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It’s the Pits: May 2018

It's the Pits May 2018

Catch up on all the news in the world of J, K and L with Mal Reid’s latest edition of the newsletter for pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars.

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Spotlight on Motorsport Photography in the May 2018 Social Evening

HSRCA May 2018 Social Evening

Image thanks to Peter Schell

Our May 2018 social evening is coming up on May the 16th, and will feature three well-known motorsport photographers who have been covering HSRCA events for many years.

Bill Forsyth, Peter Schell and Steve Oom will each present about 25 items of their work with a short explanation of them. It promises to be an evening not quite like Uncle Arthur’s ‘slide night’, as portrayed by Glenn Robbins, on TV’s The Comedy Company of a decade ago, but hopefully just as entertaining!

The social night will be held at the usual venue, The Denistone Sports Club at 59 Chatham Road in West Ryde, starting at 7:30PM, but why not arrive earlier and enjoy the bistro, bar and a catch-up with your mates – it’s a social evening after all!


2018 Autumn Festival Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

2018 Autumn Festival

We’re freshly returned from a perfect Autumn weekend at Wakefield Park, where we kicked off 2018’s historic motor racing with the Autumn Festival. Now that we’ve had a few days to adjust to the return to the working week, it’s time to take a look back at the action and share a few photos from the weekend.

The HSRCA’s first historic race meeting of 2018 was held in picturesque Goulburn, which did its level best to put on a near-perfect weekend for motorsport over the 7th & 8th of April. The weather was clear and warm and while the mercury may have crept up a little too high to squeeze absolutely every tenth out of the cars and circuit, it was kind on drivers and pleasant in the pits and paddock.

2018 Autumn Festival

The wonderful weather and quality camaraderie between entrants, officials, friends and spectators made for a lovely atmosphere and contributed to a relaxed and social weekend. We work hard to provide plenty of quality track time, but it’s equally important that time outside of the car is just as enjoyable, so we’re very thankful to be supported by such a warm and welcoming community.

While we advertise HSRCA meetings as two-day affairs, the option of private practice on Friday allows people to extend the meeting and spend some time getting cars, and drivers, nicely sorted – especially after the summer break. Proceedings thusly kicked off on Friday morning with private practice kindly supported by Wakefield Park.

2018 Autumn Festival

We kicked into top gear on Saturday, opening with qualifying and then heading into the full race, regularity and super sprint format on Saturday afternoon and throughout Sunday. Outside of a delay on Sunday morning, the program ran very smoothly throughout the weekend.

The race, regularity and super sprint events were a lot of fun and provided plenty of spectator appeal, with some great passing and dicing throughout the fields. It was fun to see the order mixed up in several events, with drivers putting in special runs to claim a win or a personal best.

Alex D’Onofrio, pictured above, put on a giant-killing display in Group N to outrun many of the larger-engined cars and we thoroughly enjoyed the awe-inspiring sight of Daniel Nolan in the ’75 Nola Chev and Paul Hamilton in the ’68 Elfin 600 on track together – both running well under the old lap record.

2018 Autumn Festival

We’d like to send a big ‘THANK YOU!’ to drivers and entrants for their respectful driving and exemplary preparation of the cars as well as organisers and officials, who keep everything ticking along nicely. We enjoyed excellent participation from interstate competitors at the Autumn Festival, so a huge thanks to all of you for making that effort as well!

2018 Autumn Festival

The Autumn Festival was headlined by two significant anniversaries – the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior and a commemoration of the life and career of Jim Clark on the 50th anniversary of his untimely passing on the 7th of April, 1968.

The Formula Junior Jim Clark tribute race was held on Saturday afternoon and we were happy to see it well-supported. It featured an excellent dice for the win, with Danny Ciarma from Victoria displacing Queensland’s Donald Thallon for the victory. Kim Shearn put in a very spirited drive to take third place in the Lotus 18 Formula Junior.

2018 Autumn Festival

We were also thrilled to be joined by some truly lovely Lotuses in race, regularity, super sprint and on display in the paddock in support of Jim Clark’s Lotus history. Thanks to everyone who contributed to those significant historical milestones, and a special thanks to Club Lotus Australia for their support.

Speaking of displays, we were able to put together a magic Jim Clark display in the sign-on facility, so a huge thanks to everyone who helped to create that – we hope you made time to check it out.

2018 Autumn Festival

We were also happy to welcome new friends in the form of the BMW E30 Racing series at the Autumn Festival. The BMW E30 Racing series joined with Group N for the weekend, and put on an awesome show, fitting in perfectly with the spirit and aesthetic of the meeting and contributing to some great dices throughout the weekend. It was great sharing a weekend with you, and we look forward to many more in the future!

This was, as always, true for all of the Fifth Category competitors and support teams who joined us for the meeting. A big thank you to everyone in BMW E30, Formula Ford, Formula Junior, Formula Vee, Groups J, K, L and Invite M, Group N, Group O, Q and R, Group S, Regularity and Super Sprint. A huge amount of effort goes in to preparing for, and running at, a historic race meeting, and we greatly appreciate your support.

2018 Autumn Festival

As always, our biggest and most deserved thanks goes out to the many volunteers who support the club, its members and its events. Without you and the time, passion, dedication and skill you devote to the sport, none of this could happen. THANK YOU!

With that, it’s time to zip it and head to the photos. Put on the kettle and settle in to spend a few minutes clicking through the following links and enjoying the photos contributed by the many talented people who document our events.

