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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


Colin Bond to feature as Guest Speaker at May Social Night

Colin Bond 2010 Tasman Revival

The May 2017 HSRCA social night is coming up on Wednesday the 17th and will feature Aussie great Colin Bond as guest speaker.

Colin Bond has run in a vast array of categories including hill climbs, motorkhanas, rallies, rallycross, touring cars, Formula Vees, F5000 and sportscars and achieved considerable success in all of them. From an early start in an Austin Healey Sprite to a McLaren F5000 to V8-engined sports sedans, Alfa Romeos, Porsches, to Lotus Formula 1 cars belonging to the late John Dawson-Damer, Colin has raced them all.

He has kindly offered his time as guest speaker at our social evening, ensuring a most entertaining evening of motorsport tales and behind the scenes insight.

The evening will be held at the usual Denistone Sports Club venue at 59 Chatham Road, Denistone. Starting time is 7:30 pm, the bistro provides a good meal and your friends in the HSRCA will provide good company.

Garry Simkin


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

2017 Autumn Festival Documentation Now Available

Further regulations, programme of events, provisional entry list, garage allocation and paddock layout documents are now available to download ahead of this weekend’s 2017 Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park.

After a brief summer break, this weekend will see us return to Wakefield Park for our first historic meeting of 2017 – the April 8-9 Autumn Festival.

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

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CAMS Update: Government-Led Proposal to Phase Out Lead in Racing Fuels by July 2019

Phase Out of Lead in Racing Fuels

The Australian Government has proposed the phasing out of lead in racing fuels and the use of avgas for racing, to take place over a two-year period beginning the 1st of July 2017.

The proposal is based on findings from a 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council report, as well as advice from the Fuel Standards Consultative Committee and consultation with race fuel suppliers and associations.

Please take a moment to read CAMS’ bulletin, which includes CAMS’ efforts to manage this transition and its effect on historic motor racing, below to keep up to date with this important initiative.

Phase out of Leaded Fuel

The Australian Government has been reviewing the use of lead in racing fuels in Australia, given increasing concerns about the impact of lead on both the environment and on public health and safety.

In response to a 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council report on the effects of lead on human health and advice from the Fuel Standards Consultative Committee, the Ministry for the Environment subsequently consulted with racing fuel suppliers and racing associations on a phase-out timeframe for lead in racing fuels and how industry might need to adjust its practices.

As such the Government proposes to phase out lead in racing fuels and the use of aviation gasoline (avgas) for racing, over a two-year period from 1 July 2017, with a proposed prohibition on lead from 1 July 2019.

Given the impact this phase out will have on Historic Motor Sport, CAMS is currently developing a strategy to manage the phase out and the development of changes to ensure that affected vehicles can be modified to ensure they can continue to be used in the sport. Further to this, CAMS is seeking dispensation to allow the use of a leaded fuel to make sure that some of our most popular and renowned events can be participated in by a unique range of vehicles from both Australia and abroad.

CAMS will be issuing an update in due course with further details on how it plans to facilitate a steady transition for Historic Racing in Australia during this phase out period.

All current holders of section 13 racing fuel approvals (leaded and unleaded) have been granted an extension until 30 June 2017. This extension will not require an application, and is at no cost to the supplier. Before the extension ends, information will be provided to racing fuel suppliers and racing associations on the outcome of the Ministry for the Environments’ consideration of the use of lead in racing fuel.

List of approvals for holders of Section 13 racing fuels available HERE [PDF]

For further information please direct all queries to historics@cams.com.au


Readying to Race at the HSRCA’s Autumn Festival

Wakefield Park Autumn Festival

Our first race meeting of 2017 is coming up this April 8th & 9th, and we’re nearly ready to race.

The meeting will be held at Wakefield Park and takes place at the start of school holidays, so it’s a good idea to book accommodation early. If you have a vehicle with self-contained ablution that you use for accommodation and would like to stay at the circuit, contact Wakefield Park.

Championship Rounds

The meeting will host rounds of the annual point score for Groups N, S and Formulas Ford, Junior and Vee.

Probable Grids

Entrants will be grouped in much the same way as last September. A super sprint will be available for late model cars that do not fit 5th category groups, as well as Group U. We will schedule 5 or 6 events for this category of shorter duration than other events so that overall track time is equal.

Adding to the Action

For this meeting we have organised activities to entertain children, including a jumping castle and face painting, so let your friends know. A good deal of local publicity is being arranged so we expect a healthy spectator turnout.

