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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


Introducing the HSRCA’s 2017 Summer Festival

HSRCA's 2017 Summer Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We expect to open entries in mid-August.

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

Head to the CAMS website to place your entry.

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

The HSRCA Race Committee


The HRCC’s Historic Torque: June 2017

HRCC June 2017

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

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

HRCC Historic Torque June 2017 [PDF]

Be part of the 40th HISTORIC QUEENSLAND race meeting

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

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

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

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

HRCC Historic Torque May 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque March 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque February 2017 [PDF]

HRCC Historic Torque January 2017 [PDF]


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

Summer 2017 Oily Rag

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

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

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


Head Back to the 2016 Tasman Trophy with a Magnificent Gallery by Domenic Ciccio

2016 Tasman Trophy

Images: Domenic Ciccio

Domenic Ciccio of Motorvated has kindly reached out to us with a brilliant story capturing the action and atmosphere of the 2016 Tasman Trophy and a huge gallery of images to go along with it.

The story, penned by Aimee Armstrong, recounts the origins of our Tasman series of events, captures the action and atmosphere of the weekend and chats with long-time HSRCA contributor and competitor Daniel Bando, who competed over the weekend in his Lotus 51.

2016 Tasman Trophy

Hit this link to the Motorvated website to enjoy the story and to check out more images by Domenic. Make sure to get in touch with him if you’re looking for any images in particular or to organise a print or two.

And head right here:

2016 Tasman Trophy, by Domenic Ciccio

To enjoy the magic gallery which Domenic has kindly shared with us.

Images by, and thanks to, Domenic Ciccio


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

2017 Autumn Festival Documentation Now Available

Further regulations, programme of events, provisional entry list, garage allocation and paddock layout documents are now available to download ahead of this weekend’s 2017 Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park.

After a brief summer break, this weekend will see us return to Wakefield Park for our first historic meeting of 2017 – the April 8-9 Autumn Festival.

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

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CAMS Update: Government-Led Proposal to Phase Out Lead in Racing Fuels by July 2019

Phase Out of Lead in Racing Fuels

The Australian Government has proposed the phasing out of lead in racing fuels and the use of avgas for racing, to take place over a two-year period beginning the 1st of July 2017.

The proposal is based on findings from a 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council report, as well as advice from the Fuel Standards Consultative Committee and consultation with race fuel suppliers and associations.

Please take a moment to read CAMS’ bulletin, which includes CAMS’ efforts to manage this transition and its effect on historic motor racing, below to keep up to date with this important initiative.

Phase out of Leaded Fuel

The Australian Government has been reviewing the use of lead in racing fuels in Australia, given increasing concerns about the impact of lead on both the environment and on public health and safety.

In response to a 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council report on the effects of lead on human health and advice from the Fuel Standards Consultative Committee, the Ministry for the Environment subsequently consulted with racing fuel suppliers and racing associations on a phase-out timeframe for lead in racing fuels and how industry might need to adjust its practices.

As such the Government proposes to phase out lead in racing fuels and the use of aviation gasoline (avgas) for racing, over a two-year period from 1 July 2017, with a proposed prohibition on lead from 1 July 2019.

Given the impact this phase out will have on Historic Motor Sport, CAMS is currently developing a strategy to manage the phase out and the development of changes to ensure that affected vehicles can be modified to ensure they can continue to be used in the sport. Further to this, CAMS is seeking dispensation to allow the use of a leaded fuel to make sure that some of our most popular and renowned events can be participated in by a unique range of vehicles from both Australia and abroad.

CAMS will be issuing an update in due course with further details on how it plans to facilitate a steady transition for Historic Racing in Australia during this phase out period.

All current holders of section 13 racing fuel approvals (leaded and unleaded) have been granted an extension until 30 June 2017. This extension will not require an application, and is at no cost to the supplier. Before the extension ends, information will be provided to racing fuel suppliers and racing associations on the outcome of the Ministry for the Environments’ consideration of the use of lead in racing fuel.

List of approvals for holders of Section 13 racing fuels available HERE [PDF]

For further information please direct all queries to historics@cams.com.au


Readying to Race at the HSRCA’s Autumn Festival

Wakefield Park Autumn Festival

Our first race meeting of 2017 is coming up this April 8th & 9th, and we’re nearly ready to race.

