What a glorious Spring weekend! We’re back from two lovely days of historic racing at Wakefield Park, which means it’s time to catch up and enjoy a few photographs.
The HSRCA’s third meeting of 2016 was held at Wakefield Park over the 24th & 25th of September at Goulburn’s classic Wakefield Park circuit, and it was a stunner. The Spring meeting was a relaxed affair that focused on plenty of motorsport, including a Regularity team enduro race, and championship rounds for several groups within the Club.
Goulburn denied predictions of rain and put on perfect racing weather for us all weekend long. The countryside town supplied plenty of cool fresh air for the cars to breathe and the perfect amount of sunshine to warm the track surface and everyone out and about enjoying the action.
Our Spring historic meeting kicked off on Friday with practice, before settling into a steady racing groove on Saturday leading into race day Sunday. Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers who support us, entrants’ excellent preparation and respectful driving, proceedings ran extremely smoothly and kept the track singing.
The cars all looked, sounded and ran magnificently, and were driven with verve and vigor to match their period racing careers. The quality of driving throughout the field was excellent and contributed a great deal to the relaxed and respectful atmosphere of the meeting.
Both Regularity groups were very well supported, and put on fun regularity trials. This fun, safe and welcoming form of historic racing is an excellent way to get involved in motorsport, and we’re pleased to see it doing well.
On the more door-to-door end of competition were our two tin-top fields – The Group S Racing Association and Historic Touring Cars Association of NSW’s Goup N. Both put together excellent fields for rounds in their respective 2016 series, and with their championships late in the season racing was close, but respectful, and great fun to watch.
As were races in Formula Ford & Formula Vee, J, K & L Sports & Racing, Q, O & R Sports & Racing and Group M. Thanks to all of our drivers for putting in the preparation and maintenance to go racing, and for taking part in a positive, friendly and respectful way. We are very grateful for your support, and will continue to work to improve the experience of racing at our meetings.
Racing wouldn’t be much fun without mates, so the opportunity to catch up with friends and talk life, cars and everything is one we look forward to each time we take to the track.
The pits and paddock of Wakefield Park exuded a lovely relaxed atmosphere and was full of people catching up, tinkering with cars and chillin’ between races. And that’s just how it should be! Thanks for making motorsport the welcoming, social experience it should be.
If you’re new to historic motorsport and join the HSRCA, or any of our sister clubs around the country, at a historic meeting, make sure to take the time to wander the pits and paddock, check out the cars and chat with their custodians and drivers. We’re a friendly bunch who love to chat – especially when cars are involved!
We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the support of dedicated, talented and selfless volunteers, so, as always, we finish on our most important thanks. THANK YOU on behalf of everyone involved for devoting your time and talents to this sport and its community, and allowing us to go racing in a safe and well-supported environment.
With that, let’s get to the photos! Take a few minutes to click through the links below and enjoy the photos contributed by the talented photographers who cover our events.
Our next historic race meeting will be the 2016 Tasman Trophy, to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park over the 19th & 20th of November. Entries are open now, and more details will be heading your way in the very near future!
The FIA Historic Technical Passport provides an internationally-accepted specification for vehicles eligible to compete in international historic meetings.
For some time now, the CAMS Australian Historic Motor Sport Commission has been weighting up its inclusion in our own motorsport rules. Their article ‘Demystifying the FIA Historic Technical Passport’ aims to break down what it is, why it’s of value and why we should incorporate into Australian historic motorsport.
It’s well worth taking a few minutes out of your day to read, and you can do so over on CAMS’ website here, or by downloading their document from the following link:
Thanks to the CAMS Australian Historic Motor Sport Commission
Sydney Retro Racefest is heading to your TVs, YouTube and Facebook starting from this evening, Monday the 4th of July.
Coverage of the open wheel categories of Sydney Retro Racefest will air tonight, Monday the 4th of July, on Aurora at 8:30PM. For Foxtel subscribers, Aurora can be found on channel 183.
Once the broadcast airs the telecast will be available for viewing on YouTube thanks to our coverage partners Blend Line TV. We will update this page with the video once it is available.
The broadcast will be repeated on Aurora on Tuesday the 5th of July at 3PM and then Friday the 8th of July at 8PM.
