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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
We’re back in the real world after a brief trip back in time to the golden age of motorsport with this weekend’s Sydney Retro Racefest, and that makes it prime time to reminisce and check out some photos!
Thank you to everyone who got involved in the event and helped to put on two action-packed, welcoming and fun days of historic racing! 2016’s Sydney Retro Racefest was held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the 11th and 12th of June, and saw a brilliant collection of historic sports and racing cars gather at Sydney Motorsport Park for a jam-packed weekend of racing.
We kicked off on Friday with practice, which gave competitors a chance to get settled in, catch up with friends and make sure their cars were nicely sorted for the weekend’s racing.
Entrants did an awe-inspiring job preparing their cars, as they always do, and each and every machine was something to behold. They looked magnificent in the long rays of the winter sun, which thankfully shone on us unabated throughout the weekend – a very welcome change from the typhonic weather just a week prior!
The work we see is undoubtedly the tip of the iceberg of what goes into preparing for and running these events, and we’re extremely grateful for all that competitors do to get involved, as well as the care with which they do so.
We were pleased to be joined by a varied and storied collection of motor cars at Racefest, from the very exotic to the workhorses which fueled Australian motorsport in its formative and golden years. It’s lovely to see such variety in the cars which race with us, as it is the verve with which they are raced!
This year the event was headlined by the magnificent Australian muscle of the Heritage Touring Car series, and the legends of Bathurst did not disappoint. Drivers race door to door with all the vigor of the cars’ careers in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, but with a level of respect, neatness and professionalism that makes them a joy to watch and to host.
Despite a few racing incidents throughout the weekend, racing was similarly exciting and respectful throughout all of our categories – Q & R Racing & Sports and F5000, Group M & O Racing & Sports and Formula Vee, Formula Ford, Group N, Group S, Regularity and the aforementioned Group C & A touring cars of the Heritage Touring Cars Series.
Thank you to the drivers for respecting each other, leaving racing room and providing a safe, fun and social environment in which to race our historic cars. And for putting on a magnificent show for those of us who aren’t behind the wheel!
Speaking of a magnificent show – the excitement of a historic race meeting is not just found out on the track. We take great joy in providing unrivaled access for spectators to competitors and their cars. Retro Racefest 2016 was no exception, and the pits and paddock of the event were wonderful to hang out in.
The historic racing community is exceptionally friendly and social, so a wander through the pits always involves many a stop to catch up with friends, or make some new ones – and that’s what it’s all about really! Thank you for building such a warm and welcoming community and making the atmosphere at HSRCA events exceedingly pleasant.
Mercedes-Benz Parramatta, Sydney Retro Racefest’s major sponsors, set up an excellent display in the paddock, and brought along some particularly nice toys including one very exciting looking AMG race car. We will forgive them for the unexpected desires and potential lightening of the pocketbook that this has resulted in.
We would also like to thank them for providing the safety car for the weekend!
Club Lotus Australia and Simply Sports Cars were responsible for another excellent display in the paddock. The display featured six absolutely gorgeous Lotus Elevens, there to celebrate the model’s 60th birthday, as well as the brand new Lotus Evora 400 and a selection of classic and modern Lotuses. The Elevens in particular were lovely to see, both in the display and out in Regularity, and with some coming all the way from Queensland we’d like to send a special thank you to those involved.
We would also like to thank the car clubs who put on the classic car display as you entered the facilities. The response to this was magnificent, even surpassing 2015’s efforts, and we loved checking out the immaculately presented classic cars. Another relaxed and social area to explore and chat cars, life and everything!
As always, we finish on our most important thanks. Historic motorsport is made possible by many talented and dedicated volunteers, and we owe all of this to them. A huge amount of work goes into every aspect of a race meeting like this, and we wouldn’t be able to do it without the volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and love to giving us this opportunity to get together and go racing.
THANK YOU from everyone involved for giving us these opportunities and keeping us safe, and for all that you give to this sport and its community!
With that said, I imagine you’re well and truly ready to get to the photos! Take a few minutes to click through the links below and enjoy the many photos contributed by the talented photographers who cover our events.
Images thanks to Glenn Albert, Jeremy Braithwaite, Jeremy Dale Rod Mackenzie, Brent Murray, Seth Reinhardt, Mark Richards, Stuart Row and Peter Schell. Please click their names to click through to their websites for more, to organise prints and to support their work. To get in contact with Seth, Jeremy or Peter, send Seth an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you’ve enjoyed the photos, make sure to hit play on the videos below to enjoy Blend Line TV’s fantastic coverage of Sunday’s trophy races.
