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.”
Richard Rose began his involvement in historic motor racing in 1985. He kicked off his historic motor racing career in an MG TD, then, in 1987, moved to a Buchanan Cobra before hopping into his 1959 MG A 1600 in 1995.
This MG A commenced historic racing in Group Sa in 1979, and has had a continuous racing history since 1972 when it was raced as a production sports car.
“What I like about historic racing is the camaraderie between drivers. The racing can be very competitive out on the track, but at the end of the day we still remain friends”
CAMS has recently issued an amendment to regulations for frontal head restraints, making them mandatory from 2014.
Read on for the release from CAMS, and head to the official CAMS website here for more information.
CAMS ISSUES REGULATION AMENDMENTS FOR FRONTAL HEAD RESTRAINTS
The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) has issued regulation amendments incorporating the mandatory use of Frontal Head Restraints (FHR) after announcing the use of FHRs are to become mandatory from 2014.
The amendments affect two Schedules; Schedule D – Apparel and Schedule I – Safety Harnesses/ Window Nets.
For the Bulletin click HERE.
CAMS will only recognise the SFI Standard 38.1 FHR devices up until the 31/12/2015, when the SFI Standard 38.1 devices will no longer be recognised. CAMS has only ever recognised and recommended the use of FIA approved devices.
The SFI Foundation, in testing to meet the SFI 38.1 Standard, utilised a test scenario involving the use of a sled and a test dummy fitted with the device. The sled and dummy, are then accelerated and rapidly decelerated to produce a velocity change, thus testing the ability of the device to support the head and neck in an impact. The FIA take testing a step further than the sled and dummy test by incorporating testing for the helmet posts and the individual tethers. The FIA then undertake a destruction test to determine the ultimate ability of the device.
Furthermore, CAMS will not approve the drilling of a helmet to facilitate the fitting of FHR tether posts unless undertaken by the helmet manufacturer or a helmet manufacturer’s agent. Most helmets with the applicable standard required for FHR are pre-drilled to suit the tether posts and therefore only require the post to bolted or screwed into place. Manufacturers and manufacturer agents will undertake this action for minimal cost and will also be able to verify that the helmet is in fact of the necessary standard to suit the use of FHR.
CAMS has resolved to introduce regulations which mandate the use of Frontal Head Restraints in accordance with FIA standards as follows:
From 1 July, 2014 all international and national circuit races, road events and off road events, except where specifically exempted due to the type of vehicle;
From 1 January, 2015, all state circuit races, road events and off road events, except where specifically exempted due to the type of vehicle.
This does not include Speed events and Auto tests.
Competitors in other disciplines and lower level competition are reminded that the use of these restraints remains highly recommended.
FHRs are a safety device that reduce the likelihood of head and/ or neck injuries and are already compulsory in many motor sport events worldwide.
The purpose of FHR devices is to stop the head from whipping forward in a crash, without restricting the movement of the neck, as an FHR device maintains the relative position of the head to the body.
For a video on how to use Frontal Head Restraints – click HERE
For a video on the introduction of FHR’s by CAMS – click HERE
CAMS has FHR devices for sale at CAMS Shop on CAMS website.
Originally prepared by Carl Stecher for Robert Foster (QLD) in 1998, this Healey was successfully campaigned by Rob Rowland of the Healey Factory from 2003.
Historic racing successes include a pole position (Group S) at Philip Island, and it currently holds the Sa Lap Record at Phillip Island. In 2007 owner Brian Duffy re-painted the car Docker Green (NOJ 392).
“We’re ready to race, rock ‘n roll at Sydney Retro Speedfest!”
Car: Austin Healey 3000 Mk I
Race No: 34
Owner: Brian P Duffy
Ed Singleton’s first motorsport love is his ex-Allan Grice & Colin Bond “Group C” Commodore. Presented in its iconic period STP livery, “Elvis” is an original Bathurst & ATCC race car, exactingly restored to its 1983 race specification.