Heritage Touring Cars, Group S and Group N races will be broadcast next week at the same times, and the telecast will be made available on YouTube at the same time. Tune in to Aurora at 8:30PM on Monday the 11th of July, 3PM on Tuesday the 12th of July and 8PM on Friday the 15th of July.
In the meantime, head to Blend Line TV’s Facebook page here for some great footage to keep you entertained until the broadcast.
Image courtesy of Ernst Luthi, by Proshotz Photography
Sydney Retro Racefest will see this stunning Alpine A110 join the many rare and wonderful motor racing machines to hit the track at Sydney Motorsport Park over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
“When Jean Redele founded La Societe des Automobiles Alpine in 1955, in Dieppe, France, he had only one thing in mind – to build a car that was simple, based on existing Renault technology and ready for competition.”
“It is this design, with a tubular chassis (beams and backbone) and streamlined fiberglass body, that makes the A110 such a great car to drive.” – Ernst Luthi
Lotus Eleven Chassis 538 leading 188 at Lakeside on the 26th of November, 1961. These cars will reunite at Sydney Retro Racefest this June. Image courtesy of the Brier Thomas Collection.
Sydney Retro Racefest will bring together a record gathering of Australian Lotus Elevens this Queen’s Birthday long weekend to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the classic sportscar racer.
Eight of Australia’s eleven Lotus Elevens will make their way to Sydney Motorsport Park this June 11th and 12th to take part in Sydney Retro Racefest. The gathering marks the 60th anniversary of the Eleven, and will see the cars displayed in a special marquee as well as compete in Regularity events.
The HSRCA is supporting CARnivale this Australia Day, the 26th of January, 2016, with a display of historic race cars to suit the venue’s significant Australian motorsport heritage.
2016 marks the first year that CARnivale will be held at Parramatta Park, which boasts an impressive motorsport history that not many know about. From 1952 until 1955 Parramatta Park was home to race meetings that drew enormous crowds to watch cars and motorcycles race around a picturesque and exciting circuit.
The events drew top Australian drivers, including several who went on to build impressive motorsport careers, such as Sir Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac. Seven of these drivers went on to win the Australian Grand Prix a total of twelve times between them.
The Club display this Australia Day will feature eight historic racing and sports cars, including two similar to those which ran in Parramatta Park’s motorsport heyday.
We’ll be joined by some six hundred other vehicles of all shapes, sizes and vintages for a magic celebration of our national day and Australia’s motoring culture and history.
Hit this link to the official CARnivale website for full details. We hope to see you there!
To get an idea for how things have changed, enjoy these before and after images prepared by Brian Caldersmith.
Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The January edition for 2016 has just been sent out, and is available for download here.
This month’s bumper edition looks forward to the HRCC’s TTT & Sprints Weekend this February, catches up on all the news in Queensland’s historic racing scene, takes a look at 2016’s historic racing calendar and a whole lot more.
Download it from the following link:
And catch up on previous editions with these links:
Join Us at Wakefield Park this February 27th & 28th and Kick Off 2016’s Historic Racing Season With Our Historic Summer Meeting
A very happy festive season to you and your family from the HSRCA! I thought it best to send this invitation before Santa arrives this year, just in case there is something you need for the car so that you can drop that subtle hint.
You are cordially invited to participate in our forthcoming historic race meeting at Wakefield Park on the 27th and 28th of February.
Entry to our February 2016 All Historic Summer race meeting at Wakefield Park is preferred through Motor Event Entry. Please hit this link to head to the event and enter.
The theme for this meeting is Group N, particularly the over 3 Litre cars since they are not being invited to Phillip Island this year and will be needing a run to prepare their cars for the season. We are working with their category manager to provide something different in the programme for this group.
We will also have the usual programme for all 5th category historic cars and you can also look forward to the drinks and nibbles session at the close 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.
So, if you want to be assured of having enough cars in your group to form your own grid (20), then get onto your mates and encourage them to enter!
Speaking of which, there are three ways to do just that:
- Go to Motor Event Entry (meecamsau.com) and enter online;
- Go to the HSRCA website hsrca.com and download the entry form; or
- Give Robyn or myself a call and an old fashioned snail mail package will eventually arrive in your letterbox.