On the Saturday, an open day will be held at the Mercure Motel where we will have a selection of cars on display and will be inviting people to head down the road and watch such cars in action. There will be pre- and post-event media announcements and live broadcasting on the day.

We will be holding the usual BBQ for officials, to which all are invited. This will take place on Saturday late afternoon and continue on through the early evening.

Extra Facilities

The HSRCA will have a marquee and some tables and chairs for those wishing to relax. The media centre will be available as a quiet space for folks.

Garages and Carports

The circuit will be ours on Friday and garages and carports will be accessible from early morning. Scrutineering will take place at the usual time.

We will post the allocation on the web soon and provide updates. We will do our best to meet all requests.

Gate Entry and Passes

As we did last year, entry to the circuit on Saturday will be free before 8am (the drivers briefing) and people can collect documents and passes after they arrive.

Entry documents will also be available via the website. If you wish to have passes set aside for collection at the gate after 8am on Saturday morning, please let us know so that we can assist with arrangements.  This process avoids congestion for arrival on Saturday morning and saves anxiety and cost about the post.

New Noise Meter

An important reminder is that Wakefield Park now has a very sensitive noise meter that identifies the car that trips it by photo, emailing circuit management immediately. They are obliged to be rigorous so take some means of dealing with it if in doubt.

Fuel

Goulburn airport has been advised of our meeting and Avgas can be purchased there. Other fuel can be supplied by Wakefield Park. There is a 40 litre limit to storage in garages and car ports also, again an external requirement.

Fun

We are there for enjoyment. The last two meetings have been relatively free of incidents and have finished each day ahead of schedule. That encourages us to build in a little more track time. Thank you for being considerate to each other, it helps make for a happy time.

Spectators

The effort to attract more spectators may result in more children on site and it will be important to ensure that they are safe. Appropriate procedures are in preparation, particularly to manage spectator movement as cars leave the circuit and within the paddock. Please take care.

Support and Sponsorship

The Goulburn Information Centre are helping us with promotion. We will display two cars at the Mercure Motel Open Day on 8 April, a Valiant Charger that actually ran at Bathurst and Garry Hancock’s Brabham BT23. Gosford Classic Car Museum is providing the Charger. Wakefield Park Raceway people are very supportive of our intentions and particularly helpful.

Enquiries

For on track matters contact Mark Stockwell.

Support facilities contact Richard Cardew or André Breit.

All other enquiries to Wes Dayton who will pass them on to the appropriate person.


CAMS is Looking for Historic Eligibility Officers

CAMS Historic Eligibility Officers

The CAMS Historic Motor Sport Commission is looking for expressions of interest for Historic Eligibility Officers. This is a great opportunity for those with the right knowledge to take on an interesting role in supporting the historic motorsport community.

If you’re interested, read on for the word from CAMS.

Call out for Historic Eligibility Officers

Think your retro-tech knowledge is up with the best? CAMS Historic Motor Sport Commission is seeking Expressions of Interest from enthusiasts who would like to use their knowledge and expertise to assist the Commission in the area of historic vehicle eligibility.

This can involve the inspection of historic vehicles as the initial step in the process that can lead to the granting of CAMS Certificates of Description, FIA Historic Technical Passports and CAMS Historic logbooks and the checking of vehicles at race meetings to ensure that they continue to comply with their documentation.

Whilst applicants with knowledge of all historic vehicle groups are welcome, the Commission is particularly interested to hear from those with expertise in Group C and A Historic Touring cars, all Groups of Racing and Sports racing cars -particularly the earlier groups for cars built prior to 1960 – and all Groups of Historic Formula Ford.   This is a voluntary system, but expense reimbursement is available to cover travel and other associated costs. 

Interested applicants should contact trent.price@cams.com.au at CAMS Head Office with a brief resume of their background, For further information, contact Commission Chair Bob Cracknell 0418 249 059 or Deputy Chair Col Haste on 0408 865 629.


The HRCC’s Historic Torque: March 2017

March Historic Torque

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

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

March looks forward to the HRCC’s Autumn Historic Warwick, coming up over the 6th to the 7th of May, catches up on the HRCC’s 2017 training course for new competitors, looks at the resurgence in the Historic Sports Sedan category and more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque December 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque November 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2016 [PDF]


Join Us for the 29th March Social Meeting Featuring Dave Mawer

Dave Mawer

The first HSRCA social evening of 2017 will be held on the 29th of March at the Denistone Sports Club and feature the brilliant motorsport engineer Dave Mawer.