Images thanks to Anne Bromley, Jeremy Dale, Andrew Green, David Jenkins, Wayne Jones, Taylor, Pember, Seth Reinhardt, Mark Richards, Stuart Row, Peter Schell, Rudi Seidel, Dallas Thomas and Gino Valdes.

Anne and Dallas’ work can be found on their website atstudioeleven.com.au and Wayne’s images can be found on his website here. Mark Richards can be found online here, and Stuart Row’s website is www.transchroma.com.

Follow David’s work on Facebook hereAndrew’s on Facebook here and Taylor’s Taylor.Made Photography Facebook page here.. To contact Gino, Jeremy, Peter, Rudi or Seth, send Seth an email via seth@hsrca.com.

2018 Autumn Festival by Anne Bromley

2018 Autumn Festival by Jeremy Dale

2018 Autumn Festival by Andrew Green

2018 Autumn Festival by David Jenkins

2018 Autumn Festival by Wayne Jones

2018 Autumn Festival by Taylor Pember

2018 Autumn Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2018 Autumn Festival by Mark Richards

2018 Autumn Festival by Stuart Row

2018 Autumn Festival by Peter Schell

2018 Autumn Festival by Rudi Seidel

2018 Autumn Festival by Dallas Thomas

2018 Autumn Festival by Gino Valdes

Our next historic race meeting will be the Spring Festival, which will be held at Wakefield Park over the 22nd & 23rd of September, 2018. Entries will open in the coming weeks, and we will be in touch with an invitation shortly! Stay tuned to www.hsrca.com for more.

2018 Autumn Festival


Autumn Festival Provisional Entry List, Program, Garage Allocation & Further Regulations

Autumn Festival 2018 Documents

The provisional entry list, provisional program, garage allocation, further regulations and paddock layout are now available for download ahead of this weekend’s Autumn Festival.

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HSRCA Autumn Festival Set for a Magic Weekend of Historic Racing April 7-8

Autumn Festival 2018

The HSRCA’s 2018 Autumn Festival will keep Wakefield Park busy over the weekend of the 7th & 8th of April, presenting a packed schedule of historic motorsport to recapture the atmosphere and excitement of the golden age of motor racing.

The event will see a wonderful field of historic cars, including sports, racing and touring cars from the ’30s all the way through to the ’90s, driven with verve and vigour around the classic countryside circuit.

The Autumn Festival will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior, commemorate the life of Jim Clark, welcome the BMW 30 Racing group to an HSRCA event for the first time and much, much more.

Competing cars will include classic touring and sports cars from Australia and around the world, magnificent rear-engined race cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s, big-engined ‘wings ‘n slicks’ cars of that same era and one-off specials that show off the ingenuity and inventiveness of classic motorsport. The event will also include a super sprint category, which will give more modern cars, up to the late ‘90s, an opportunity to hit the track.

The motorsport will fire up on Saturday morning with qualifying and carry on throughout the weekend with races starting after lunch on Saturday and continuing on through to Sunday afternoon. Wakefield Park is an awesome circuit for spectators, with its open layout providing views around the full circuit and different vantage points allowing you to get right up close to the action.

When you’ve had your fill of on-track action, take some time to explore the pits and paddock. The historic motorsport community is one of the most welcoming and friendly around, and the sport allows unparalleled access to the cars and their drivers and crews. Have a chat, make a few new friends and develop a greater appreciation for these magic old machines and the people who care for them.

To accompany the motorsport, we’ll be organising activities for kids and families, putting on a car club display and making the most of Wakefield Park’s facilities, which provide a space to kick back, catch-up and grab a bite to eat.

We’ve also designed new club t-shirts, which will be available for the first time over the Autumn Festival weekend. HSRCA personnel will be modelling them, so keep an eye out, consider grabbing one to help support the club and let us know what you think of them.

The Autumn Festival will be a fun, welcoming and entertaining celebration of Australia’s motorsport history and culture. Come along for a few hours to enjoy the cars and racing in excellent company.

Head to Wakefield Park over the weekend of the 7th & 8th of April, 2018. The event will be open from 9AM to 5PM on Saturday and 9:15AM to 3PM on Sunday. Spectator tickets will be available at the gate each day. Kids under 16 get in free, adult tickets are $20 for a day or $30 for a weekend pass and concession tickets are $15 or $25 for the weekend. HSRCA members present your membership card for free entry.

For the most up-to-date information, see the HSRCA website at www.hsrca.com

  • Admission: adults $20, Concession $15, children under 16 free
  • Free entry for HSRCA members
  • Activities for children
  • Cafe on site with real coffee
  • Watch the racing, inspect the cars, meet the drivers
  • Saturday 9AM to 5PM, Sunday 9:15AM to 3PM

Jim Clark to be Commemorated at HSRCA Autumn Festival

Jim Clark Lotus 25 for 25th Anniversary Commemoration

Artwork by, and thanks to, Brian Caldersmith

The HSRCA will join the United Kingdom in celebrating the life and career of Jim Clark this April, with a commemoration of the great racer to be held at the Wakefield Park Autumn Festival on the 5th anniversary of his untimely passing.

The Autumn Festival will be held over the 7th & 8th of April, 2018, at Wakefield Park and celebrations will include a Jim Clark tribute race, invited group of Lotus cars, parade lap and family photo if numbers allow, and a display of cars and memorabilia. We hope to welcome examples of the cars which Clark helped make famous, including the Lotus Elite, Lotus Cortina and various Lotus Formula Juniors.

