Fresh from a massive weekend of historic motorsport at Wakefield Park, JKL’s racing registrar, Dick Willis, has sent out his latest newsletter to members in their chosen formats. It is now available for download on the website here, along with the JKL For Sale list here.
The JKL drivers and their pre-1930s to 1960 era vintage, post-vintage, and historic sports and racing cars had a massive weekend at Wakefield Park, with many taking part in the very successful Aussie Specials feature along with their normal events. This month’s edition of the JKL Newsletter takes a thorough, entertaining and very knowledgeable look at the weekend, and is well worth a read. Download it below, and enjoy!
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For me it all started in September 1954. For several years I had been reading every motoring mag I could get hold of and admiring the exploits of those ingenious Aussie Specials. While on school holidays in Sydney I persuaded my long suffering mother to take me to Mt. Druitt, and I was hooked.
The underlying impression was the smell of Castrol R and the noise from those stub exhausts. I had to find out more, so more motorsport mags were read. This led to regular visits to Bathurst, Warwick Farm, and Lakeside, but by then those great Aussie specials were being superseded by those mechanical mice; the Coopers. Such is evolution.
Stage two was being introduced to Historic Racing by Racing Roger Wells who was racing an Aussie Special – the MacHealey. So to Oran Park we went in 1978 and there they all were, those Aussie Specials I had read so much about as a kid. MG and Holden Specials, the Wylie Javelin, the noisy Zephyr Special, Monoskate, the PRAD, the Gladiator, the Sulman Singer, the Cooper MG, the Notas, and the Citroen Special to name a few. It only needed the Maybach to make it complete.
Those great pillars of Aussie resourcefulness. I had to do this too, so I found an Aussie Special which I went on to race for several years in the early 1980’s. The Sharp Holden, now a thing of beauty, but then a home built special; the culmination of a working man’s dreams to race his own creation built with his own hands in his own backyard.
At Wakefield Park on September 24/25 you will be able to see many of the above Aussie Specials, plus many more which you may have never heard of, but which nevertheless represent the fulfilment of the dreams of people who just wanted to go racing, before the days of sponsors and mega money put racing outside the means of the average enthusiast.
Dick Willis, HSRCA Group JKL Registrar.
Like motorsport’s greatest drivers, Dick Willis’ monthly newsletter is incredibly consistent and smooth. It is back for August and has gone out to members in their chosen formats. You can also download it directly from this very website.
The JKL guys are going to be busy in the coming weeks as we prepare for the upcoming Australian Specials feature event at Wakefield Park in September. Check out the newsletter to see what they’ve been up to over the last month, and look forward to more action from the pre-1930s to 1960 era vintage, post-vintage, and historic sports and racing cars and their drivers!
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Our journey on-board with historic racing continues with this video from the HSRCA’s All Historic Winter event at Eastern Creek. Hop on board with Percy Hunter as he dices with the J K L field in this beautiful 1947 MG Special.
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This installment features an entertaining wrap-up of the JKL events at the Phillip Island Classic, along with other JKL related goodies. Hit the following link to download it and catch up on all that the pre-1930s to 1960 era of vintage, post-vintage, and historic sports and racing cars, and their drivers, have been up to.
Good times were had with great friends. Beautiful historic racing machinery danced, and sometimes pirouetted, with brave and talented drivers in the rain. Lap records were broken. Here are the results for Sunday’s feature races at the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival.
Thank you to Peter Schell for his fantastic photography. Please hit this link to view the full gallery of his photography from the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival, including photos of the feature event winners.
Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival – Sunday 28th November 2010, Feature Races
Event 34 – Regularity – Peter Finlay and Ian Forsyth Trophies
Heidi Jackel – 1970 Valiant VG Pacer
Jake Williams – 1974 Holden HQ
Event 35 – Frank Gardner Trophy for Group L Sports
Peter Giddings – 1953 Masserati 250F
Event 35 – Alec Mildren Trophy for Group L Racing
Dick Willis – 1959 Mildren Cooper T51
Event 35 – RACA Trophy for Sa Sports Cars
Peter Jackson – 1959 Austin Healey 3000
Event 35 – Jack Myers Trophy for Na Touring Cars
Allan Bryson – 1952 Austin A30
Event 35 – The VSCCA Trophy for Group K
Peter Greenfield – 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C-36
Event 36 – The Ron Tauranac Trophy for Group Q Racing
John Gale – 1972 Surtees TS9 F1
Event 36 – Trophy Race for Group R Racing
Guido Belgiorno-Nettis – 1985 Ferrari 156/85 Turbo
Event 37 – RACA Trophy Race for Group Sb Sports Cars
Tony Dains – 1970 Triumph TR6
Event 37 – Trophy Race for Group Sc Sports Cars
Stephen Borness – 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera
Event 37 – Trophy Race for Group T Sports Cars
Jason Lea – 1968 Datsun 2000
Event 38 – John Leffler Shield for Formula Ford
Fa – John Tarran – 1970 Lotus 61M
Fb – Geoff Walters – 1981 Elwyn 003
Event 41 – The Jack Brabham Trophy for Group M Racing Cars
Ed Holly – 1963 Brabham BT6
Event 41 – Leo Geoghegan Trophy for Group O Racing cars
John Smith 1968 Lotus 49/R8
Event 42 – The Repco Matich Trohpy for Group M Sports Cars
Stewart Mahony – 1965 Bolwell MK 4
Event 42 – The Spencer Martin Trophy for Group O Sports
Murray Sinclair – 1969 Chevron B16
Event 42 – The Bib Stillwell Trophy for Group Q Sports Cars
Scott Whittaker – 1972 Milano GT 2
Event 42 Trophy Race for Group R Sports Cars
Jamie Larner – 1979 Ralt RT2
Event 43 – The Kevin Bartlett Trophy for F 5000
Stan Redmond – 1976 Lola T332C
Event 44 Trophy Race for Formula Junior
David Methley – 1960 Lotus 18 FJ
Event 44 – Trophy Race for Formula 3
Tom Tweedie – 1965 Lola T60 F2
Event 45 – Trophy Race for Formula Vee
David Cutts – 1984 Spectre FVee
Event 46 – The Ian Geoghegan Trophy for Nb Touring Cars
Victor Waterhouse – 1964 Jaguar 3.8 MK. 2
Event 46 – The Brian Foley Trophy for Nc Touring Cars
Vince Macri – 1972 Holden Torana GTR X
The countdown is on and we are just weeks away from the HSRCAʼs biggest event on the calendar and one of the most significant historic race meetings in the country. The third bi-annual Tasman Revival meeting will be held at Eastern Creek International Raceway on November 26th, 27th and 28th.
