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TAFE Unreserved Automotive Engineering: Auction of Engines, Tools and Equipment

After the closing of the automotive section at St. George TAFE, all tools, equipment and teaching aids are being auctioned by Grays Online between Thursday the 14th of June and Thursday the 20th of June.

While some of the engines may be too modern for HSRCA tastes, several of them are difficult to find and many of the tools and much of the equipment may be of use to members.

Ford, Toyota including 4AGE and Holden (6cyl /V8 Red, 6cyl Blue) motors are being auctioned, along with a single Nissan VL engine. The engines were used as teaching aids, so while they were used by the students and are not pristine, they do not have a lot of running time on them. 

Further details can be found at Grays Online here.


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


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.


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


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.


2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park: Photos and Wrap-Up

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Running from Friday the 10th of November through to Sunday the 12th, the 2017 Summer Festival saw us wrapping up the 2017 historic motorsport season at Sydney Motorsport Park with a weekend of good friends, classic sports and racing cars and magnificent motorsport.

We may have called the event the Summer Festival, but it was technically held in spring and that turned out beautifully. We enjoyed perfect conditions for motorsport over the weekend. The weather was warm and summery in feel, without the brutal heat and humidity that peak Sydney summer can supply. Kind on the cars and kind on their drivers!

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

As always, it was a friendly and relaxed weekend, albeit this time out somewhat quieter than our summer meetings usually are. The event kicked off on Friday with private practice run by the ARDC, before settling in to qualifying and races on Saturday and Sunday. Eight grids joined in the fun, including:

  • Formula Vee
  • Group N
  • Group MOP, Formula Junior and Invited Group QR
  • SuperSprint
  • Formula Ford
  • Group S
  • Regularity
  • Group QR

It was great to see a varied and interesting group of cars out on the circuit, including rare and special machines and new some faces as well. As always, all of the cars presented were beautifully prepared and a joy to see driven in anger.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

The Group S Relay Enduro was our feature event for the weekend and was a lot of fun, especially during the mid-race scramble when cars pull in to the pits for the driver swap or solo racer pit-stop. We were also happy to award a series of trophies on Sunday, with very special thanks to club patron Ron Tauranac who joined us for the presentation.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Sunday saw club members joining us for a club plate run and classic car display. Thanks to Rick Marks for organising the run and display, and to all of the club members who came along. Your participation and display added a great deal to the atmosphere and it was lovely to share the day with you.

The racing, regularity and super sprinting over the weekend was very good as always, with competitors putting on some great events. The standard of driving at our meetings is consistently excellent, displaying not only exciting dices, quick laps or consistent regularity, but safe, respectful and skillful driving conduct. This improves the safety of the sport, allows people to get involved with confidence and also allows us to get and enjoy the cars, sharing them with fellow fans, in a competitive, but safe, respectful and well-supported environment.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

We’d like to send our sincere thanks to competitors, entrants and teams for supporting not only this event, but the HSRCA and sport of historic motorsport in general. The weekend itself represents the tip of the iceberg in terms of all of the work that goes into competing, and we greatly appreciate your passion and dedication.

On that note, the people who make up the club and who join in our events are some of the nicest you could hope to meet and it’s always a joy to spend a weekend together. The atmosphere at the track was friendly and relaxed, with the pits and paddock full of people chatting, tinkering and chillin’ out after events. Thanks for making Sydney Motorsport Park such a pleasant place to spend a weekend.

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park

Most importantly, we, and I’m sure everyone involved, would like to send a ‘THANK YOU!’ of immeasurable importance to the many volunteers who support us and make all of this possible. Thank you for the time, talent and hard work that you lend to the sport and its people. Without your help, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this.

Thank you!

So with that, let’s move on to the photos! Take a few minutes to scroll through the photo galleries below, and please click through to the photographers’ websites if you’d like to organise prints or soft copies to support their work and the effort they put in to covering HSRCA events.

Images thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Daniel Ferraro, Bill Fonseca, Rod Mackenzie, Ken Meredith, Cori Mitchell, Brent Murray, Seth Reinhardt, Geoff Russell and Peter Schell.