If you would like to join in these celebrations and have a suitable car that you would like to bring along, or if you would like to contribute in any way, please get in touch or head to the CAMS Members’ Portal to enter:

https://www.cams.com.au/

Additional documentation is available on the ‘Events & Entry Forms’ page.

Considered one of the greatest racing drivers of all time and held in incredibly high regard by his peers, Jim Clark had a sublime and incomparably smooth driving style. His smooth steering is the stuff of legend and made him extremely kind to his cars and all but unassailable on the track.

Clark first entered Formula One in 1960, driving for Lotus in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. He went on to win 25 Grand Prix and two Formula One World Drivers’ Championships.

An astonishingly talented driver, he would also win the Indianapolis 500 in 1965. He drove a Ford-powered Lotus 38 to a second-place start and went on to lead 190 of the 200 laps on the way to victory. With the win, he became the first driver from outside of the United States to take to the top step of the podium and made the Lotus 38 the first rear-engined car to win the 500.

Clark missed the Monaco Grand Prix to compete at Indy, but would return to Formula One barely two weeks later and win the next five races on the trot to make up for it. He went on to win the 1965 Formula One Drivers’ World Championship and become the only driver in history to win both the Indy 500 and the Formula One World Championship in the same year.

He would also compete three times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing second in class driving a Lotus Elite in ’59 and achieving a best finish of third in the 1960 race, driving an Aston Martin DBR1/300 with Roy Salvadori for the Border Reivers team. He dabbled in touring cars as well, winning the 1964 British Touring Car Championship in a Lotus Cortina.

Clark developed a good relationship with Australia as well, competing regularly in the Tasman Series, which was held across Australia and New Zealand, and connecting with drivers, teams and fans here. He won a record 14 races in the series, and claimed the Tasman Series title in 1965, 1966 and 1968.

Aged just 32, his life was tragically cut short on the 7th of April, 1968, while driving in the Deutschland Trophäe.

The 7th of April, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s death, and we are honoured to celebrate his incredible life and career at the Autumn Festival. We hope that you will join us in commemorating this legend of the sport.


Join Us on March 14th for our First Social Meeting of 2018: The Clever Nut Night

March 2018 Clever Nuts Night

Kick your mind into top gear and test your knowledge with a fun trivia evening at Denistone Bowling Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde, on Wednesday the 14th of March from 7:30PM.

Hosted by Stephen Knox and Dave Williamson and aided by the encyclopaedic knowledge of Kerry Smith, the Clever Nut Night will offer prizes, including some very special books, as well as old films to enjoy, friends to meet and embellished stories to share.

We kick off at 7:30PM, but why not come along a little earlier and enjoy a meal and a drink from the bistro amongst friends.

See you there!

Garry Simkin


You are most cordially invited to join us at the 2018 HSRCA Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park

2018 HSRCA Autumn Festival

Entry is now open for the HSRCA’s 2018 Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park, to be held over the 7th & 8th of April, with private practice offered on the 6th. You are most cordially invited!

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

We’ll be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior, commemorating the life of Jim Clark, welcoming BMW E30 Racing and much, much more.

Our first historic race meeting of 2018, the Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park, will be held over the 7th and 8th of April and we would like to extend a most cordial invitation for you to join us.

Entry is now open via the CAMS Members’ Portal, which you can find on the CAMS homepage:

https://www.cams.com.au/

Looking bigger and better than last year, the Autumn Festival will cater for all historic 5th category cars, from Groups J, K & L to the more modern Q & R cars. Over the course of a full weekend’s motorsport, we will be commemorating the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior, celebrating the career of the legendary Jim Clark, who lost his life on the 7th of April in 1968, and, for the first time at an HSRCA meeting, welcoming the BMW E30 Racing group. The meeting will be a round of the championships for Formula Junior (double points), Formula Ford, Formula Vee, Group S and Group N.

Regularity and super sprint events will also be featured, with the latter providing an opportunity for cars manufactured as late as the 1990s to be involved. The super sprints are rapidly increasing in popularity and allow for a wide variety of cars to participate, so we’re very pleased to see them doing well.

Private practice will be available on Friday exclusively for competitors attending the meeting and entrants will have access to garages and carports from 4:30PM on the Thursday afternoon.

The Autumn Festival will offer a full schedule of events and categories may be combined to form grids of sufficient size. The program will be designed to provide plentiful track time, with the number of races offered to each group reflecting category preferences.

Wakefield Park has been an opportunity for a weekend away with friends who enjoy motorsport and this year we will be endeavouring to retain that character and also provide more supporting activity. Such activities will include car club displays, stalls and activities for children as well as the usual social event on Saturday evening in thanks to officials.

A bus may be provided for travel between the circuit and Goulburn over the weekend to allow drivers, their crews and their companions convenient travel between these locales. It will be offered on Saturday evening to allow easy attendance of the officials’ get together for those who need to move between the circuit and town.

The race committee is also investigating arranging a bus from Sydney to Goulburn leaving either Friday or Saturday and returning on Sunday for those who might like to attend but find it difficult to get there. Please get in touch and let us know if this would be interesting to you, further details will be advised in the very near future.

It is essential to note that noise limits are strictly enforced by Wakefield Park management. There is increasing fuss from locals on this issue, so come prepared to muffle your vehicles. Wakefield Park management will do what they can to help but can only give a car one chance to fix it.

Please contact us if you expect to arrive after hours or if you have motorised accommodation with self-contained ablution and wish to enquire about camping.

Entries are scheduled to open on the 3rd of February 2018 and close on the 24th of March 2018. Please enter via CAMS event entry. If that is difficult for you, please get in touch and we will provide a traditional entry form.

