Fresh from a brilliant Tasman Trophy weekend, the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales is pleased to provide a full four-event historic racing calendar for 2015.
Wakefield Park and Sydney Motorsport Park will again share hosting duties in 2015, with two events at each throughout the course of the year.
Wakefield Park is up first with the HSRCA’s Historic Summer event over the weekend of the 21st-22nd of February, with pre-practice held on Friday the 20th. Surely a brilliant opportunity to get back into historic motorsport and catch up with friends after the holiday period.
The Heritage Touring Cars series will join us over the weekend, kicking off their 2015 championship season at the event.
The Heritage Touring Cars series is a six round series featuring genuine Group C and A touring cars which did battle in Australian touring car racing between 1973 and 1992. These machines are an absolute marvel on the track and will be driven hard, and the HSRCA is thrilled to host a round of their championship once again.
Held in collaboration between the HSRCA and the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, Sydney Retro Speedfest will take over Sydney Motorsport Park on 6th-7th June, the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
The event’s inaugural running in 2014 proved hugely popular with drivers and spectators alike. Drivers in Groups C & A, Group N, Group S, Formula Ford, Formula Vee, M&O, Q&R and Regularity enjoyed unprecedented track time resulting in high-quality racing and a brilliant weekend for all involved. We are thrilled to make this opportunity available to everyone once again in 2015.
Sydney Retro Speedfest will play host to round three of the Heritage Touring Car 2015 championship season.
The second half of the year will see the Club heading back to Wakefield Park for our Historic Spring meeting. This meeting will include feature races for pre and post-WW2 historic sports and racing cars in Groups J, K and L, as well as an enduro event for Regularity.
Feature events for our early cars are well-supported and a favourite in the calendar, and it’s always a joy to see these beautifully-prepared cars driven in a spirited fashion, as well as to explore them up close in the pits and paddock, and meet and chat with the people who care for and drive them.
The Regularity enduro will see teams of three drivers nominate the number of laps that they will complete in a test of endurance and consistency.
Mark the 19th-20th September 2015 in your diaries and look forward to a wonderful weekend’s historic racing.
The HSRCA’s 2015 historic racing calendar will conclude with a premiere event at Sydney Motorsport Park over the 28th-29th of November.
In addition to these weekend-long competition events, HSRCA track days at Marulan will make their return in 2015. These non-competition events feature time trials and driver training for members, family and friends of the HSRCA and promise a lot of fun in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Stay tuned for more information as dates are confirmed.
The HSRCA will also provide a full programme of social events throughout 2015. These will range from the popular ‘Club Plate Runs’ through to Social Meetings with special guest speakers. Watch this space for more details!
The HSRCA is both pleased and proud to once again provide a full year of opportunity to enjoy historic sports and racing cars in good company and a safe, respectful environment. We are greatly appreciative of the support of this wonderful community, and look forward to sharing another brilliant year with you!
2015 Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales Competition Calendar
21st & 22nd of February, 2015, HSRCA Historic Summer at Wakefield Park
6th & 7th of June, 2015, Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park
19th & 20th of September, 2015, HSRCA Historic Spring at Wakefield Park
28th & 29th of November, 2015, HSRCA Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park
Images: Seth Reinhardt
Welcome home, and thanks for a happy weekend of historic motorsport!
The 2014 Tasman Trophy was held over the last weekend of November and produced a stunning weekend of historic racing for the wonderful group of volunteers, drivers and spectators who support us. Take a few minutes to put your feet up and reminisce with our wrap-up and the first of our photo galleries.
It’s always exciting pulling in to Sydney Motorsport Park at the start of a race weekend. The track has a brilliant motorsport buzz surrounding it, and it’s a joy to race on a track with such history, and one which presents such great opportunity for challenging and exciting racing.
This weekend was, of course, no exception. We were greeted with the song of motorsport in the summer air and a full weekend’s opportunity ahead of us.
Building upon the huge success of our Tasman Revival historic race meetings, the Tasman Trophy is a national historic race meeting featuring cars of the golden era of motor racing and providing feature events for cars from the original Tasman Series as well as Formula 5000s.
