Each year on the Fathers’ Day weekend, Muscle Car Masters brings together the greats of big-muscle motorsport to turn Sydney Motorsport Park into a touring car racing mecca.
This year was no exception, and you can catch up on some of the action on the track thanks to a magnificent motor racing gallery from Brent Murray. Hit this link and head to our ‘Gallery’ page to check it out, and make sure to head to Brent’s Facebook page here for more and to organise prints.
Photos by, and thanks to, Brent Murray of At Speed Images.
Back by popular demand, the next HSRCA Club Plate and Members Run is scheduled for Sunday, October 26.
This time we are heading north west meeting at McDonald’s Round Corner, Dural, and heading out through Kenthurst, Pitt Town, Windsor, Wilberforce, Freemans Reach then across the mountain to Kurmond. There will be some interesting stops and photo opportunities along the way.
Lunch will be at Kravings at Kurmond which is on the Bells Line of Road. A delicious two course lunch will be served for $31 per person. The restaurant is fully licenced.
Further information on meeting/departure time and our menu options available to us at Kravings will be provided in the next update. In the meantime, to ensure your place at the table for lunch, please email email@example.com and let us know that you’re intending to join us. Don’t miss this one – it will be great!
Image: Michelle McCue
Intrepid HSRCA photographer contributor Michelle McCue was recently at the 2014 Grand Prix Historique Monaco Monte-Carlo, and returned with so many brilliant shots of stunning, rare, unusual and important historic sports and racing cars that we had to share them with you here.
Michelle has very kindly shared her shots, which you can find in her full gallery here.
Be sure to hit this link to her Flickr page where you can find even more.
Photography by, and thanks to, Michelle McCue
Entry packs for our upcoming 20th anniversary meeting at Wakefield Park , coming this September 26 – 28, 2014, are heading out to members and the entry form, supplementary regulations (read them), and entry letter are available for download right here on the club website.
To enter the HSRCA Wakefield Park Summer Meeting:
- Click this link: www.meecamsau.com or type it into your browser. Log in if you haven’t already.
- Click ‘Upcoming Events’, view the HSRCA Wakefield Park 2014 Spring Meeting and then click ‘Enter Event’. You can pay by direct debit, cheque or credit card.
If you are new to the system:
- Click ‘Create an Account’ and follow the prompts – wait for a confirmation email, then go back to the CAMSEventEntry website,
- Go to ‘Toolkit’ and fill in your details, cars and team,
- Log on to the system using your CAMSEventEntry ID and password and enter through ‘Upcoming Events’ as before.
You will also find the entry pack available for download by clicking the handy links below, by right-clicking and selecting save as, or by heading to our Entry Forms page here.
The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association announces Ron Tauranac’s acceptance as patron of the club.
Formed in 1982 the role of the HSRCA was then, and still is, to promote historic motor sport in New South Wales and throughout Australia.
From its inception, the HSRCA has promoted hundreds of historic race meetings, including the highly successful Tasman Revival. The original 1960s Tasman Series brought top drivers and their race cars from the US, UK, Europe, NZ and Japan to race in Australia.
Ron Tauranac, along with his friend Jack Brabham, formed Motor Racing Developments in 1960 with the aim of building racing cars under the Brabham name. From then to 1970 over 500 Brabham cars were built, with each carrying the suffix BT, or Brabham Tauranac. While it is true that Jack Brabham won the 1966 World Championship in a car carrying his own name, it was Ron Tauranac who designed it.
After Ron Tauranac sold Brabham to Bernie Ecclestone in 1970, he reintroduced the name he first used in a short line of racing cars from the early 1950s – RALT. Between 1975 and 1993 a total of 1,051 RALTs (Ron and Austin Lewis Tauranac) were produced, making Ron Tauranac the most prolific producer of racing cars in the history of motor sport.
In accepting his role as patron of the HSRCA, Ron Tauranac said; “I am pleased to add my name to the HSRCA because if I can do anything to help, I am happy to. Motor racing has been half of my life.”
Speaking on behalf of the HSRCA, acting President David Kent said; “Ron was at the helm of two of the premier racing car manufacturers from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s when we talk about Brabham and RALT. He has been involved with motor sport for his entire career, which is what the HSRCA is about and does. Ron is a long term friend of ours, having attended many of our race meetings and functions and I think he has the right sort of attitude to be the patron of our club.”
“I think Ron Tauranac is absolutely ideal and the most appropriate person to be the patron of the HSRCA, and we look forward to his advice and friendship well into the future.”
The above text and photos are from an HSRCA press release that was forwarded to Australia’s motoring writers on Thursday 10 July 2014.
Image: Michelle McCue
As The Dude would say, in his infinite wisdom, new stuff has come to light. We’ve recently received a few new sets of photographs from the inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest, and you can enjoy them below.
First up we have an excellent set from Michelle McCue, capturing a lovely mix of atmosphere and action. Check ‘em out here.