Wishing you all the best for 2018!

The race committee

Autumn Festival Documentation

2018 Autumn Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

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

Please enter via CAMS event entry. If that is difficult for you, please get in touch and we will provide a traditional entry form.

Further updates and documentation, including a scrutineer checklist and CAMS Pit Lane Disclaimer will be made available shortly.


Photo Gallery: HSRCA at CARnivale 2018

Australia Day at CARnivale 2018

We enjoyed a relaxed day at Parramatta Park last Friday, celebrating Australia Day with fellow automotive enthusiasts at CARnivale.

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Revisit the 2017 Summer Festival with a Brilliant Photo Gallery by Domenic Ciccio

HSRCA 2017 Summer Festival

Images: Domenic Ciccio

Kick off the 2018 historic motorsport season by winding your calendars back to 2017 and revisiting the Summer Festival with this brilliant photo gallery by Domenic Ciccio.

Domenic’s gallery captures the action in the pits and paddock, and also includes a story about his experience, which you can read here. Enjoy the full set in our gallery page at the following link:

2017 Summer Festival by Domenic Ciccio

Enjoy, and hit this link to the Motorvated website for the full story and to get in touch for more images or to organise a print or two.

Images by, and thanks to, Domenic Ciccio


We’re Going to CARnivale this Australia Day!

HSRCA CARnivale 2018

The HSRCA will display several historic cars at the annual CARnivale Australia Day celebrations at Parramatta Park this Friday, the 26th of January, 2018.

We will be located by the rose garden and you can find out more details about the event itself, and all of the other Australia Day celebrations held in Parramatta on the day, at the official website here. CARnivale itself opens at 10AM, but there’s a hot air balloon display going from 6AM to 9AM and you’ll also be able to enjoy music, a barbecue battle, kids’ entertainment, fireworks at the end of the day and much more.

Porsche, Brabham, Elfin, MG and Sunbeam will all be represented in our display along with, all going to plan, a lovely Elva. The Gosford Classic Car Museum is lending the Yellow Submarine (Brabham) to the display and Ron Goodman will bring several Porsches including a spectacular 906. There will also be a display of vintage motor cycles near our location.

It’s a great opportunity to catch up after the summer break in a relaxed social environment, as well as to promote our wonderful sport in the wider community. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone, and hope you join us!

Thanks to Daniel Bando, Ron Goodman, Garry Hancock, Ken Grindrod, Geoff Varey, Stephen Perry, Peter Rose, Lehel Steindl, André Breit, Rick Marks, Perry Long, Bruce Smith and Patrick Quinn, and everyone else who are contributing, or plan to contribute, to the day.


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

Oily Ray Winter 2017

The Winter 2017 edition of The Oily Rag is hot off the presses and has been entrusted to Australia Post for delivery to your doorstops.

This edition of the magazine features our recent Summer Festival, the Rob Roy Hillclimb, the VHRR’s Sandown meeting, the HRCC’s Noosa Hillclimb and a whole lot more. It’s full of great stories, fun photos and news and views from all around the world of historic motorsport.

We hope that it’s able to duck and weave its way through the packed Christmas mail field and arrive in your hands posthaste.


Q&R Category Manager Report: The 2017 Summer Festival

Q&R At The 2017 Summer Festival

Catch up on all the action in Q & R Sports & Racing at the Summer Festival thanks to Ian Buddery’s latest Category Manager Report.

With thanks to Ian Buddery

The HSRCA Summer Festival was an excellent event. The weather was beautiful, the racing great and the atmosphere relaxed and friendly – just as historic racing should be!

Q&R entries were lower than usual due in part to the clash with Sandown and unfortunately some late withdrawals, both health and business related. 12 cars made up the Q&R Sports and Racing grid.

Immediately before our first race, an MG jettisoned its oil on the line from entry to apex of turn 1, so the first few laps involved a cloud of white dust and uncertain grip.  Tom Tweedie DNF’d with an engine misfire, after setting fastest lap, Chris Farrell took the flag.

The track was clean for our trophy race Sunday morning and I got a great start, getting down the inside of Chris and finding myself in the lead for the first time in my historic racing career. My grin was short lived though as I soon had Chris in my mirrors and a dice ensued. My rear tyres were fading and on lap 6 (or thereabouts) Chris got the better drive out of 15 and took a well-deserved lead, then the win. Meanwhile, Tom came from last to fourth.

Q&R At The 2017 Summer Festival

Trophies were presented over lunch, with Ray Stubber winning the Ron Tauranac Trophy for Group Q Racing, presented by the great man himself. Tom Tweedie took home the Bib Stillwell Trophy for Group Q Sports, Chris Farrell first place trophies for both Group QR and Group R, yours truly for second and Vivian King for third.  Smiles all round!

The final race wasn’t so great for me, my rear tyres fell away completely and I nearly lost it coming onto the main straight on lap 1, which obliged me to back off, then I had the ignominy of running out of fuel on lap 9, while Chris, Vivian and Peter Warren made up the podium.

I’d like to compliment all Q&R drivers for an incident free weekend with good sportsmanship on display throughout.

Meanwhile at Sandown (looking at Natsoft results) John Bowe in the March 741 dominated a ten-car field, from Andrew Makin (March 73B) and Donald Hume (Ralt RT4) with David Hardman (Hardman JH-1) in 3rd for race 2, Jamie Larner (Ralt RT1) 3rd in race 3.  Jonathan Miles (Tiga S2000) was the best S2000 in races 1 and 2, with Grant Kelly (Tiga SC-82) winning the category in race 3, where it appears Jonathan was a DNS.