Having raced in a variety of classes including the Mini Challenge and Radical Australia Cup (Ed is the 2011 Radical national champion), he’s adamant that there’s nothing quite like the Heritage Touring Car Series, and is very much looking forward to running on the Gardner Circuit at the Sydney Retro Speedfest.
“I can’t wait to hit the track in May!”
“We’re lining up a big grid of Bathurst touring cars, ranging from the nimble Bob Holden Escorts to the “Big Banger” V8 Commodores and Falcons, right through to the mighty Gibson Motorsport Nissans, and everything in between. Nothing gets the crowd cheering like a full grid of Bathurst Legends, and the Group C and Group A boys always put on an entertaining show. Join us trackside for touring car racing like it used to be!”
The Sydney Retro Speedfest race weekend on May 3 – 4 will be captured from every angle, ensuring all competitors and spectators will see every bit of racing action across the expansive Sydney Motorsport Park complex.
Motorsport specialists AVE will be on board for the inaugural event, providing full television coverage with nine fixed cameras and 20 in-car cameras.
The feed will be streamed live to a big screen for spectators, as well as to the monitors in paddock complex and garages.
And AVE will endeavour to provide equal billing and time for every race category. That’s every car, filmed in every race – and not just following the top three!
More details on the television coverage to follow – stay tuned to sydneyretrospeedfest.com.
Tom is just 25 years of age – but has been racing for nine years! He currently runs the fastest Formula 5000 in Australia, and is the current F5000 lap record holder at Sydney Motorsport Park. In the past has also competed in Formula Ford, Formula 3, V8 Supercar Development Series, and the Porsche Carrera Cup. He plans to bring his Formula 5000 and his Formula Ford to the Sydney Retro Speedfest in May.
“I am really looking forward to a fun weekend getting back into one of the most exhilarating cars I’ve ever driven,” Tweedie says. “Sydney Motorsport Park gives us the perfect mix of challenging corners and opportunity to stretch the car’s legs, including high speed Turn 1 where we are just shy of 270kph… Always exciting!”
Members of Classic Car clubs are invited to display their pride and joy at Sydney Motorsport Park on Sunday 4 May 2014. Drivers of display cars will be admitted to the Speedfest free of charge, while passengers may take advantage of the early-bird discount admission charge (phone ARDC on (02) 9672 1000). A special display area has been set aside along Pit Straight where all the on-track action can be viewed during the action-packed race meeting.
To register for the display, please refer to the attachments below and send completed details to Phil Harrison, Sydney Motorsport Park, PO Box 6747, Blacktown DC NSW 2148.
Opportunities are available for merchandising and trade display sites at the Sydney Retro Speedfest, which will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on 3-4 May 2014.
It’s an excellent opportunity to get your brand, services or products in front of an active and engaged audience of motorsport enthusiasts, for a very reasonable price. Options begin at $250+GST per site and include two tickets and one merchandising site vehicle pass.
For the full details and to secure your site, please download and return the following booking form.
The completed form must be returned to the following details:
Our brothers and sisters to the south, the Hobart Sporting Car Club, are once again putting on the Baskerville Historics this year, and we’d like to share the details with you and encourage you to get involved.
The event will be held over the 4th and 5th of October, 2014, at Baskerville Raceway and bring together a lovely collection of historic racing and sports cars at a wonderful circuit. Head to the Hobart Sporting Car Club’s website here for more info, and check out the video below to get a feel for the event.
Image: Martin Creely
Held the weekend before the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix each year, the Phillip Island Classic is one of the biggest historic motorsport events on the calendar. It’s put on by our family to the south, the VHRR, and it’s well worth checking out!
Martin Creely was there over the weekend, and has put together a magnificent photo gallery of the historic sports and racing cars and on-track action, which he has kindly shared with us on the website. Head to our ‘Gallery‘ page to check it out, or just hit this handy link.
Thanks to Martin Creely for sharing the shots. Head to his official website here for more, and to organise prints and buy images.