Forty four cars from the USA, UK, New Zealand and Japan are on the water as this is being written. There are Tasman cars, sports cars and single seaters from Formula 5000 to Formula Junior. An 8C Alfa Romeo will be exciting to see and hear, as will a genuine racing Cobra from the US.
Again the feature race on the Sunday will be the Tasman tribute and the driver of any one of six contenders could lift the Tasman Trophy. Here is a brief ʻform guideʼ:
The first is the 2006 winner, John Smith in the Dawson-Damer familyʼs Lotus 49. After an unforgettable dice throughout the entire 15 laps, including a number of lead changes, John Smith scored a narrow win, only 0.2 seconds ahead of Spencer Martin in the ex-Frank Gardner/Kevin Bartlett Brabham Alfa BT23D. Smithʼs winning Lotus 49 Cosworth, part of the Dawson-Damer collection, had originally contested the 1969 Tasman Cup in the hands of then world champion Graham Hill.
Then there is the 2008 winner, Rob Hall in Graham Adelmanʼs ex-Chris Amon Ferrari 246T Dino. Certainly one of the prettiest formula cars ever built, the race at the second Tasman Revival was another exciting event, with Richard Carter close behind in his Elfin 600B.
Graham Adelman is also bringing back the wonderful BRM P126 V12. It was a winner in a round of the 1968 Tasman, driven by Bruce McLaren and has the potential to upset some of the cars further up the grid.
Another local car that has front row potential is the Brabham BT24 owned by Brian Wilson. This is the car that (Sir) Jack Brabham drove to second place in the 1967 F1 World Driversʼ Championship behind Denny Hulme.
Like the John Smith/Lotus 49 combination, the recent pairing of champion Australian driver John Bowe in Trevor Simpsonʼs Brabham BT23. This car is a recent arrival in Australia and has not been seen around the tracks very much. John Bowe, in the other hand, is very well known to Australian race goers and his drive in the Tasman Revival will be a highlight of the weekend.
Last but certainly not least is the Brabham BT31, ex-Jack Brabham and later Bib Stillwell, powered by a Repco V8 engine. It is being brought here by Phil Harris and will be a very competitive car.
And thatʼs just one race!
Over the three days there will be more than 40 races to be contested by cars from Groups J, K & L, Formula Vee, Formula Ford, Formula Junior, Formula 3 and Formula 5000. There will also be some Formula 1 and Indy cars and the ever-popular Groups S and N, plus Regularity. There will also be demonstrations on the Sunday of Tasman cars and other significant competition cars. There will be private practice on Thursday 25th November, then qualifying on Friday morning, racing in the afternoon with more racing all day Saturday and Sunday.
Miss this and youʼll have to wait another two years before it happens again.
Congratulations to the winners of our ‘Feature Races’ from the Wakefield Park Historics event, who should by now have received trophies for their efforts! The quality of racing and driving over the weekend was fantastic, so thank you to everyone who took part and made it such a fun weekend!
The results from our Wakefield Park event are now live on the Results page of this new site. Head here, or just click the ‘results’ link in the top menu to check them out. Results from the previous two years of HSRCA events are now easily available as links on this same page.
Event 32 – Group L Racing
First – John Medley
Second – David Gleen
Third – Bob Boast
Event 32 – Group K
First – Mal Reid
Second – nil
Third – nil
Event 32 – Group L Sports
First – Paul Armstrong
Second – Bill Hemming
Third – Shane Bowden
Event 34 – MG/7/Air Cooled Racing
First – Percy Hunter
Second – Adrian Brooks
Third – Peter Lubrano
Event 30 – MG/7/Air Cooled Regularity
First – Syd Reinhardt
Second – Philip Speer
Third – Ian Motley