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Vale: Ivan Glasby

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of long-time HSRCA member Ivan Glasby on Sunday the 7th of May.

Ivan was born in Rhodesia in 1945 into a family very involved in cars and motor racing. Following in his father’s footsteps, Ivan was soon racing Minis and Alfas, finding some success.

In 1981, Ivan’s family moved to Australia. Here, Ivan established Glasby Engineering, where he worked on racing cars as well as Mini spares and repairs – an avenue to focus on his much-loved Minis.

A memorial service for Ivan will be held at 11:30AM on Friday the 12th of May, 2017, at St. Bernadettes Church in Castle Hill. For further details please contact Wes at members@hsrca.org.au or Seth at seth@hsrca.com.


Vale: Sir John Whitmore

 Sir John Whitmore

Images courtesy of Brian Caldersmith

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Sir John Whitmore’s passing on Friday the 28th of April at the age of 79.

Alongside winning the British Saloon Car Championship and European Touring Car Championship, Sir John would also drive a works Ford GT40 at Le Mans and secure a second in class in the 1959 running of the great race, driving alongside Jim Clark.

Several times a patron of the Tasman Revival, we were honoured to welcome him at our events and call him a friend.

Brian Caldersmith has written a lovely vale for him and kindly shared it with the Club. Please find it below along with a wonderful portrait he made in tribute to Sir John Whitmore.

Thanks to Brian Caldersmith

John was one of the great drivers of the 1960s, winning many titles in Mini Coopers, Lotus Cortinas, Shelby Cobras and GT40s. He co-drove with Jim Clark at Le Mans in a Lotus Elite.

John was a friend who spent some time at our home during his Australian visits and he shared my Elite at a Tasman Revival meeting. There was one Sunday when we were preparing to watch the Australian Grand Prix when Frank Gardner turned up – “I heard Whitmore was in residence!” They both shared development work on the Ford GT40s. It was a funny afternoon.

Sadly both are now gone.

I am pleased now that on my last visit to the UK I was able to organise a reunion with John and Chris Barber. They had not seen each other for 30-odd years. The photo above was taken at the pub in Potters Bar, with myself and Warren King sitting opposite them.

This colour pencil portrait is my tribute to John. One of the good ones.
Brian

Sir John Whitmore by Brian Caldersmith


An Invitation to a Memorial Gathering for Ian Cummins

Ian Cummins

Image via the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia

In many ways Ian Thomas Cummins was larger than life itself. Son, husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, friend, businessman, curator, avid collector, motor racer, enthusiast, club patron, wine buff, a genuine good bloke – you name it, there were many, many facets to the life of Ian Cummins.

Many of Ian’s Sydney based friends were regrettably unable to attend his memorial service and burial in Griffith last November. Accordingly, you are cordially invited to a belated informal memorial gathering to celebrate Ian’s very interesting and rather complex life.

Date: Saturday, 11 March 2017

Time: 2.30pm – 6pm

Venue: Classic Car Garage, 33 Hilly Street, Mortlake (Top level, ex Classic Autocraft, Cummins Classic Cars)

Dress: Casual

For catering and refreshment purposes, please notify your acceptance by phoning texting or emailing one of the following by no later than 28 February 2017 .

RSVP to either:

Rick Marks: 0418686340 skid.marks@bigpond.com
Geoff Wheeler: 0414514283 geoffwheels@yahoo.com.au


Wakefield Park Historics, September 2010

A big ‘Thank you!’ to everyone who attended Wakefield Park historics over the weekend, and to all of the organisers and marshals who made it happen! Our MG, Austin Seven and air-cooled racing car event was a huge success.  It was wonderful to see the cars out and about and on the track, as well as to chat with their drivers and owners.

The weekend offered plenty of thrilling racing, whether you were looking for Group N ‘three abreast into the first corner’ mayhem, smooth, consistent and sometimes sideways regularity or a slower-paced seat in the stands. There were plenty of tired tyres and exhausted, smiling faces on Sunday evening. This is particularly true for the MG, Austin Seven and air-cooled racing car drivers who, as a result of their specialty events, were rarely seen out of their cars!

The quality of driving and racing conduct was excellent once again and was a huge factor in producing such entertaining racing, as was the beautiful collection of historic sports and racing cars that continued to put smiles on faces even in their brief periods of respite from the track. Wandering around the track, pits and grounds at events like these is always great fun and it’s an excellent opportunity to check out the cars and chat to their friendly and enthusiastic owners and drivers.

But the most excellent quality, as always, came from the people. A finer, more friendly, helpful and positive group of people would be nigh impossible to find. Any time I saw someone with a mechanical issue, a part they needed or just looking for advice on racing lines, there were five people jumping to lend a hand, wrench or brain. And then in their spare moments between events, it was good friends sitting together and chatting about life, the universe and everything cars.

It may be historic cars, racing and the thrill of the track that bring us together, but it’s friends that bring us back time and time again.

Remember to head to the HSRCA Facebook page to share your stories from the weekend and get chatting with other historic sports and racing car fans, or simply scroll down to the comments section below this post.

Results for the weekend are online on the Natsoft website and will be up on our own results page soon.

We have our first photo gallery from the event online on the new site, so click this link to go straight there, or navigate to the photo gallery and then to Wakefield Park September 2010 to have a look. You can also find the gallery online on our Facebook page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/hsrca.

If you are amongst the many talented photographers who attended the event over the weekend and would like your work featured on the club website, please send me an email at seth@hsrca.com or head to the Facebook page and let us know. I would especially like to put some video footage up on the club’s YouTube channel, so feel free to get in contact if you were filming over the weekend and would like some help getting your work out there!