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Introducing the HSRCA’s 2017 Summer Festival

HSRCA's 2017 Summer Festival

The Summer Festival is set for the 11th & 12th of November, 2017, and will see the HSRCA returning to Sydney Motorsport Park for the first time in 2017 to hold our biggest historic race meeting of the year.

The return to Sydney Motorsport Park’s flowing curves and longer straights will give some of the more powerful cars a chance to stretch their legs, and will offer a great mix of challenges and opportunities for exciting competition. Its excellent facilities and proximity to the city make it a great place to hold a race meeting, and we’re looking forward to putting together a brilliant meeting to close out 2017’s historic motorsport season.

The focus of this meeting will be on providing plenty of quality track time and a safe, smoothly-run opportunity to get out and enjoy our historic sports and racing cars, good company and a festive atmosphere representative of the golden age of the sport.

Groups LMO and S will be featured during the Summer Festival and will be offered feature events including the classic Dawson-Damer trophy and the always-exciting Group S Enduro Relay.

Keeping the circuit singing all weekend will be races for 5th Category historic groups, including JKLM, OPQR, N, S and Formulas Ford, Junior and Vee. Regularity trials and super sprints will also be offered, as will a speed (non-race) event for racing and sports racing cars.

In particular we would like to know the level of interest in a speed event for racing and sports racing cars. It is an opportunity to give some very special cars a fun run or offer someone else a drive in your car.  Please let us know and talk to Col Haste about it on 0408 865 629 or via email at hastbld@bigpond.com.

Most 5th Category groups will have trophy events to decide their perpetual trophies over the course of the weekend, and we’re looking forward to interesting fields and great races as those are decided.

HSRCA members will, of course, be offered the $50 members’ discount for entry to the meeting. If you’re not a member and would like to become one ahead of the meeting, please head to our membership page here and join the Club. The Club offers a wonderful camaraderie and a varied programme of opportunities to enjoy the historic motorsport community, both social and competitive.

We expect to open entries in mid-August.

On that note, entry is now open for the upcoming Spring Festival, which will be held at Wakefield Park over the 2nd and 3rd of September, with private practice available on Friday the 1st. Come along and enjoy an exciting weekend of motorsport in Goulburn’s stunning countryside.

Head to the CAMS website to place your entry.

As always, we are extremely grateful for your support and contribution to the sport of historic racing. We will continue our efforts to put on events that are safe and exciting, offer good value and high quality track time, and show off the depth of motorsport history in Australia by keeping engines hot, rubber melty and race tracks busy.

The HSRCA Race Committee


Photo Gallery: 2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival

2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival

Images thanks to Jeremy Braithwaite

The 2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival was held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the 10th & 11th of June, at Sydney Motorsport Park. Photographer Jeremy Braithwaite was at the event, and has kindly shared some of his images with us here.

The event saw a great collection of historic racing and sports cars gather at Sydney’s classic circuit for a winter’s weekend of historic competition. Awesome examples of the mighty Formula 5000s and the historic touring cars of Groups C & A joined strong fields of Formula Ford, Groups S & N, Sports Cars, BMW E30s and Regularity.

We were thrilled to see many HSRCA competitors supporting the event, which drew a strong field and put on exciting races in tricky conditions. We look forward to next year’s event!

Jeremy Braithwaite has kindly shared some photos from the weekend, and you can enjoy them over in the gallery. Hit the link below:

2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival by Jeremy Braithwaite

Head to Jeremy’s website here for more images and to organise prints.


The HRCC’s Historic Torque: June 2017

HRCC June 2017

Historic Torque is the official journal of the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland. The June 2017 edition has just been sent out, and is available for download here.

June’s edition of the magazine looks forward to the 40th annual Historic Queensland, includes a great article on the trials and tribulations of regularity, recaps a day out at Silverstone and much more. Download it from the following link, and enjoy!

HRCC Historic Torque June 2017 [PDF]

Be part of the 40th HISTORIC QUEENSLAND race meeting

The HRCC’s 40th Historic Queensland race meeting is coming up over the 1st & 2nd of July at Morgan Park Raceway. It should be a magic weekend of historic motorsport, and will offer a great opportunity to race on the fresh and smooth new Morgan Park surface.

