Image: Ian Welsh of Shifting Focus Motorsport Photography
Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland, and is now available for download for August of 2015.
This edition reviews the HRCC’s Historic Queensland, looks forward to the second half of 2015’s historic racing, checks out the historic racers for sale and a whole lot more. Download it from the following link:
And catch up on previous editions with these links:
Due to the cancellation of Top Gear, the ARDC have decided to put on a private practice day on Friday the 17th of April, 2015.
Sessions for L2S CAMS licences will be provided along with sessions for faster groups to suit the cars that turn up on the day.
Garages and carports are free and will be allocated on a first in best dressed basis. All you need to do to get involved is turn up and book in on the day in suite 9 from 7am. Gates open at 6am. Hit this link to the ARDC’s private practice page for more information.
A minimum PC CAMS licence or higher competition licence is required for cars, and an MA Senior National Licence is required for bikes.
The ARDC requires motorcycles, superkarts and sidecars to complete pre-payment of the practice fees prior to the practice date. A minimum of ten participants must have prepaid before a session is allocated to them. The documentation can be found on the ARDC’s website here.
This is a brilliant opportunity to get in some sorting or testing prior to Sydney Retro Speedfest, which will be held at the track on the 6th & 7th of June, 2015. With sessions for L2S CAMS licences it’s also a great opportunity to give the pride and joy a nice high speed run.
Come along, tell your friends and let’s make use of the track time recent events have freed up!
Images: Martin Creely
Held early in March each year and attracting a huge and varied field of classic machinery, the Phillip Island Classic is one of the great events of Australian historic motorsport. Photographer Martin Creely was at the event over the 7th and 8th of March, 2015, and has kindly shared a wonderful gallery of the action with us right here!
His stunning shots cover the historic racing action out on the classic Phillip Island circuit, as well as some of the atmosphere in the pits. Head to our ‘Gallery‘ page, or click this handy link to check ’em out!
Photography by, and thanks to, Martin Creely. Please head to his website here for much, much more and to organise digital copies and prints.
Entry to the 2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest, to be held over the 6 & 7th of June, 2015, is now open, and a full entry pack is available for download on the website below, or through our ‘Events & Entry Forms‘ page.
As usual, entry to the 2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest is preferred via CAMS Event Entry. Click this link straight to the event to enter.
The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of NSW, in conjunction with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, is organising the Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park on 6-7 June 2015 and we would be delighted to have you join us.
This second running of the Speedfest is once again designed to showcase the best of classic racing with plenty of track time to ensure value for money for all enthusiasts, competitors and spectators alike. The meeting will be conducted on the Gardner (traditional Grand Prix) circuit, which provides a challenging and entertaining mixture. Each category will be allocated a qualifying session and four races over the two days, including a trophy race on the Sunday. In addition, a large collection of historic Formula One cars will be on display and participate in demonstration hot-laps.
Those who competed in the inaugural 2014 event gave plenty of positive feedback, and we are happy to announce the TV coverage to the big screen and monitors on site, live streaming to an internet connection, and broadcast of a highlights package to be shown later on SPEEDWEEK (SBS) and FOXTEL, will again be features in 2015. A DVD of highlights will be available for purchase at low cost by competitors, with details to be announced after the event.
With an estimated 80 minutes of track time available to each category, and the bonus of TV and live coverage exposure, the Sydney Retro Speedfest offers competitors exceptional value for participating in an established top level event. Despite increasing costs we have managed to keep the entry fee at the 2014 level.
Entries for the event are preferred through the CAMSEventEntry online system on the CAMS website (www.meecamsau.com). If you have problems completing entries online, or if you require a paper entry to be sent to you, please contact the HSRCA office on 02 9988 4743 for assistance and directions.
Please read the supplementary regulations prior to completing your entry form. In particular you should note that no vehicles other than competition cars will be permitted to park in the paddock area at the rear of the pit lane garages. Numbered spaces (each 10m x 3m in size) will be available in the skid pan area for those who seek to locate there – each space is sufficient for a race car and support vehicle.
Private practice will be available (at extra cost) on the Friday prior to the meeting. Arrangements to participate and payment may be completed at driver sign-on on that day.
If sponsors can be arranged for individual categories or races, competitors may be required to display the naming rights sponsor’s logo on their vehicles in a specified position for the duration of the event, subject of course to CAMS approval. Details of any such arrangements will be included in the Further Supplementary Regulations.
We thank you in anticipation of your entry and look forward to you joining us on 6-7 June. With your valued support the Speedfest event will continue to grow and become a flagship feature of the Queen’s Birthday weekend in each year’s calendar.