The meeting will be held at Wakefield Park and takes place at the start of school holidays, so it’s a good idea to book accommodation early. If you have a vehicle with self-contained ablution that you use for accommodation and would like to stay at the circuit, contact Wakefield Park.

Championship Rounds

The meeting will host rounds of the annual point score for Groups N, S and Formulas Ford, Junior and Vee.

Probable Grids

Entrants will be grouped in much the same way as last September. A super sprint will be available for late model cars that do not fit 5th category groups, as well as Group U. We will schedule 5 or 6 events for this category of shorter duration than other events so that overall track time is equal.

Adding to the Action

For this meeting we have organised activities to entertain children, including a jumping castle and face painting, so let your friends know. A good deal of local publicity is being arranged so we expect a healthy spectator turnout.

On the Saturday, an open day will be held at the Mercure Motel where we will have a selection of cars on display and will be inviting people to head down the road and watch such cars in action. There will be pre- and post-event media announcements and live broadcasting on the day.

We will be holding the usual BBQ for officials, to which all are invited. This will take place on Saturday late afternoon and continue on through the early evening.

Extra Facilities

The HSRCA will have a marquee and some tables and chairs for those wishing to relax. The media centre will be available as a quiet space for folks.

Garages and Carports

The circuit will be ours on Friday and garages and carports will be accessible from early morning. Scrutineering will take place at the usual time.

We will post the allocation on the web soon and provide updates. We will do our best to meet all requests.

Gate Entry and Passes

As we did last year, entry to the circuit on Saturday will be free before 8am (the drivers briefing) and people can collect documents and passes after they arrive.

Entry documents will also be available via the website. If you wish to have passes set aside for collection at the gate after 8am on Saturday morning, please let us know so that we can assist with arrangements.  This process avoids congestion for arrival on Saturday morning and saves anxiety and cost about the post.

New Noise Meter

An important reminder is that Wakefield Park now has a very sensitive noise meter that identifies the car that trips it by photo, emailing circuit management immediately. They are obliged to be rigorous so take some means of dealing with it if in doubt.

Fuel

Goulburn airport has been advised of our meeting and Avgas can be purchased there. Other fuel can be supplied by Wakefield Park. There is a 40 litre limit to storage in garages and car ports also, again an external requirement.

Fun

We are there for enjoyment. The last two meetings have been relatively free of incidents and have finished each day ahead of schedule. That encourages us to build in a little more track time. Thank you for being considerate to each other, it helps make for a happy time.

Spectators

The effort to attract more spectators may result in more children on site and it will be important to ensure that they are safe. Appropriate procedures are in preparation, particularly to manage spectator movement as cars leave the circuit and within the paddock. Please take care.

Support and Sponsorship

The Goulburn Information Centre are helping us with promotion. We will display two cars at the Mercure Motel Open Day on 8 April, a Valiant Charger that actually ran at Bathurst and Garry Hancock’s Brabham BT23. Gosford Classic Car Museum is providing the Charger. Wakefield Park Raceway people are very supportive of our intentions and particularly helpful.

Enquiries

For on track matters contact Mark Stockwell.

Support facilities contact Richard Cardew or André Breit.

All other enquiries to Wes Dayton who will pass them on to the appropriate person.


HSRCA Looking for an Operational Health & Safety Officer

HSRCA Operational Health & Safety Officer

Due to the retirement of long-time OH&S officer Mark Alchin, the HSRCA is currently looking for an Operational Health & Safety Officer. If you believe you can fulfill the role and are interested in taking it on, please contact André Breit on 0435 020 111 or via email at vicepresident@hsrca.com.

Mark Alchin, HSRCA Operational Health & Safety Officer Officer for many years, has retired from the role due to overwhelming personal commitments. We would like to pay our immense gratitude to Mark, who has been instrumental in taking the Club to compliance and championing the health and safety of all those involved in our events. Mark, thank you for all that you have contributed to the Club and the sport.

