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2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park: Photos and Wrap-Up

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Running from Friday the 10th of November through to Sunday the 12th, the 2017 Summer Festival saw us wrapping up the 2017 historic motorsport season at Sydney Motorsport Park with a weekend of good friends, classic sports and racing cars and magnificent motorsport.

We may have called the event the Summer Festival, but it was technically held in spring and that turned out beautifully. We enjoyed perfect conditions for motorsport over the weekend. The weather was warm and summery in feel, without the brutal heat and humidity that peak Sydney summer can supply. Kind on the cars and kind on their drivers!

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

As always, it was a friendly and relaxed weekend, albeit this time out somewhat quieter than our summer meetings usually are. The event kicked off on Friday with private practice run by the ARDC, before settling in to qualifying and races on Saturday and Sunday. Eight grids joined in the fun, including:

  • Formula Vee
  • Group N
  • Group MOP, Formula Junior and Invited Group QR
  • SuperSprint
  • Formula Ford
  • Group S
  • Regularity
  • Group QR

It was great to see a varied and interesting group of cars out on the circuit, including rare and special machines and new some faces as well. As always, all of the cars presented were beautifully prepared and a joy to see driven in anger.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

The Group S Relay Enduro was our feature event for the weekend and was a lot of fun, especially during the mid-race scramble when cars pull in to the pits for the driver swap or solo racer pit-stop. We were also happy to award a series of trophies on Sunday, with very special thanks to club patron Ron Tauranac who joined us for the presentation.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Sunday saw club members joining us for a club plate run and classic car display. Thanks to Rick Marks for organising the run and display, and to all of the club members who came along. Your participation and display added a great deal to the atmosphere and it was lovely to share the day with you.

The racing, regularity and super sprinting over the weekend was very good as always, with competitors putting on some great events. The standard of driving at our meetings is consistently excellent, displaying not only exciting dices, quick laps or consistent regularity, but safe, respectful and skillful driving conduct. This improves the safety of the sport, allows people to get involved with confidence and also allows us to get and enjoy the cars, sharing them with fellow fans, in a competitive, but safe, respectful and well-supported environment.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

We’d like to send our sincere thanks to competitors, entrants and teams for supporting not only this event, but the HSRCA and sport of historic motorsport in general. The weekend itself represents the tip of the iceberg in terms of all of the work that goes into competing, and we greatly appreciate your passion and dedication.

On that note, the people who make up the club and who join in our events are some of the nicest you could hope to meet and it’s always a joy to spend a weekend together. The atmosphere at the track was friendly and relaxed, with the pits and paddock full of people chatting, tinkering and chillin’ out after events. Thanks for making Sydney Motorsport Park such a pleasant place to spend a weekend.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Most importantly, we, and I’m sure everyone involved, would like to send a ‘THANK YOU!’ of immeasurable importance to the many volunteers who support us and make all of this possible. Thank you for the time, talent and hard work that you lend to the sport and its people. Without your help, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this.

Thank you!

So with that, let’s move on to the photos! Take a few minutes to scroll through the photo galleries below, and please click through to the photographers’ websites if you’d like to organise prints or soft copies to support their work and the effort they put in to covering HSRCA events.

Images thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Daniel Ferraro, Rod Mackenzie, Ken Meredith, Cori Mitchell, Brent Murray and Seth Reinhardt.

For more from Riccardo, please see his website here and for more of Daniel’s work visit ferraroautomotivephotography.com. You can find Ken’s work at www.kenmeredith.com and Rod’s at rodmackenziecollection.com. Find Brent on Facebook at At Speed Images. If you’d like to reach out to Seth or Cori, please send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

2017 Summer Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2017 Summer Festival by Riccardo Benvenuti

2017 Summer Festival by Daniel Ferraro

2017 Summer Festival by Rod Mackenzie

2017 Summer Festival by Ken Meredith

2017 Summer Festival by Cori Mitchell

2017 Summer Festival by Brent Murray

The HSRCA will return to race tracks in 2018! Put the following dates in your diaries:

  • April 7 & 8 Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park featuring Formula Ford
  • September 22 & 23 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park featuring the Mini Challenge
  • December 1 & 2 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park featuring Formula 5000, ’60s racing cars and international visitors

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park


2017 Summer Festival Competitor Profile: Wayne Seabrook

Wayne Seabrook

Images kindly provided by Wayne Seabrook

This week, we catch up with Wayne Seabrook to learn a little about his history in motorsport and the 1976 Porsche 911 that he’ll be running in the Summer Festival this weekend.

