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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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It’s The Pits – JKL Newsletter November 2016

JKL Its the Pits November

Mal Reid’s November JKL newsletter has gone out to fans of pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars, and is now available for you to peruse on the Club website. Read on, and enjoy!

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JKL Newsletter April 2016

JKL Wakefield Park

Mal Reid’s latest JKL newsletter has gone out to fans of pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars, and is now available for you to peruse on the Club website. Just grab it from the link below, and enjoy!

This edition recaps the JKL action at our recent Wakefield Park Summer Historics and the VHRR’s Phillip Island Classic, looks forward to upcoming historic racing meets, catches up on all the news in pre-’30s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s race cars and a whole lot more.

Thanks to Mal for putting together another excellent read! Enjoy it by clicking the link below:

It’s the Pits #11, April 2016 [PDF]

Catch up on the previous edition here:

It’s the Pits #10, December 2015 [PDF]


JKL Newsletter December 2015

JKL Historic Racing

Mal Reid’s latest JKL newsletter has gone out to fans of pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars, and is now available for you to peruse on the Club website. Just grab it from the link below, and enjoy!

This month Mal recaps JKL’s racing return to Sydney Motorsport Park and looks forward to 2016’s racing debut at February’s Summer Historics at Wakefield Park.

Thanks to Mal for putting together another excellent read! Enjoy it by clicking the link below:

It’s the Pits #10, December 2015 [PDF]

Catch up on the previous edition here:

It’s the Pits #9, September 2015 [PDF]


JKL Newsletter for June 2014

JKL June

Hi to all JK & L enthusiasts,

The 38th Historic Winton has come and gone once again. Every year it seems to sneak up on us and in a blink it’s all over. For all JK & L competitors it really is the biggest event of the year, both in terms of competition numbers and spectators that get to see our cars in action. The off circuit socialising was, as usual, pretty hectic. I can only comment on those that stayed at Wangaratta, but it was great to catch up with many of our interstate mates at the Pinsent Hotel for a beer or 6.

Read on for the full JKL Newsletter for June, 2014


Loose Fillings #47

Loose Fillings 47

About three times a year Garry Simkin and Terry Wright put out a newsletter called ‘Loose Fillings’, which chronicles the many adventures of historic air-cooled racing cars from the 1950s.

Their first newsletter for 2014 has been out and about for a few weeks, and is now available for download from the website. This edition revisits the pioneers of aircooled racing, tells the story of the remarkable speedway JAP engine and catches up on everything you need to know in the world of historic air-cooled racing cars from the ’50s.

Download it below by right-clicking the link and selecting ‘Save as’, and enjoy!

Loose Fillings #47 [PDF]

Take a look at the previous editions in the links below. Right-click and ‘Save as’, or just click.

Loose Fillings #46 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #45 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #44 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #43 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #42 [PDF]

 


JKL Newsletter for October 2013

JKL October

Well, the 2013 Spring Wakefield Park meeting has been run and won and despite our concerns about low entries our JKL group was well represented with 30 cars from all over the east coast.

Great to see our interstate mates make the trip. In all 9 from Victoria, Samantha Dymond, Brian Simpson, Shane Bowden, Dick O’Keefe, Peter McKnight, Terry White, Tony Osborne, John Anderson, and Peter Statton, plus Peter Yeomans from Queensland made the long drive to Goulburn and they, along with the regular NSW/ACT competitors all had a great weekend.

It was great to see Les Wright once again invited to join the group in the mighty Group M Dalro Jag and he kept all those at the pointy end of the grid on their toes for the weekend. Grant Craft is really coming to grips with the Sharp Holden with a fine 1st in the 10 lap feature race on Sunday and the Brian Simpson/Cooper Jap combination seem to find the tighter Wakefield layout to their liking with some great times and a 3rd outright (2nd in Lb).
Good dices right through the field as well with Shane Bowden’s Prad 5, Dick O’Keefe’s Photon Special, Warwick McBean’s Lolus and Dick Willis in the Nota Major locking horns all weekend with lap times all within a few 10ths in most races. Paul Armstrong’s Jewitt Holden was kept very honest by Peter McKnight in the Aarons Special.

JKL October

There were as usual a few issues around the pits as cars fell by the wayside.

I have already enlisted those who competed at the meeting to give me a brief account of their weekend’s activity in the pits as it’s not always easy to catch up with all and find out what’s happening during the weekend’s activities. This was a great idea from Derry Greeneklee and I would like to make it a regular part of the newsletter, so after every meeting I will ask those competitors to give me a little feedback about how they fared over the meeting and hopefully this will bring a bit more to the news for all to share.

JKL October

Having said that please feel free to keep me up to date anytime with any newsworthy items that may be of interest to the group. Give me a call and say hi or send an email.

So, when things go array and problems and failures happen to our precious machines it really is the pits, so I think the new segment should be fore with known as “It’s The Pits”. That’s the best I can do for now so here we go.