For more from Riccardo, please see his website here and for more of Daniel’s work visit ferraroautomotivephotography.com. Bill Fonseca’s website can be reached by clicking this link. You can find Ken’s work at www.kenmeredith.com and Rod’s at rodmackenziecollection.com. Find Brent on Facebook at At Speed Images. Check out Geoff’s work on Instagram here.

If you’d like to reach out to Seth, Cori or Peter, please send Seth an email at seth@hsrca.com.

2017 Summer Festival by Riccardo Benvenuti

2017 Summer Festival by Daniel Ferraro

2017 Summer Festival by Bill Fonseca

2017 Summer Festival by Rod Mackenzie

2017 Summer Festival by Ken Meredith

2017 Summer Festival by Cori Mitchell

2017 Summer Festival by Brent Murray

2017 Summer Festival by Seth Reinhardt

2017 Summer Festival by Geoff Russell

2017 Summer Festival by Peter Schell

The HSRCA will return to race tracks in 2018! Put the following dates in your diaries:

  • April 7 & 8 Autumn Festival at Wakefield Park featuring Formula Ford
  • September 22 & 23 Spring Festival at Wakefield Park featuring the Mini Challenge
  • December 1 & 2 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park featuring Formula 5000, ’60s racing cars and international visitors

2017 Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park


Simpson Race Products to Support Competitors at Retro Racefest

Simpson Race Products

Simpson Race Products will support Sydney Retro Racefest as an official accredited supplier for Sydney Motorsport Park and will be conveniently located in the pit area adjacent tower B.

The Simpson/Toorace Competitor Service Trailer will be in the pit area adjacent tower B from Friday through to Sunday afternoon. Greg and the team will be supplying essential spares along with their excellent range of safety gear and new products such as TRS4 race suits, Odyssey batteries, 360Fly Cameras, GoPro mounts and more.

If you are interested in picking up HSRCA car numbers and backgrounds at the track, please contact Simpson ahead of time to reserve them. Glance through what you might need at www.simpsonraceproducts.com.au or contact Greg pre-event with your request to be brought to the track via either phone, email or Facebook.

HSRCA club decals, badges and stickers will also be available from their trailer, as will the official Sydney Retro Racefest programme.

Simpson Race Products have been a long-time supporter of the Club, and we’re pleased to enjoy the benefits of their support once again.

For more information head to their website here, and follow them on Facebook here.


Support the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex Development Application

Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex

The Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex team have just submitted a development application to council, and need our support to secure the project’s future.

Motorcycling NSW is responsible for the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex, and have done a brilliant job planning and developing the venue over the last vew years. The Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex will provide a multi-faceted motorsport facility to support motorsport competition, driver and rider training and community projects in New South Wales.

The project will reduce some of the strain placed on New South Wales’ motorsport infrastructure with the loss of Amaroo Park and Oran Park. The additional strain these venues have been under has resulted in limited track availability, rising venue hire costs for promoters, higher costs for competitors and fewer options for motorsport in a safe and controlled environment.

The project has progressed well and the team have now submitted their Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex Development Application and received notice that it has been formally presented for public exhibition.

At the conclusion of this exhibition there will be a determination as to whether the project can proceed. There is a $9.5 million grant reliant on the outcome of this application.

Shoalhaven City Council requires written submissions to be made by close of business on the 28th of March, 2016. Submissions can be made via the following avenues:

Email: council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

Online: Shoalhaven City Council website (www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au), click on “DA Tracking” on the right hand side of the front page, enter RA14/1000 – click on show, scroll all the way down the page to the “contact us about this application” button. You will also see all the submitted project information here.

Post: General Manager, Shoalhaven City Council, PO Box 42 Nowra NSW 2541

For more information on the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex hit their website here. And if you need any assistance, please contact them as they are more than happy to help.

Please take a moment to learn about this project and its importance to motorsport in New South Wales. Your support is immensely important and valued.

We hope to see you on the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex track some day soon!