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2017 Summer Festival Car Profile: Rob Tweedie’s Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

We’re very much looking forward to the upcoming Summer Festival, which will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park from the 10th to the 12th of November. To help everyone get in the mood, we are going to take a look at some of the historic cars which will be joining us at the meeting, and we’re kicking off today with a look at Rob Tweedie’s Elfin-Repco Holden MS7, which will be driven by his son Tom in Group Q.

With thanks to Robert Tweedie

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

Built in Adelaide for the singular purpose of winning the Australian Sports Car Championship, the one-off, aluminium monocoque Elfin MS7 did just that, with South Australian designer/builder Garrie Cooper taking the crown at Phillip Island on November 30, 1975.

In essence the MS7 was derived from the open-wheeler MS6 Formula 5000 car, with full-width bodywork clearly influenced by the Porsche 917/10 Can-Am car capable of generating massive downforce. With a dry weight of 730 kgs and serious grunt from the 5 litre Repco V8 using Lucas fuel injection, the Elfin proved more than a match for its opposition and dominated from the time of its debut in 1974, setting numerous lap records and scoring several outright victories in the period 1974-1975.

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

The MS7 passed to privateer Stuart Kostera in West Australia in 1975 and continued racing in sports car events until 1983 (winning the 1976 Australian Tourist Trophy amongst other races), then Alan Newton in Victoria owned the car until 1997. It has raced more or less continuously ever since, competing in Group Q Historic Sports Cars with Aaron Lewis of New South Wales from 1997, who drove it to many class lap records.

The current owner Robert Tweedie purchased the Elfin in May 2005 and raced the following year before instigating a full rebuild over the winter of 2006/7, with a new 565 bhp engine and improved cosmetics. From 2007 onwards the car continued to perform well at Phillip Island, the Australian Grand Prix meet, Oran Park, Eastern Creek, Winton and Wakefield Park with a number of wins, podiums and lap records.

At the end of 2016 Robert retired and passed driving duties onto his son Tom, who already has excellent driver credentials with his most successful Chevron B24/28 Formula 5000 open wheel racing car and historic Formula Ford. With many lap records and multiple wins to his name, it will be interesting to see whether Tom can lower the existing Sydney Motorsport Park Historic Sportscar lap record, and by how much. Tom has already run the Elfin at SMP briefly and was lapping in the 1min28s, which hopefully is a good indication of what we can expect.

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7


Introducing Q & R Sports and Racing’s New Category Manager, Ian Buddery

Ian Buddery Q & R Category Manager

Ian Buddery recently took over the role of Q&R Category Manager for both sports and racing cars, kindly offering his time, skill and passion as caretaker of this evocative historic racing category. Read on for an introduction, thanks to Ian.

Thanks to Ian Buddery

This is my first report since taking up the Q&R Category Manager role, so forgive me if it’s short on news and long on partly-informed ideas! I have yet to complete the task of reaching out to all Q&R competitors, but when that’s happened I’ll do my best to represent their best interests.

I’ve been advised to explain my background, in order to have some level of credibility in this job.

Like most of you, I’ve been irrational about cars and motorsport for as long as I can remember, from hanging off the fencing at the back of Sandown, which was a short pushbike ride from home, to competing in my first forest rally as an 18 year old, during which I all but wrote off my hire-purchase MG Midget, going through a fence at a t-junction and hitting the only tree in the paddock. I blamed the navigator of course…  No helmets, no roll cage – those were the days! 

I did lots of rallying and car club track days over the years, but no actual racing until I found myself the co-owner of a Penske Indy car in 2007.  My sincere advice is never accept free alcohol at a Pebble Beach auction!

Discovering that our new purchase was a restoration project, we bought a Lola T700 to cannibalise for parts. Eventually realising that this car was too good and too rare to break up, I got my circuit license and recommissioned it, my first meeting being at Eastern Creek in Jan 2010.

Ian Buddery Q & R Category Manager

It took me a while, but I eventually got the hang of preparing and driving the Lola. I then thought that buying a newer car that was 10% faster in the day would take 10% off my lap times (I can hear you all laughing now). Enter my current car, a 1986 March86C. Unfortunately it was 20% harder to manage than the ground effect Lola and my times went backwards, so another learning curve began.