Click through to continue on with ‘It’s the Pits Wakefield Park’


JKL Newsletter for August 2013

JKL Newsletter

Today marks the triumphant return of the JKL newsletter, in its first edition since the magnificent Dick Willis stepped down as JKL registrar, and Mal Reid took over the helm of our pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars.

In this edition Mal introduces himself, and gets straight to business with a look at the recent historics at Morgan Park, the important issues affecting JKL cars, and all historic racers, and our upcoming Spring Historics at Wakefield Park, which will include feature events for pre-war and pre-1960 cars.

We’re thrilled to see the newsletter return, and extend our immense gratitude to both Dick Willis and Mal Reid for their efforts in supporting this wonderful category of history racers!

Download it by right clicking the following link and selecting ‘Save As’:

JKL August 2013 [PDF]

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL December 2012

JKL October 2012

JKL August 2012

JKL July 2012

JKL June 2012

 


JKL Newsletter for October 2012

Pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars

Dick Willis’ excellent JKL newsletter has gone out to members for the month of October, and you can download it right here from the club website!

This month’s newsletter kicks off with a recap of our recent trip to Wakefield Park before continuing on to the recent FOSC meeting on the new South circuit of Sydney Motorsport Park and checking out some JKL cars for sale.

It’s always a great read and well worth downloading and enjoying. You can download it from the links below and save it to your computer by right-clicking them and selecting ‘Save As’.

JKL October 2012 [PDF]

JKL October 2012 [DOC]

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL August 2012

JKL July 2012

JKL June 2012

JKL April 2012

JKL March 2012


JKL Newsletter for August 2012

Historic Racing Newsletter

Dick Willis’ excellent JKL newsletter has gone out to members for the month of August, and you can now download it right here from the club website!

This edition kicks off with a look at recent and upcoming historic racing events, looking forward to the JKL feature event at our upcoming Wakefield Park Historics and recapping the 2012 Winton Festival of Speed. It goes on to examine current discussion about how to grid JKL cars for races, pass on some useful technical knowledge, check out cars for sale and catch up with all the news in pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars!

It’s a great read as always, and well worth checking out. Download it from the links below and save it to your computer by right-clicking them and selecting ‘Save As’.

JKL August 2012 [PDF]

JKL August 2012 [DOC]

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL July 2012

JKL June 2012

JKL April 2012

JKL March 2012

JKL February 2012


JKL Newsletter for July 2012

Historic Racing

Dick Willis’ always-enjoyable JKL newsletter has gone out to members for the month of July, and is now available for download from the club website.

This edition recaps the Queensland Historics meeting at Morgan Park, looks forward to the VHRR Winton long track Festival of Speed, the JKL feature event at our upcoming Wakefield Historics in September and the 2012 Tasman Revival this coming November, before catching up on all the news, cars for sale and goings on in JKL.

It’s an interesting and entertaining read, so make sure to check it out and catch up on everything going on in the world of pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars! Click the link below, or right-click and select ‘Save As’.

JKL July 2012 [PDF]

JKL July 2012 [DOC]

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL June 2012

JKL April 2012

JKL March 2012

JKL February 2012

JKL January 2012


Loose Fillings #40 – Autumn/Winter 2012

The First Aussie Coopers

About three times a year Garry Simkin, Terry Wright and journalist Graham Howard put out a newsletter called ‘Loose Fillings’, which chronicles the many adventures of historic air-cooled racing cars from the 1950s.

The team has completed the finishing touches on their first edition for 2012 and very kindly offered it for download here on the club website.

As always it is packed with engaging stories and wonderful photography from both the period and the historic scene today. Well written and presented with a fresh and modern design, it’s always worth a read. Grab it from the link below, and enjoy!

Loose Fillings #40 [PDF]

And take a look at the previous editions in the links below. Right-click and ‘Save as’, or just click.

Loose Fillings #39 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #38 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #37 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #36 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #35 [PDF]

Photo via Loose Fillings


JKL Newsletter for April 2012

JKL Historic Racing

Dick Willis has produced the April edition of his always-enjoyable JKL newsletter, and it is now available for download from the club website.

This month’s edition looks at the historic motorsport at Mallala, the recent GEAR meting at Wakefield Park, the return of the JKL feature event in September and the ever-important questions of race entry numbers and how we can encourage involvement in historic racing.

Download it by right-clicking the links below and selecting ‘Save As’, and enjoy!

JKL April 2012 [PDF]

JKL April 2012 [DOC]

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL March 2012

JKL February 2012

JKL January 2012

JKL December 2011

JKL November 2011


JKL Newsletter for December 2011

JKL Historic Racing

JKL’s ever reliable registrar, Dick Willis, is back with the final edition of his terrific JKL newsletter for 2011. It has been sent out to members in their chosen formats and is now available for download on the website here.

This edition looks at a few special cars, as well as the JKL drivers’ adventures at Eastern Creek, where they hit the track with the M & O and regularity crews in their vintage, post-vintage, and historic sports and racing cars. Have a read and enjoy it!