With every good wish for a memorable weekend of classic motorsport,
The Sydney Retro Speedfest Committee.
For supplementary regulations and further event documentation, please see the following links:
We’re freshly-returned from our first historic racing weekend of 2015, and with a few days’ recovery under our belts it’s time to take a look back at the action and check out some photos.
Our 2015 Wakefield Park Summer Historics race meeting was held at Wakefield Park over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of February. With no set theme for the event, it was held as a relaxed opportunity to get back into historic motorsport, catch up with mates and give the cars their first run for the year.
All these things, it did with aplomb!
Goulburn treated us with weather that, while hardly the full brunt of summer, was absolutely perfect for a weekend’s racing. Cool and gentle, only the last few races on Saturday afternoon were affected by some light rain. Well done to the drivers who braved the track at that point as the rain made for some very slippery conditions!
And in a fair trade, we treated Goulburn with a full field of around 160 historic racing and sports cars representing the full depth and variety of the sport. We kept that field busy, with races held back-to-back all weekend long.
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, some very thorough organisation, wonderful management and clean racing, these events ran exceptionally smoothly with nary a blip to be heard in the song of historic race motors throughout the weekend. We’d like to thank everyone involved for helping us to put on one of the smoothest and most efficient events we’ve experienced yet.
As mentioned no specific theme was set for this event, which made for a relaxed atmosphere, plenty of great racing throughout the varied field and lots of happy socialising through the pits and paddock.
A few minutes’ stroll through the pits and paddock inevitably became many minutes thanks to the friendliness and openness of everyone present. This atmosphere is something which we’re thrilled graces our events and we’re thankful for everyone’s role in nurturing it.
If you haven’t come along to enjoy a historic race meeting before, make sure to stroll through the pits and paddock when you do – you’re sure to leave a few friends richer!
Speaking of a few friends richer, were joined this weekend by the Heritage Touring Cars series, who unleashed the mighty Group C and A Australian Touring Cars upon Wakefield Park. These more modern machines were spectacular to watch and we’re looking forward to hosting another round of their championship at Sydney Retro Speedfest in June!
Every single historic sport and racing car to be found at the event was, as always, immaculately prepared and presented. They were also beautifully driven, with the women and men who support these events putting on clean and exciting historic racing all weekend long and creating a wonderful friendly buzz throughout the pits and paddock. You are all a credit to the sport and we’re very grateful for your support and your respectful and friendly approach to it!
We are also most grateful for the support of the many wonderful, talented and dedicated volunteers who make all of this possible at all. A huge amount of time and talent is invested behind the scenes of all of our events and their success is down to you.
We, and everyone involved in our events, would like to send a heartfelt, immense and everlasting thanks to all of you. As always, you have gone above and beyond to keep us all safe and bring happiness to others. THANK YOU!
With that, grab a cup of tea, put your feet up and spend a few minutes relaxing and reminiscing with these photo galleries from the historic racing at Wakefield Park. Click through the handy links below, and enjoy!
Thanks to Jeremy Dale, Steve Koen, Brent Murray, Graham Olde, Peter Schell, Richard Taylor, Pete Trapnell and Seth Reinhardt for sharing their work!
Head to Brent’s Facebook page here for more
Trapnell Creations’ website can be found here and has a full set of images from Pete. Hit this link to join Trapnell Creations on Facebook as well
Head to Richard Taylor’s website here for his full set
And finally, email Seth here if you’re looking for anything from him, Graham, Peter Schell or Steve.
We love to promote the work of our many talented mates, so if you have photos, video, or stories from the weekend and would like to share them on the club website, send an email to email@example.com, or drop by the club Facebook page and say hi.
Up next we head to Sydney Motorsport Park over the 6th & 7th of June for Sydney Retro Speedfest. We can’t wait to get out there and do it all again!
The red lights are set to go out for the HSRCA’s 2015 historic motorsport season next weekend on Saturday the 21st of February, and you can now get up to speed on what’s happening when, and who’s going to be doing it!
The provisional entry list, programme of events and garage allocations are now available to download from the website.
Hit the following links, or head to our ‘Events & Entry Forms‘ page to grab them:
On Sunday the 22nd of March, 2015, we’re holding a new hillclimb event for HSRCA members, family and friends at Ringwood Park Hillclimb. We’re always looking for new opportunities for our community to enjoy their competition cars and each other’s company, so we’d like to invite you to come along, give it a go and let us know what you think!
You will be racing the clock at the Ringwood Park Hillclimb, just 12 kilometres north of Raymond Terrace, and chasing down the circuit’s 28.13 second record. No one else will be on the track at the same time as you.