But oh how I love the racing and how I kick myself for not finding it 20 years sooner! I also enjoy the history of my car, a 2 time Indy 500 entrant, and work hard to preserve its patina and keep it correct. This hobby includes all the enjoyment of preserving a classic car, with all the excitement of racing one.

So on to what I hope to achieve as category manager. First and foremost, I will work to encourage the largest possible grids, so that meeting organisers always include us. Next, I’d like to encourage camaraderie and interaction amongst us all; keep other club members informed of what’s happening amongst Q&R competitors; and finally encourage new people to buy suitable cars and join the ranks.

So I need your help, please email me at qr@hsrca.com whenever you buy or sell car, rebuild or repair one you already own, or have any interesting experience to share.

I’m still working on building a complete database of Q&R drivers, so please send me an email with your contact details and the Q&R car(s) that you run.

Regards,
Ian Buddery


September 2017 HRCC Historic Torque Available for Download

HRCC Historic Torque September 2017

Image thanks to Ian Welsh of Shifting Focus Motorsport Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The September 2017 edition has been sent out, and is available for download below.

It’s been a busy few months in the Queensland historic racing scene, and this month’s magazine features a bumper report on the 2017 Historic Lakeside, more images from the recent Historic Queensland meeting, details on the HRCC’s upcoming Noosa Hillclimb and much, much more.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy:

HRCC Historic Torque September 2017 [PDF]

Catch up on previous editions of Historic Torque with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque August 2017

HRCC Historic Torque June 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]


The Targa Florio Comes to Australia

Targa Florio Australia Tribute

The Targa Florio, one of the world’s longest lasting and most iconic motor races, will arrive in Australia this November as the Targa Florio Australian Tribute, and we’re invited to take part.

The Targa Florio was a brutally tough endurance sports car race that began in Sicily in 1906. It became a part of the World Sportscar Championship in the ’50s, but was removed from the championship in 1973 after a serious of fatal accidents proved that it had become far too dangerous.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, the event still exists today as a regulated road race with special timed stages. It features a classic event, the Targa Florio Classic, which is a brilliant event run as a historic regularity race for cars built before 1977.

The Targa Florio Australian Tribute is a classic car regularity event that will be held from the 29th of November to the 3rd of December, 2017. It will cover a 1175 kilometre route through some of Victoria’s most scenic locations, including both regional and city destinations, and give spectators a chance to enjoy the cars and festivities. It will be run in the same way as the Targa Florio in Sicily, as a regulated road race with timed stages.

We would love to get an HSRCA crew together to take part in the event. Please contact Richard Cardew if you’re interested, and head to the Targa Florio Australian Tribute website here for more details.


Notice of 2017 HSRCA Annual General Meeting

2017 HSRCA AGM

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October the 18th, at Denistone Sports Club from 8:00 PM.

At this meeting your new committee will be elected, which means that all positions will be declared vacant. If you would like to contribute to the continued growth and direction of our Club, fill in the notification form, have it signed and return it to the office address on the form at least 14 days prior to the meeting to allow inclusion in a nominations listing on the HSRCA website.

This is an important meeting, and apart from business is a great chance to catch up with friends and socialise. Dinner for members will be on the house, so come along for a meal and to enjoy a social evening while engaging in interesting discussions on the future of the club.

Download the relevant documentation by right-clicking the links below and selecting ‘Save As’:

HSRCA 2017 AGM Proxy Form [DOC]

HSRCA 2017 AGM Nomination Form [DOC]

Annual General Meeting 2017

Denistone Sporting Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde

At 8.00 pm on Wednesday 18 October 2017

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday evening 18 October next.

The AGM is important because it is an opportunity to review the year and invite comment on the way the HSRCA responds to the challenges and opportunities that lie before us. We are also proposing two life membership for people who have provided long and sacrificial service. And we have some club trophies to award. Celebrate with them.  

The last year has been successful on important fronts, goodwill continues to be strong and office bearers have worked tirelessly in the interests of the club. Sadly, we have lost members who have passed away and some members are also grieving from loss of loved ones whose life they have shared for decades. Some also have felt it is time to retire from often very long service. So it is a time for reflection and some sadness but also thankfulness for friendships and service to historic motor sport.  

