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It’s the Pits – J, K & L Newsletter May, 2017

JKL Newsletter May 2017

After a brief summer hiatus, Mal Reid’s J, K & L newsletter has returned and been sent out to drivers of pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars.

It’s also now available for you to peruse on the Club website. Read on, and enjoy!

It’s the Pits, May 2017

With the traditional HSRCA February summer meeting moved back to a later date (and hopefully a little more pleasant weather), the first major outing for our old JKL bangers was the annual Phillip Island extravaganza.

As usual there were a number of cars (11) from all over the world to give the locals a hard time and they proved too quick all weekend.

Young Will Nuthall from the UK in the T53 Cooper showed the way in qualifying, cutting a very tidy 1.49.86 after only 4 laps. He led our old mate Julian Bronson visiting this time in the very impressive Scarab GP and running a 1.52.

The locals finally got a look in with Nick McDonald coming to grips with father Ian’s Scott Holden Repco 1.55.07, 3rd. David Reid in the Faux Paus 1.55.15, UK regular Rob Jolley in the big silver Lister Jaguar 1.55.66 next and yours truly finally getting some track time in Prad Mk3 Repco Holden only a smidge behind with a 1.55.9.

Paddins Dowling (UK) ERA, John Clark (UK) T51 Cooper and the mighty flat head ford V8 of Graeme Raper rounding out the top 10 in the George Reed Monoskate, a very impressive result from Graeme and the big Ford in very good company.

Racing all weekend was as good as it gets on this wonderful circuit. This is now a full three-day meeting and, following qualifying on Friday morning, the first race was on in the afternoon. The visitors out front had no trouble keeping the locals at bay but they did share the wins around.

Will Nuthall suffered all weekend with a lack of 1st gear in the T53 and was slow away from the starter’s flag, but once going really showed his class. However, it was the Scarab first over the line by a reasonable margin first from Rob Jolley and then Nuthall 3rd. The 2 Holden Repco Specials, Scott and Prad were next from the mighty Dalro Jag with Les Wright as usual at the wheel.

It’s always a touchy subject down south and it’s advisable not to predict the weather as it can change in an instant. Saturday dawned bright and sunny and so it was to be for the whole week end. Probably as good a weather as I’ve seen in the 39 years since I first ran Monoskate at  the 78 meeting. Yes we’ve had some beaut days but to get 3 in a row was great and it brought in the crowds from all over.

Video Preview: The VHRR’s 2016 Phillip Island Classic

Phillip Island Classic

The VHRR’s Phillip Island Classic is coming up this 11th to 13th of March, 2016, and they’ve put together a magic promo for us to enjoy in the lead-up to the event.

The event will bring together more than five hundred historic racing and sports cars from Formula 1 and Formula 5000, to historic Australian touring cars, Can Am, sports cars and more in a smorgasbord of historic racing action.

Hit play on the video below to get the low down on the historic racing celebrations, and head to the VHRR’s official site for more information.

Photo Gallery: 2015 VHRR Phillip Island Classic

2015 Phillip Island Classic

Images: Martin Creely

Held early in March each year and attracting a huge and varied field of classic machinery, the Phillip Island Classic is one of the great events of Australian historic motorsport. Photographer Martin Creely was at the event over the 7th and 8th of March, 2015, and has kindly shared a wonderful gallery of the action with us right here!

His stunning shots cover the historic racing action out on the classic Phillip Island circuit, as well as some of the atmosphere in the pits. Head to our ‘Gallery‘ page, or click this handy link to check ’em out!

Photography by, and thanks to, Martin Creely. Please head to his website here for much, much more and to organise digital copies and prints.

2015 Phillip Island Classic

Historic Hot Laps: Phillip Island & Sydney Motorsport Park Brabham Circuit


We’re off to Wakefield Park for a spot of historic motorsport in a few weeks and to get you in the mood we have some great on-board footage from Group M & O ace, Damon Hancock.

The first video takes you on board around Phillip Island from the Phillip Island Classic earlier in the year for some very hot laps, and the second changes gears for a wet race at our previous event, the HSRCA’s Historic Winter at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Enjoy, and thanks to Damon Hancock for sending through his videos!

Photo Gallery: Phillip Island Classic by Martin Creely

2013 Phillip Island Classic

Each year on the weekend before the Australian Grand Prix our Victorian brothers, the VHRR, put on their annual Phillip Island Classic and bring an enormous and varied collection of historic racing and sports cars to the iconic circuit for a spot of historic motorsport.

Our friend Martin Creely was there just over a week ago, and has kindly prepared this gallery of photographs for us to check out.

Enjoy the gallery below, or over on the gallery page here, and make sure to visit his website here for his full collection and to order prints!

Photography thanks to Martin Creely


Photo Gallery: 2012 Phillip Island Classic

The Phillip Island Classic is held by the VHRR in March every year and brings together around 500 historic racing and sports cars for a massive weekend of motorsport at the classic Phillip Island circuit.

Hit this link for the full gallery

Historic Hot Laps: On-board an Aussie Special

In just over two and a half weeks we’ll be heading out to Wakefield Park for another brilliant weekend of historic motorsport.

Our Spring Historics event will feature an Australian Special theme. We will be running feature races for pre-war and post-war genuine Australian racing specials up to 1961, exclusive regularities for the above groups for cars without C of Ds, lunchtime parades for all eligible cars and a display area for non-competing cars, along with events for our usual selection of beautiful historic sports and racing cars and their drivers.

That’s a lot of historic racing to look forward to!

Until then, jump on board an Aussie Special in this on-board footage of a supercharged 1949 MG Special lapping a damp and slippery Phillip Island. For more video of Aussie Specials in action, hit this link to go on-board with Percy Hunter in a 1947 MG Special.

MG TC Special

JKL April Newsletter

Dick Willis’s April JKL Newsletter has gone out to members and an abridged version can be downloaded from our club website here.

This installment features an entertaining wrap-up of the JKL events at the Phillip Island Classic, along with other JKL related goodies. Hit the following link to download it and catch up on all that the pre-1930s to 1960 era of vintage, post-vintage, and historic sports and racing cars, and their drivers, have been up to.

JKL April Newsletter [DOC]


Phillip Island Classic 2011 Gallery

It has been a busy few weeks for historic motorsport in Victoria. First up was the VHRR’s annual Phillip Island Classic, followed the next week by the Formula One opener in Melbourne, which gave both historics and Formula 5000s a fun opportunity to deliver a master class in the more exciting lines around Albert Park.

More than a few HSRCA members made their way to the events, and it’s wonderful to see historic motorsport being supported with such passion around the country.

The Phillip Island Classic weekend was great fun, featuring everything from Anne Thomson in her 14 litre 1906 Darracq to the thunderous Formula 5000s and the illustrious Porsche 935/78, “Moby Dick”. A big thank you to the VHRR and all of the organisers, volunteers and attendees for putting it on!

Hit this link for a gallery of photographs taken over the weekend, by Seth Reinhardt.