The Club is now looking for an Operational Health & Safety Officer to replace Mark. Amongst other things, the role will include attending race meetings to ensure that the HSRCA remains compliant with OH&S regulations.

Interested members please contact André Breit on 0435 020 111 or via email at vicepresident@hsrca.com.


Michael Henderson & Bryan Miller Honoured at CAMS National Dinner

CAMS Award Dinner

Image by George Hitchens, via CAMS

Michael Henderson and Bryan Miller have been honoured at the CAMS Motor Sport Awards ‘Champions and Rivals Gala’ for their exceptional contributions to Australian motorsport.

CAMS’ annual awards dinner was held on Saturday the 18th of February, 2017, at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, recognising exceptional efforts and dedication within the Australian motorsport community.

Dr. Michael Henderson was awarded CAMS’ highest honour, the Award of Merit, for his contributions to motorsport safety. In 2004 he was awarded a CAMS Life Membership. Bryan Miller received the CAMS Service Medal for his years of service.

Congratulations Michael and Bryan, and thank you for your contribution to our sport! We would also like to send our immense thanks to all of the men and women who dedicate their talents and time to the motorsport community. You are, without question, the lifeblood of the sport, and we are immeasurably grateful for all that you do.

During the evening, Bill Buckle was awarded the Phil Irving Award in recognition of his 60-year career of engineering excellent, Mark Webber was awarded the Peter Brock Medal for his tremendous career in international motorsport and Dr. Brent May received an FIA award for the Best Doctor of the Season.

For further details, head to CAMS’ website here.

Image by George Hitchens, via CAMS


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

Historic Autumn Wakefield Park

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

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

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

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

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

Entry numbers permitting, the meeting will include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download event documentation below:

2017 Wakefield Park Historic Autumn Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

Application for Regularity Licence [DOC]

Download a membership form in PDF format

Download a membership form in DOC format


Come Along to CARnivale this Australia Day

Ron Tauranac Parramatta Park

Join us at CARnivale this Australia Day, Thursday the 26th of January, where the HSRCA will be honoured by hosting the featured display.

We will have several cars on display that ran at Parramatta Park back in the 1950s. These will include the Maybach, Q-Type MG, Cooper MG and Day Special. Two RALTs will also be on display demonstrating the early and late eras of Ron Tauranac’s contribution to motorsport.

The event will celebrate Parramatta Park’s relatively unknown motorsport history. In the early-to-mid ’50s the park hosted a two-mile grand prix circuit which saw the likes of Sir Jack Brabham, Stan Jones and Ron Tauranac race in front of huge crowds of spectators. This year’s event commemorates the 60th anniversary of the closure of the circuit.

The broader CARnivale display will feature hundreds of cars, bikes and other vehicles from all manner of motoring history and pursuit. Other attractions include Sydney’s biggest hot air balloon sky display, which kicks off the day at 6AM, the Big BBQ, the Crescent featuring entertainment for kids, a free all-ages Triple J Hottest 100 party and a fireworks display to wrap up the day at 9PM.

CARnivale kicks off officially at 9AM, but you’ll find plenty to see and do in the area before then. It will be held at Parramatta Park on the corner of Pitt St & Macquarie St, Parramatta. For more details head to the Australia Day in Parramatta website here.


2016 Tasman Trophy: Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

2016 Tasman Trophy

After a lovely weekend celebrating the golden era of the Tasman Series with the 2016 Tasman Trophy, it’s time to hang up our gloves for the year and prepare for the holiday season. Before we do that, however, let’s wrap the event up and enjoy some photos!

The 2016 Tasman Trophy was held over the 19th and 20th of November and saw an excellent entry of historic sports and racing cars take to Sydney Motorsport Park for a spot of historic motorsport. Thank you to everyone involved for getting stuck in and putting on an action-packed and friendly weekend of racing.

2016 Tasman Trophy

We arrived at Sydney Motorsport Park on Friday the 18th to hold a private practice day for competitors. The day gave everyone a chance to get settled in, catch up and ensure their cars were nicely sorted for the weekend. Sydney put on a scorcher on Friday, so hats off to everyone who braved the inferno!