As happened last year, meals are free, and whilst some have suggested that accounted for the exceptional turn out of 60 people, I am convinced it reflected strong interest in the future of the club. We hope we can do justice to your expectations.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Richard Cardew,
President

Agenda

  1. Apologies
  2. Receive Minutes of the 2016 AGM, as approved by the General Committee
  3. President’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Nominations for Life Membership
  6. Club trophies presentations
  7. Election of 2017-2018 Committee
    1. Positions declared vacant
    2. Appointment of interim chair
    3. Nominations and election
  8. Future directions for the Club and business plan – open discussion
  9. Other business

Supporting papers for this meeting will be available on request from Wes Dayton from early October.

The General Committee has approved a proposal from Rod Wallace to work with the committee to prepare a business plan for the Club. This will be referred to in the president’s report and included in discussion at point 8.


Your Invitation to the 2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

HSRCA's 2017 Summer Festival

Entries are now open for the HSRCA’s 2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park, to be held over the 11th & 12th of November, with private practice offered on the 10th. You are most cordially invited!

Click this link to enter the event via the ARDC Competitor Portal.

Entrants, download event documentation below:

2017 Summer Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Garage & Carport Application Form [PDF]

We are working in collaboration with the ARDC and will be using the ARDC’s competitor portal to handle entry. The ARDC competitor portal can be found at the following link:

http://www.ardconline.com/

We appreciate your support in using this new system and welcome your feedback on the process.

The increased $50 HSRCA members’ discount for entry to race meetings is available. Take advantage of this discount, as it represents great value, including both generous track time and a magic racing environment.

To apply it to your entry, navigate to the merchandising page of the online entry system. Please check the summary page to ensure it has applied correctly. If not, please contact the ARDC and they can facilitate that for you.

Private practice will be held on Friday the 10th of November and will be run by Sydney Motorsport Park. Simply turn up at the venue and go to Suite 9.

Private practice sign on will commence from 7AM. Please present your licence and proof of current HSRCA membership. The cost for private practice is $150 for HSRCA members and $180 for non-members.

The Summer Festival will see us return to Sydney Motorsport Park, Gardner (GP) circuit, to hold our biggest race meeting of the year. We’re looking forward to exciting competition around the circuit’s interesting and challenging layout.

Entry numbers permitting, the provisional grids are:

  • Groups KLM
  • Group O and invited M and P
  • Groups QR OR, if interest allows:
    • Group OPQR and invited M with QR limited to small engine cars AND
    • Groups QR for big-engined cars including F5000s
  • Group S including the Group S Relay
  • Group N
  • Formula Ford and Formula Vee
  • Regularity
  • Super Sprint

Grids will be arranged to accommodate entries into compatible groupings and ensure viable grid sizes and generous track time. Composition of grids may change for some perpetual trophy races.

We are keen to provide races for the big-engined QR cars, and would love to see (and hear) the mighty Formula 5000s on track over the weekend. The two options for the Group QR grid are designed to allow us to do so.

We are continuing our efforts to provide a place for all compatible and appropriate cars to race and welcome enquiries and feedback about opportunities.

The event will see many significant trophies awarded, subject to sufficient numbers in the relevant categories. Some of these are for specific races while others cover the whole year. Please see below for the full list.

We are continuing to grow the super sprint format’s presence at HSRCA meetings, as it has proved successful on several fronts. We enjoyed the participation of some very interesting cars at our September meeting and hope to see the trend continue in November.

We greatly appreciate your involvement in HSRCA events and the greater historic motorsport community. Feedback from competitors and spectators at our Autumn and Spring meetings has been very encouraging and we are keen to provide another brilliant weekend. Thank you for your continued support.

Please pass this invitation on to friends and family who would enjoy a fun weekend out with lovely old cars, and encourage them to get involved.

We look forward to going racing with you once again this November 10 – 12.

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

The following trophies will be awarded subject to sufficient numbers in the relevant categories.