If you have any queries, please call Noel or Robyn Bryen on (02) 9913 3662 and we will do our best to assist.
So, please come along and enjoy a wonderful weekend of historic motor sport with us.
Your entry pack can be downloaded from the following links:
Entry to our February 2016 All Historic Summer race meeting at Wakefield Park is preferred through Motor Event Entry. Please hit this link to head to the event and enter.
For those requiring a traditional entry form, please right-click and ‘Save-As’ to download it from here:
We’ve settled back into the routine of daily life after a packed weekend of historic racing at Sydney Motorsport Park, which means it’s time to take a look back at all the fun we had and pore over the photos!
The 28th and 29th of November, 2015, saw us head to Sydney Motorsport Park to put on our final historic racing meeting of the year with a few hundred of our closest friends and race cars, and we had a ball!
The weekend saw us celebrate five decades of Formula Vee, unleash a maximum-capacity grid of Group S & T sportscars in an endurance race, welcome J, K and L back to the classic circuit and much, much more.
We were greeted by moody skies and periodic precipitation upon arriving at Sydney Motorsport Park, but that did little to dampen the happy banter filling the circuit as everyone got to work preparing their cars, catching up with friends and setting out for the weekend.
The event included a celebration of 50 years of Formula Vee and we were honoured by the incredible support of the category. Beautifully prepared cars filled the dedicated marquee and overflowed into the carports opposite, and the drivers put on some awe-inspiring racing throughout the weekend.
Thanks to the legends who joined in the celebrations, and to everyone involved in the racing and parade laps!
On Sunday morning we held a 20-lap feature endurance race for Groups S & T, including a driver change. The race itself was a lot of fun and closely-competed even at its extended duration. The driver change added another layer of spectacle to the event, and watching the action in pit lane during it was great fun.
Top marks to not only the drivers, but the cars for tackling this endurance and pulling it off with aplomb!
We were thrilled to spend the weekend with the men and women of J, K and L after a few events at the circuit without them. They put together magnificent grids and races that belied the cars’ lengthy careers, and we hope to see that become a trend continuing well into the future!
We were similarly thrilled to spend it with everyone who set aside their weekend, and surely many weekends in preparation beforehand, to coming racing with us. We feature a few grids at each meeting, but every single competitor, every pit crew member and supporter and every spectator who joins us is greatly appreciated.
Formula Ford, M & O, N, Q & R and Regularity, thanks for joining us and putting on a brilliant weekend’s racing! You put together a magnificent field for the weekend and it’s a great honour to run these events for, and with, you.
Speaking of the weekend’s racing, it was suitably impressive not only in the level of competition, but the cleanliness of driving. Good racing comes out of great respect and this was demonstrated each and every time the red light went out over the weekend.
Thank you for making HSRCA events safe, respectful and fun – and for doing so so with impressive consistency!
Thank you also for making the pits and paddock a fun place to take a break and do some very important socialising! Cars bring us together, but it’s our mates that make the weekends fun and rewarding, and there’s no better reminder of that than a wander through the pits and paddock at any one of our events.
They’re full of good friends enjoying the weekend together, while tinkering with and chatting about their beautifully-prepared race cars. Historic motorsport is unique in its openness, so if you join us at an event make sure to take advantage of that, get up close with your favourite cars and get to know the women and men who race and maintain them.
Finally, and most importantly, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the tireless support of volunteers. Your tireless, generous and expert contributions to these events are invaluable. You allow us to spend the weekend playing cars with our friends and keep us safe while we do it.
From everyone involved in the event, and the sport as a whole – THANK YOU!
With that, I think it’s time for some photos! Top up your beverages, settle in and enjoy the photos thanks to the many talented photographers who support the Club!
Galleries thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Brian Caldersmith, Jeremy Dale, Bill Fonseca, Rod Mackenzie, Brent Murray, Seth Reinhardt, Syd Reinhardt, Stuart Row, Geoff Russell, Peter Schell, Richard Taylor, Daniel Walters and Russell Windebank.
For more images from each photographer, or to organise prints, please hit the following links to their websites, or send Seth an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Riccardo Benvenuti, Bill Fonseca, Brent Murray, Mark Richards, Stuart Row, Geoff Russell, Richard Taylor and Daniel Walters.
