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2014 Tasman Trophy Programme, Entrants List and Garages

2014 Tasman Trophy

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:

2014 Tasman Trophy Programme of Events [PDF]

2014 Tasman Trophy Provisional Entry List [PDF]

2014 Tasman Trophy Garage & Carport Plan [PDF]

2014 Tasman Trophy Marquees 1, 2 and 4 [PDF]

2014 Tasman Trophy Marquees 3 and 5 [PDF]


An Invitation to the Tasman Trophy

Tasman Trophy

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.

Tim Schenken Guest Speaking at December 3rd Social Night

Tim Schenken Brands Hatch

The HSRCA is delighted to have vastly experienced driver, race car builder and CAMS administrator Tim Schenken along to entertain us on December 3rd.

His racing career was varied encompassing such milestones as being Australian Hillclimb champion in 1965, being a Grovewood Award winner, driving for Ferrari in sports cars, Lotus, Surtees, de Tomaso plus stints with HSRCA Patron Ron Tauranac in both Brabham and Trojans and much more.

A partnership with Howden Ganley saw them produce the TIGA range of sports and open wheelers before returning to Australia in 1984 to take up a role with CAMS as motor racing manager overseeing V8 races, F1 GPs and many other major events.

As usual, the venue is the Denistone Sports Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde with the entertainment starting at 8pm. But why not arrive earlier and have a bite and a drink with fellow club members?

Previously, at Sydney Motorsport Park

Sydney Retro Speedfest

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.

Sydney Retro Speedfest

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.

Sydney Retro Speedfest

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!

Sydney Retro Speedfest

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.

Sydney Retro Speedfest

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!

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest Wrap Up and Photo Gallery

Photo galleries:

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Jeremy Braithwaite

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Sylvain Hauser

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Rod Mackenzie

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Michelle McCue

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Brent Murray

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Carol Philpott

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Chris Raper

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Seth Reinhardt

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Bob Ross

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Peter Schell

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Sydney Photo Fun Meetup

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014: Rhys Vandersyde

Sydney Retro Speedfest

Announcing Sydney Retro Speedfest 2015

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2015

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

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: November

Historic Torque

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

This edition recounts all the action at Noosa’s THE HILL and the Ipswich Classic, catches up on everything going on in Queensland’s historic racing community and a whole lot more. Download it from the following link:

HRCC Historic Torque November 2014 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque October 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque September 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque July 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque June 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque April 2014 [PDF]

Photo Gallery: Club Plate & Members Run to Kurmond

HSRCA Club Run

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:

October 2014 Club Plate and Members Run: Rick Marks & Ingo Weinberger

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!

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.28

M & O Newsletter

Image thanks to Steve Oom

Kick off your week in style with the latest edition of Ed Holly’s magnificent M & O Newsletter, which is now available to download from the club website.

This edition kicks off with the news before supplying reports on the Winton Festival of Speed and Wakefield Park and looking forward to the Tasman Trophy and Historic Sandown. We then hear from Kim Shearn, catch up on the news around the pits and a whole lot more.

As always the newsletter’s bursting with brilliant content and packed with fabulous photos, so download it and enjoy!

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.28 [PDF]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hop On Board a Nota Major with Dick Willis

Dick Willis Racing

Hop on board with Dick Willis in his 1960 Nota Major for the opening laps of Race 6 in J, K and L at our recent Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics.

Driving and video thanks to Dick Willis.

Continued Historic Racing Action from Spring Historics

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Catch up with even more of the historic racing action from our recent Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics in two new photo galleries.

These two sets come thanks to Graham Olde and Bob Ross, and capture the action out on the track along with the colour in the pits and paddock. Thanks to both men for the brilliant shots!

