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Hop On Board a Nota Major with Dick Willis

Dick Willis Racing

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.

Continued Historic Racing Action from Spring Historics

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

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:

Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting: Graham Olde

Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting: Bob Ross

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

Photographs by, and thanks to, Graham Olde and Bob Ross


Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting Wrap Up and Gallery

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Welcome home, and thanks for a stunning weekend of racing at Wakefield Park for our 20th Anniversary Spring Historics!

We’re back after a full weekend of historic racing celebrating the 20th anniversary of our first meeting at the magnificent Wakefield Park. And that means it’s time to take a look back at all of the action!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Goulburn sure pulled out all the stops this weekend. The surrounding hills were green and rolling, yellow canola fields sat snugly at their feet and pristine blue skies soared above, occasionally spotting themselves with puffy white clouds to add a little whimsy to the backdrop. Add to that the finest weather we can imagine this occasionally-cantankerous part of the world mustering, and we had all the makings for a perfect weekend.

Oh, and we can’t forget the few hundred beautifully-prepared historic sports and racing cars, and the fine group of men and women who love them to share it all with!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Groups J, K and L were majestic as the feature category for the event, and were kept busy all weekend contesting events for both race and regularity groups, along with plenty of fun and games in the pits and paddock.

It’s always a joy to see these cars out at speed and in force and their area in the paddock is a very friendly, relaxed and fun place to enjoy a few moments.

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

Freedom to explore the pits and paddock, chat with fellow historic motorsport aficionados and enjoy the cars and buzz is one of the great aspects of historic motorsport. Our events are friendly and relaxed, because they’re mostly about good friends getting together to catch up and enjoy life around a shared common interest.

This weekend was no exception and we implore anyone who comes along to one of our events to take advantage of that freedom, enjoy the cars and make a few new friends!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Similarly-majestic were the owners, drivers and crews from the full entry of 5th category historic cars who joined us for the weekend’s historic motorsport. We enjoyed full fields of beautifully-prepared historic racing and sports cars from each group and it’s a joy to have such great support from the community.

The racing throughout the weekend was exciting, well-driven and great to watch. We give a great deal of credit for the smooth running of the weekend to the respectful and clean racing demonstrated by everyone involved. Well done, and thank you!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

When it comes to the smooth running of our events, however, it is our gracious and selfless volunteers who deserve the most thanks. As always we wish to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supports the Club and our community through their tireless efforts and expertise – you provide us with these unforgettable opportunities to enjoy our cars and our friends. THANK YOU!

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

The first of our galleries are online now, with more to join in soon. Prepare yourself your favourite beverage and spend a few moments catching up on all the action by clicking through the following links:

Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting: Seth Reinhardt

Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting: Richard Taylor

For more shots from Richard, please head to his website here. And if you’re looking for something from Seth drop him an email here.

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, or drop by the club Facebook page and say hi.

Up next we’re heading to Sydney Motorsport Park for the Tasman Trophy race meeting over the 29th and 30th of November, 2014. Hit this link for more information.

Images thanks to Seth Reinhardt and Richard Taylor.

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

Photo Gallery: Muscle Car Masters 2014 by Brent Murray

Muscle Car Masters 2014

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.

Muscle Car Masters 2014

Introducing the October Club Plate and Members Run

Club Plate and Members Run

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 and let us know that you’re intending to join us. Don’t miss this one – it will be great!

Photo Gallery: 2014 Grand Prix Historique Monaco Monte-Carlo

2014 Historic Grand Prix Monaco Michelle McCue

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

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.27

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.27

Image: Peter Schell

The latest edition of Ed Holly’s magnificent M & O newsletter went out to members late last week, which means it’s time to share it right here on the club website!

This edition kicks off by paying respect to Sir Jack Brabham, before recapping the Sydney Retro Speedfest and taking a look back at the many adventures of Australian 1960s racing cars at Mallala, Historic Winton and Morgan Park. We then hear from Kim Shearn, who’s racing in the UK and Europe, learn from Damon Hancock’s experience with his Brabham BT23C fire, look forwards to future events, catch up with all the news in the world of Australian 1960s racing cars and a whole lot more.