Next up – some Summertime relaxing with our friends and families, a few too many slices of Christmas cake and then our Wakefield Park Summer Historics in February!
This weekend will see us return to Sydney Motorsport Park for a glorious weekend of summer historic motorsport, and we’d love for you to join us! Let’s take a look at what’s coming up, illustrated by our adventures at June’s Sydney Retro Speedfest.
The event will include a celebration of 50 years of Formula Vee, joined by legends of the racing formula, a feature endurance race for Group S on Sunday morning, the return of J, K and L and, of course, events for the breadth of fifth category historic cars.
Formula Vee races are some of the most consistently exciting that we see at our historic race meetings, and we’ve had a stunning response to our feature events celebrating the category’s half-century.
Along with feature races throughout the weekend, the Vees will be joined by several legends of the category, who will participate in both races and lunchtime demonstration runs. The cars will be housed in a dedicated marquee, and have spilled out to fill the carports opposite.
Moving to cars with roofs – Group S will put on a feature 20-lap endurance race on Sunday morning, and it’s set to be a banger. They hit the 47 car maximum grid in no time, and with such a strong field and their competitive racing, we can’t wait to see what they get up to.
For the first time in the last few years, the men and women of J, K and L will be joining us at Sydney Motorsport Park, and they’ve jumped back in with a spectacular field. These pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars are absolutely wonderful, and their drivers aren’t afraid to give them hefty doses of the old right boot on the track, which is just how we like it!
Flipping to the opposite end of the spectrum, we’ll be joined by a group of Formula 5000s that are set to unleash the thunder in our Q & R Racing events. These mighty machines aren’t something you watch – they’re a sensory experience. If you enjoy historic motorsport, Q & R Racing this November is not to be missed.
And that’s just the warm-up! Groups Q & R Sports, N, M & O, Formula Ford and Regularity will all be forming grids of their own, and will keep Sydney Motorsport Park singing throughout the weekend with magnificent historic racing action.
When you need a break from the racing action, the pits and paddock at HSRCA events are about as friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable as you can find. So make sure to take a wander, make a few new friends, catch up with some old ones and get up close and personal with the cars.
The event will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park, and spectator access is not only unparalleled, but affordable!
Tickets will be available at the gate. Full-price entry is $15 on Saturday, $25 on Sunday and $30 for a weekend pass. A family pass is available for $50, kids under 14 may join in for free and a concession pass is available for $20.
We are thrilled to invite you to attend this upcoming event and look forward to putting on a great weekend this 28th & 29th of November. Join us at Sydney Motorsport Park then, for the HSRCA’s 2015 Summer Historics.
To help get into the mood, why not take a look back at the action that took place at our previous visit to Sydney Motorsport Park for the 2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest:
This time next week we’ll be well into the swing of things for 2015’s Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics, which means it’s about time for you to take a look at the programme of events, provisional entry list and further supplementary regulations! They’re available for download below.
The provisional entry list including garage allocations, programme of events and further supplementary regulations are available to download from the links below, or over on our ‘Events & Entry Forms‘ page:
Celebrate 50 years of Formula Vee with legends of the racing formula, enjoy an absolutely packed Group S endurance race on Sunday morning, celebrate the return of J, K and L, and more!
The event will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend of the 28th and 29th of November and you can enter through CAMS Motor Event Entry by clicking this link now!
We’re absolutely thrilled with the response we’ve had to our 50 years of Formula Vee celebrations and are excited to present a very strong grid at the meeting. At time of writing just shy of thirty Vees will be taking to the track, and we’re looking forward to some feisty racing!
Vees will have their own marquee over the weekend, and the response has been so strong that they’ll be overflowing into the carports opposite. That said, we can field large grids at Sydney Motorsport Park and more Vees are very much welcome! Come along and celebrate five decades of these great little race cars in very fine company.
Speaking of large grids, we’re completely humbled by Group S’s support of Sunday morning’s 20-lap endurance race. The field has blown past fifty entries, which means that we’re now full-to-bursting and can no longer accept further entries.
If you are interested in competing in Group S and have not yet submitted your entry, please do contact us and we will look for opportunities to squeeze you in as entries settle in the lead-up to the event.