Please note that I would greatly appreciate receiving reports and anecdotes from any competitors at other events, not matter how brief.  Email details below.

Over the course of the last month I’ve spoken to many Q&R drivers and I’d like to thank everyone for their support.  I’m slowly getting the hang of the category manager job and I’ll do my best to serve the interests of our group and the sport in general.  Please email me with any news I’ve missed or any topic you’d like to raise: qr@hsrca.com

Ian Buddery

Q&R At The 2017 Summer Festival


Summer Festival Entry List, Schedule of Events, Further Regs & Garage Allocation Available to Download

2017 Summer Festival

The 2017 Summer Festival is coming up in just a few days at Sydney Motorsport Park, and we’re looking forward to a magic weekend of motorsport to close out 2017’s historic racing season. To help you get ready for the weekend, the further supplementary regulations, entry list, schedule of events, garage & carport allocation and paddock layout are all available to download from the website.

Competitors can download event documentation from the following links:

2017 Summer Festival Further Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Entry List [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Schedule of Events [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Garage & Carport Allocation [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Paddock Layout [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival SMSP Bowser Prices & Instructions [PDF]

If you’d like to come along to check out the action as a spectator, passes will be available at the gate on both days. 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.


2017 Summer Festival Car Profile: Geoff Varey’s Elfin Mono

Geoff Varey Elfin Mono

In the second of our Summer Festival competitor profiles, we sit down with Geoff Varey to learn a little more about the Elfin Mono that he will be running at Sydney Motorsport Park.

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2017 Summer Festival Car Profile: Rob Tweedie’s Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

We’re very much looking forward to the upcoming Summer Festival, which will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park from the 10th to the 12th of November. To help everyone get in the mood, we are going to take a look at some of the historic cars which will be joining us at the meeting, and we’re kicking off today with a look at Rob Tweedie’s Elfin-Repco Holden MS7, which will be driven by his son Tom in Group Q.

With thanks to Robert Tweedie

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

Built in Adelaide for the singular purpose of winning the Australian Sports Car Championship, the one-off, aluminium monocoque Elfin MS7 did just that, with South Australian designer/builder Garrie Cooper taking the crown at Phillip Island on November 30, 1975.

In essence the MS7 was derived from the open-wheeler MS6 Formula 5000 car, with full-width bodywork clearly influenced by the Porsche 917/10 Can-Am car capable of generating massive downforce. With a dry weight of 730 kgs and serious grunt from the 5 litre Repco V8 using Lucas fuel injection, the Elfin proved more than a match for its opposition and dominated from the time of its debut in 1974, setting numerous lap records and scoring several outright victories in the period 1974-1975.

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7

The MS7 passed to privateer Stuart Kostera in West Australia in 1975 and continued racing in sports car events until 1983 (winning the 1976 Australian Tourist Trophy amongst other races), then Alan Newton in Victoria owned the car until 1997. It has raced more or less continuously ever since, competing in Group Q Historic Sports Cars with Aaron Lewis of New South Wales from 1997, who drove it to many class lap records.

The current owner Robert Tweedie purchased the Elfin in May 2005 and raced the following year before instigating a full rebuild over the winter of 2006/7, with a new 565 bhp engine and improved cosmetics. From 2007 onwards the car continued to perform well at Phillip Island, the Australian Grand Prix meet, Oran Park, Eastern Creek, Winton and Wakefield Park with a number of wins, podiums and lap records.

At the end of 2016 Robert retired and passed driving duties onto his son Tom, who already has excellent driver credentials with his most successful Chevron B24/28 Formula 5000 open wheel racing car and historic Formula Ford. With many lap records and multiple wins to his name, it will be interesting to see whether Tom can lower the existing Sydney Motorsport Park Historic Sportscar lap record, and by how much. Tom has already run the Elfin at SMP briefly and was lapping in the 1min28s, which hopefully is a good indication of what we can expect.

Rob and Tom Tweedie Elfin-Repco Holden MS7


Introducing Q & R Sports and Racing’s New Category Manager, Ian Buddery

Ian Buddery Q & R Category Manager

Ian Buddery recently took over the role of Q&R Category Manager for both sports and racing cars, kindly offering his time, skill and passion as caretaker of this evocative historic racing category. Read on for an introduction, thanks to Ian.

Thanks to Ian Buddery

This is my first report since taking up the Q&R Category Manager role, so forgive me if it’s short on news and long on partly-informed ideas! I have yet to complete the task of reaching out to all Q&R competitors, but when that’s happened I’ll do my best to represent their best interests.

I’ve been advised to explain my background, in order to have some level of credibility in this job.

Like most of you, I’ve been irrational about cars and motorsport for as long as I can remember, from hanging off the fencing at the back of Sandown, which was a short pushbike ride from home, to competing in my first forest rally as an 18 year old, during which I all but wrote off my hire-purchase MG Midget, going through a fence at a t-junction and hitting the only tree in the paddock. I blamed the navigator of course…  No helmets, no roll cage – those were the days! 

I did lots of rallying and car club track days over the years, but no actual racing until I found myself the co-owner of a Penske Indy car in 2007.  My sincere advice is never accept free alcohol at a Pebble Beach auction!

Discovering that our new purchase was a restoration project, we bought a Lola T700 to cannibalise for parts. Eventually realising that this car was too good and too rare to break up, I got my circuit license and recommissioned it, my first meeting being at Eastern Creek in Jan 2010.