And then we head out to the track for an all-action gallery from Bob Ross, who did a great job of capturing the weekend’s historic racing action. Hit this link for Bob’s full gallery.
Thanks to Michelle and Bob for sharing their work! For more of Michelle’s work at the Speedfest, hit this link to her Flickr page.
Photography by Michelle McCue and Bob Ross
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.
The HSRCA’s next track day will be held at Marulan Driver Training Centre on Sunday the 31st of August, 2014, and feature time trials and driver training for members, family and friends of the HSRCA and Austin Healey, Lotus Clubs, Peugeot and associated clubs.
Cars must be road registered or road registrable.
Please submit expressions of interest by the 6th of July, entries close on August the 25th, 2014.
Download the full information form and entry form by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save-As’ on the links below, or by heading to our ‘Entry Forms‘ page.
Contact Richard Cardew 0405 459 546 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Following the success of our last run in March, all HSRCA members are invited to enjoy an early morning Sunday drive on June 22 using their classic/collector car on either full registration or club plate registration.
We will meet at 9am at the Waterfall Station car park, then drive through the National Park to Stanwell Tops lookout for a photo stop, then on to Seascape Bridge, through Wollongong then up to the Robertson Pie shop for a coffee and comfort break then progress onto lunch which will be at the Scottish Arms Hotel at East Bowral. The hotel has a very good bistro menu – see www.scottisharms.com.au. After lunch you may wish to head to Bowral for some shopping or head home.
If you are intending to join us on June 22 or should you have any questions on the run please contact Rick Marks on 0418 686 340 or Garry Simkin on 0402 920 779 or 9958 3935
Held over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of May, 2014, the inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest was a huge success, putting on an excellent weekend of historic racing and a brilliant event for an impressive crowd of historic motorsport fans.
Now that we’re back it’s time to take a look back at the weekend, reminisce, and check out some photos.
Practice kicked off on Friday, with the impressive field of historic sports and racing cars gathering at Sydney Motorsport Park and entrants settling in, catching up with friends, preparing machinery and putting in a few sighting runs around the circuit.
When the event proper kicked off on Saturday morning we were greeted by cold and rain, which produced some tricky conditions for drivers. Thankfully the weather turned around for Sunday and we were rewarded with a warm and sunny day for spectators and great conditions for racing.
The quality of racing was, as usual, excellent – especially in Saturday’s tricky conditions.
Sunday saw a few racing incidents and technical malfunctions interrupt proceedings, but overall the event ran smoothly thanks to the tireless efforts of our volunteers and courteous driving from entrants, and drivers kept everyone entertained throughout the weekend with back-to-back events that had the track buzzing throughout both days.
We’d like to thank all of our entrants for your safe and responsible driving, the endless hours of work that go into preparing, maintaining and racing your cars and for getting involved!
Historic motorsport offers unrivalled access to the pits and paddock, and the cars and drivers that fill them, and Sydney Retro Speedfest was no exception to this!
This weekend saw the entirety of Sydney Motorsport Park filled with immaculately-prepared historic racing and sports cars of all kinds, much to the joy of everyone involved. The event attracted some unusual and very special machinery from the past eight decades of motorsport history, often with a friendly owner/driver nearby ready for a chat, and it’s lovely to see these cars at a racetrack, enjoy them being tinkered with, maintained, repaired and prepared, and experience them at full-tilt.
The great selection of machinery and friendly, buzzy atmosphere made the pits and paddock a pleasure to explore and chat one’s way through, and we’d like to thank everyone for making this the case!
Most importantly we, and I’m sure everyone involved, would like to send our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to the many selfless and tireless volunteers who apply their skills, energy, time and love to our events. Without you there would be no historic motorsport, and we can’t thank you enough. THANK YOU!
We would also like to send our congratulations to Randall Bezuidenhout, who won the “Win a Hot Lap at the Sydney Retro Speedfest” competition conducted on Radio 2GB’s Sportzone program. Randall collected four weekend entry tickets to the Speedfest, four Sydney Motorsport Park caps, and scored a hot lap in a Porsche 911 racecar.”
We currently have five photo galleries of the weekend’s action online on the ‘Gallery‘ page of the site, with more on their way very soon. Make sure to hit the links below to check each gallery out, and check back often over the coming days and weeks as we upload more content from the event.
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 Wakefield Park over the 27th and 28th of September for our Historic Spring event, and we can’t wait to get out there and do it all again!
As we warm up and get ready for a massive historic motorsport weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park for the inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest, here’s five photos from Friday practice.
Enjoy, and see you at the track tomorrow!
With the inaugural running of the HSRCA’s Retro Speedfest at Sydney’s Motorsport Park, amongst the glitz and glamour of many magical cars from years-gone-by featuring throaty exhausts, gleaming paint and meticulous presentation, visitors and patrons are invited to grab a memento of this wonderful event at the ‘Retro Speedfest Official Merchandise’ marquee located right alongside the carports in the middle of the pit area.