The cars were, as always, spectacular to behold and beautifully prepared. It’s a joy to see them so well cared for and in tremendous racing shape, and that care greatly contributes to a smooth weekend of racing. The work and tinkering that we see at the track, considerable that it is, is but a fraction of the preparation that goes into getting the cars there in the first place. So, thank you!

2016 Tasman Trophy

Saturday morning set the stage with final practice and qualification up until lunch, after which racing kicked off and didn’t let up until late Sunday.

Our feature category for the Tasman Trophy this year was Formula Junior, featuring a round of the Tasman Tour 2016 and the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour. The Juniors are such evocative little cars and, with full grids all weekend and some very exciting racing, were absolutely awesome to feature at the event.

We were joined at the Tasman Trophy by a large contingent of significant international cars, and many of those took part in the Formula Junior events. We would like to extend a special ‘Thank you!’ to all of our international competitors for travelling to Sydney and joining us for a weekend’s racing. It was an honour to host you, and we hope to see you back soon!

2016 Tasman Trophy

Group S was our other feature category and put on the always-spectacular relay enduro race on Sunday.

The 45-minute endurance race was a true test of driver and machine, and was a lot of fun – particularly in the pits around change-over. Well done to everyone for putting on a smooth race, for tackling the competition like it was a sprint and for holding a fun event!

2016 Tasman Trophy

The same should be said for drivers in all categories. Thank you for respecting each other and the cars of which you are custodians, for leaving racing room and providing a safe, fun and social environment in which to race. The racing was exciting and respectful all weekend and great to be a part of whether on the track or spectating.

The joys of historic racing are not limited to time in the seat of a race car. The pits and paddock are lots of fun to explore and provide a level of access that’s hard to match in motorsport. The pits and paddock had a very pleasant, social and relaxed atmosphere throughout the Tasman Trophy and that’s a credit to the good people who make up this community.

2016 Tasman Trophy

Speaking of the good people who make up this community, I will conclude with our most important thanks. A monumental amount of work goes in to preparing and running an event like the Tasman Trophy and none of it would be possible without the support of skilled, passionate and dedicated volunteers.

You allow us to hold these events, enjoy these experiences and take part in this community. THANK YOU from everyone involved for giving us these opportunities and keeping us safe, and for all that you devote to historic racing and its community.

With that, I’m sure you’ve had more than enough of words and are ready for photos! Grab a cup/pot/pint of your favourite beverage, sit back and spend a few minutes clicking through the links below to enjoy the many photos contributed by the talented photographers who cover our events.

2016 Tasman Trophy by Riccardo Benvenuti

2016 Tasman Trophy: Jeremy Braithwaite

2016 Tasman Trophy by Jeremy Dale

2016 Tasman Trophy by Bill Fonseca

2016 Tasman Trophy: Rod Mackenzie

2016 Tasman Trophy: Seth Reinhardt

2016 Tasman Trophy by Mark Richards

2016 Tasman Trophy by Geoff Russell

Tasman Trophy 2016 by Rob Scheeren

2016 Tasman Trophy by Peter Schell

2016 Tasman Trophy by Sam Snape

2016 Tasman Trophy Trophy Winners, by Peter Schell

Images thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Jeremy Braithwaite, Jeremy Dale, Bill Fonseca, Rod Mackenzie, Mark Richards, Geoff Russell, Seth Reinhardt, Rob Scheeren, Peter Schell and Sam Snape.

For more from Rod, please see his website here, Bill’s website can be found here, Geoff can be found on Instagram here and Sam can be found at www.mmmsport.com.au. Head to autofokus.com.au for more of Rob Scheeren’s work, click here for Riccardo’s website and see Jeremy’s website here for more from him, including shots of nearly all competitors. Mark’s website can be found here, and to get in touch with Jeremy, Peter or Seth, please send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

Next up, Christmas cake and a nap! Then we’re heading to Wakefield Park over the 8th and 9th of April, 2017. We can’t wait to get stuck in to a fresh year of historic racing, and look forward to seeing you there!