The event was very well supported and we were able to fill Sydney Motorsport Park to the brim with a collection of historic sports and racing cars that spanned every historic racing category. The variety and depth of interesting, storied and exciting historic machinery was brilliant!
We were especially pleased to welcome friends old and new from overseas, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. We greatly appreciate your support, dedication and commitment for making the trip and getting involved!
Speaking of commitment, the quality of driving on display was, as always, magnificent. Racing was clean, respectful and exciting and we thoroughly enjoyed soaking in the action around the track.
Thank you to all of our drivers for putting on a fun weekend’s historic motorsport! Your support means a great deal to us, and we continue to work hard to improve the opportunities we’re able to offer you to enjoy historic motorsport, historic motor cars and good clean racing!
When the heat of the action got too intense, the pits and paddock at Sydney Motorsport Park made a welcome and fun refuge. Historic motorsport offers unparalleled access to competitors and their historic machinery and it’s always wonderful to explore the grounds, catch up with friends, make new ones and tinker with historic racing and sports cars.
The atmosphere in the pits and paddock was relaxed and social, with a healthy buzz as competitors and crews worked to keep their cars in stunning shape. We may go on like we do all of this for the cars, but really it’s to spend quality time with mates. So thank you for making this happen, and for making a lap of the pits and paddock so much fun!
When it comes to making things fun, we have our wonderful, talented and dedicated volunteers to thank. A baffling amount of work goes on behind the scenes and without volunteers who devote their free time and talent to making everything happen, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this.
We, and everyone involved, would like to send out our most heartfelt and everlasting thanks to each and every one of you. Once again you have gone above and beyond, braved the elements and invested your incredible skills and talents into bringing happiness to others. You make all of this possible and we cannot thank you enough. THANK YOU!
With that, it’s time to tuck in to some photos! The first of our galleries are online and you can enjoy them over on the ‘Gallery‘ page or from the handy links to follow:
Many thanks to Brent, Peter Riccardo, Richard and Seth for the photos.
Next up: family, friends and holiday spirit! We then kick off 2015 with the Ron Tauranac AO 90th Birthday Celebration Lunch on Tuesday the 13th of January, before getting stuck back in to historic motorsport at Wakefield Park over the 21st and 22nd of February.
Ron Tauranac enjoying the pits & paddock, photos by Peter Eppel
The 2014 Tasman Trophy is set to roar off the line on Saturday the 29th of November, and you can now get up to speed on what’s happening when, and who’s going to be doing it!
The provisional entry list, programme of events and garage allocations are now available to download from the website.
Hit the following links, or head to our ‘Events & Entry Forms‘ page to grab them:
The 1960s were special times for Australian Motor Sport when our circuits and those in New Zealand reverberated to the sound of the 2 ½ litre Tasman openwheeler racing cars.
The original Tasman Cup attracted the best cars and drivers from around the world to compete against each other and the best both Australia and New Zealand had to offer. It was a time when the likes of Clark, Stewart, Hill and Rindt lined up against the local drivers of the calibre of Brabham, Gardner, Geoghegan and Matich. Tasman Cup meetings also contained races for the full range of competition cars including sedans, sports racing, sports cars and other open wheelers.
Since 2006 the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales has recaptured those iconic days from the ‘60s with the Tasman Revival and will be doing the same over the weekend of November 29-30 with the holding of the Tasman Trophy at Sydney Motorsports Park. As with the original Tasman Cup there are cars and drivers coming from the UK, US and New Zealand as well as races for sports cars, sedans and sports racing.
The HSRCA is keen on sharing the excitement with all CAMS affiliated clubs on the East Coast of Australia and invites club members to the Tasman Trophy. Those members who arrive in marque cars will be admitted free of charge with only passengers being asked for the price of admission.
In two weeks we’ll have once again filled Sydney Motorsport Park to the brim with magnificent historic sports and racing cars and will be getting down to business with the 2014 Tasman Trophy historic race meeting.
To keep you busy until then, and help you get fired up for a brilliant weekend of historic motorsport, let’s take a look back at our previous event at the track back in the heady days of May, 2014.
But first – a reminder of what the Tasman Trophy event is all about!
To be held over the weekend of the 29th and 30th of November, the Tasman Trophy is a national historic race meeting celebrating the cars and people of the golden era of motor racing.
