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2018 Autumn Festival Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

2018 Autumn Festival

We’re freshly returned from a perfect Autumn weekend at Wakefield Park, where we kicked off 2018’s historic motor racing with the Autumn Festival. Now that we’ve had a few days to adjust to the return to the working week, it’s time to take a look back at the action and share a few photos from the weekend.

The HSRCA’s first historic race meeting of 2018 was held in picturesque Goulburn, which did its level best to put on a near-perfect weekend for motorsport over the 7th & 8th of April. The weather was clear and warm and while the mercury may have crept up a little too high to squeeze absolutely every tenth out of the cars and circuit, it was kind on drivers and pleasant in the pits and paddock.

2018 Autumn Festival

The wonderful weather and quality camaraderie between entrants, officials, friends and spectators made for a lovely atmosphere and contributed to a relaxed and social weekend. We work hard to provide plenty of quality track time, but it’s equally important that time outside of the car is just as enjoyable, so we’re very thankful to be supported by such a warm and welcoming community.

While we advertise HSRCA meetings as two-day affairs, the option of private practice on Friday allows people to extend the meeting and spend some time getting cars, and drivers, nicely sorted – especially after the summer break. Proceedings thusly kicked off on Friday morning with private practice kindly supported by Wakefield Park.

2018 Autumn Festival

We kicked into top gear on Saturday, opening with qualifying and then heading into the full race, regularity and super sprint format on Saturday afternoon and throughout Sunday. Outside of a delay on Sunday morning, the program ran very smoothly throughout the weekend.

The race, regularity and super sprint events were a lot of fun and provided plenty of spectator appeal, with some great passing and dicing throughout the fields. It was fun to see the order mixed up in several events, with drivers putting in special runs to claim a win or a personal best.

Alex D’Onofrio, pictured above, put on a giant-killing display in Group N to outrun many of the larger-engined cars and we thoroughly enjoyed the awe-inspiring sight of Daniel Nolan in the ’75 Nola Chev and Paul Hamilton in the ’68 Elfin 600 on track together – both running well under the old lap record.

2018 Autumn Festival

We’d like to send a big ‘THANK YOU!’ to drivers and entrants for their respectful driving and exemplary preparation of the cars as well as organisers and officials, who keep everything ticking along nicely. We enjoyed excellent participation from interstate competitors at the Autumn Festival, so a huge thanks to all of you for making that effort as well!

2018 Autumn Festival

The Autumn Festival was headlined by two significant anniversaries – the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior and a commemoration of the life and career of Jim Clark on the 50th anniversary of his untimely passing on the 7th of April, 1968.

The Formula Junior Jim Clark tribute race was held on Saturday afternoon and we were happy to see it well-supported. It featured an excellent dice for the win, with Danny Ciarma from Victoria displacing Queensland’s Donald Thallon for the victory. Kim Shearn put in a very spirited drive to take third place in the Lotus 18 Formula Junior.

2018 Autumn Festival

We were also thrilled to be joined by some truly lovely Lotuses in race, regularity, super sprint and on display in the paddock in support of Jim Clark’s Lotus history. Thanks to everyone who contributed to those significant historical milestones, and a special thanks to Club Lotus Australia for their support.

Speaking of displays, we were able to put together a magic Jim Clark display in the sign-on facility, so a huge thanks to everyone who helped to create that – we hope you made time to check it out.

2018 Autumn Festival

We were also happy to welcome new friends in the form of the BMW E30 Racing series at the Autumn Festival. The BMW E30 Racing series joined with Group N for the weekend, and put on an awesome show, fitting in perfectly with the spirit and aesthetic of the meeting and contributing to some great dices throughout the weekend. It was great sharing a weekend with you, and we look forward to many more in the future!

This was, as always, true for all of the Fifth Category competitors and support teams who joined us for the meeting. A big thank you to everyone in BMW E30, Formula Ford, Formula Junior, Formula Vee, Groups J, K, L and Invite M, Group N, Group O, Q and R, Group S, Regularity and Super Sprint. A huge amount of effort goes in to preparing for, and running at, a historic race meeting, and we greatly appreciate your support.

2018 Autumn Festival

As always, our biggest and most deserved thanks goes out to the many volunteers who support the club, its members and its events. Without you and the time, passion, dedication and skill you devote to the sport, none of this could happen. THANK YOU!

With that, it’s time to zip it and head to the photos. Put on the kettle and settle in to spend a few minutes clicking through the following links and enjoying the photos contributed by the many talented people who document our events.

Images thanks to Anne Bromley, Jeremy Dale, Andrew Green, David Jenkins, Wayne Jones, Taylor, Pember, Seth Reinhardt, Mark Richards, Stuart Row, Peter Schell, Rudi Seidel, Dallas Thomas and Gino Valdes.

Anne and Dallas’ work can be found on their website atstudioeleven.com.au and Wayne’s images can be found on his website here. Mark Richards can be found online here, and Stuart Row’s website is www.transchroma.com.

Follow David’s work on Facebook hereAndrew’s on Facebook here and Taylor’s Taylor.Made Photography Facebook page here.. To contact Gino, Jeremy, Peter, Rudi or Seth, send Seth an email via seth@hsrca.com.

2018 Autumn Festival by Anne Bromley

2018 Autumn Festival by Jeremy Dale

2018 Autumn Festival by Andrew Green

2018 Autumn Festival by David Jenkins

2018 Autumn Festival by Wayne Jones

2018 Autumn Festival by Taylor Pember

2018 Autumn Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2018 Autumn Festival by Mark Richards

2018 Autumn Festival by Stuart Row

2018 Autumn Festival by Peter Schell

2018 Autumn Festival by Rudi Seidel

2018 Autumn Festival by Dallas Thomas

2018 Autumn Festival by Gino Valdes

Our next historic race meeting will be the Spring Festival, which will be held at Wakefield Park over the 22nd & 23rd of September, 2018. Entries will open in the coming weeks, and we will be in touch with an invitation shortly! Stay tuned to www.hsrca.com for more.

2018 Autumn Festival


Autumn Festival Provisional Entry List, Program, Garage Allocation & Further Regulations

Autumn Festival 2018 Documents

The provisional entry list, provisional program, garage allocation, further regulations and paddock layout are now available for download ahead of this weekend’s Autumn Festival.

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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

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.


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.