You will need at minimum a Level 2 Speed CAMS licence. Level 2 Speed (L2S) licences are easily obtained from CAMS by downloading a form from the CAMS website. Here is the direct link: http://www.cams.com.au/get-involved/competitors/licence-forms
There are a few special things that you will need to do to your car, along with apparel you will need. Those details can be found in the accompanying paperwork.
If you are keen to be involved, and we really hope you are, please complete the entry documentation and forward it to the association’s office as soon as you can.
The inaugural running of this event is intended as a benefit for HSRCA members, but if you have family or friends who would like to come along, we’d love to include them! And if you’re not a member yet, why not become one? Positions will be somewhat limited, so please enter as soon as possible if you’re interested. Additional entries will be accommodated as numbers allow.
The final step is to turn up on competition day and be ready to have the most fun you had in quite some time… legally.
As always, we appreciate your support and hope that you enjoy this opportunity!
The HSRCA Ringwood Hillclimb Team
A very happy Christmas to you from the HSRCA!
You are cordially invited to participate in our forthcoming Historic Race Meeting at Wakefield Park on the 21st and 22nd of February. We have no particular theme for this meeting, other than to give you and your car a shakedown after the holiday season. It will also be an opportunity to test all of the changes you have made to your car during the break.
We will have the usual programme for all 5th Category Historic cars, subject to there being sufficient numbers to form a grid, and you can also look forward to the drinks and nibbles session at the end of play on Saturday evening where you have the chance to unwind and share a drink with the officials, who are untiring in their support of our sport.
As usual, entry is being handled by Motor Event Entry. Just click this link, which will take you straight to the event, and do your thing!
You’re also able to download the entry forms from the HSRCA website, or you can give us a call and we will send them to you via snail mail.
We are striving to make your motorsport more affordable, and I hope you will have noticed that we have maintained the entry fee as the same as our last meeting at Wakefield Park.
If you have any queries or need any assistance, please contact Noel or Robyn Bryen and we will do our best to assist.
So, please come along and enjoy some great historic motor sport.
Fresh from a brilliant Tasman Trophy weekend, the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales is pleased to provide a full four-event historic racing calendar for 2015.
Wakefield Park and Sydney Motorsport Park will again share hosting duties in 2015, with two events at each throughout the course of the year.
Wakefield Park is up first with the HSRCA’s Historic Summer event over the weekend of the 21st-22nd of February, with pre-practice held on Friday the 20th. Surely a brilliant opportunity to get back into historic motorsport and catch up with friends after the holiday period.
The Heritage Touring Cars series will join us over the weekend, kicking off their 2015 championship season at the event.
The Heritage Touring Cars series is a six round series featuring genuine Group C and A touring cars which did battle in Australian touring car racing between 1973 and 1992. These machines are an absolute marvel on the track and will be driven hard, and the HSRCA is thrilled to host a round of their championship once again.
Held in collaboration between the HSRCA and the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, Sydney Retro Speedfest will take over Sydney Motorsport Park on 6th-7th June, the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
The event’s inaugural running in 2014 proved hugely popular with drivers and spectators alike. Drivers in Groups C & A, Group N, Group S, Formula Ford, Formula Vee, M&O, Q&R and Regularity enjoyed unprecedented track time resulting in high-quality racing and a brilliant weekend for all involved. We are thrilled to make this opportunity available to everyone once again in 2015.
Sydney Retro Speedfest will play host to round three of the Heritage Touring Car 2015 championship season.
The second half of the year will see the Club heading back to Wakefield Park for our Historic Spring meeting. This meeting will include feature races for pre and post-WW2 historic sports and racing cars in Groups J, K and L, as well as an enduro event for Regularity.
Feature events for our early cars are well-supported and a favourite in the calendar, and it’s always a joy to see these beautifully-prepared cars driven in a spirited fashion, as well as to explore them up close in the pits and paddock, and meet and chat with the people who care for and drive them.
The Regularity enduro will see teams of three drivers nominate the number of laps that they will complete in a test of endurance and consistency.
Mark the 19th-20th September 2015 in your diaries and look forward to a wonderful weekend’s historic racing.
The HSRCA’s 2015 historic racing calendar will conclude with a premiere event at Sydney Motorsport Park over the 28th-29th of November.
In addition to these weekend-long competition events, HSRCA track days at Marulan will make their return in 2015. These non-competition events feature time trials and driver training for members, family and friends of the HSRCA and promise a lot of fun in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Stay tuned for more information as dates are confirmed.
The HSRCA will also provide a full programme of social events throughout 2015. These will range from the popular ‘Club Plate Runs’ through to Social Meetings with special guest speakers. Watch this space for more details!