They’re expecting big fields of the lovely older J, K, L and M cars, as well as some exciting Group N and Group S racing. Group U will feature compatible invited cars, which should bring some great machines out to play, and the full field of 5th category historic cars will ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Full details are available on their website here, and entry is now open through CAMS Motor Event Entry, which you can get to right here.

Catch up on previous editions of Historic Torque with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque May 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2017 [PDF]


The Summer 2017 Edition of The Oily Rag is On Its Way!

Summer 2017 Oily Rag

The Summer 2017 edition of The Oily Rag is hot off the presses and is currently moving ‘post haste’ to a letterbox near you.

This issue features reports from the HSRCA’s Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park, the VHRR’s Phillip Island Classic and the HRCC’s Historic Warwick at Morgan Park. There is also a special photo spread commemorating 80 years of the Rob Roy Hillclimb along with photos of this year’s VHRR hillclimb.

In addition to all of that, the magazine includes a special article on Austin-Healeys racing at Bathurst in 1998 and tales of the exploits of a Kiwi F5000 driver at Phillip Island and the Leadfoot Festival. Plus lots more! Enjoy.


CAMS is Looking for Historic Eligibility Officers

CAMS Historic Eligibility Officers

The CAMS Historic Motor Sport Commission is looking for expressions of interest for Historic Eligibility Officers. This is a great opportunity for those with the right knowledge to take on an interesting role in supporting the historic motorsport community.

If you’re interested, read on for the word from CAMS.

Call out for Historic Eligibility Officers

Think your retro-tech knowledge is up with the best? CAMS Historic Motor Sport Commission is seeking Expressions of Interest from enthusiasts who would like to use their knowledge and expertise to assist the Commission in the area of historic vehicle eligibility.

This can involve the inspection of historic vehicles as the initial step in the process that can lead to the granting of CAMS Certificates of Description, FIA Historic Technical Passports and CAMS Historic logbooks and the checking of vehicles at race meetings to ensure that they continue to comply with their documentation.

Whilst applicants with knowledge of all historic vehicle groups are welcome, the Commission is particularly interested to hear from those with expertise in Group C and A Historic Touring cars, all Groups of Racing and Sports racing cars -particularly the earlier groups for cars built prior to 1960 – and all Groups of Historic Formula Ford.   This is a voluntary system, but expense reimbursement is available to cover travel and other associated costs. 

Interested applicants should contact trent.price@cams.com.au at CAMS Head Office with a brief resume of their background, For further information, contact Commission Chair Bob Cracknell 0418 249 059 or Deputy Chair Col Haste on 0408 865 629.


Your Invitation to the HSRCA’s 2017 Historic Autumn Race Meeting at Wakefield Park

Historic Autumn Wakefield Park

Entries are now open for the HSRCA’s 2017 Autumn Historics at Wakefield Park, to be held this April 8th & 9th. You are most cordially invited!

Click this link to enter via the CAMS Members’ Portal.

You are most cordially invited to join us at Wakefield Park this 8th & 9th of April, 2017, for our first historic race meeting of the year.

Entry to the event is now open through CAMS Motor Event Entry, which is now accessed through the CAMS Members’ Portal. Click this handy link to enter via the CAMS homepage.

The HSRCA Autumn Historic meeting at Wakefield Park has been designed to provide a relaxed and inclusive weekend of historic motorsport shared with good friends. Our traditional historic categories are most welcome and will, as always, be the feature of this meeting.

Entry numbers permitting, the meeting will include:

  • Races and regularity trials for all of the usual 5th category historic classes featuring race, sports and touring cars from the ‘30s to the ‘80s
  • Invited classes for a super sprint and regularity trial
  • An increased members’ discount of $50

The program is being designed for a maximum of 9 grids, more likely 8, so that track time is generous.

The number of events per category will be varied to suit the preferences of category members and obtain similar track time for all grids. Contact your category manager if you have suggestions to make.

We have secured Wakefield Park for Friday the 7th of April so that we can offer private practice exclusively for HSRCA entrants. This means that we’re also able to make garages and carports allocated for the weekend available from Friday. The private practice itself will be run by Wakefield Park and payment should be made to them.

To encourage participation and the friendly, buzzing atmosphere that is such an important aspect of HSRCA events, we have been in contact with other motorsport groups across New South Wales. We are working to introduce new people to our wonderful community and for the April race meeting we plan on offering a super sprint and regularity trial for invited classes of these groups.