Join the HSRCA at CARnivale this Australia Day!

Parramatta Park Motorsport

The HSRCA is supporting CARnivale this Australia Day, the 26th of January, 2016, with a display of historic race cars to suit the venue’s significant Australian motorsport heritage.

2016 marks the first year that CARnivale will be held at Parramatta Park, which boasts an impressive motorsport history that not many know about. From 1952 until 1955 Parramatta Park was home to race meetings that drew enormous crowds to watch cars and motorcycles race around a picturesque and exciting circuit.

Ron Tauranac Parramatta Park

The events drew top Australian drivers, including several who went on to build impressive motorsport careers, such as Sir Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac. Seven of these drivers went on to win the Australian Grand Prix a total of twelve times between them.

The Club display this Australia Day will feature eight historic racing and sports cars, including two similar to those which ran in Parramatta Park’s motorsport heyday.

We’ll be joined by some six hundred other vehicles of all shapes, sizes and vintages for a magic celebration of our national day and Australia’s motoring culture and history.

Hit this link to the official CARnivale website for full details. We hope to see you there!

To get an idea for how things have changed, enjoy these before and after images prepared by Brian Caldersmith.


Loose Fillings Release ‘Power Without Glory’ & New Website

Power Without Glory

HSRCA member Terry Wright has just released ‘Power Without Glory: Racing the Big-Twin Cooper’, which looks like a great read for anyone interested in the origins of our sport.

Researched across Europe, written and designed in Sydney and finally printed and distributed in Suffolk, Loose Fillings has just published its first book, Power Without Glory: Racing the Big-twin Cooper by Terry Wright.

The book revisits the origins of the modern racing car, whose pedigree can be traced back to dirt track cars in America, cyclecars in Europe and the record-breaking motorcycles of Britain. It shows how these influenced the first Coopers and how they went on to win the drivers’ and constructors’ world titles in 1959 and 1960.

For anyone interested in historic motorsport and the history of motorsport, this looks like an essential addition to the library. Download their flyer here [PDF] for more information.

The Loose Fillings team have also just finished a new website, where they’ll be sharing their wonderful stories covering historic air-cooled racing cars and the immediate post World War 2 revolution in racing car design. Check it out at www.loosefillings.com.

‘Power Without Glory: Racing the Big-Twin Cooper is available to buy online at loosefillings.com.


HSRCA Members Enjoy a Day at the Polo – Sydney Gold Cup

HSRCA Sydney Polo Gold Club

Images: Jeremy Braithwaite

Each year the Sydney Polo Club holds their Gold Cup. It’s a relaxed social day in attractive surroundings, and Club members have made it a destination for drive days over the years.

2015 saw members return after a short break, so let’s catch up on what they got up to, thanks to Rick Marks and illustrated beautifully by the images of Jeremy Braithwaite!

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

Sydney Motorsport Park November Historics

You are most cordially invited to attend our forthcoming meeting at Sydney Motorsport Park this November 28th & 29th for another great weekend of historic motor sport and good company. We would be delighted if you could join us for the weekend!

Entry to the event is preferred through CAMS Motor Event Entry, and you can get there by clicking this link that will take you straight to our event. The supplementary regulations and entry documentation for the meeting are available on the Club website – just click this link.

The features for this meeting will be:

  • A celebration of 50 years of Formula Vee, for which we are expecting a full grid.  There will be several “Legends” in attendance who will be participating in demonstration laps during the lunch break.  The Vees will also be housed in their own dedicated marquee and some cars will also be running in Regularity.
  • A separate grid for Formula Ford, provided we have enough entries.  This is an opportunity to spread the word and make the most of your own races.
  • We would like to welcome back JKL, who have not run at this venue for a few years and are offering a race grid plus the opportunity to participate in Regularity.
  • Two Regularity grids.  The “normal” faster group of Regularity, plus a slower group of sports cars, JKL and Formula Vee.  Of course, Group S, and Group N are also welcome to cross enter into an appropriate group should they wish to do so.
  • Group S will be provided with a 20 lap endurance race on the Sunday morning and there will be grids for Group N, M&O and Q&R, as usual.