The HSRCA is both pleased and proud to once again provide a full year of opportunity to enjoy historic sports and racing cars in good company and a safe, respectful environment. We are greatly appreciative of the support of this wonderful community, and look forward to sharing another brilliant year with you!
2015 Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales Competition Calendar
21st & 22nd of February, 2015, HSRCA Historic Summer at Wakefield Park
6th & 7th of June, 2015, Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park
19th & 20th of September, 2015, HSRCA Historic Spring at Wakefield Park
28th & 29th of November, 2015, HSRCA Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park
Images: Seth Reinhardt
Welcome home, and thanks for a happy weekend of historic motorsport!
The 2014 Tasman Trophy was held over the last weekend of November and produced a stunning weekend of historic racing for the wonderful group of volunteers, drivers and spectators who support us. Take a few minutes to put your feet up and reminisce with our wrap-up and the first of our photo galleries.
It’s always exciting pulling in to Sydney Motorsport Park at the start of a race weekend. The track has a brilliant motorsport buzz surrounding it, and it’s a joy to race on a track with such history, and one which presents such great opportunity for challenging and exciting racing.
This weekend was, of course, no exception. We were greeted with the song of motorsport in the summer air and a full weekend’s opportunity ahead of us.
Building upon the huge success of our Tasman Revival historic race meetings, the Tasman Trophy is a national historic race meeting featuring cars of the golden era of motor racing and providing feature events for cars from the original Tasman Series as well as Formula 5000s.
The event was very well supported and we were able to fill Sydney Motorsport Park to the brim with a collection of historic sports and racing cars that spanned every historic racing category. The variety and depth of interesting, storied and exciting historic machinery was brilliant!
We were especially pleased to welcome friends old and new from overseas, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. We greatly appreciate your support, dedication and commitment for making the trip and getting involved!
Speaking of commitment, the quality of driving on display was, as always, magnificent. Racing was clean, respectful and exciting and we thoroughly enjoyed soaking in the action around the track.
Thank you to all of our drivers for putting on a fun weekend’s historic motorsport! Your support means a great deal to us, and we continue to work hard to improve the opportunities we’re able to offer you to enjoy historic motorsport, historic motor cars and good clean racing!
When the heat of the action got too intense, the pits and paddock at Sydney Motorsport Park made a welcome and fun refuge. Historic motorsport offers unparalleled access to competitors and their historic machinery and it’s always wonderful to explore the grounds, catch up with friends, make new ones and tinker with historic racing and sports cars.
The atmosphere in the pits and paddock was relaxed and social, with a healthy buzz as competitors and crews worked to keep their cars in stunning shape. We may go on like we do all of this for the cars, but really it’s to spend quality time with mates. So thank you for making this happen, and for making a lap of the pits and paddock so much fun!
When it comes to making things fun, we have our wonderful, talented and dedicated volunteers to thank. A baffling amount of work goes on behind the scenes and without volunteers who devote their free time and talent to making everything happen, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this.
We, and everyone involved, would like to send out our most heartfelt and everlasting thanks to each and every one of you. Once again you have gone above and beyond, braved the elements and invested your incredible skills and talents into bringing happiness to others. You make all of this possible and we cannot thank you enough. THANK YOU!
With that, it’s time to tuck in to some photos! The first of our galleries are online and you can enjoy them over on the ‘Gallery‘ page or from the handy links to follow:
Many thanks to Brent, Peter Riccardo, Richard and Seth for the photos.
Next up: family, friends and holiday spirit! We then kick off 2015 with the Ron Tauranac AO 90th Birthday Celebration Lunch on Tuesday the 13th of January, before getting stuck back in to historic motorsport at Wakefield Park over the 21st and 22nd of February.
Ron Tauranac enjoying the pits & paddock, photos by Peter Eppel
The 2014 Tasman Trophy is set to roar off the line on Saturday the 29th of November, and you can now get up to speed on what’s happening when, and who’s going to be doing it!
The provisional entry list, programme of events and garage allocations are now available to download from the website.
Hit the following links, or head to our ‘Events & Entry Forms‘ page to grab them:
The 1960s were special times for Australian Motor Sport when our circuits and those in New Zealand reverberated to the sound of the 2 ½ litre Tasman openwheeler racing cars.
The original Tasman Cup attracted the best cars and drivers from around the world to compete against each other and the best both Australia and New Zealand had to offer. It was a time when the likes of Clark, Stewart, Hill and Rindt lined up against the local drivers of the calibre of Brabham, Gardner, Geoghegan and Matich. Tasman Cup meetings also contained races for the full range of competition cars including sedans, sports racing, sports cars and other open wheelers.