These groups will include cars constructed after 1987 and before 1998. Such cars will, however, need to be representative of those that raced in that period and compatible with other entrants. Consequently, the HSRCA reserves the right to accept or reject entries for these categories based on these and other risk mitigation criteria. Please contact David Ellis for guidance.

In a further effort to give back to our membership and provide a more inclusive racing community, we have also increased the members’ discount for entry to race meetings to $50. This makes the HSRCA membership a great value, especially if you plan on competing in more than one race meeting each year.

If you’re not a member and would like to become one, please see the attached documentation. The increased member discount will apply to new member applications received by the 3rd of March 2017. Applications will need to be received and processed before new applicants enter this event.

For those reluctant or unable to use CAMS Event Entry please contact the club on members@hsrca.org.au or 9988 4743 and request a traditional entry form.

We greatly appreciate your involvement in both our events and the historic racing community at large. Your support is vital to the health of the sport, and is what makes it such an exciting and rewarding pursuit. We hope that you join us once more for a great weekend of motorsport!

Please pass this invitation on to friends and family and encourage them to get involved – the more friends we have to race and talk cars with, the better!

We look forward to catching up with everyone this April 8th and 9th.

With every good wish for a memorable weekend of classic motorsport,
The HSRCA Race Committee

Download event documentation below:

2017 Wakefield Park Historic Autumn Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

Application for Regularity Licence [DOC]

Download a membership form in PDF format

Download a membership form in DOC format


Take Yourself to the 2016 Tasman Trophy

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

This weekend sees the HSRCA return to Sydney Motorsport Park to farewell the 2016 historic racing season with one of our biggest events of the year – the Tasman Trophy. Join us over the 19th & 20th of November for a packed weekend of historic racing shared with good friends in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The event will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park over the 19th & 20th of November, 2016. Spectator passes will be available at the gates on both days and parking will be available on site through Gate A.

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

Adult tickets are $25.00 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday and $50 for a two-day pass. Concession passes are $20.00 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday and $40 for a two-day pass. Entry for kids under 12 is free.

Spectator passes include access to the grandstands, viewing areas and the pits and paddock. Spectator access to the cars and stars in historic motorsport is unparalleled, so please do take advantage of the sport’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere to get up close and personal with the cars and meet their custodians and drivers.

Formula Juniors Tasman Trophy

Formula Junior will be the feature category at the Tasman Trophy and welcome a large contingent of international cars competing in the Tasman Tour 2016 including the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour.

Featuring full grids of these evocative race cars, these races are sure to be exciting and capture the feeling of the Tasman period beautifully.

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

The Group S Relay Enduro race will be another highlight over the weekend, and has traditionally been great fun – especially around change-over. With the packed Group S entry to feature everything from the Porsche 356 Pre-A of Ron Goodman to fleets of MG Midgets and Porsche 911s and the American muscle of Terry Lawlor’s Shelby GT350, this weekend’s racing is sure to offer plenty of action.

Strong entries throughout the field should make for a great weekend of late-spring historic motorsport. To get an idea of who’s going to be racing what and when, grab the provisional entry list and programme of events here:

2016 Tasman Trophy Entrant List [PDF]

2016 Tasman Trophy Programme of Practice & Events [PDF]

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

Sydney Motorsport Park is located on Ferrers Road, Eastern Creek NSW 2766. Hit this link to the circuit’s official website for information on how to get there, and this one for information on parking at the track.

Come along to the Tasman Trophy this weekend, the 19th & 20th of November, 2016, to enjoy a celebration of historic racing, the Tasman period and the women and men who make it all tick. We’ll see you there!


It’s The Pits – JKL Newsletter November 2016

JKL Its the Pits November

Mal Reid’s November JKL newsletter has gone out to fans of pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars, and is now available for you to peruse on the Club website. Read on, and enjoy!

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Historic Sandown’s Major Milestone

Historic Sandown 2016

Historic Sandown is coming up over the 4th to the 6th of November, 2016, and is looking to be an awesome weekend of historic racing. Read on below for the news thanks to the VHRR’s Brian Reed.

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2016 Spring Historics at Wakefield Park: Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

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.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

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.

HSRCA Wakefield Park Spring Meeting 2016

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.

Historic Touring Cars Association of NSW

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.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

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!