Ian Buddery Q & R Category Manager

It took me a while, but I eventually got the hang of preparing and driving the Lola. I then thought that buying a newer car that was 10% faster in the day would take 10% off my lap times (I can hear you all laughing now). Enter my current car, a 1986 March86C. Unfortunately it was 20% harder to manage than the ground effect Lola and my times went backwards, so another learning curve began.

But oh how I love the racing and how I kick myself for not finding it 20 years sooner! I also enjoy the history of my car, a 2 time Indy 500 entrant, and work hard to preserve its patina and keep it correct. This hobby includes all the enjoyment of preserving a classic car, with all the excitement of racing one.

So on to what I hope to achieve as category manager. First and foremost, I will work to encourage the largest possible grids, so that meeting organisers always include us. Next, I’d like to encourage camaraderie and interaction amongst us all; keep other club members informed of what’s happening amongst Q&R competitors; and finally encourage new people to buy suitable cars and join the ranks.

So I need your help, please email me at qr@hsrca.com whenever you buy or sell car, rebuild or repair one you already own, or have any interesting experience to share.

I’m still working on building a complete database of Q&R drivers, so please send me an email with your contact details and the Q&R car(s) that you run.

Regards,
Ian Buddery


Notice of 2017 HSRCA Annual General Meeting

2017 HSRCA AGM

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October the 18th, at Denistone Sports Club from 8:00 PM.

At this meeting your new committee will be elected, which means that all positions will be declared vacant. If you would like to contribute to the continued growth and direction of our Club, fill in the notification form, have it signed and return it to the office address on the form at least 14 days prior to the meeting to allow inclusion in a nominations listing on the HSRCA website.

This is an important meeting, and apart from business is a great chance to catch up with friends and socialise. Dinner for members will be on the house, so come along for a meal and to enjoy a social evening while engaging in interesting discussions on the future of the club.

Download the relevant documentation by right-clicking the links below and selecting ‘Save As’:

HSRCA 2017 AGM Proxy Form [DOC]

HSRCA 2017 AGM Nomination Form [DOC]

Annual General Meeting 2017

Denistone Sporting Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde

At 8.00 pm on Wednesday 18 October 2017

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday evening 18 October next.

The AGM is important because it is an opportunity to review the year and invite comment on the way the HSRCA responds to the challenges and opportunities that lie before us. We are also proposing two life membership for people who have provided long and sacrificial service. And we have some club trophies to award. Celebrate with them.  

The last year has been successful on important fronts, goodwill continues to be strong and office bearers have worked tirelessly in the interests of the club. Sadly, we have lost members who have passed away and some members are also grieving from loss of loved ones whose life they have shared for decades. Some also have felt it is time to retire from often very long service. So it is a time for reflection and some sadness but also thankfulness for friendships and service to historic motor sport.  

As happened last year, meals are free, and whilst some have suggested that accounted for the exceptional turn out of 60 people, I am convinced it reflected strong interest in the future of the club. We hope we can do justice to your expectations.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Richard Cardew,
President

Agenda

  1. Apologies
  2. Receive Minutes of the 2016 AGM, as approved by the General Committee
  3. President’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Nominations for Life Membership
  6. Club trophies presentations
  7. Election of 2017-2018 Committee
    1. Positions declared vacant
    2. Appointment of interim chair
    3. Nominations and election
  8. Future directions for the Club and business plan – open discussion
  9. Other business

Supporting papers for this meeting will be available on request from Wes Dayton from early October.

The General Committee has approved a proposal from Rod Wallace to work with the committee to prepare a business plan for the Club. This will be referred to in the president’s report and included in discussion at point 8.


Your Invitation to the 2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

HSRCA's 2017 Summer Festival

Entries are now open for the HSRCA’s 2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park, to be held over the 11th & 12th of November, with private practice offered on the 10th. You are most cordially invited!

Click this link to enter the event via the ARDC Competitor Portal.

Entrants, download event documentation below:

2017 Summer Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Summer Festival Garage & Carport Application Form [PDF]

We are working in collaboration with the ARDC and will be using the ARDC’s competitor portal to handle entry. The ARDC competitor portal can be found at the following link:

http://www.ardconline.com/

We appreciate your support in using this new system and welcome your feedback on the process.

The increased $50 HSRCA members’ discount for entry to race meetings is available. Take advantage of this discount, as it represents great value, including both generous track time and a magic racing environment.

To apply it to your entry, navigate to the merchandising page of the online entry system. Please check the summary page to ensure it has applied correctly. If not, please contact the ARDC and they can facilitate that for you.

Private practice will be held on Friday the 10th of November and will be run by Sydney Motorsport Park. Simply turn up at the venue and go to Suite 9.

Private practice sign on will commence from 7AM. Please present your licence and proof of current HSRCA membership. The cost for private practice is $150 for HSRCA members and $180 for non-members.

The Summer Festival will see us return to Sydney Motorsport Park, Gardner (GP) circuit, to hold our biggest race meeting of the year. We’re looking forward to exciting competition around the circuit’s interesting and challenging layout.

Entry numbers permitting, the provisional grids are:

  • Groups KLM
  • Group O and invited M and P
  • Groups QR OR, if interest allows:
    • Group OPQR and invited M with QR limited to small engine cars AND
    • Groups QR for big-engined cars including F5000s
  • Group S including the Group S Relay
  • Group N
  • Formula Ford and Formula Vee
  • Regularity
  • Super Sprint

Grids will be arranged to accommodate entries into compatible groupings and ensure viable grid sizes and generous track time. Composition of grids may change for some perpetual trophy races.