Next up, we’re heading to Wakefield Park in September for our Spring Historic race meeting. We can’t wait to do it all over again, and hope you join us there!
Frank Binding’s Army Reserve XD Falcon Group C will be unleashing its magnificently-liveried muscle upon Sydney Retro Racefest this June 11th and 12th Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Welcome home, and thanks to everyone who joined us at Wakefield Park to kick off 2016’s historic racing season!
We’re freshly returned from the opening round of 2016’s motorsport, and that means it’s time to procrastinate work for a while by reminiscing about the weekend and checking out some photos!
Our 2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics race meeting was held at Wakefield Park over the 27th & 28th of February. It was a relaxed return to motorsport with no ‘feature’ events held – simply an opportunity to catch up with mates, give the cars a run and get back into the historic motorsport groove after the summer break.
Goulburn treated us with pure summer Goulburn. After a hot Friday practice we settled into a cool and rainy (and very slick) Saturday, before the sun came out and delivered an absolutely perfect race day on Sunday.
Speaking of delivering absolute perfection, we were joined by a stunning field of historic racing and sports cars from all periods of the sport’s history. Each was beautifully prepared and both skilfully and respectfully driven. It’s wonderful to watch them at full tilt out on the track, and even better to see them driven in that spirited fashion safely.
And it was just as wonderful to encounter them in the pits and paddock, which had the added bonus of being full of great people! They were, as usual, full of friendly buzz and automotive tinkering.
We often mention the joys of chatting your way through the pits and paddock, and it bears repeating. If you do come along to an event, make sure to take some time strolling through the pits, getting up close to the cars and chatting with the wonderful people who have taken on their custodianship or contribute to their continued racing.
We’d like to send our thanks to everyone who came along and got involved, either as a driver, pit crew member or spectator. You’re responsible for the friendly atmosphere and great racing at our events, and we’re exceptionally grateful for your support!
Our most important and heartfelt thanks is reserved for the skilled and dedicated volunteers who make our events possible. The amount of work, time and talent that you invest into this sport is immense, and the success of every event is down to you.
We could not spend these weekends playing cars with our mates without you, and we, and everyone involved, would like to send our most heartfelt and enduring thanks to all of you. THANK YOU!
Now that you’ve endured my words, it’s time to move on to the pictures! Grab a vessel of your favourite beverage and maybe a biscuit or two, and spend a few minutes relaxing and reminiscing with the first of our photo galleries from our 2016 Wakefield Park Summer Historics.
Click through the handy links below, and enjoy!
In just a few sleeps we’ll be packing up our family and friends, a magnificent collection of historic sports and racing cars and all of the paraphernalia that comes with them and heading to Wakefield Park for our first historic racing weekend of 2016. Come along, check out the racing and cars and say ‘Hi!’
We’ll be putting on a packed schedule of historic racing, socialising and fun as we get our engines, tyres and brakes warmed up after the holiday break. There’s no specific theme for this weekend’s racing other than to get out on the track and enjoy our cars amongst some good company.
A huge ‘THANK YOU!’ to all competitors supporting the event! We will endeavour to make it a glorious return to racing in 2016 and look forward to sharing it with you.
To check out the programme, entry list and more, head to the ‘Events’ & Entry Forms page here.
To help crank the engines over before we head off, let’s take a look back at what went down the last time we put rubber to race track at Wakefield Park.
Our previous Wakefield Park historics were held in September back in 2016, when we celebrated some of the older cars in our ranks with feature events for J, K, L and invited M cars. We also enjoyed the diverse and wonderful machines of Regularity and the similarly-diverse and wonderful women and men who drive them, with Regularity and combined J, K, L and Regularity feature events.
Catch up on all the historic racing action in the wrap-up, photo galleries and links below. We can’t wait to do it all again this weekend!
We’ve settled back into the routine of daily life after a packed weekend of historic racing at Sydney Motorsport Park, which means it’s time to take a look back at all the fun we had and pore over the photos!
The 28th and 29th of November, 2015, saw us head to Sydney Motorsport Park to put on our final historic racing meeting of the year with a few hundred of our closest friends and race cars, and we had a ball!
The weekend saw us celebrate five decades of Formula Vee, unleash a maximum-capacity grid of Group S & T sportscars in an endurance race, welcome J, K and L back to the classic circuit and much, much more.
We were greeted by moody skies and periodic precipitation upon arriving at Sydney Motorsport Park, but that did little to dampen the happy banter filling the circuit as everyone got to work preparing their cars, catching up with friends and setting out for the weekend.