And don’t forget, there are three ways to enter:

  1. Go to Motor Event Entry (www.meecamsau.com) and enter on line;
  2. Go to the HSRCA website www.hsrca.com and download the entry form; or
  3. Give Robyn or myself a call and an old fashioned snail mail package will eventually arrive in your letterbox.

For supplementary regulations and other documentation please see the following links:

2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics Entry Letter [PDF]
2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics Supplementary Regulations [PDF]
2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics Entry Form [DOC]
2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics Fuel Order Form [PDF] (Fuel ordered ahead of time up until the week prior to the event will be supplied at a discounted price, please return the form to Glen Atkins at Gatkins@hi-tecracingfuels.com.au)

Competitors please note – the 100 octane fuel offered on this order form is not Avgas. Hi-Tec Racing Fuel can supply Avgas on request at a price of $4.20/litre. The pre-order discount is not available for Avgas.

If your car requires Avgas, please request it specifically when ordering.

Should you have any queries, feel free to contact Robyn or myself on (02) 9913 3662 at home or on email – nbryen@optusnet.com.au.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Yours sincerely,
Noel Bryen
Competition Secretary


2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Entry Pack

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest

Entry to the 2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest, to be held over the 6 & 7th of June, 2015, is now open, and a full entry pack is available for download on the website below, or through our ‘Events & Entry Forms‘ page.

As usual, entry to the 2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest is preferred via CAMS Event Entry. Click this link straight to the event to enter.

The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of NSW, in conjunction with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, is organising the Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park on 6-7 June 2015 and we would be delighted to have you join us.

This second running of the Speedfest is once again designed to showcase the best of classic racing with plenty of track time to ensure value for money for all enthusiasts, competitors and spectators alike.  The meeting will be conducted on the Gardner (traditional Grand Prix) circuit, which provides a challenging and entertaining mixture.  Each category will be allocated a qualifying session and four races over the two days, including a trophy race on the Sunday.  In addition, a large collection of historic Formula One cars will be on display and participate in demonstration hot-laps.

Those who competed in the inaugural 2014 event gave plenty of positive feedback, and we are happy to announce the TV coverage to the big screen and monitors on site, live streaming to an internet connection, and broadcast of a highlights package to be shown later on SPEEDWEEK (SBS) and FOXTEL, will again be features in 2015.  A DVD of highlights will be available for purchase at low cost by competitors, with details to be announced after the event.

With an estimated 80 minutes of track time available to each category, and the bonus of TV and live coverage exposure, the Sydney Retro Speedfest offers competitors exceptional value for participating in an established top level event.  Despite increasing costs we have managed to keep the entry fee at the 2014 level.

Entries for the event are preferred through the CAMSEventEntry online system on the CAMS website (www.meecamsau.com).  If you have problems completing entries online, or if you require a paper entry to be sent to you, please contact the HSRCA office on 02 9988 4743 for assistance and directions.

Please read the supplementary regulations prior to completing your entry form.  In particular you should note that no vehicles other than competition cars will be permitted to park in the paddock area at the rear of the pit lane garages.  Numbered spaces (each 10m x 3m in size) will be available in the skid pan area for those who seek to locate there – each space is sufficient for a race car and support vehicle.

Private practice will be available (at extra cost) on the Friday prior to the meeting.  Arrangements to participate and payment may be completed at driver sign-on on that day.

If sponsors can be arranged for individual categories or races, competitors may be required to display the naming rights sponsor’s logo on their vehicles in a specified position for the duration of the event, subject of course to CAMS approval.  Details of any such arrangements will be included in the Further Supplementary Regulations.

We thank you in anticipation of your entry and look forward to you joining us on 6-7 June.  With your valued support the Speedfest event will continue to grow and become a flagship feature of the Queen’s Birthday weekend in each year’s calendar.

With every good wish for a memorable weekend of classic motorsport,
The Sydney Retro Speedfest Committee.