Dave will regale us with many ‘war’ stories from his considerable involvement in motorsport both at the track and in the workshop.

From his early days an an apprentice tool-maker with Hoover, Dave moved through the motorsport ranks. He assisted a veritable who’s who of racing and built many successful race cars along the way.

His efforts were recognised by CAMS in 2015 with the Phil Irving Award for an outstanding contribution to engineering excellence in motorsport at an Australian and international level. Previous winners of the award include HSRCA patron Ron Tauranac, as well as Ron Harrop, Ivan Tighe, Peter Holinger and more. Heady company indeed.

It’s going to be an entertaining evening at the usual venue, Denistone Sports Club at 59 Chatham Road Wester Ryde. The evening will kick off at 7:30PM, but why not arrive earlier for a drink and a bite from the bistro?

Garry Simkin


Vale: Bill Pitt

Bill Pitt

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of Bill Pitt, a great Australian driver and a successful racer in the ’50s and ’60s. Bill passed away on February 23 at the age of 90.

Les Hughes of the Jaguar Magazine put together a lovely piece remembering Bill and has kindly allowed us to reprint it here. Please read on.

By, and thanks to, Les Hughes – Jaguar Magazine

Vale: Bill Pitt

It’s with a very heavy heart that we pass on the news that one of Jaguar’s greatest racers and devotees, Bill Pitt, died on February 23 at the grand age of 90 years.

Bill was co-winner of the first 24 Hours race held in Australia (1954) driving one of the first XK120 FHCs built, defeating Peter Whitehead and Tony Gaze in an ex-works C-Type.

He co-purchased new D-Type XKD526, raced it with great success, and even flipped it onto its back at Albert Park in its second outing. He was incredibly fortunate to survive that – and without any injury.

In 1957 he co-drive the Queensland Jaguar distributor’s MkVIII auto saloon in the Mobilgas Around Australia Trial – coming home the first non-VW car and in 7th placing outright. They also claimed a host of other awards for what he said was his finest competition event.

In 1959 he co-owned and drove one of the potent and rare works prepared 3.4 Litre (Mk1) cars to finish second in the first Australian Touring Car Championship in 1960 (behind another works ‘Mk1’).

In 1961 he captured the second Australian Touring Car Championship in the ‘Mk1’ beating Bob Jane and a host of other Jaguar entrants.

Bill was the Service Manager for Westco Motors, the Queensland and Northern Territory Jaguar distributors, and carried out a host of other vital roles in the business before going into his own non-motoring enterprise.

Last year we were delighted to take Bill, the Patron of the Jaguar Drivers Club of Queensland, to meet David Bowden who showed him around his incredible collection of historic racing cars.

That includes the first works-built ‘Mk1’ in Australia, the ex-David McKay ‘Grey Pussy’ – when Bill sat in a ‘Mk1’ racing Jaguar for the final time.

He lost his delightful wife Cherry some years ago, but was strongly supported by his daughter and two sons to whom we pass on our deepest sympathies on their loss of a talented but too modest man who loved Jaguars to his core.

RIP, Bill Pitt. It was an honour to know you.

www.jaguarmagazine.com


HSRCA Looking for an Operational Health & Safety Officer

HSRCA Operational Health & Safety Officer

Due to the retirement of long-time OH&S officer Mark Alchin, the HSRCA is currently looking for an Operational Health & Safety Officer. If you believe you can fulfill the role and are interested in taking it on, please contact André Breit on 0435 020 111 or via email at vicepresident@hsrca.com.

Mark Alchin, HSRCA Operational Health & Safety Officer Officer for many years, has retired from the role due to overwhelming personal commitments. We would like to pay our immense gratitude to Mark, who has been instrumental in taking the Club to compliance and championing the health and safety of all those involved in our events. Mark, thank you for all that you have contributed to the Club and the sport.

The Club is now looking for an Operational Health & Safety Officer to replace Mark. Amongst other things, the role will include attending race meetings to ensure that the HSRCA remains compliant with OH&S regulations.

Interested members please contact André Breit on 0435 020 111 or via email at vicepresident@hsrca.com.


Michael Henderson & Bryan Miller Honoured at CAMS National Dinner

CAMS Award Dinner

Image by George Hitchens, via CAMS

Michael Henderson and Bryan Miller have been honoured at the CAMS Motor Sport Awards ‘Champions and Rivals Gala’ for their exceptional contributions to Australian motorsport.