2016 Tasman Trophy


A Day in the Pits at the Tasman Trophy Learning How to Go Racing

How to Go Historic Racing

Nik Masters is a passionate member of the motorsport community who wants to get into historic racing and is doing his homework on how best to do so. He’s been investigating the costs, preparation and experience of racing a historic car and spent Saturday at the Tasman Trophy with Club regular Dan Bando to develop some first hand insights into the sport.

He’s kindly shared his experience with us, and its a must-read for anyone interested in the sport. Read on!

Thanks to Nik Masters

I have been a passionate motorsport follower for most of my life. As well as following categories like Formula 1, a few years ago I also got involved in officiating at SMSP to try and get more involved in the sport.

I have always loved historic race and sports cars and it was always a great pleasure to flag marshall at events hosted by the HSRCA. With such a wide variety of cars on display from many eras of the sport the bug to potentially get more involved was always itching!

Having done the odd drive day on track but not previously participating in club racing there were a lot of questions I had when considering how to get more involved in the sport. Finding examples of the cost of a car and trailer was simply enough on the internet, but I wanted to learn about the ongoing costs such as how often tyres are replaced, what suspension adjustments are made at different events, who rebuilds the engines etc etc. There were a lot of questions I wanted to answer before I could get an idea of a budget to go racing as well as what was involved at a race weekend beyond driving the car.

I contacted the HSRCA and offered a suggestion to encourage new members to the Club by asking Club drivers or owners to invite a potential member to spend some time in their garage at an event. Following the suggestion Daniel Bando kindly offered for me to spend some time with him at the November Tasman event, which I gratefully accepted.

How to Go Historic Racing

Daniel arranged for a ticket to access the event and I met him and his dad John in their garage first thing on Saturday. Both were extremely welcoming and Daniel’s Lotus 51 was a beautiful example of a loved historic racer. There were a variety of cars sharing the garage and it was great to get so close to the cars and watch the work being done by drivers and mechanics during the day.

Daniel was brilliant in enthusiastically answering all my questions and also took me along to the drivers briefing to get an idea of the process. He was happy to share information about his car and how he got into motorsport by initially sharing the cost of a car with a friend – a great idea to reduce the costs when starting out. John and Daniel also asked me to join them on the dummy grid which again showed another aspect of a race weekend I hadn’t previously been involved in.

How to Go Historic Racing

One thing I really noticed was that there seemed to be a great camaraderie between competitors. As well as banter between drivers everyone also seemed happy to chat with spectators about their cars and the event. The feeling in the pits was very open and friendly – certainly a world away from the closed shop of a Formula 1 pit – unless you pay big money for a Paddock Pass!

For anyone interested in getting involved in historic motorsport or just those with a passion for racing cars, spending a day in the pits was a great way to learn about what goes on at a race weekend and get to see the cars up close. I am certainly more interested than ever in getting started in historic motorsport.

My sincere thanks to Daniel and John Bando for their hospitality during the day – it was a privilege to be able to share their infectious enthusiasm for racing.

To catch up on the action at the 2016 Tasman Trophy, check out our wrap-up and photo galleries right here.


Take Yourself to the 2016 Tasman Trophy

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

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

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

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

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

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

Formula Juniors Tasman Trophy

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

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

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

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

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

2016 Tasman Trophy Entrant List [PDF]

2016 Tasman Trophy Programme of Practice & Events [PDF]

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

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

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


It’s The Pits – JKL Newsletter November 2016

JKL Its the Pits November

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

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Vale: Ian Cummins

Ian Cummins

Today we return with the sad news that Ian Cummins passed away unexpectedly last weekend at the age of 77. Rick Marks has kindly put together these words to share some of Ian’s story with us.

Thanks to Rick Marks

Ian was a founder member of HSRCA and held member #8. He had been life member and Patron of the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia for many years.

Ian was very well known and highly regarded amongst the classic car and historic racing fraternity both here and overseas – even working for the late Tom Wheatcroft managing the Donnington Museum quite a few years ago.

Ian probably owned more significant historic racing and classic cars over his lifetime than most of us have had hot dinners. From original C & D Type Jaguars, SS100, Ferrari Super Squalo, Ford GT70 prototype just to name a few.