Rush to the links below, and check ‘em out:

Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting: Graham Olde

Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting: Bob Ross

If you have photos or video which you would like to share on the club website, please don’t hesitate to drop Seth an email on

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


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

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

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

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

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

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

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

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

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

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

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

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

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

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

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

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

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

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

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

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

Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting: Graham Olde

Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting: Seth Reinhardt

Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting: Bob Ross

Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting: Peter Schell

Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics Meeting: Richard Taylor

Video: Hop On Board a Nota Major with Dick Willis

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

We love to promote the work of our many talented mates, so if you have photos, video, or stories from the weekend and would like to share them on the club website, send an email to, or drop by the club Facebook page and say hi.

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

Images thanks to Seth Reinhardt and Richard Taylor.

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

Photo Gallery: Muscle Car Masters 2014 by Brent Murray

Muscle Car Masters 2014

Each year on the Fathers’ Day weekend, Muscle Car Masters brings together the greats of big-muscle motorsport to turn Sydney Motorsport Park into a touring car racing mecca.

This year was no exception, and you can catch up on some of the action on the track thanks to a magnificent motor racing gallery from Brent Murray. Hit this link and head to our ‘Gallery’ page to check it out, and make sure to head to Brent’s Facebook page here for more and to organise prints.

Photos by, and thanks to, Brent Murray of At Speed Images.

Muscle Car Masters 2014

Introducing the October Club Plate and Members Run

Club Plate and Members Run

Back by popular demand, the next HSRCA Club Plate and Members Run is scheduled for Sunday, October 26.

This time we are heading north west meeting at McDonald’s Round Corner, Dural, and heading out through Kenthurst, Pitt Town, Windsor, Wilberforce, Freemans Reach then across the mountain to Kurmond. There will be some interesting stops and photo opportunities along the way.

Lunch will be at Kravings at Kurmond which is on the Bells Line of Road. A delicious two course lunch will be served for $31 per person. The restaurant is fully licenced.

Further information on meeting/departure time and our menu options available to us at Kravings will be provided in the next update. In the meantime, to ensure your place at the table for lunch, please email and let us know that you’re intending to join us. Don’t miss this one – it will be great!

Photo Gallery: 2014 Grand Prix Historique Monaco Monte-Carlo

2014 Historic Grand Prix Monaco Michelle McCue

Image: Michelle McCue

Intrepid HSRCA photographer contributor Michelle McCue was recently at the 2014 Grand Prix Historique Monaco Monte-Carlo, and returned with so many brilliant shots of stunning, rare, unusual and important historic sports and racing cars that we had to share them with you here.

Michelle has very kindly shared her shots, which you can find in her full gallery here.

Be sure to hit this link to her Flickr page where you can find even more.

Photography by, and thanks to, Michelle McCue

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

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

Image: Peter Schell

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

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

Enjoy it by downloading it from the link below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historic Motorsport at Wakefield Park

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:

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.

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

20th Anniversary of Wakefield Park

Ron Tauranac AO Accepts Patron Role with HSRCA

Ron Tauranac

The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association announces Ron Tauranac’s acceptance as patron of the club.

Formed in 1982 the role of the HSRCA was then, and still is, to promote historic motor sport in New South Wales and throughout Australia.

From its inception, the HSRCA has promoted hundreds of historic race meetings, including the highly successful Tasman Revival. The original 1960s Tasman Series brought top drivers and their race cars from the US, UK, Europe, NZ and Japan to race in Australia.

Ron Tauranac and Jack Brabham

Ron Tauranac, along with his friend Jack Brabham, formed Motor Racing Developments in 1960 with the aim of building racing cars under the Brabham name. From then to 1970 over 500 Brabham cars were built, with each carrying the suffix BT, or Brabham Tauranac. While it is true that Jack Brabham won the 1966 World Championship in a car carrying his own name, it was Ron Tauranac who designed it.

After Ron Tauranac sold Brabham to Bernie Ecclestone in 1970, he reintroduced the name he first used in a short line of racing cars from the early 1950s – RALT. Between 1975 and 1993 a total of 1,051 RALTs (Ron and Austin Lewis Tauranac) were produced, making Ron Tauranac the most prolific producer of racing cars in the history of motor sport.