For sale will be Caps, T-Shirts, souvenir programmes etc as well as a great range of heavily discounted HSRCA and Tasman Revival merchandise in varying colours.
Some of the items include:
- Quality Chambray Shirts – $59.95 or 2 for $80
- Tasman Caps – $20
- Stonewall Spray Jackets – $120
- Sports bags – $25
- Silk Club Ties – $20
- 100% Pure Merino Wool Jumpers – $49.95
- Tasman T-Shirts – $30 or 2 for $50
- Generous sized cotton Hand Towels – $10 or 2 for $15
Sizes are limited on some products so get in early or pre-pay and pick-up at the event.
For people not able to attend the event, you are welcome to contact Greg Yard with your order which can be shipped to your address at minimal charge. Ph 02 9545 6662 m. 0407 108 103, e. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Retro Speedfest store will be open Friday May2 through Sunday May 4, 2014.
Son of multiple Bathurst class winner and racing legend, Don Holland, who celebrates his 75th birthday at this year’s Sydney Retro Speedfest, David Holland will be heading to the Sydney Retro Speedfest in his 1989 Reynard Formula Ford.
David Holland was a late starter to motor racing, commencing at the 2005 Phillip Island Classic, aged 38, in his father’s Historic 1983 Reynard Formula Ford.
David is still pedalling a Formula Ford, now a later 1989 Reynard, and is always up in the leading bunch! Father Don will be on hand as usual preparing the car and helping other competitors in the paddock, showing the true spirit of historic motor racing.
“Historic racing is motorsport as it was when Dad started, fabulous and interesting cars, but even better camaraderie. I always look forward to a race weekend, as driving a Formula Ford has to be the most fun you can have with clothes on,” Holland says. “I am also hoping for a great result to celebrate Dad’s 75th”
The inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park is set to kick off on Saturday the third of May, and you can now get up to speed on what’s going down when, and the driver/car pairings that are going to be taking over the track for the weekend by downloading the programme of events and provisional entry list, which are now available on the website.
Hit the following links, or head to our ‘Events & Entry Forms’ page here to grab them.
1986 Benetton BMW: B186-05 F1 1.5-litre turbo
Ex Gerhard Berger and Teo Fabi
The 1986 Benettons were, and it is believed still are, the most powerful F1 cars ever raced.
This car (chassis 05) driven by Gerhard Berger, racing at Monza, with momentarily a 5.5 bar boost [79 lbs.], briefly produced an estimated 1300hp, and was recorded at 351.22 km/h (218.23 mph) through the speed trap, the outright fastest car of the season.
Engine: BMW M12/13, 1499cc, 4-cylinder turbo
Transmission: Benetton 6-speed manual
Weight: 548 kg (1208 lbs.)
Chassis: Moulded carbon fibre composite monocoque
Designer: Rory Byrne
After a winning clean sweep of the four Phillip Island Classic weekend races, Terry Lawlor will bring the GIO Nissan GTR “Godzilla” to the Sydney Retro Speedfest racing in the Group C & A “Heritage Touring Cars” category. Racing will be close with other Nissans, Mustangs, Sierras and Commodores.
“Phillip island was my first weekend in the car and it was sensational. We still have a long way to go in learning about the car and expect some tough competition”
Terry will also race his “new” 1974 Group S Porsche at the Sydney Retro Speedfest after a long break from the category where he won it outright in 2008 and finished second in 2009 and 2010.
Four-time Australian Porsche Cup Champion, Asian Porsche Cup Champion, three-time runner-up in Australia’s Nations Cup and outright Group S Champion for the last five years, Geoff Morgan has an impressive thirty year history with Porsche and historic racing.
He started in a 1974 Porsche 911S in super sprints and his first race was in a 2.7 1974 Carrera in Porsche Cup, and he now races his beloved 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera.
In addition to racing in Australia Geoff has been privileged to race at Nurburgring (2003/2004), Watkins Glen (2013) and Laguna Seca, California (2011) having taken his Porsche as part of an Australian contingent.
“I love driving the historic Porsche on radials. It’s so exciting, especially at SMSP where it’s continually on the edge”.
Danny Gatto is a 46 year old Alfista, who got the bug for racing after doing some super sprinting with the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of NSW, about 10 years ago.
“After encountering historic racing, I thought “I’ve got to do this!” So I built a 1978 Alfetta GTV.”
Danny has now been racing this car for six years and has never looked back. The car has been raced in three states around Australia, from Phillip Island to Morgan Park, not to forget Mt Panorama. The car also gets used for All Alfa Racing with the Veloce Racing Association, where they run an East Coast Challenge between the Victorians, Queenslanders & NSW.
“I look forward to running at the Sydney Retro Speed Fest, as Sydney Motor Sport Park is a track I tend to do well at.”
“The big bonus for me is the camaraderie and excitement of racing that I share with all of my fellow racers, and the good mates that I have made through racing.”