Looking to the older cars, J, K and L have put together a wonderful grid so far and will be making their return to Sydney Motorsport Park in style. We’re thrilled to see them back on the big track in force, and look forward to entries developing over the next few weeks.
On the other end of the technology spectrum, six Formula 5000s are currently set to make exciting additions to Q & R Racing over the weekend. If you have a Formula 5000 or Q & R racing car that’s in need of some track time, this will be a magnificent field to get stuck in to some great wings ’n slicks racing!
Similarly if you have a Q & R Sports car we’d love to see a few more entries in that field. Entries are strong, but just shy of forming a grid on their own – let’s remedy that!
Regularity and M & O grids are both forming up well, meaning there’s some lovely track time to be had with your fellow racers. Get your entries in, and let your buddies know.
Finally, we have plenty of space left in Group N and Formula Ford and would be happy to see more entries from both. Group N is always exciting, and thrives with nice full fields of mirror-to-mirror tin top racing, so let’s get some of that happening!
Similarly, this meeting represents a wonderful opportunity for Formula Ford to form a grid of their own and have some competitive fun running together. We’d love to watch that!
If you have friends or family who you’d like to drive with, pass this on to them and let them know what we’re up to.
We greatly appreciate your support at every meeting and look forward to putting on a wonderful weekend for all of you! Let’s make this meeting a glorious celebration of the sport and send 2015’s historic racing season off in style.
And when it’s all wrapped up, some Christmas Cake and maybe a nap.
See you in four weeks!
Join Us for a Weekend of Historic Racing Action at our 2015 Summer Historics this November 28th & 29th
You are most cordially invited to attend our forthcoming meeting at Sydney Motorsport Park this November 28th & 29th for another great weekend of historic motor sport and good company. We would be delighted if you could join us for the weekend!
Entry to the event is preferred through CAMS Motor Event Entry, and you can get there by clicking this link that will take you straight to our event. The supplementary regulations and entry documentation for the meeting are available on the Club website – just click this link.
The features for this meeting will be:
- A celebration of 50 years of Formula Vee, for which we are expecting a full grid. There will be several “Legends” in attendance who will be participating in demonstration laps during the lunch break. The Vees will also be housed in their own dedicated marquee and some cars will also be running in Regularity.
- A separate grid for Formula Ford, provided we have enough entries. This is an opportunity to spread the word and make the most of your own races.
- We would like to welcome back JKL, who have not run at this venue for a few years and are offering a race grid plus the opportunity to participate in Regularity.
- Two Regularity grids. The “normal” faster group of Regularity, plus a slower group of sports cars, JKL and Formula Vee. Of course, Group S, and Group N are also welcome to cross enter into an appropriate group should they wish to do so.
- Group S will be provided with a 20 lap endurance race on the Sunday morning and there will be grids for Group N, M&O and Q&R, as usual.
And don’t forget, there are three ways to enter:
- Go to Motor Event Entry (www.meecamsau.com) and enter on line;
- Go to the HSRCA website www.hsrca.com and download the entry form; or
- Give Robyn or myself a call and an old fashioned snail mail package will eventually arrive in your letterbox.
For supplementary regulations and other documentation please see the following links:
2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics Entry Letter [PDF]
2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics Supplementary Regulations [PDF]
2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics Entry Form [DOC]
2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics Fuel Order Form [PDF] (Fuel ordered ahead of time up until the week prior to the event will be supplied at a discounted price, please return the form to Glen Atkins at Gatkins@hi-tecracingfuels.com.au)
Competitors please note – the 100 octane fuel offered on this order form is not Avgas. Hi-Tec Racing Fuel can supply Avgas on request at a price of $4.20/litre. The pre-order discount is not available for Avgas.
If your car requires Avgas, please request it specifically when ordering.
Should you have any queries, feel free to contact Robyn or myself on (02) 9913 3662 at home or on email – email@example.com.
I look forward to seeing you there!
We’ve settled in to the working week after a wonderful weekend of historic racing at Wakefield Park, which means it’s about time to start thinking about something a little more fun! So let’s have a chat about the weekend and check out the photos.