For supplementary regulations and further event documentation, please see the following links:

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Entry Form [DOC]

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Invitation Letter [PDF]

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Car Club Corral Fact Sheet [PDF]

2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest Car Club Corral Registration [PDF]


2015 Wakefield Park Summer Historics Wrap-Up and Gallery

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Welcome home!

We’re freshly-returned from our first historic racing weekend of 2015, and with a few days’ recovery under our belts it’s time to take a look back at the action and check out some photos.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Our 2015 Wakefield Park Summer Historics race meeting was held at Wakefield Park over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of February. With no set theme for the event, it was held as a relaxed opportunity to get back into historic motorsport, catch up with mates and give the cars their first run for the year.

All these things, it did with aplomb!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Goulburn treated us with weather that, while hardly the full brunt of summer, was absolutely perfect for a weekend’s racing. Cool and gentle, only the last few races on Saturday afternoon were affected by some light rain. Well done to the drivers who braved the track at that point as the rain made for some very slippery conditions!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

And in a fair trade, we treated Goulburn with a full field of around 160 historic racing and sports cars representing the full depth and variety of the sport. We kept that field busy, with races held back-to-back all weekend long.

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, some very thorough organisation, wonderful management and clean racing, these events ran exceptionally smoothly with nary a blip to be heard in the song of historic race motors throughout the weekend. We’d like to thank everyone involved for helping us to put on one of the smoothest and most efficient events we’ve experienced yet.

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

As mentioned no specific theme was set for this event, which made for a relaxed atmosphere, plenty of great racing throughout the varied field and lots of happy socialising through the pits and paddock.

A few minutes’ stroll through the pits and paddock inevitably became many minutes thanks to the friendliness and openness of everyone present. This atmosphere is something which we’re thrilled graces our events and we’re thankful for everyone’s role in nurturing it.

If you haven’t come along to enjoy a historic race meeting before, make sure to stroll through the pits and paddock when you do – you’re sure to leave a few friends richer!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

Speaking of a few friends richer, were joined this weekend by the Heritage Touring Cars series, who unleashed the mighty Group C and A Australian Touring Cars upon Wakefield Park. These more modern machines were spectacular to watch and we’re looking forward to hosting another round of their championship at Sydney Retro Speedfest in June!

Every single historic sport and racing car to be found at the event was, as always, immaculately prepared and presented. They were also beautifully driven, with the women and men who support these events putting on clean and exciting historic racing all weekend long and creating a wonderful friendly buzz throughout the pits and paddock. You are all a credit to the sport and we’re very grateful for your support and your respectful and friendly approach to it!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

We are also most grateful for the support of the many wonderful, talented and dedicated volunteers who make all of this possible at all. A huge amount of time and talent is invested behind the scenes of all of our events and their success is down to you.

We, and everyone involved in our events, would like to send a heartfelt, immense and everlasting thanks to all of you. As always, you have gone above and beyond to keep us all safe and bring happiness to others. THANK YOU!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park

With that, grab a cup of tea, put your feet up and spend a few minutes relaxing and reminiscing with these photo galleries from the historic racing at Wakefield Park. Click through the handy links below, and enjoy!

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Jeremy Dale

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Bill Forsyth

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Steve Koen

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Brent Murray

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Graham Olde

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Seth Reinhardt

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Peter Schell

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Richard Taylor

2015 Wakefield Park Historic Summer: Pete Trapnell

Thanks to Jeremy Dale, Steve Koen, Brent Murray, Graham Olde, Peter Schell, Richard Taylor, Pete Trapnell and Seth Reinhardt for sharing their work!

Head to Brent’s Facebook page here for more

Trapnell Creations’ website can be found here and has a full set of images from Pete. Hit this link to join Trapnell Creations on Facebook as well

Head to Richard Taylor’s website here for his full set

And finally, email Seth here if you’re looking for anything from him, Graham, Peter Schell or Steve.

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

Up next we head to Sydney Motorsport Park over the 6th & 7th of June for Sydney Retro Speedfest. We can’t wait to get out there and do it all again!

