed or intimidated by later model and highly modified vehicles. We also want to ensure that Regularity does not become a category to send vehicles that don’t comply with other race categories, but still need a place to run.

The future growth of the Club will also require the acceptance of modern vehicles. This is hugely important, but has brought with it an inherent and increasing speed variation within the group, which is an issue for smoothly and safely running together.

Before this speed differential became an issue, and to accommodate all of the above issues, it was agreed that the best way to move forward would be to split into a traditional Historic Regularity group and a Supersprint group.

This was trialled at the Autumn Wakefield Park Meeting and was hailed as a huge success. So, moving forward the Regularity category will be listed as two separate groups for each meeting. The criteria for each will be:

Historic Regularity

  • Historic cars that are 30 + years
  • Historic cars in near manufacturers trim and appearance
  • Historic cars with period modifications only
  • Category will comply with the CAMS 130% rule

Regularity Developments

Supersprint

By nature Supersprint will likely be the bigger and faster group and open to:

  • Historic cars with speed above the Regularity 130% rule
  • Heavily modified historic cars
  • Non-compliant race category cars
  • Invited categories
  • Modern Regularity

The desired outcomes will be to:

  • Retain a compliant Historic Regularity group that may attract new members or allure some of the old faithful who may have been intimidated and lost by recent growth and speed to return
  • To become Australia’s premier Historic Regularity group by strictly enforcing the historic policy
  • The Supersprint group will cater for all of the modified, faster and more modern vehicles in a safer environment
  • Will allow for the Club to grow and attract modern vehicles.

You’ll be able to catch the Regularity crew on track at the Spring Festival at Wakefield Park this September 1 – 3. For more details see the calendar here.

Regularity Developments

HELP NEEDED: Brabham BT2 Stolen From Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand

Brabham BT2 Stolen

A Brabham BT2 prototype has been stolen from the Kapiti Coast, Paraparaumu Beach, north of Wellington in New Zealand and we are seeking urgent help from the community for any information on its whereabouts.

The car was stolen over the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd of July in the owner’s ‘toy hauler’ converted caravan.

Brabham BT2 Pop Top Caravan

The converted caravan is a lightweight pop top caravan and is somewhat unique, featuring a full-width lift-up tailgate. There are only around six similar caravans featuring that kind of conversion in New Zealand.

As the BT2 is a prototype, it will require someone familiar with early Brabhams or Formula Juniors to identify it.

Any information, sightings or help would be hugely appreciated. Please get in touch with Seth via seth@hsrca.com. Please also pass this request on to friends and family in the historic racing community to help return this car home.

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.