After selling Cummins Classic Cars at Mortlake, Ian moved to historic Ross, Tasmania, with wife Judith some five years ago where they set up an Antique Shop and two large Motor Houses to display his fantastic classic car and motoring memorabilia collection largely for the benefit of car clubs touring Tasmania. He was also involved with the National Automobile Motor Museum at Launceston where several of his cars have been displayed for various themes.

Ian’s other passion (aside from his family and a good red wine) was antique Australian military weaponry and memorabilia and he had an impressive collection. He was very well respected in these circles as well. There will be a lot more written about Ian Cummins by several of his closest friends for the next Oily Rag – this is a very small part. I knew Ian well for the past 30 years and we spent a lot of time together this past four years. Ian had so many stories to tell from his colourful life – he was a real character. He will be missed by family and friends very much.

Rick Marks

Ian’s funeral will be held on Friday 11 November at 1pm in the chapel of Collier Trennery, 202 Yambil Street, Griffith. For those unable to attend, there will be a memorial service in Sydney in a few weeks’ time. More information on this will be provided in due course.

Image via the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia


Fabulous International Formula Junior Field to Feature at 2016 Tasman Trophy

Formula Junior Stanguellini

The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales will present the 2016 Tasman Trophy at Sydney Motorsport Park this 19th and 20th of November, joined by a magnificent collection of historic Formula Juniors.

This year’s event will build upon the Tasman format, celebrating that golden era of motorsport and the marvellous machines that powered it, pre-dated it and evolved from the lessons it taught.

In 2016 we’re very pleased to welcome a large contingent of significant international cars to the Tasman Trophy. Sydney Motorsport Park is one of Australia’s classic circuits, making its name hosting the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and Australian Touring Car Championship in the early ‘90s. We’re looking forward to sharing both it and beautiful late-Spring Sydney with drivers from around the world.

We’ll be celebrating the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee during the Tasman Trophy this year and are proud to host a round of The Tasman Tour 2016, including the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour.

The response of Formula Junior drivers has been brilliant and at this stage our Formula Junior grid is close to max capacity at just shy of 40 drivers. Highlights are plentiful throughout the field.

From across the Tasman comes the ex-Chris Atkinson Lotus 20/22 FJ 1961 of Phil Foulkes. John Rapley, ex-power boat racer, joins him and will be racing a Brabham BT2 that he bought and rebuilt back in 1987. The car was driven by Frančević, John Weston and Graeme McRae in its day, and Rapley believes it to be the prototype for the BT6 that he also rebuilt and maintains.

Looking further afield J. R. Mitchell has entered, shipping them all the way from the ‘States’,  a gorgeous Lotus 18 along with a second ’59 18 to be driven by Nick Grewal.  Doug Elcomb comes from even further north, bringing a Dreossi Special 1961 from Canada.

Duncan Rabagliati has shipped the Alexis HF1, HF101, named for Bill Harris and Alex Francis from the United Kingdom. Rabagliati’s raced the car for two decades after it originally raced at Oulton Park in period, before spending some time in the US and returning to the UK.

From Australia, Mike Rowe will pilot the Roger Ealand-restored and raced Koala FJ 1963, a particularly lovely and special Australian car. Another Antipodean car sure to catch your eye is the beautiful ‘59 Stanguellini Formula Junior of Norm Falkiner. Norm has developed a great history with the car since bringing it into Australia, and will be bringing it up from Melbourne for the event.

These join a spectacular entry of historic sports and racing cars representing six decades of motorsport history.

With a packed weekend of exciting races planned and the HSRCA’s traditionally friendly and relaxed pits and paddock to explore, the 2016 Tasman Trophy is set to be another great entry in Australia’s motorsport calendar. Be there this November 19th and 20th.

For more information stay tuned to www.hsrca.com and facebook.com/hsrca.


Video: Regularity with Matt Hart and his 1966 Plymouth Barracuda

Regularity with Matt Hart

Get to know the ins and outs of Regularity, with long-time HSRCA competitor Matt Hart and his 1966 Plymouth Barracuda.

This short film, by Paolo Febbo and Rob Scheeren, was shot during last year’s Tasman Trophy. It follows Matt Hart competing in his magnificent 1966 Plymouth Barracuda, getting to know Matt, his car and the Regularity category along the way.