The event included a celebration of 50 years of Formula Vee and we were honoured by the incredible support of the category. Beautifully prepared cars filled the dedicated marquee and overflowed into the carports opposite, and the drivers put on some awe-inspiring racing throughout the weekend.
Thanks to the legends who joined in the celebrations, and to everyone involved in the racing and parade laps!
On Sunday morning we held a 20-lap feature endurance race for Groups S & T, including a driver change. The race itself was a lot of fun and closely-competed even at its extended duration. The driver change added another layer of spectacle to the event, and watching the action in pit lane during it was great fun.
Top marks to not only the drivers, but the cars for tackling this endurance and pulling it off with aplomb!
We were thrilled to spend the weekend with the men and women of J, K and L after a few events at the circuit without them. They put together magnificent grids and races that belied the cars’ lengthy careers, and we hope to see that become a trend continuing well into the future!
We were similarly thrilled to spend it with everyone who set aside their weekend, and surely many weekends in preparation beforehand, to coming racing with us. We feature a few grids at each meeting, but every single competitor, every pit crew member and supporter and every spectator who joins us is greatly appreciated.
Formula Ford, M & O, N, Q & R and Regularity, thanks for joining us and putting on a brilliant weekend’s racing! You put together a magnificent field for the weekend and it’s a great honour to run these events for, and with, you.
Speaking of the weekend’s racing, it was suitably impressive not only in the level of competition, but the cleanliness of driving. Good racing comes out of great respect and this was demonstrated each and every time the red light went out over the weekend.
Thank you for making HSRCA events safe, respectful and fun – and for doing so so with impressive consistency!
Thank you also for making the pits and paddock a fun place to take a break and do some very important socialising! Cars bring us together, but it’s our mates that make the weekends fun and rewarding, and there’s no better reminder of that than a wander through the pits and paddock at any one of our events.
They’re full of good friends enjoying the weekend together, while tinkering with and chatting about their beautifully-prepared race cars. Historic motorsport is unique in its openness, so if you join us at an event make sure to take advantage of that, get up close with your favourite cars and get to know the women and men who race and maintain them.
Finally, and most importantly, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the tireless support of volunteers. Your tireless, generous and expert contributions to these events are invaluable. You allow us to spend the weekend playing cars with our friends and keep us safe while we do it.
From everyone involved in the event, and the sport as a whole – THANK YOU!
With that, I think it’s time for some photos! Top up your beverages, settle in and enjoy the photos thanks to the many talented photographers who support the Club!
Galleries thanks to Riccardo Benvenuti, Brian Caldersmith, Jeremy Dale, Bill Fonseca, Rod Mackenzie, Brent Murray, Seth Reinhardt, Syd Reinhardt, Stuart Row, Geoff Russell, Peter Schell, Richard Taylor, Daniel Walters and Russell Windebank.
For more images from each photographer, or to organise prints, please hit the following links to their websites, or send Seth an email at email@example.com. Riccardo Benvenuti, Bill Fonseca, Brent Murray, Mark Richards, Stuart Row, Geoff Russell, Richard Taylor and Daniel Walters.
Next up – some Summertime relaxing with our friends and families, a few too many slices of Christmas cake and then our Wakefield Park Summer Historics in February!
This weekend will see us return to Sydney Motorsport Park for a glorious weekend of summer historic motorsport, and we’d love for you to join us! Let’s take a look at what’s coming up, illustrated by our adventures at June’s Sydney Retro Speedfest.
The event will include a celebration of 50 years of Formula Vee, joined by legends of the racing formula, a feature endurance race for Group S on Sunday morning, the return of J, K and L and, of course, events for the breadth of fifth category historic cars.
Formula Vee races are some of the most consistently exciting that we see at our historic race meetings, and we’ve had a stunning response to our feature events celebrating the category’s half-century.
Along with feature races throughout the weekend, the Vees will be joined by several legends of the category, who will participate in both races and lunchtime demonstration runs. The cars will be housed in a dedicated marquee, and have spilled out to fill the carports opposite.
Moving to cars with roofs – Group S will put on a feature 20-lap endurance race on Sunday morning, and it’s set to be a banger. They hit the 47 car maximum grid in no time, and with such a strong field and their competitive racing, we can’t wait to see what they get up to.
For the first time in the last few years, the men and women of J, K and L will be joining us at Sydney Motorsport Park, and they’ve jumped back in with a spectacular field. These pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars are absolutely wonderful, and their drivers aren’t afraid to give them hefty doses of the old right boot on the track, which is just how we like it!
Flipping to the opposite end of the spectrum, we’ll be joined by a group of Formula 5000s that are set to unleash the thunder in our Q & R Racing events. These mighty machines aren’t something you watch – they’re a sensory experience. If you enjoy historic motorsport, Q & R Racing this November is not to be missed.