CAMS’ annual awards dinner was held on Saturday the 18th of February, 2017, at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, recognising exceptional efforts and dedication within the Australian motorsport community.

Dr. Michael Henderson was awarded CAMS’ highest honour, the Award of Merit, for his contributions to motorsport safety. In 2004 he was awarded a CAMS Life Membership. Bryan Miller received the CAMS Service Medal for his years of service.

Congratulations Michael and Bryan, and thank you for your contribution to our sport! We would also like to send our immense thanks to all of the men and women who dedicate their talents and time to the motorsport community. You are, without question, the lifeblood of the sport, and we are immeasurably grateful for all that you do.

During the evening, Bill Buckle was awarded the Phil Irving Award in recognition of his 60-year career of engineering excellent, Mark Webber was awarded the Peter Brock Medal for his tremendous career in international motorsport and Dr. Brent May received an FIA award for the Best Doctor of the Season.

For further details, head to CAMS’ website here.

Image by George Hitchens, via CAMS


An Invitation to a Memorial Gathering for Ian Cummins

Ian Cummins

Image via the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia

In many ways Ian Thomas Cummins was larger than life itself. Son, husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, friend, businessman, curator, avid collector, motor racer, enthusiast, club patron, wine buff, a genuine good bloke – you name it, there were many, many facets to the life of Ian Cummins.

Many of Ian’s Sydney based friends were regrettably unable to attend his memorial service and burial in Griffith last November. Accordingly, you are cordially invited to a belated informal memorial gathering to celebrate Ian’s very interesting and rather complex life.

Date: Saturday, 11 March 2017

Time: 2.30pm – 6pm

Venue: Classic Car Garage, 33 Hilly Street, Mortlake (Top level, ex Classic Autocraft, Cummins Classic Cars)

Dress: Casual

For catering and refreshment purposes, please notify your acceptance by phoning texting or emailing one of the following by no later than 28 February 2017 .

RSVP to either:

Rick Marks: 0418686340 skid.marks@bigpond.com
Geoff Wheeler: 0414514283 geoffwheels@yahoo.com.au


Your Invitation to the HSRCA’s 2017 Historic Autumn Race Meeting at Wakefield Park

Historic Autumn Wakefield Park

Entries are now open for the HSRCA’s 2017 Autumn Historics at Wakefield Park, to be held this April 8th & 9th. You are most cordially invited!

Click this link to enter via the CAMS Members’ Portal.

You are most cordially invited to join us at Wakefield Park this 8th & 9th of April, 2017, for our first historic race meeting of the year.

Entry to the event is now open through CAMS Motor Event Entry, which is now accessed through the CAMS Members’ Portal. Click this handy link to enter via the CAMS homepage.

The HSRCA Autumn Historic meeting at Wakefield Park has been designed to provide a relaxed and inclusive weekend of historic motorsport shared with good friends. Our traditional historic categories are most welcome and will, as always, be the feature of this meeting.

Entry numbers permitting, the meeting will include:

  • Races and regularity trials for all of the usual 5th category historic classes featuring race, sports and touring cars from the ‘30s to the ‘80s
  • Invited classes for a super sprint and regularity trial
  • An increased members’ discount of $50

The program is being designed for a maximum of 9 grids, more likely 8, so that track time is generous.

The number of events per category will be varied to suit the preferences of category members and obtain similar track time for all grids. Contact your category manager if you have suggestions to make.

We have secured Wakefield Park for Friday the 7th of April so that we can offer private practice exclusively for HSRCA entrants. This means that we’re also able to make garages and carports allocated for the weekend available from Friday. The private practice itself will be run by Wakefield Park and payment should be made to them.

To encourage participation and the friendly, buzzing atmosphere that is such an important aspect of HSRCA events, we have been in contact with other motorsport groups across New South Wales. We are working to introduce new people to our wonderful community and for the April race meeting we plan on offering a super sprint and regularity trial for invited classes of these groups.

These groups will include cars constructed after 1987 and before 1998. Such cars will, however, need to be representative of those that raced in that period and compatible with other entrants. Consequently, the HSRCA reserves the right to accept or reject entries for these categories based on these and other risk mitigation criteria. Please contact David Ellis for guidance.