Historic Racing at Wakefield Park


Pat Burke to Speak at HSRCA 18th of March Social Meeting

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Forty years ago this February, Warwick Brown became the first Australian to win the Tasman Series. Patron and team owner Pat Burke was behind this effort, and will present many previously unseen photos at our social meeting on Wednesday the 18th of March.

The Tasman Series was comprised of eight races held in New Zealand and Australia, frequented by the Formula 1 elite of the era. Many locals like KB, Frank Matich, Max Stewart and John McCormack had tried to crack the series, but not succeeded.

New Zealanders Graham McRae, Graeme Lawrence and Chris Amon, however, had suceeded.

It took the talents of Warwick Brown, Peter Molloy, John Wright (later a Formula 5000 driver himself), Phil Harris and a couple gofers to get the job done, and even then it came down to a three way battle at the last race at Sandown to decide a winner. The drama went right down to the last lap!

Patron and team owner Pat Burke was behind this effort, and will present many previously unseen photos at our social meeting on Wednesday the 18th of March. All going well, the whole team will be along as well.

So join us at Denistone Sports Club at 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde, for a wonderful evening of historic motorsport tales, along with dinner and a drink beforehand.

There will be brief HSRCA business at 7:30PM and we’ll kick off at 8PM.

Garry Simkin
Social Secretary

Warwick Brown Pat Burke Lola


Join the HSRCA in 2015 for a Golden Year of Historic Sports and Racing Cars

Historic Racing 2015

Fresh from a brilliant Tasman Trophy weekend, the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales is pleased to provide a full four-event historic racing calendar for 2015.

Wakefield Park and Sydney Motorsport Park will again share hosting duties in 2015, with two events at each throughout the course of the year.

Wakefield Park is up first with the HSRCA’s Historic Summer event over the weekend of the 21st-22nd of February, with pre-practice held on Friday the 20th. Surely a brilliant opportunity to get back into historic motorsport and catch up with friends after the holiday period.

The Heritage Touring Cars series will join us over the weekend, kicking off their 2015 championship season at the event.

The Heritage Touring Cars series is a six round series featuring genuine Group C and A touring cars which did battle in Australian touring car racing between 1973 and 1992. These machines are an absolute marvel on the track and will be driven hard, and the HSRCA is thrilled to host a round of their championship once again.

Held in collaboration between the HSRCA and the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, Sydney Retro Speedfest will take over Sydney Motorsport Park on 6th-7th June, the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

The event’s inaugural running in 2014 proved hugely popular with drivers and spectators alike. Drivers in Groups C & A, Group N, Group S, Formula Ford, Formula Vee, M&O, Q&R and Regularity enjoyed unprecedented track time resulting in high-quality racing and a brilliant weekend for all involved. We are thrilled to make this opportunity available to everyone once again in 2015.

Sydney Retro Speedfest will play host to round three of the Heritage Touring Car 2015 championship season.

The second half of the year will see the Club heading back to Wakefield Park for our Historic Spring meeting. This meeting will include feature races for pre and post-WW2 historic sports and racing cars in Groups J, K and L, as well as an enduro event for Regularity.

Feature events for our early cars are well-supported and a favourite in the calendar, and it’s always a joy to see these beautifully-prepared cars driven in a spirited fashion, as well as to explore them up close in the pits and paddock, and meet and chat with the people who care for and drive them.

The Regularity enduro will see teams of three drivers nominate the number of laps that they will complete in a test of endurance and consistency.

Mark the 19th-20th September 2015 in your diaries and look forward to a wonderful weekend’s historic racing.

The HSRCA’s 2015 historic racing calendar will conclude with a premiere event at Sydney Motorsport Park over the 28th-29th of November.

In addition to these weekend-long competition events, HSRCA track days at Marulan will make their return in 2015. These non-competition events feature time trials and driver training for members, family and friends of the HSRCA and promise a lot of fun in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Stay tuned for more information as dates are confirmed.

The HSRCA will also provide a full programme of social events throughout 2015. These will range from the popular ‘Club Plate Runs’ through to Social Meetings with special guest speakers. Watch this space for more details!