And that’s just the warm-up! Groups Q & R Sports, N, M & O, Formula Ford and Regularity will all be forming grids of their own, and will keep Sydney Motorsport Park singing throughout the weekend with magnificent historic racing action.
When you need a break from the racing action, the pits and paddock at HSRCA events are about as friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable as you can find. So make sure to take a wander, make a few new friends, catch up with some old ones and get up close and personal with the cars.
The event will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park, and spectator access is not only unparalleled, but affordable!
Tickets will be available at the gate. Full-price entry is $15 on Saturday, $25 on Sunday and $30 for a weekend pass. A family pass is available for $50, kids under 14 may join in for free and a concession pass is available for $20.
We are thrilled to invite you to attend this upcoming event and look forward to putting on a great weekend this 28th & 29th of November. Join us at Sydney Motorsport Park then, for the HSRCA’s 2015 Summer Historics.
To help get into the mood, why not take a look back at the action that took place at our previous visit to Sydney Motorsport Park for the 2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest:
We’ve settled in to the working week after a wonderful weekend of historic racing at Wakefield Park, which means it’s about time to start thinking about something a little more fun! So let’s have a chat about the weekend and check out the photos.
Our 2015 Wakefield Park Spring Historics race meet was held at Wakefield Park over the 19th and 20th of September. For this event we chose to celebrate the older cars in our ranks with feature events for J, K, L and invited M cars, as well as the diverse and wonderful machines of Regularity and the similarly-diverse and wonderful women and men who drive them, with Regularity and combined J, K, L and Regularity feature events.
Both groups responded wonderfully with full-to-bursting fields of historic sports and racing cars. It truly was a delight to see all of you out on the track having fun and putting in some impressive performances.
As it was to see the full field of historic sports and racing cars of all types over the weekend! Each and every car was immaculately presented and beautifully driven, and we’d like to send a huge ‘THANK YOU!’ to everyone who got stuck in to racing over the weekend. Your support is greatly appreciated and your presence makes all of the hard work that goes into organising these events very worthwhile and rewarding.
We’d also like to congratulate everyone for a weekend well raced. There were very few incidents throughout the weekend and your quick, smooth and respectful driving contributed immensely to the smooth running of the event. Not to mention some extremely entertaining racing!
Off the track and into the pits and paddock and the atmosphere was no less enjoyable. The happy buzz of socialising around lovely old cars made the grounds of Wakefield Park a wonderful place to explore and it was great to catch up with friends old and new over the weekend. It was also particularly nice to see so many people looking after each other, putting on delicious banquet group lunches and very much getting into the spirit of things. Thank you!
As we always say, this relaxed and friendly atmosphere is one of historic motorsport’s greatest and most rewarding strengths. If you get a chance to come along to an event, make sure to spend some time wandering the pits and paddock, getting up close and personal with the cars and having a chat with their owners and drivers as well as fellow historic racing fans. You’re sure to learn an incredible amount, as well as make a few new friends.
Our most important and heartfelt thanks of all goes, as always, to the selfless, talented and generous people who volunteer their time and talents to organising, running and packing up these events while keeping us all safe and exceptionally well looked after. None of this would be possible without you, and we’re endlessly grateful for the enriching and exciting experiences that you give us through your hard work.
From everyone involved in the event, and the sport as a whole – THANK YOU!
With that said it’s time to grab a mug, glass or pint of your favourite beverage and settle in to enjoy the photos! Click through the following links.
Next up we’re heading to Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of November, 2015. It’s going to be a big one, and you’ll be able to find all of the information you need right here at www.hsrca.com.
Welcome home, and thanks for helping us put on a magnificent weekend of historic motorsport!
The 2015 Sydney Retro Speedfest was held over the Queens Birthday Long weekend, the 6th and 7th of June, 2015. It was the sophomore running of the event, following up from a very successful inaugural meeting in 2014.
It was also absolutely brilliant, and we’re still buzzing! We’d like to keep that historic racing buzz going just a little bit longer so we’ve put together a wrap-up and set of photo galleries from the event. Join us and take a few minutes to reminisce and catch up on the action.
Sydney Retro Speedfest kicked off on Friday with private practice. This gave competitors a chance to get situated, give their cars a warm up and make sure everything was in tip top shape for the weekend’s racing. For ARDC and HSRCA members it was also an opportunity to head to the event a little early, catch up with mates and take a look around while things were a bit quieter. All in all – a very relaxed and social start to the weekend!