In a further effort to give back to our membership and provide a more inclusive racing community, we have also increased the members’ discount for entry to race meetings to $50. This makes the HSRCA membership a great value, especially if you plan on competing in more than one race meeting each year.

If you’re not a member and would like to become one, please see the attached documentation. The increased member discount will apply to new member applications received by the 3rd of March 2017. Applications will need to be received and processed before new applicants enter this event.

For those reluctant or unable to use CAMS Event Entry please contact the club on members@hsrca.org.au or 9988 4743 and request a traditional entry form.

We greatly appreciate your involvement in both our events and the historic racing community at large. Your support is vital to the health of the sport, and is what makes it such an exciting and rewarding pursuit. We hope that you join us once more for a great weekend of motorsport!

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 catching up with everyone this April 8th and 9th.

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

Download event documentation below:

2017 Wakefield Park Historic Autumn Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

Application for Regularity Licence [DOC]

Download a membership form in PDF format

Download a membership form in DOC format


The HRCC’s Historic Torque: February 2017

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017

Image thanks to Ian Welsh Shifting Focus Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The second newsletter of 2017 has just been sent out, and is available for download here.

February looks forward to a fresh year of historic racing, introduces the HRCC’s 2017 training course for new competitors, brings Australian Sports Sedans to the HRCC and a whole lot more.

Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque January 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque December 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque November 2016 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque October 2016 [PDF]


Come Along to CARnivale this Australia Day

Ron Tauranac Parramatta Park

Join us at CARnivale this Australia Day, Thursday the 26th of January, where the HSRCA will be honoured by hosting the featured display.

We will have several cars on display that ran at Parramatta Park back in the 1950s. These will include the Maybach, Q-Type MG, Cooper MG and Day Special. Two RALTs will also be on display demonstrating the early and late eras of Ron Tauranac’s contribution to motorsport.

The event will celebrate Parramatta Park’s relatively unknown motorsport history. In the early-to-mid ’50s the park hosted a two-mile grand prix circuit which saw the likes of Sir Jack Brabham, Stan Jones and Ron Tauranac race in front of huge crowds of spectators. This year’s event commemorates the 60th anniversary of the closure of the circuit.

The broader CARnivale display will feature hundreds of cars, bikes and other vehicles from all manner of motoring history and pursuit. Other attractions include Sydney’s biggest hot air balloon sky display, which kicks off the day at 6AM, the Big BBQ, the Crescent featuring entertainment for kids, a free all-ages Triple J Hottest 100 party and a fireworks display to wrap up the day at 9PM.

CARnivale kicks off officially at 9AM, but you’ll find plenty to see and do in the area before then. It will be held at Parramatta Park on the corner of Pitt St & Macquarie St, Parramatta. For more details head to the Australia Day in Parramatta website here.


Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland Launches New Website

New Historic Racing Car Club Queensland Website

Our brothers and sisters up in Queensland, the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland, have kicked off the year with a very pretty and modern new website.

The Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland has started the new year with a bang by posting a new website to showcase and promote Historic Racing in Queensland and across Australia. The club wanted to create a modern interface to generate more interest in historic motorsport for its members and the public.

By providing more information online about historic motorsport, news and details for the race events scheduled for 2017 it is hoped it will attract interest from people who would like to step into grass roots motorsport.

We hope you’ll support them in their efforts to nurture our wonderful historic racing community. Check out the new website at their usual address: www.hrcc.org.au


The Winter 2016 Edition of the Oily Rag is On Its Way

Winter 2016 Oily Rag

Your next issue of The Oily Rag is with Australia Post and currently jockeying for position with a zillion Christmas cards to see what gets to your letterbox first.

In this issue there are reports from VHRR’s Winton meeting, HRCC’s return to Lakeside and the HSRCA’s Spring meeting. Plus there are words to read from Wayne Wilson on his fun and games in the UK and especially driving his Brabham at Reims.

Aaron Lewis has also kindly sent in words and pics on his Goodwood experiences and who wouldn’t be smiling sitting next to Sir Stirling in an Aston Martin DB3S. All that and reports on the VSCC 40th Anniversary meeting, review of a great book on a long forgotten WA race circuit, Maseratis racing in Australia and whatever happened to the Costin-Nathan. Almost forgot – there are four pages of classifieds.

Make sure you stand by your letter boxes to keep the cards at bay so there is plenty of room for your copy of The Oily Rag.

Working to get the next issue out in January so please send your classified ads etc to me ASAP.

Patrick Quinn,
Oily Rag Editor