Enjoy it by downloading it from the link below:

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.27 [PDF]

Previous 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newletters:

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.26

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.25

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.24

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.23

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.22

Your Entry Pack for Our 20th Anniversary Meeting at Wakefield Park

Historic Motorsport at Wakefield Park

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:

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.

Wakefield Park September 2014 Entry Form [DOC]

Wakefield Park September 2014 Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

Entry Letter

This September, Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the First Race Meeting at Wakefield Park

20th Anniversary of Wakefield Park

Ron Tauranac AO Accepts Patron Role with HSRCA

Ron Tauranac

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 and Jack Brabham

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.

Ron Tauranac

Reviving the Retro Speedfest Coverage!

Sydney Retro Speedfest by Michelle McCue

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.

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014 by Bob Ross

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

Wrap Up: Club Plate and Members Run – Sunday June 22, 2014

Club Plate & Members Run

What can I say? An absolutely beautiful winter’s day, a great roll up of members and partners, a terrific drive through picturesque areas south of Sydney, a delicious lunch and a cold beer!

Most of us met at Waterfall and drove through the Royal National Park, stopping for photos at Stanwell Tops. We then headed over the fabulous Sea Cliff Bridge, through to Wollongong and up the Macquarie Pass to the famous Robertson Pie Shop to meet the Southern Highlands contingent and have some light refreshments.

Our final lunch destination was the Scottish Arms Hotel in East Bowral, and everyone arrived safely and happily thanks to Barry Thew’s clear, concise and enjoyable instructions.

We had a great mix of marques along for the drive including Ferrari, Porsche, Lotus, MG, Cooper S, Datsun, Mercedes.  All the cars looked great and performed well and so did their drivers and co-drivers. 

From all accounts everyone enjoyed the day. We will look at organising the next run for September/October but must bear in mind that there are a lot of car related activities in Spring. 

Rick Marks,
Club Plate Registrar

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: June 2014

Sir Jack Brabham

Image via Historic Torque

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland, and is now available for download for June of 2014.

This month’s newsletter farewells the great Sir Jack Brabham, features a JKL report from the HRCC’s Autumn race meeting at Morgan Park and catches up on all the historic racing action in Queensland. Download it from the link below:

HRCC Historic Torque June 2014 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque April 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2014 [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

HSRCA Track Day Sunday 31 August 2014: Marulan Driver Training Centre

Marulan Track Walk

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.

MDTC Track Day Entry Form [DOC]

MTDC Track Day Information [PDF]

Contact Richard Cardew 0405 459 546 or for more information.

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]


The HRCC’s Historic Torque: April & May 2014

HRCC's Historic Torque

Image: Shifting Focus Photography

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland, and is now available for download for both April and May of 2014.

Download both from the links below, and catch up on all the historic racing action that our brothers and sisters have been getting up to in sunny Queensland!

Download them by right-clicking the following links and selecting ‘Save-As’:

HRCC Historic Torque April 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2014 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque March 2014 [PDF]

CLUB PLATE RUN – Sunday June 22

Club Plate Run

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 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

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest Wrap Up and Photo Gallery

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest

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.

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest

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.

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest

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!

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest

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!

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest

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!

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest

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.”

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest

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.

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Jeremy BraithwaiteHit this link to Jeremy’s website for more.

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Sylvain Hauser. Head to Sylvain’s website here for more.

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Rod MackenzieHead to Rod’s website here for more.

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Brent MurrayJoin Brent on Facebook here

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Seth Reinhardt. Send an email if you’re looking for anything from Seth.

Photography by Jeremy Braithwaite, Sylvain HauserRod Mackenzie, Brent Murray and Seth Reinhardt.

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, 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!

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest

Sydney Retro Speedfest: Five From Friday

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest

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!

Announcing the Sydney Retro Speedfest Store

Retro Speedfest Store

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.

The Retro Speedfest store will be open Friday May2 through Sunday May 4, 2014.

Sydney Retro Speedfest Historic Racer Profile: David Holland

David Holland Reynard

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”

Sydney Retro Speedfest Programme of Events & Provisional Entry List

Provisional Entry List & Programme of Events

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.

Sydney Retro Speedfest Programme of Events

Sydney Retro Speedfest Provisional Entry List

Sydney Retro Speedfest Historic Racecar Profile: 1986 Benetton BMW

1986 Benetton BMW

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