The HSRCA is both pleased and proud to once again provide a full year of opportunity to enjoy historic sports and racing cars in good company and a safe, respectful environment. We are greatly appreciative of the support of this wonderful community, and look forward to sharing another brilliant year with you!

2015 Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales Competition Calendar

21st & 22nd of February, 2015, HSRCA Historic Summer at Wakefield Park

6th & 7th of June, 2015, Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park

19th & 20th of September, 2015, HSRCA Historic Spring at Wakefield Park

28th & 29th of November, 2015, HSRCA Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park

Historic Racing 2015


Your Entry Pack for our 2014 Tasman Trophy Historic Race Meeting

Tasman Trophy

Entry packs for our November Tasman Trophy historic racing meeting, coming this November 28 – 30, 2014, are heading out to members and the entry form, supplementary regulations (read them), and entry letter are available for download right here on the club website.

To enter the HSRCA November 2014 Tasman Trophy race meeting:

If you are new to the system:

  • Click ‘Create an Account’ and follow the prompts – wait for a confirmation email, then go back to the CAMSEventEntry website,
    • Go to ‘Toolkit’ and fill in your details, cars and team,
  • Log on to the system using your CAMSEventEntry ID and password and enter through ‘Upcoming Events’ as before.

You will also find the entry pack available for download by clicking the handy links below, by right-clicking and selecting save as, or by heading to our Entry Forms page here.

Tasman Trophy November 2014 Entry Form [DOC]

 Tasman Trophy November 2014 Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

Entry Letter


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

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

Image: Peter Schell

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

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

Enjoy it by downloading it from the link below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Historic Motorsport at Wakefield Park

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

Entry packs for our upcoming 20th anniversary meeting at Wakefield Park , coming this September 26 – 28, 2014, are heading out to members and the entry form, supplementary regulations (read them), and entry letter are available for download right here on the club website.

To enter the HSRCA Wakefield Park Summer Meeting:

If you are new to the system:

  • Click ‘Create an Account’ and follow the prompts – wait for a confirmation email, then go back to the CAMSEventEntry website,
    • Go to ‘Toolkit’ and fill in your details, cars and team,
  • Log on to the system using your CAMSEventEntry ID and password and enter through ‘Upcoming Events’ as before.

You will also find the entry pack available for download by clicking the handy links below, by right-clicking and selecting save as, or by heading to our Entry Forms page here.


Reviving the Retro Speedfest Coverage!

Sydney Retro Speedfest by Michelle McCue

Image: Michelle McCue

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

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

Sydney Retro Speedfest 2014 by Bob Ross

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

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

Photography by Michelle McCue and Bob Ross


Merchandising and Trade Display Opportunities at Sydney Retro Speedfest

Sydney Retro Speedfest Merchandising and Trade

Opportunities are available for merchandising and trade display sites at the Sydney Retro Speedfest, which will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on 3-4 May 2014.

It’s an excellent opportunity to get your brand, services or products in front of an active and engaged audience of motorsport enthusiasts, for a very reasonable price. Options begin at $250+GST per site and include two tickets and one merchandising site vehicle pass.

For the full details and to secure your site, please download and return the following booking form.

2014 Sydney Retro Speedfest Merchandise Site Booking Form [PDF]

The completed form must be returned to the following details:

Australian Racing Drivers Club Ltd C/O Phil Harrison PO Box 6747
BLACKTOWN DC NSW 2148
PH: 02 9672 1000 FAX: 02 9672 0209 phil@ardc.com.au.


2014 Wakefield Park Summer Historics Wrap-Up and Photo Gallery

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

We’ve had a couple days to make the road trip home from Wakefield Park, catch up on some rest and settle back into everyday life after a full weekend of historic racing at our 2014 Wakefield Park Summer Historics, and I think that means we’re well due for a look back at the action!

We kicked off our year of historic motorsport with a gentle trip to Goulburn and a full set of races for all of our historic sports and racing car categories. With no set theme for this meeting, it was all about getting our cars out on the track, warming up after the holiday break and catching up with our mates.