We are keen to provide races for the big-engined QR cars, and would love to see (and hear) the mighty Formula 5000s on track over the weekend. The two options for the Group QR grid are designed to allow us to do so.

We are continuing our efforts to provide a place for all compatible and appropriate cars to race and welcome enquiries and feedback about opportunities.

The event will see many significant trophies awarded, subject to sufficient numbers in the relevant categories. Some of these are for specific races while others cover the whole year. Please see below for the full list.

We are continuing to grow the super sprint format’s presence at HSRCA meetings, as it has proved successful on several fronts. We enjoyed the participation of some very interesting cars at our September meeting and hope to see the trend continue in November.

We greatly appreciate your involvement in HSRCA events and the greater historic motorsport community. Feedback from competitors and spectators at our Autumn and Spring meetings has been very encouraging and we are keen to provide another brilliant weekend. Thank you for your continued support.

Please pass this invitation on to friends and family who would enjoy a fun weekend out with lovely old cars, and encourage them to get involved.

We look forward to going racing with you once again this November 10 – 12.

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

The following trophies will be awarded subject to sufficient numbers in the relevant categories.

  • John Leffler Trophy for Formula Ford
  • Ian “Pete” Geoghegan Trophy for Group Nb Touring Cars
  • Brian Foley Trophy for Group Nc Touring Cars
  • John Dawson-Damer Memorial Trophy for Group MO Racing Cars
  • RACA trophies for Groups Sa, Sb, Sc Enduro
  • Bill Brown Trophy for Group S Driver of the meeting
  • Roger Ealand Trophy for Formula Junior Racing Cars
  • Frank Gardner Trophy for Group L Sports Cars
  • Alec Mildren Trophy for Group L Racing Cars
  • Summer Festival Trophy for Group R Racing Cars
  • Summer Festival Trophy for Group R Sports Cars
  • Ron Tauranac Trophy for Group Q Racing Cars
  • Bib Stillwell Trophy for Group Q Sports Cars
  • Summer Festival Trophy for Group M Racing Cars
  • Frank Matich Trophy for Group M Sports Cars
  • Ian Forsyth Trophy for Best Performance in Regularity in 2017
  • Peter Finlay Trophy for Performance Most Deserving Encouragement Regularity 2017
  • Commentators Award for Impressive Driving Performance

Rusty Nuts Racers’ 2017 Spring Festival Report

Rusty Nuts Racers at the Spring Festival

We were very pleased to be joined at this year’s Spring Festival by the crew of the Rusty Nuts Racers. Read on and enjoy their report on the action at the Spring Festival.

The Rusty Nuts Racers are a group of (mostly) ’50s and ’60s sports cars drivers, with a particularly strong contingent of MGs, who joined us to compete in Regularity.

We look forward to catching up with them again at the Summer Festival in November.

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2017 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park: Photos and Wrap-Up

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

Kicking off on Friday the 1st of September and going through to Sunday the 3rd of September, the 2017 Spring Festival saw us celebrating historic motorsport, magic old machines and good friends at Wakefield Park, nestled in Goulburn’s picturesque countryside.

Our second historic race meeting of 2017 fell on the first weekend of spring, and Goulburn delivered a stunner. Cool temperatures and mostly sunny skies made for perfect conditions for the cars and temperate weather for all of us to enjoy.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

The weekend was friendly and relaxed, setting the stage for some great races. It kicked off on Friday, with Wakefield Park hosting private practice. This allowed competitors to get settled in for the weekend and spend some time dialling in their cars before Saturday turned up the wick for qualifying and races launched on Saturday afternoon, continuing through Sunday.

This time out we were joined by eight grids, which included:

  • Groups L & M and Formulas Junior & Vee
  • Groups O, Q & R
  • Regularity
  • Formula Ford
  • Group N Under 3000cc
  • Group N Over 3000cc
  • Group S
  • Super Sprint

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

The event was well supported and we were pleased to be joined by more than a few new competitors, as well as some interesting and new (to us) cars. The support of Group N and the Historic Touring Car Association was particularly impressive, with the entry going above the maximum track density at Wakefield Park, resulting in two good grids. Group S entries were also very strong, and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the excellent grid of Groups O, Q & R cars blasting around Wakefield Park.

Group L, Formula Junior, Sports 2000, and the Regularity team event all competed for trophies, while Group N and Group S hosted rounds of their 2017 competition season. The Regularity endurance event was a lot of fun and featured a great field, and the Super Sprint event is strengthening in its support and proving to work very well.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

Thanks to competitors, entrants and teams for the support! The racing, regularity and super sprinting was uniformly excellent, featuring some exciting dices and consistent displays of skill and respectful racing conduct. This ensured that the program ran smoothly and allowed us to keep the track singing all weekend long.

A huge amount of work goes in to preparing and running a historic car at a race meeting, and we’re extremely grateful for the support of everyone involved. Praise is also due for the beautiful preparation and presentation of the cars.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

Thanks also to the Falcon GT, Mustang and Torana Clubs of Canberra for taking a run out to our event and joining in the fun. The clubs put on a beautiful display of classic muscle and enjoyed some track time over lunch on Sunday. We look forward to catching up at an event in the future.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

The community that makes up the HSRCA is one of the most welcoming and friendly around, and everyone was on fine form this weekend. The atmosphere was warm and friendly and the pits and paddock full of people catching up, telling tales of racing glory, commiserating with each other about mechanical mishaps and generally enjoying good company.

If you attend a historic motorsport event, make sure to take some time to explore the pits and paddock, get up close to the cars and get to know some of the sport’s lovely people.