It will feature the same relaxed and friendly atmosphere, summer weather, good people and wonderful cars of our previous Tasman Revival events. We will enjoy the return of the mighty Formula 5000s, along with a full race schedule for all categories of historic racing and sports cars.
We have traditionally received excellent domestic and international support at these events, and we’re looking forward to catching up with, and racing, friends from the UK, USA, New Zealand, Japan and, of course, all over our wonderful country.
Make sure to head to our ‘Events’ page here to find all the information you need to enjoy your weekend at the Tasman Trophy. We have a programme of events and provisional entry list on the way, and will be updating this page over the days leading up to the event so stay tuned!
Our previous trip to Sydney Motorsport Park was for the inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest, held over the first weekend of May in 2014.
The event attracted a varied and stunning collection of machinery pulled from almost every form of circuit-based four-wheel motorsport enjoyed since the 1930s.
We enjoyed on a packed schedule of racing over three days including events for all categories of historic racing and sports cars. Included in these was round 2 of the Heritage Touring Cars championship and it was great fun seeing the magnificent muscle cars of the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s doing what they do best.
Catch up on all the action in our wrap up, and the photo galleries below, and we’ll see you at the Tasman Trophy!
Over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend on 6-7th June 2015, the HSRCA, in conjunction with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, will be holding the Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park.
First held in May 2014 the format of the Sydney Retro Speedfest proved to be highly popular with drivers of cars in Groups C & A, Group N, Group S, Formula Ford, Formula Vee, M&O, Q&R and of course Regularity. Never beforehand had drivers received such lengthy track time and a vast number were asking for the same event in 2015.
If you are interested in lengthy track times at Sydney Motorsport Park please mark the dates in your diary and keep an eye on hsrca.com
Image: Ingo Weinberger
Our Club Plate & Members runs are going from strength to strength, with the latest run on the 26th of October, 2014, seeing a terrific turnout enjoying top company, a brilliant morning drive and a lovely meal together.
Rick Marks has kindly shared a gallery of shots from the morning, and you can catch ‘em all over in the ‘Gallery‘ page or directly at the link below:
For this run the crew of 37 members and 21 cars met at McDonalds Dural before winding through Kenthurst and Pitt Town to McGraths Hill for a break. Once refuelled and recollected we cruised back to Windsor, up to Wilberforce and then along the mountain ridge to Kurrajong before joining Bells Line of Road at Kurmond and heading to lunch ad Kravings of Kurmond.
After lunch those who wished to continue the adventure headed to Kurrajong Heights for tea in the good company of Patrick and Caroline Quinn.
For the full report, be sure to pick up the next copy of our ‘Oily Rag’!
Thanks to all involved and especially to Barry Thew and Garry Simkin for planning the route and Kravings for a scrumptious meal. The feedback from the run has been excellent, and we can’t wait to get stuck in again in 2015.
Our first run next year is currently planned for March – stay tuned for more information!
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.
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:
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 email@example.com.
Photographs by, and thanks to, Graham Olde and Bob Ross
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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:
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’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.
Each year on the Fathers’ Day weekend, Muscle Car Masters brings together the greats of big-muscle motorsport to turn Sydney Motorsport Park into a touring car racing mecca.
This year was no exception, and you can catch up on some of the action on the track thanks to a magnificent motor racing gallery from Brent Murray. Hit this link and head to our ‘Gallery’ page to check it out, and make sure to head to Brent’s Facebook page here for more and to organise prints.
Photos by, and thanks to, Brent Murray of At Speed Images.
Back by popular demand, the next HSRCA Club Plate and Members Run is scheduled for Sunday, October 26.
This time we are heading north west meeting at McDonald’s Round Corner, Dural, and heading out through Kenthurst, Pitt Town, Windsor, Wilberforce, Freemans Reach then across the mountain to Kurmond. There will be some interesting stops and photo opportunities along the way.
Lunch will be at Kravings at Kurmond which is on the Bells Line of Road. A delicious two course lunch will be served for $31 per person. The restaurant is fully licenced.
Further information on meeting/departure time and our menu options available to us at Kravings will be provided in the next update. In the meantime, to ensure your place at the table for lunch, please email email@example.com and let us know that you’re intending to join us. Don’t miss this one – it will be great!