Images: Michelle McCue
Our latest gallery from Wakefield Park takes you for a stroll through the pits and paddock to soak in the atmosphere of a lovely weekend of historic racing, thanks to Michelle McCue.
The friendly, open and social nature of the pits and paddock is one of the great pleasures in historic racing, and Michelle demonstrates that magnificently in her gallery, which you can find in our ‘Gallery‘ page, or by clicking the link below:
Photography by, and thanks to, Michelle McCue. Check out more of her work on Flickr here.
Image: Peter Schell
It’s a rainy Friday morning here in Sydney, so it’s a good thing we have two fresh and exciting sets of photographs from our weekend at Wakefield Park to brighten up your day, and carry you through to the weekend on a high!
They come thanks to long time HSRCA photographer extraordinaires Peter Schell and Richard Taylor, and capture the action out on the track magnificently.
Head to our ‘Gallery’ page here to check them out, or just click these handy links:
Thanks to Peter Schell and Richard Taylor for sharing their work! Head to Richard’s website here for much more, and to order prints, and if you’d like to get in touch with Peter just send me an email.
Image: Richard Taylor
We’ve had a couple days to make the road trip home from Wakefield Park, catch up on some rest and settle back into everyday life after a full weekend of historic racing at our 2014 Wakefield Park Summer Historics, and I think that means we’re well due for a look back at the action!
We kicked off our year of historic motorsport with a gentle trip to Goulburn and a full set of races for all of our historic sports and racing car categories. With no set theme for this meeting, it was all about getting our cars out on the track, warming up after the holiday break and catching up with our mates.
And everyone involved did just that. The tireless efforts of our volunteers, clean racing from our competitors and top notch planning from our organisers kept things running smoothly and on time and had the racetrack singing throughout the weekend. After a few technical retirements over the course of the weekend we ended up mixing a handful of grids and running longer races on Sunday to make sure that our competitors had their fill of racing and keep the fields full and exciting.
The quality of driving and racing was uniformly excellent throughout the weekend, and each one of the wonderful collection of historic sports and racing cars present at the weekend was immaculately prepared. Thank you to our competitors for putting on a great weekend of racing and, most importantly, doing so in a safe and responsible manner!
The pits and paddock were, as always, a joy do explore; full of good friends enjoying each other’s company and spinning wild tales of racing adventure, historic race car repair, preparation, maintenance and tinkering, and the aforementioned collection of immaculately-prepared historic sports and racing cars.
I say this at the end of every race meeting, but it’s each and every one of you who make our events special and create the happy, social buzz that surrounds every weekend of historic racing we enjoy together. Thanks for making our weekends so easy and fun!
Most importantly we, and I’m sure everyone involved, would like to thank our selfless and tireless volunteers who lend their skills, energy and love to our events and make all of this possible. You are the lifeblood of historic motorsport, and we can’t thank you enough. THANK YOU!
Make sure to check out our first four photo galleries from the event, which are online on the ‘Gallery‘ page here, and keep an eye on the site over the coming weeks as we endeavour to bring you all the content that we can muster 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? Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park on the 3rd and 4th of May. Check out this page for everything you need to know about the event, and stay tuned to the site for more information as the event develops.
It’s a rainy Wednesday afternoon, but we’re only two days from our first historic racing outing of the year, our Historic Summer at Wakefield Park, and that makes for a sunny disposition.
To keep you going for the next two days, and serve as some inspiration, we thought we’d take a look back at our previous adventure at Wakefield Park – the 2013 Historic Spring at Wakefield Park.
In contrast to the soggy start to our February 2013 event, Wakefield Park greeted us with springtime warmth, beautiful greenery and a backdrop of golden fields of canola. And we went and made it much more exciting by filling the track with two jam-packed days of historic racing for all categories of historic sports and racing car.
Check out the wrap up and photo galleries from the event below:
This time next week we’ll be well under way with practice for our first historic racing event of the year – our Historic Summer at Wakefield Park.
The provisional entry list, programme of events and further regs are now available for download, and you can grab them from the links below or our ‘Entry Forms‘ page:
See you at the track!