Regularity is an excellent way to get into historic motorsport. In it, your goal is to set a benchmark time, and then lap as consistently close to that time as possible. Go faster, and you’re docked points. Go slower, and you’re docked even more. The competitor with the most points at the end of the event wins.

Competitors do not compete for track position, and it’s not a race event, so it’s a safer and more relaxed form of motorsport. The cars are also not required to have a Certificate of Description, so it provides an opportunity to compete in a car which may not be eligible for historic race events. This also leads to a wonderful variety of cars on the track, from beauties like Matt’s, to recreations and more.

Enjoy the video, and head to theescaperoad.com to check out some of Matt’s magic motorsport photography.

The Tasman Trophy will return to Sydney Motorsport Park over the 19th and 20th of November, 2016. Entries are open now via the CAMS Members’ Portal, so get yours in and join us for an awesome weekend of historic racing.


Sydney Retro Racefest 2015 Photos, by Domenic Ciccio

Sydney Retro Racefest 2015

Domenic Ciccio recently got in touch with us to share a new set of photos from our 2015 Sydney Retro Racefest.

Domenic’s set moves between the pits & paddock and the track to capture the atmosphere of the event and its action magnificently. It’s up on the gallery page here:

2015 Sydney Retro Racefest: Domenic Ciccio

If you’d like to reminisce further about our 2015 Sydney Retro Racefest, check out our wrap-up and photo galleries from the event here.

Thanks to Domenic for sharing the shots. Head to his website here for more and to support his work.


Join Us at the 2016 HSRCA AGM on Wednesday, October 19th

HSRCA AGM

The 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October the 19th, 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 following 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.

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

HSRCA 2016 AGM Proxy Form [DOC]

HSRCA 2016 AGM Nomination Form [DOC]

Annual General Meeting 2016

Denistone Sporting Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde

At 8.00 pm on Wednesday 19 October 2016

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting in October.

It is an important time for the Club. We have made progress in the face of a number of challenges and we are uncovering more challenges. It is particularly helpful to hear your voice on these matters and sense where the weight of support lies the directions in which the Club might move. There is evident good will and much for members to give thought to. The historic motorsport market place is undergoing change on many fronts, not just within clubs. There seems to be a new development every month even since the last newsletter!

The AGM will not be the only item for the night. David Williamson has a presentation on tyre barriers on which he would welcome support. It is, equally, an important time to get together and share thoughts. Whilst there will be opportunity to do that in formal proceedings the before and after discussions are just as important, and to encourage that participation in those discussions the meal is on the house.

Richard Cardew
President

Agenda

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the 2015 AGM
  3. President’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Election of 2016-2017 Committee
    1. Positions declared vacant
    2. Appointment of interim chair
    3. Nominations and election
  6. Changes to Constitution – for discussion
  7. Future directions for the Club – open discussion
  8. Other business

Supporting papers for this meeting are available on request from the Club’s usual contacts from early October.


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

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

What a glorious Spring weekend! We’re back from two lovely days of historic racing at Wakefield Park, which means it’s time to catch up and enjoy a few photographs.

The HSRCA’s third meeting of 2016 was held at Wakefield Park over the 24th & 25th of September at Goulburn’s classic Wakefield Park circuit, and it was a stunner. The Spring meeting was a relaxed affair that focused on plenty of motorsport, including a Regularity team enduro race, and championship rounds for several groups within the Club.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Goulburn denied predictions of rain and put on perfect racing weather for us all weekend long. The countryside town supplied plenty of cool fresh air for the cars to breathe and the perfect amount of sunshine to warm the track surface and everyone out and about enjoying the action.

Our Spring historic meeting kicked off on Friday with practice, before settling into a steady racing groove on Saturday leading into race day Sunday. Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers who support us, entrants’ excellent preparation and respectful driving, proceedings ran extremely smoothly and kept the track singing.

HSRCA Wakefield Park Spring Meeting 2016

The cars all looked, sounded and ran magnificently, and were driven with verve and vigor to match their period racing careers. The quality of driving throughout the field was excellent and contributed a great deal to the relaxed and respectful atmosphere of the meeting.