  • John Leffler Trophy for Formula Ford
  • Ian “Pete” Geoghegan Trophy for Group Nb Touring Cars
  • Brian Foley Trophy for Group Nc Touring Cars
  • John Dawson-Damer Memorial Trophy for Group MO Racing Cars
  • RACA trophies for Groups Sa, Sb, Sc Enduro
  • Bill Brown Trophy for Group S Driver of the meeting
  • Roger Ealand Trophy for Formula Junior Racing Cars
  • Frank Gardner Trophy for Group L Sports Cars
  • Alec Mildren Trophy for Group L Racing Cars
  • Summer Festival Trophy for Group R Racing Cars
  • Summer Festival Trophy for Group R Sports Cars
  • Ron Tauranac Trophy for Group Q Racing Cars
  • Bib Stillwell Trophy for Group Q Sports Cars
  • Summer Festival Trophy for Group M Racing Cars
  • Frank Matich Trophy for Group M Sports Cars
  • Ian Forsyth Trophy for Best Performance in Regularity in 2017
  • Peter Finlay Trophy for Performance Most Deserving Encouragement Regularity 2017
  • Commentators Award for Impressive Driving Performance

Rusty Nuts Racers’ 2017 Spring Festival Report

Rusty Nuts Racers at the Spring Festival

We were very pleased to be joined at this year’s Spring Festival by the crew of the Rusty Nuts Racers. Read on and enjoy their report on the action at the Spring Festival.

The Rusty Nuts Racers are a group of (mostly) ’50s and ’60s sports cars drivers, with a particularly strong contingent of MGs, who joined us to compete in Regularity.

We look forward to catching up with them again at the Summer Festival in November.

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A Brief Recap of Sunday’s Group S Action at the Spring Festival

Group S at the Spring Festival

Colin Wilson-Brown, Group S Racing Association past president, has kindly reached out with a recap of Sunday’s Group S action at the 2017 Spring Festival. Read on, and enjoy!

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2017 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park: Photos and Wrap-Up

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

Kicking off on Friday the 1st of September and going through to Sunday the 3rd of September, the 2017 Spring Festival saw us celebrating historic motorsport, magic old machines and good friends at Wakefield Park, nestled in Goulburn’s picturesque countryside.

Our second historic race meeting of 2017 fell on the first weekend of spring, and Goulburn delivered a stunner. Cool temperatures and mostly sunny skies made for perfect conditions for the cars and temperate weather for all of us to enjoy.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

The weekend was friendly and relaxed, setting the stage for some great races. It kicked off on Friday, with Wakefield Park hosting private practice. This allowed competitors to get settled in for the weekend and spend some time dialling in their cars before Saturday turned up the wick for qualifying and races launched on Saturday afternoon, continuing through Sunday.

This time out we were joined by eight grids, which included:

  • Groups L & M and Formulas Junior & Vee
  • Groups O, Q & R
  • Regularity
  • Formula Ford
  • Group N Under 3000cc
  • Group N Over 3000cc
  • Group S
  • Super Sprint

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

The event was well supported and we were pleased to be joined by more than a few new competitors, as well as some interesting and new (to us) cars. The support of Group N and the Historic Touring Car Association was particularly impressive, with the entry going above the maximum track density at Wakefield Park, resulting in two good grids. Group S entries were also very strong, and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the excellent grid of Groups O, Q & R cars blasting around Wakefield Park.

Group L, Formula Junior, Sports 2000, and the Regularity team event all competed for trophies, while Group N and Group S hosted rounds of their 2017 competition season. The Regularity endurance event was a lot of fun and featured a great field, and the Super Sprint event is strengthening in its support and proving to work very well.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

Thanks to competitors, entrants and teams for the support! The racing, regularity and super sprinting was uniformly excellent, featuring some exciting dices and consistent displays of skill and respectful racing conduct. This ensured that the program ran smoothly and allowed us to keep the track singing all weekend long.

A huge amount of work goes in to preparing and running a historic car at a race meeting, and we’re extremely grateful for the support of everyone involved. Praise is also due for the beautiful preparation and presentation of the cars.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

Thanks also to the Falcon GT, Mustang and Torana Clubs of Canberra for taking a run out to our event and joining in the fun. The clubs put on a beautiful display of classic muscle and enjoyed some track time over lunch on Sunday. We look forward to catching up at an event in the future.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

The community that makes up the HSRCA is one of the most welcoming and friendly around, and everyone was on fine form this weekend. The atmosphere was warm and friendly and the pits and paddock full of people catching up, telling tales of racing glory, commiserating with each other about mechanical mishaps and generally enjoying good company.