Image: Michelle McCue
Intrepid HSRCA photographer contributor Michelle McCue was recently at the 2014 Grand Prix Historique Monaco Monte-Carlo, and returned with so many brilliant shots of stunning, rare, unusual and important historic sports and racing cars that we had to share them with you here.
Michelle has very kindly shared her shots, which you can find in her full gallery here.
Be sure to hit this link to her Flickr page where you can find even more.
Photography by, and thanks to, Michelle McCue
This event has now concluded, please head to our ‘Entry Forms‘ page for up-to-date information.
Entry packs for our upcoming 20th anniversary meeting at Wakefield Park , coming this September 26 – 28, 2014, are heading out to members and the entry form, supplementary regulations (read them), and entry letter are available for download right here on the club website.
To enter the HSRCA Wakefield Park Summer Meeting:
- Click this link: www.meecamsau.com or type it into your browser. Log in if you haven’t already.
- Click ‘Upcoming Events’, view the HSRCA Wakefield Park 2014 Spring Meeting and then click ‘Enter Event’. You can pay by direct debit, cheque or credit card.
If you are new to the system:
- Click ‘Create an Account’ and follow the prompts – wait for a confirmation email, then go back to the CAMSEventEntry website,
- Go to ‘Toolkit’ and fill in your details, cars and team,
- Log on to the system using your CAMSEventEntry ID and password and enter through ‘Upcoming Events’ as before.
You will also find the entry pack available for download by clicking the handy links below, by right-clicking and selecting save as, or by heading to our Entry Forms page here.
The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association announces Ron Tauranac’s acceptance as patron of the club.
Formed in 1982 the role of the HSRCA was then, and still is, to promote historic motor sport in New South Wales and throughout Australia.
From its inception, the HSRCA has promoted hundreds of historic race meetings, including the highly successful Tasman Revival. The original 1960s Tasman Series brought top drivers and their race cars from the US, UK, Europe, NZ and Japan to race in Australia.
Ron Tauranac, along with his friend Jack Brabham, formed Motor Racing Developments in 1960 with the aim of building racing cars under the Brabham name. From then to 1970 over 500 Brabham cars were built, with each carrying the suffix BT, or Brabham Tauranac. While it is true that Jack Brabham won the 1966 World Championship in a car carrying his own name, it was Ron Tauranac who designed it.
After Ron Tauranac sold Brabham to Bernie Ecclestone in 1970, he reintroduced the name he first used in a short line of racing cars from the early 1950s – RALT. Between 1975 and 1993 a total of 1,051 RALTs (Ron and Austin Lewis Tauranac) were produced, making Ron Tauranac the most prolific producer of racing cars in the history of motor sport.
In accepting his role as patron of the HSRCA, Ron Tauranac said; “I am pleased to add my name to the HSRCA because if I can do anything to help, I am happy to. Motor racing has been half of my life.”
Speaking on behalf of the HSRCA, acting President David Kent said; “Ron was at the helm of two of the premier racing car manufacturers from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s when we talk about Brabham and RALT. He has been involved with motor sport for his entire career, which is what the HSRCA is about and does. Ron is a long term friend of ours, having attended many of our race meetings and functions and I think he has the right sort of attitude to be the patron of our club.”
“I think Ron Tauranac is absolutely ideal and the most appropriate person to be the patron of the HSRCA, and we look forward to his advice and friendship well into the future.”
The above text and photos are from an HSRCA press release that was forwarded to Australia’s motoring writers on Thursday 10 July 2014.
Image: Michelle McCue
As The Dude would say, in his infinite wisdom, new stuff has come to light. We’ve recently received a few new sets of photographs from the inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest, and you can enjoy them below.
First up we have an excellent set from Michelle McCue, capturing a lovely mix of atmosphere and action. Check ‘em out here.
And then we head out to the track for an all-action gallery from Bob Ross, who did a great job of capturing the weekend’s historic racing action. Hit this link for Bob’s full gallery.
Thanks to Michelle and Bob for sharing their work! For more of Michelle’s work at the Speedfest, hit this link to her Flickr page.
Photography by Michelle McCue and Bob Ross