Download the JKL December newsletter here:

JKL December 2011 [DOC]

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL November 2011

JKL October 2011 Newsletter

JKL September 2011 Newsletter

JKL August 2011 Newsletter

JKL July 2011 Newsletter


JKL Newsletter for November 2011

JKL’s incredibly dedicated registrar, Dick Willis, has sent out the newest edition of his excellent JKL newsletter to members in their chosen formats. It is now available for download on the website here.

Some sad news for JKL this month, as there were not enough entries to form a full field at our upcoming Eastern Creek historics. I really enjoy seeing those lovely old cars giving it the beans out on the track, and they’re always a success with spectators and drivers alike, so let’s do what we can to support them! We all look forward to seeing them back better than ever next year.

There’s good news as well, with the JKL drivers and their pre-1930s to 1960 era vintage, post-vintage, and historic sports and racing cars taking to Sandown for more historic action after their massive weekend at Wakefield Park.  The newsletter looks at at their adventures in Queensland, as well as all the usual classic car content.

Thanks to Dick Willis for putting together the newsletter and for his tireless support of JKL!

Download the newsletter here:

JKL November 2011 [DOC]

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL October 2011 Newsletter

JKL September 2011 Newsletter

JKL August 2011 Newsletter

JKL July 2011 Newsletter

JKL June 2011 Newsletter


JKL Newsletter for October 2011

JKL Newsletter

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!

Download the newsletter here:

JKL October 2011 [DOC]

JKL For Sale October 2011 [DOC]

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL September 2011 Newsletter

JKL August 2011 Newsletter

JKL July 2011 Newsletter

JKL June 2011 Newsletter

JKL May 2011 Newsletter


JKL Newsletter for September 2011

Two weeks out from our Wakefield Park Spring Historics and Aussie Specials feature, JKL’s racing registrar, Dick Willis, has released his newest edition of the JKL newsletter. It has been sent out to members in their chosen formats, and is available for download from the website here, along with the JKL For Sale list here.

The JKL guys have a busy weekend ahead of them at Wakefield Park, with a strong turnout of JKL cars and Aussie Specials expected, and have been getting up to plenty of historic racing over the past month. So check out the newest edition of the newsletter, and look forward to next month’s!

We’re planning some fun content from the Wakefield Park event, so make sure to keep coming back to www.hsrca.com and www.facebook.com/hsrca over the coming weeks to check it out.

Download the newsletter here:

JKL September 2011 Newsletter [DOC]

JKL September 2011 For Sale [DOC]

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL August 2011 Newsletter

JKL July 2011 Newsletter

JKL June 2011 Newsletter

JKL May 2011 Newsletter

JKL April Newsletter


Of Aussie Specials and the Fulfilment of Dreams

Aussie Specials

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.

Maybe you too will become hooked!

Dick Willis, HSRCA Group JKL Registrar.


JKL Newsletter for August 2011

JKL Historics

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!

Download the newsletter here:

JKL August 2011 [DOC]

JKL For Sale August 2011 [DOC]

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL July 2011 Newsletter

JKL June 2011 Newsletter

JKL May 2011 Newsletter

JKL April Newsletter


Historic Hot Laps: Eastern Creek

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.

Hit the HD button, and enjoy!


JKL Newsletter for July 2011

Heralding the arrival of a fresh month of historic motorsport is Dick Willis’s uniformly excellent monthly JKL Newsletter.

Coming fresh off of our recent All Historic Winter event at Eastern Creek International Raceway, this edition looks at how the JKL drivers and their pre-1930s to 1960 era vintage, post-vintage, and historic sports and racing cars fared, along with everything else JKL.

The newsletter has gone out to members in their chosen formats, and can be downloaded digitally here:

JKL July 2011 Newsletter [PDF]

JKL July 2011 Newsletter [DOC]

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL June 2011 Newsletter

JKL May 2011 Newsletter

JKL April Newsletter


JKL Newsletter for June 2011

We have reached June, and are now only three weeks out from our Eastern Creek All Historic Winter race meeting. To help pass the few remaining weeks until we’re out racing historics again, take a look at Dick Willis’ latest JKL newsletter.

This month’s entry features a detailed and interesting look at the 2011 Historic Winton event, along with all that’s going on in the world of pre-1930 to 1960 vintage, post-vintage and historic sports and racing cars.

The newsletter has gone out to members in their chosen formats, and can be downloaded digitally here:

JKL June 2011 Newsletter

View previous JKL Newsletters:

JKL May 2011 Newsletter

JKL April Newsletter

 


JKL Newsletter for May 2011

Another month of historic motorsport has concluded and begun anew, and Dick Willis has a wrap up of everything JKL in the May 2011 JKL newsletter.

This month’s newsletter features last weekend’s Morgan Park Historics, the Lakeside 50th anniversary “The Originals” celebrations, and Easter Mallala, and looks forward to Historic Winton and our own HSRCA All Historic Winter event.

The newsletter has gone out to members in their chosen formats, and can be downloaded digitally here:

May 2011 JKL Newsletter [DOC]

 


JKL April Newsletter

Dick Willis’s April JKL Newsletter has gone out to members and an abridged version can be downloaded from our club website here.

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.

JKL April Newsletter [DOC]