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival

As always, I close with the most important part of our wrap up – an impossibly large ‘THANK YOU!’ to the many volunteers who make all of this possible.

We, and everyone involved in the club and its activities, are endlessly grateful for the time, talent and hard work that you devote to motorsport and its community. It is your selfless support that allows us the opportunity to enjoy these old cars and the wonderful community that goes along with them.

Thank you!

With that, it’s time to move on to the pictures!

Images thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Domenic Ciccio, David Jenkins, Rod Mackenzie, Peter Miles, Taylor Pember, Seth Reinhardt, Peter Schell and Dallas Thomas.

For more from Riccardo, please see his website here and to see more from Dallas, head to atstudioeleven.com.au. Domenic’s website is mtrvtd.com and Rod’s website is www.rodmackenziecollection.com.

David can be found on Facebook here, Taylor Made Photography is on Facebook here and Peter Miles can be found on Facebook here and YouTube here.

To get in touch with Peter Schell or Seth, send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

2017 Spring Festival by Riccardo Benvenuti

2017 Spring Festival by Domenic Ciccio

2017 Spring Festival by David Jenkins

2017 Spring Festival by Rod Mackenzie

2017 Spring Festival by Peter Miles

2017 Spring Festival by Taylor Pember

2017 Spring Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2017 Spring Festival by Peter Schell

2017 Spring Festival by Dallas Thomas

Our next historic race meeting will see us heading to Sydney Motorsport Park for the Summer Festival – our first event at Sydney’s classic track in 2017.

The Summer Festival will be held over the 11th & 12th of November, and entry is open now through the ARDC’s competitor portal. Stay tuned to www.hsrca.com for more!

2017 HSRCA Spring Festival


2017 Spring Festival Programme, Entry List & Further Regulations Now Available

2017 Spring Festival

Having hibernated through the cold winter months, it’s time to fire up the engines and head to Wakefield Park for the Spring Festival.

Spectator tickets will be available at the gate each day. Kids under 16 get in free, adult tickets are $20 for a day or $30 for a weekend pass and concession tickets are $15 or $25 for the weekend.

Historic motorsport is friendly, relaxed and open – so come along, enjoy some great racing, get up close to the cars and have a chat with the drivers. We’ve planned entertainment for kids, and Wakefield Park has facilities to get a bite to eat and a drink and take a break from the action. For a more detailed look at the event, hit this link.

Further regulations, proposed programme of events, entry list, and garage allocation documents are available to download ahead of this weekend’s 2017 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park.

2017 Spring Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Further Regulations [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Pit Lane Disclaimer [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Scrutineer Check Sheet [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Entry List [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Proposed Program [PDF]

2017 Spring Festival Garage Allocation [PDF]

Thank you to all for your support! We look forward to the opportunity to catch up with everyone, and wish you all the best for a great weekend’s motorsport.


Ex-RAAF Fighter Pilot Brian Weston to Speak at September 20th Social Night

Brian Weston will be joining us to speak during our fourth social evening of 2017, which will be held at the usual venue, Denistone Sports Club, 59 Chatham Road in West Ryde starting at 7:30PM on Wednesday the 20th of September. As always, come along a little earlier to enjoy the bistro and a drink with friends.

Most members will be familiar with Brian Weston and his BRG Group Sb Midget that he has been racing for nearly the past 20 years. But what you may not know is that Brian has an even longer history of travelling quickly.

Brian Weston joined the RAAF at 17 years of age with a dream of flying the Australia’s air force jets. After 34 years, he retired having flown Winjeel, Chipmunk, Jet Provost, Hawker Hunter, Macchi MB-326H, Vampire, Avon Sabre, Mirage IIIO and F/A-18A Hornet aircraft.

His career included postings to all four RAAF fighter squadrons, including graduating from the RAAF fighter combat instructor course, and instructing on RAAF Mirage IIIO aircraft at the air force school for fighter pilots – No 2 (Fighter) Operational Conversion Unit. One of only a handful of RAAF pilots who flew tours in three generations of RAAF fighter aircraft – the Avon Sabre, Mirage IIIO and F/A-18A Hornet – he is well-placed to talk about his experiences flying fighters, especially flying the Mirage IIIO on which he accrued 2,400 flying hours.

As usual, Brian’s story will begin at 7:30 at the Denistone Sports Club but members are welcome to arrive earlier for some food, drink and socialising.

Finally, you still have a couple of days for a last-minute entry for our 2-3 September Wakefield Park event; entries close 18 August.


Entry Now Open for the CAMS Foundation’s 2017 Drive Day

2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day

The 2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on Monday the 14th of August, and entry is now open.

The day is a great opportunity to enjoy some track time on the classic Sydney circuit and will generate funding to be invested in the CAMS Foundation, which works to identify and support young motorsport talent.

CAMS’ 2017 Foundation Drive Day offers two options – a Drive Experience and Luncheon, for road cars, and Race Car Testing for those wishing to run a race car.

The Drive Experience and Luncheon includes a minimum of five on-track sessions on the North Circuit of Sydney Motorsport Park as well as a hot lap. The luncheon element includes a three-course lunch hosted by Greg Rust and featuring special guests Mark Skaife, Russell Ingall and Tony Longhurst. It’ll run you $595 per car.

The second option, Race Car Testing, slims the day down to pure motorsport. It offers a minimum five on-track sessions on the North Circuit and will cost $495 per car.

For the full details and to enter, please see CAMS’ website here. If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Childs at stacie.childs@cams.com.au or (03) 9593 7731.

2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day