If you attend a historic motorsport event, make sure to take some time to explore the pits and paddock, get up close to the cars and get to know some of the sport’s lovely people.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

As always, I close with the most important part of our wrap up – an impossibly large ‘THANK YOU!’ to the many volunteers who make all of this possible.

We, and everyone involved in the club and its activities, are endlessly grateful for the time, talent and hard work that you devote to motorsport and its community. It is your selfless support that allows us the opportunity to enjoy these old cars and the wonderful community that goes along with them.

Thank you!

With that, it’s time to move on to the pictures!

Images thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Domenic Ciccio, David Jenkins, Rod Mackenzie, Peter Miles, Taylor Pember, Seth Reinhardt, Peter Schell and Dallas Thomas.

For more from Riccardo, please see his website here and to see more from Dallas, head to atstudioeleven.com.au. Domenic’s website is mtrvtd.com and Rod’s website is www.rodmackenziecollection.com.

David can be found on Facebook here, Taylor Made Photography is on Facebook here and Peter Miles can be found on Facebook here and YouTube here.

To get in touch with Peter Schell or Seth, send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

2017 Spring Festival by Riccardo Benvenuti

2017 Spring Festival by Domenic Ciccio

2017 Spring Festival by David Jenkins

2017 Spring Festival by Rod Mackenzie

2017 Spring Festival by Peter Miles

2017 Spring Festival by Taylor Pember

2017 Spring Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2017 Spring Festival by Peter Schell

2017 Spring Festival by Dallas Thomas

Our next historic race meeting will see us heading to Sydney Motorsport Park for the Summer Festival – our first event at Sydney’s classic track in 2017.

The Summer Festival will be held over the 11th & 12th of November, and entry is open now through the ARDC’s competitor portal. Stay tuned to www.hsrca.com for more!

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival


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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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.


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.


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


Introducing the HSRCA’s 2017 Summer Festival

HSRCA's 2017 Summer Festival

The Summer Festival is set for the 11th & 12th of November, 2017, and will see the HSRCA returning to Sydney Motorsport Park for the first time in 2017 to hold our biggest historic race meeting of the year.

The return to Sydney Motorsport Park’s flowing curves and longer straights will give some of the more powerful cars a chance to stretch their legs, and will offer a great mix of challenges and opportunities for exciting competition. Its excellent facilities and proximity to the city make it a great place to hold a race meeting, and we’re looking forward to putting together a brilliant meeting to close out 2017’s historic motorsport season.

The focus of this meeting will be on providing plenty of quality track time and a safe, smoothly-run opportunity to get out and enjoy our historic sports and racing cars, good company and a festive atmosphere representative of the golden age of the sport.

Groups LMO and S will be featured during the Summer Festival and will be offered feature events including the classic Dawson-Damer trophy and the always-exciting Group S Enduro Relay.

Keeping the circuit singing all weekend will be races for 5th Category historic groups, including JKLM, OPQR, N, S and Formulas Ford, Junior and Vee. Regularity trials and super sprints will also be offered, as will a speed (non-race) event for racing and sports racing cars.

In particular we would like to know the level of interest in a speed event for racing and sports racing cars. It is an opportunity to give some very special cars a fun run or offer someone else a drive in your car.  Please let us know and talk to Col Haste about it on 0408 865 629 or via email at hastbld@bigpond.com.

Most 5th Category groups will have trophy events to decide their perpetual trophies over the course of the weekend, and we’re looking forward to interesting fields and great races as those are decided.

HSRCA members will, of course, be offered the $50 members’ discount for entry to the meeting. If you’re not a member and would like to become one ahead of the meeting, please head to our membership page here and join the Club. The Club offers a wonderful camaraderie and a varied programme of opportunities to enjoy the historic motorsport community, both social and competitive.

We expect to open entries in mid-August.

On that note, entry is now open for the upcoming Spring Festival, which will be held at Wakefield Park over the 2nd and 3rd of September, with private practice available on Friday the 1st. Come along and enjoy an exciting weekend of motorsport in Goulburn’s stunning countryside.

Head to the CAMS website to place your entry.

As always, we are extremely grateful for your support and contribution to the sport of historic racing. We will continue our efforts to put on events that are safe and exciting, offer good value and high quality track time, and show off the depth of motorsport history in Australia by keeping engines hot, rubber melty and race tracks busy.

The HSRCA Race Committee


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


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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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