In accepting his role as patron of the HSRCA, Ron Tauranac said; “I am pleased to add my name to the HSRCA because if I can do anything to help, I am happy to. Motor racing has been half of my life.”

Speaking on behalf of the HSRCA, acting President David Kent said; “Ron was at the helm of two of the premier racing car manufacturers from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s when we talk about Brabham and RALT. He has been involved with motor sport for his entire career, which is what the HSRCA is about and does. Ron is a long term friend of ours, having attended many of our race meetings and functions and I think he has the right sort of attitude to be the patron of our club.”

“I think Ron Tauranac is absolutely ideal and the most appropriate person to be the patron of the HSRCA, and we look forward to his advice and friendship well into the future.”

The above text and photos are from an HSRCA press release that was forwarded to Australia’s motoring writers on Thursday 10 July 2014.

Ron Tauranac

Reviving the Retro Speedfest Coverage!

Sydney Retro Speedfest by Michelle McCue

Image: Michelle McCue

As The Dude would say, in his infinite wisdom, new stuff has come to light. We’ve recently received a few new sets of photographs from the inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest, and you can enjoy them below.

First up we have an excellent set from Michelle McCue, capturing a lovely mix of atmosphere and action. Check ‘em out here.

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014 by Bob Ross

And then we head out to the track for an all-action gallery from Bob Ross, who did a great job of capturing the weekend’s historic racing action. Hit this link for Bob’s full gallery.

Thanks to Michelle and Bob for sharing their work! For more of Michelle’s work at the Speedfest, hit this link to her Flickr page.

Photography by Michelle McCue and Bob Ross

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

Club Plate & Members Run

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

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

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

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

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

Rick Marks,
Club Plate Registrar

The HRCC’s Historic Torque: June 2014

Sir Jack Brabham

Image via Historic Torque

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

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

HRCC Historic Torque June 2014 [PDF]

And catch up on previous editions with these links:

HRCC Historic Torque April 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque May 2014 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2014 [PDF]

JKL Newsletter for June 2014

JKL June

Hi to all JK & L enthusiasts,

The 38th Historic Winton has come and gone once again. Every year it seems to sneak up on us and in a blink it’s all over. For all JK & L competitors it really is the biggest event of the year, both in terms of competition numbers and spectators that get to see our cars in action. The off circuit socialising was, as usual, pretty hectic. I can only comment on those that stayed at Wangaratta, but it was great to catch up with many of our interstate mates at the Pinsent Hotel for a beer or 6.

Read on for the full JKL Newsletter for June, 2014

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

Marulan Track Walk

This event has now concluded, please head to our ‘Entry Forms‘ page for up-to-date information.

The HSRCA’s next track day will be held at Marulan Driver Training Centre on Sunday the 31st of August, 2014, and feature time trials and driver training for members, family and friends of the HSRCA and Austin Healey, Lotus Clubs, Peugeot and associated clubs.

Cars must be road registered or road registrable.

Please submit expressions of interest by the 6th of July, entries close on August the 25th, 2014.

Contact Richard Cardew 0405 459 546 or for more information.

Loose Fillings #47

Loose Fillings 47

About three times a year Garry Simkin and Terry Wright put out a newsletter called ‘Loose Fillings’, which chronicles the many adventures of historic air-cooled racing cars from the 1950s.

Their first newsletter for 2014 has been out and about for a few weeks, and is now available for download from the website. This edition revisits the pioneers of aircooled racing, tells the story of the remarkable speedway JAP engine and catches up on everything you need to know in the world of historic air-cooled racing cars from the ’50s.

Download it below by right-clicking the link and selecting ‘Save as’, and enjoy!

Loose Fillings #47 [PDF]

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

Loose Fillings #46 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #45 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #44 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #43 [PDF]

Loose Fillings #42 [PDF]