HSRCA Wakefield Park Spring Meeting 2016

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.

2016 Wakefield Park Historic Spring: Seth Reinhardt

2016 Wakefield Park Historic Spring: Peter Schell

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!

HSRCA Wakefield Park Spring Meeting 2016

 


It’s The Pits – JKL Newsletter August 2016

Mal Reid Sulman Singer

Image by Steve Duggan of sdpics.

Mal Reid’s latest JKL newsletter has gone out to fans of pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars, and is now available for you to peruse on the Club website. Read on, and enjoy!

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CAMS: Demystifying the FIA Historic Technical Passport

CAMS Historic Technical Passport

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:

CAMS: Demystifying the Historic Technical Passport [PDF]

Thanks to the CAMS Australian Historic Motor Sport Commission


Race to your TVs for the Retro Racefest Recap

Sydney Retro Racefest 2016

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.

 


Sydney Retro Racefest Profile: Ernst Luthi’s Alpine A110

Ernst's Alpine A110 in the Targa New Zealand

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

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Record Gathering of Australian Lotus Elevens to Celebrate their 60th at Sydney Retro Racefest

Lotus Elevens at Sydney Retro Racefest

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.

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Join the HSRCA at CARnivale this Australia Day!

Parramatta Park Motorsport

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.

Ron Tauranac Parramatta Park

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.


The HRCC’s Historic Torque: January 2016

Historic Torque December

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:

HRCC Historic Torque January 2016 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque December 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque September 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque August 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque July 2015 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque June 2015 [PDF]


Your 2016 Wakefield Park Summer Race Meeting Entry Pack

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

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:

  1. Go to Motor Event Entry (meecamsau.com) and enter online;
  2. Go to the HSRCA website hsrca.com and download the entry form; or
  3. 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.

Yours sincerely,

Noel Bryen
Competition Secretary
HSRCA

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.

2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

For those requiring a traditional entry form, please right-click and ‘Save-As’ to download it from here:

2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics Entry Form [DOC]

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics Wrap-Up and Gallery

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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!

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Seth Reinhardt

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Riccardo Benvenuti

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Brian Caldersmith

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Jeremy Dale

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Bill Fonseca

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Rod Mackenzie

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Brent Murray

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Syd Reinhardt

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Mark Richards

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Stuart Row

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Geoff Russell

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Peter Schell

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Richard Taylor

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Daniel Walters

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics: Russell Windebank

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 seth@hsrca.comRiccardo Benvenuti, Bill Fonseca, Brent Murray, Mark RichardsStuart RowGeoff 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!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park


Come Along and Enjoy the Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park This Weekend

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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:

2015 Sydney Retro Speed Fest Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park


2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park: Programme, Entry List & Furthers

Sydney Motorsport Park Programme Entry and Entry List

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:

2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park Provisional Entry List [PDF]

2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park Programme of Events [PDF]

2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park Further Supplementary Regulations [PDF]


Reminder! Our 2015 Summer Historics Meeting Is Just Weeks Away!

HSRCA November 2015 Historics

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!
HSRCA

Enter through CAMS Motor Event Entry by clicking this link!


Join Us for a Weekend of Historic Racing Action at our 2015 Summer Historics this November 28th & 29th

Sydney Motorsport Park November Historics

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:

  1. Go to Motor Event Entry (www.meecamsau.com) and enter on line;
  2. Go to the HSRCA website www.hsrca.com and download the entry form; or
  3. 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 – nbryen@optusnet.com.au.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Yours sincerely,
Noel Bryen
Competition Secretary


Loose Fillings #49

Loose Fillings 49

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. The Summer/Autumn edition for 2015 has just been released, and you can grab it right here from www.hsrca.com.

The latest edition has just been sent out, and is now available for download right here! This edition returns to chronicling the pioneers of air-cooled racing featuring Ron Tauranac and the RALT 1, discusses Cooper cars at Collingrove, celebrates the life of three-time Australian Hill Climb Champ Ivan Tighe, and more from the world of historic air-cooled racing cars from the ’50s.

Download it from the following link, and enjoy!

Loose Fillings #49 [PDF]

Take a look at the previous editions in the links below. Right-click and ‘Save as’, or just click.

Loose Fillings #48 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #47 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #46 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #45 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #44 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #43 [PDF]