Our 2015 Wakefield Park Spring Historics race meet was held at Wakefield Park over the 19th and 20th of September. For this event we chose to celebrate the older cars in our ranks with feature events for J, K, L and invited M cars, as well as the diverse and wonderful machines of Regularity and the similarly-diverse and wonderful women and men who drive them, with Regularity and combined J, K, L and Regularity feature events.
Both groups responded wonderfully with full-to-bursting fields of historic sports and racing cars. It truly was a delight to see all of you out on the track having fun and putting in some impressive performances.
As it was to see the full field of historic sports and racing cars of all types over the weekend! Each and every car was immaculately presented and beautifully driven, and we’d like to send a huge ‘THANK YOU!’ to everyone who got stuck in to racing over the weekend. Your support is greatly appreciated and your presence makes all of the hard work that goes into organising these events very worthwhile and rewarding.
We’d also like to congratulate everyone for a weekend well raced. There were very few incidents throughout the weekend and your quick, smooth and respectful driving contributed immensely to the smooth running of the event. Not to mention some extremely entertaining racing!
Off the track and into the pits and paddock and the atmosphere was no less enjoyable. The happy buzz of socialising around lovely old cars made the grounds of Wakefield Park a wonderful place to explore and it was great to catch up with friends old and new over the weekend. It was also particularly nice to see so many people looking after each other, putting on delicious banquet group lunches and very much getting into the spirit of things. Thank you!
As we always say, this relaxed and friendly atmosphere is one of historic motorsport’s greatest and most rewarding strengths. If you get a chance to come along to an event, make sure to spend some time wandering the pits and paddock, getting up close and personal with the cars and having a chat with their owners and drivers as well as fellow historic racing fans. You’re sure to learn an incredible amount, as well as make a few new friends.
Our most important and heartfelt thanks of all goes, as always, to the selfless, talented and generous people who volunteer their time and talents to organising, running and packing up these events while keeping us all safe and exceptionally well looked after. None of this would be possible without you, and we’re endlessly grateful for the enriching and exciting experiences that you give us through your hard work.
From everyone involved in the event, and the sport as a whole – THANK YOU!
With that said it’s time to grab a mug, glass or pint of your favourite beverage and settle in to enjoy the photos! Click through the following links.
Next up we’re heading to Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of November, 2015. It’s going to be a big one, and you’ll be able to find all of the information you need right here at www.hsrca.com.
We’re warmed up and on the formation lap for this weekend’s Historic Spring race meet, which will be held over the 19th and 20th of September, 2015, so it’s time to check in with who’s going to be doing what, when and in which lovely historic sport or race car!
The programme, entry list and further supplementary regulations are available for download from the website. Just hit the links below, or right-click and ‘Save-As’.
Enjoy the details, stay tuned to hsrca.com for more coverage of the event and head down to glorious Goulburn on the weekend to check out the action! See you there!
In just a few days we’ll be making our bi-annual road-trip to Wakefield Park in Goulburn to enjoy some springtime historic racing with our friends. And we’d love for you to join us!
The weekend will see a stunning field of historic sports and racing cars take to the classic track for two packed days of racing and all of the socialising and fun that goes along with that. Our 2015 event will offer special events for two featured groups, along with the usual full weekend of racing for 5th category historic cars.
The first theme for this meeting is JKL, and we have organised feature events for both Race and Regularity over the course of the weekend. We’re thrilled with the support of the JKL racers, who have put together a field 37-strong along with even more drivers in Regularity.
Speaking of which, our second theme for the weekend is Regularity, who have been similarly-wonderful in supporting the event. The MG & JKL Regularity field will see 21 drivers compete, and they will be joined by a further 17 in the Regularity field.
And they, of course, will be joined by close to 200 of their closest friends and race cars! Thanks to all competitors for supporting the event – we will endeavour to make it a magnificent one! To check out the programme, entry list and more, head to the ‘Events’ & Entry Forms page here.
To help crank the engines over before we head off, let’s take a look back at what went down the last time we put rubber to race track at Wakefield Park.
We previously raced at Wakefield Park back in February of this year, when we opened 2015’s accounts with a relaxed, social and action-packed weekend’s historic motorsport. Catch up on all the historic racing action in the wrap-up, photo galleries and links below. We can’t wait to do it all again this weekend!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!