Both Regularity groups were very well supported, and put on fun regularity trials. This fun, safe and welcoming form of historic racing is an excellent way to get involved in motorsport, and we’re pleased to see it doing well.

Historic Touring Cars Association of NSW

On the more door-to-door end of competition were our two tin-top fields – The Group S Racing Association and Historic Touring Cars Association of NSW’s Goup N. Both put together excellent fields for rounds in their respective 2016 series, and with their championships late in the season racing was close, but respectful, and great fun to watch.

As were races in Formula Ford & Formula Vee, J, K & L Sports & Racing, Q, O & R Sports & Racing and Group M. Thanks to all of our drivers for putting in the preparation and maintenance to go racing, and for taking part in a positive, friendly and respectful way. We are very grateful for your support, and will continue to work to improve the experience of racing at our meetings.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Racing wouldn’t be much fun without mates, so the opportunity to catch up with friends and talk life, cars and everything is one we look forward to each time we take to the track.

The pits and paddock of Wakefield Park exuded a lovely relaxed atmosphere and was full of people catching up, tinkering with cars and chillin’ between races. And that’s just how it should be! Thanks for making motorsport the welcoming, social experience it should be.

If you’re new to historic motorsport and join the HSRCA, or any of our sister clubs around the country, at a historic meeting, make sure to take the time to wander the pits and paddock, check out the cars and chat with their custodians and drivers. We’re a friendly bunch who love to chat – especially when cars are involved!

HSRCA Wakefield Park Spring Meeting 2016

We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the support of dedicated, talented and selfless volunteers, so, as always, we finish on our most important thanks. THANK YOU on behalf of everyone involved for devoting your time and talents to this sport and its community, and allowing us to go racing in a safe and well-supported environment.

With that, let’s get to the photos! Take a few minutes to click through the links below and enjoy the photos contributed by the talented photographers who cover our events.

2016 Wakefield Park Historic Spring: Seth Reinhardt

2016 Wakefield Park Historic Spring: Peter Schell

Our next historic race meeting will be the 2016 Tasman Trophy, to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park over the 19th & 20th of November. Entries are open now, and more details will be heading your way in the very near future!

HSRCA Wakefield Park Spring Meeting 2016

 


Observed Licence Testing at September Wakefield Park Historic Meeting

Observed Licence Testing Wakefield Park

On the Friday before our September historic race meeting at Wakefield Park Ed Gavin and his colleague have offered to conduct observed licence testing for anyone interested.

Observed licence testing requires CAMS approval and it has been indicated that this OLT will be specifically for historic racing. If you are interested in taking up the offer, it is essential that you come prepared. Ed advises the following:

  • It is highly likely that we will be able to hold an Observed Licence Test during the practice day to be held on the 23rd of September
  • We are awaiting final confirmation from CAMS as the OLT will be a CAMS permitted event
  • The OLT will be for drivers of fifth category (historic) cars only. This is the first time that an OLT has been category specific
  • Interested persons will need to follow the normal CAMS procedures for obtaining a General Competition Licence – ie. make contact with CAMS to obtain the correct paperwork, undertake the required medical test and do the online flags/safety test before entering the OLT
  • As the name suggests this will be a TEST. It is NOT a driver training program, although it will be conducted in the company of other historic category vehicles rather than in the context of State Championship competitors which is the normal practice
  • The same standards will be applied in assessing drivers as per a normal OLT
  • The OLT should be conducted using a vehicle which will be raced ie. not a road registered vehicle unless the vehicle is suitably race prepared. Participants should be thoroughly familiar with the car they are driving and have some prior experience at Wakefield Park
  • Prospective participants must enter the OLT via CAMS NSW (contact Matthew Anderson on (02) 8736 1218 for further information)
  • It is strongly recommended that anyone interested in doing this OLT make contact with Edward Gavin on 0409 794 033 as soon as possible
  • Anyone who just turns up on the day expecting to do the OLT will not be able to take part

It’s The Pits – JKL Newsletter August 2016

Mal Reid Sulman Singer

Image by Steve Duggan of sdpics.

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

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