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

And everyone involved did just that. The tireless efforts of our volunteers, clean racing from our competitors and top notch planning from our organisers kept things running smoothly and on time and had the racetrack singing throughout the weekend. After a few technical retirements over the course of the weekend we ended up mixing a handful of grids and running longer races on Sunday to make sure that our competitors had their fill of racing and keep the fields full and exciting.

The quality of driving and racing was uniformly excellent throughout the weekend, and each one of the wonderful collection of historic sports and racing cars present at the weekend was immaculately prepared. Thank you to our competitors for putting on a great weekend of racing and, most importantly, doing so in a safe and responsible manner!

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

The pits and paddock were, as always, a joy do explore; full of good friends enjoying each other’s company and spinning wild tales of racing adventure, historic race car repair, preparation, maintenance and tinkering, and the aforementioned collection of immaculately-prepared historic sports and racing cars.

I say this at the end of every race meeting, but it’s each and every one of you who make our events special and create the happy, social buzz that surrounds every weekend of historic racing we enjoy together. Thanks for making our weekends so easy and fun!

Wakefield Park Historic Racing

Most importantly we, and I’m sure everyone involved, would like to thank our selfless and tireless volunteers who lend their skills, energy and love to our events and make all of this possible. You are the lifeblood of historic motorsport, and we can’t thank you enough. THANK YOU!

Make sure to check out our first four photo galleries from the event, which are online on the ‘Gallery‘ page here, and keep an eye on the site over the coming weeks as we endeavour to bring you all the content that we can muster from the event.

HSRCA All Historic Summer Wakefield Park 2014: Michelle McCue

HSRCA All Historic Summer Wakefield Park 2014: Seth Reinhardt

HSRCA All Historic Summer Wakefield Park 2014: Peter Schell

HSRCA All Historic Summer Wakefield Park 2014: Richard Taylor

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

Up next? Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park on the 3rd and 4th of May. Check out this page for everything you need to know about the event, and stay tuned to the site for more information as the event develops.

Wakefield Park Historic Racing


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

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Image: Peter Schell

The spring issue of Ed Holly’s magnificent M & O newsletter has gone out to members, and is now available for download on the club website.

This issue kicks off with a look at historic motorsport around the country and overseas, including our recent Wakefield Park event, August’s Winton Long Circuit, the Goodwood Revival and a historic look at Catalina Park, Katoomba c.1950. From there we head over to Europe once again to hear from our friends adventuring through Europe, catch up on all the news in the world of ’60s historic racing cars and the people who race them, and a whole lot more.

It’s another great edition, well worth a read, and you can download it by clicking the handy link below, or right clicking and selecting ‘Save As’, and enjoy!

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

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

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

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

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.21

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.20

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.19


Upcoming Events for your Calendars

historic racing events

A big thanks to everyone who attended our Marulan Time Trials and Come and Try Day over the weekend! We had a great day and appreciate the support.

Our next big historic racing meet is at Sydney Motorsport Park at the end of June, and there’s plenty going on to keep you entertained in the interim, with two events coming up that we’d particularly like to bring to your attention.

Up first is a club plate run on Sunday the 5th of May. Participants should assemble at the big truck parking area on the old Pacific Highway just north of the Berowa railway station. For UBD map holders itʼs around P8 on map 94; for Sydways users try E4 on map 176. Please arrive at 9:30am for a 10:00am start.

The plan is for an easy run including a stop for a lunch at a golf club or the like. Youʼll be home in plenty of time for dinner. Any questions etc to Garry Simkin on 02-9958 3935 or David Gleen on 02-9918 8092.

Then at the end of May Garry Simkin has organised one of the great drivers to attend and talk to us during our May club social meeting – John Harvey, who drove on the dirt in midgets during the sixties, raced Minis and a Twin Cam Brabham, which would be re-engined with a Repco, raced a McLaren Sports car and stomped around in various touring cars. An illustrious career that should be celebrated. This should be a very interesting evening with all areas of motorsport covered. Please attend.