Since 2006 the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales has recaptured those iconic days from the ‘60s with the Tasman Revival and will be doing the same over the weekend of November 29-30 with the holding of the Tasman Trophy at Sydney Motorsports Park. As with the original Tasman Cup there are cars and drivers coming from the UK, US and New Zealand as well as races for sports cars, sedans and sports racing.
The HSRCA is keen on sharing the excitement with all CAMS affiliated clubs on the East Coast of Australia and invites club members to the Tasman Trophy. Those members who arrive in marque cars will be admitted free of charge with only passengers being asked for the price of admission.
In two weeks we’ll have once again filled Sydney Motorsport Park to the brim with magnificent historic sports and racing cars and will be getting down to business with the 2014 Tasman Trophy historic race meeting.
To keep you busy until then, and help you get fired up for a brilliant weekend of historic motorsport, let’s take a look back at our previous event at the track back in the heady days of May, 2014.
But first – a reminder of what the Tasman Trophy event is all about!
To be held over the weekend of the 29th and 30th of November, the Tasman Trophy is a national historic race meeting celebrating the cars and people of the golden era of motor racing.
It will feature the same relaxed and friendly atmosphere, summer weather, good people and wonderful cars of our previous Tasman Revival events. We will enjoy the return of the mighty Formula 5000s, along with a full race schedule for all categories of historic racing and sports cars.
We have traditionally received excellent domestic and international support at these events, and we’re looking forward to catching up with, and racing, friends from the UK, USA, New Zealand, Japan and, of course, all over our wonderful country.
Make sure to head to our ‘Events’ page here to find all the information you need to enjoy your weekend at the Tasman Trophy. We have a programme of events and provisional entry list on the way, and will be updating this page over the days leading up to the event so stay tuned!
Our previous trip to Sydney Motorsport Park was for the inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest, held over the first weekend of May in 2014.
The event attracted a varied and stunning collection of machinery pulled from almost every form of circuit-based four-wheel motorsport enjoyed since the 1930s.
We enjoyed on a packed schedule of racing over three days including events for all categories of historic racing and sports cars. Included in these was round 2 of the Heritage Touring Cars championship and it was great fun seeing the magnificent muscle cars of the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s doing what they do best.
Catch up on all the action in our wrap up, and the photo galleries below, and we’ll see you at the Tasman Trophy!
Over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend on 6-7th June 2015, the HSRCA, in conjunction with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, will be holding the Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park.
First held in May 2014 the format of the Sydney Retro Speedfest proved to be highly popular with drivers of cars in Groups C & A, Group N, Group S, Formula Ford, Formula Vee, M&O, Q&R and of course Regularity. Never beforehand had drivers received such lengthy track time and a vast number were asking for the same event in 2015.
If you are interested in lengthy track times at Sydney Motorsport Park please mark the dates in your diary and keep an eye on hsrca.com
Image: Ingo Weinberger
Our Club Plate & Members runs are going from strength to strength, with the latest run on the 26th of October, 2014, seeing a terrific turnout enjoying top company, a brilliant morning drive and a lovely meal together.
Rick Marks has kindly shared a gallery of shots from the morning, and you can catch ’em all over in the ‘Gallery‘ page or directly at the link below:
For this run the crew of 37 members and 21 cars met at McDonalds Dural before winding through Kenthurst and Pitt Town to McGraths Hill for a break. Once refuelled and recollected we cruised back to Windsor, up to Wilberforce and then along the mountain ridge to Kurrajong before joining Bells Line of Road at Kurmond and heading to lunch ad Kravings of Kurmond.
After lunch those who wished to continue the adventure headed to Kurrajong Heights for tea in the good company of Patrick and Caroline Quinn.
For the full report, be sure to pick up the next copy of our ‘Oily Rag’!
Thanks to all involved and especially to Barry Thew and Garry Simkin for planning the route and Kravings for a scrumptious meal. The feedback from the run has been excellent, and we can’t wait to get stuck in again in 2015.
Our first run next year is currently planned for March – stay tuned for more information!
Hop on board with Dick Willis in his 1960 Nota Major for the opening laps of Race 6 in J, K and L at our recent Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics.
Driving and video thanks to Dick Willis.
Catch up with even more of the historic racing action from our recent Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics in two new photo galleries.
These two sets come thanks to Graham Olde and Bob Ross, and capture the action out on the track along with the colour in the pits and paddock. Thanks to both men for the brilliant shots!
Rush to the links below, and check ’em out:
If you have photos or video which you would like to share on the club website, please don’t hesitate to drop Seth an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographs by, and thanks to, Graham Olde and Bob Ross