Joining us for Friday practice were blue skies, sunshine and some of the nicest winter weather we could possibly have hoped for. Aside from a, frankly freezing, foggy Sunday morning this beautiful weather persisted unabated throughout the weekend, making conditions exceedingly pleasant and, thanks to the low arc of the winter sun, bathing the circuit in a wonderful golden light all weekend long. Symbolic of the golden age of motorsport? Probably.
Sydney Retro Speedfest is held on Sydney Motorsport Park’s Gardener circuit, which is the traditional Grand Prix circuit. This is a challenging and exciting circuit, and one on which a lot of important Australian motorsport history has been forged. This makes it the perfect location to host the incredible selection of historic sports and racing car machinery that the event attracts!
We were thrilled to be joined by a vast collection of cars at this year’s event, including many exceedingly rare and storied cars and some which made their Australian historic racing debut at the event. It’s not just the rare and exotic machinery that we love to see, however. The variety of race cars that attend our meetings is tremendous and it reflects competitors’ own histories with racing, as well as a general passion for motorsport that we all share.
Whether you’re into the mighty sportscars of Group C and A, such as the two Porsche 962s and BMW M1 Procar that joined us this weekend, Formula 1 or the Aussie muscle of the Heritage Touring Car Series, or the thrilling racing in Formula Vee and Formula Ford, Group N and Group S, or any and everything in between – you would’ve found more than a few things to be excited about at this year’s Speedfest!
Each car was beautifully maintained and immaculately presented, and we’d like to extend our sincere thanks and compliments to every competitor who put in such an impressive effort in doing so and joining us for the meeting. We greatly appreciate your support of our events, and look forward to hosting you at many more in the future!
Things only got better when competitors took to the circuit. The incredible care reflected in the presentation of the cars was equally matched by tenacity on the track. We enjoyed some exceptional races throughout the weekend, with brilliant dices to be found throughout every class and category.
The racing was also respectful and clean with very few incidents taking place during the weekend. That’s an impressive effort considering the passionate racing and wonderful to see. It also makes organisers’ and volunteers’ jobs much more simple and helps us to keep the track singing all weekend and put on a smooth and exciting meeting, so thank you, and congratulations!
The track was not the only place where interest and excitement was to be found, however. Amongst historic motorsport’s many great strengths is the access we’re able to offer spectators to competitors and their cars. This weekend was no exception, and the pits and paddock were a wonderful place to spend a few hours wandering, exploring and chatting.
Everyone is friendly and accommodating and it’s lovely to spend the time chatting your way through the event. And let’s face it – the cars and racing are all good fun, but we’re really putting all this work in to catch up with (and compete against) our friends. Thanks to everyone for producing such a lighthearted, social, warm and relaxed atmosphere!
We’d like to thank the many car clubs who got involved in Sydney Retro Speedfest and put on the classic car display. When it comes to immaculately presented classic cars – these guys have it mastered, and this was another great area of the event to explore and enjoy.
Our greatest and most heartfelt thanks, however, is always reserved for the many volunteers who make our events possible. An astonishing amount of effort goes into all aspects of these race meetings and none of it would be possible without the very special people who devote their time, talent, energy and passion to giving us the opportunity to play cars with our mates.
We, and I’m sure everyone involved in any way, would like to once again extend our most sincere and heartfelt thanks for everything that you do. Your efforts allow us to have these experiences, and we’re forever grateful. THANK YOU!
With that, I think it’s time to quit with the words and get to the pictures! Take a few minutes to click through the links below and enjoy the many photos contributed by the talented photographers who cover our events.
Images thanks to Rob Annesley, Riccardo Benvenuti, Jeremy Braithwaite, Scott Browne, Daniel Chee, Jeremy Dale, Paul Deegan, Matt Hart, Rod Mackenzie, Michelle McCue, Seth Reinhardt, Mark Richards, Bob Ross, Rob Scheeren, Peter Schell and Geoff Russell. Please make sure to click their names to head to their websites for much, much more, to organise prints and to support their work. To get in contact with Seth send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and for Rod Mackenzie email him here.
Next up, we’re heading to Wakefield Park in September for our Spring Historic race meeting. We can’t wait to do it all over again, and hope you join us there!
Photography by Mark Richards
We’ve had a little break since our opening meeting of 2015, the Historic Summer at Wakefield Park, so let’s dive back in with a brand new photo gallery covering the weekend’s motorsport thanks to Mark Richards.
The gallery covers historic racing action from all categories and features some brilliant shots. Click the following link, and enjoy!
Thanks to Mark Richards for the images.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 email@example.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!
The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association celebrate the 90th birthday of Ron Tauranac, HSRCA patron and the world’s most prolific and successful racing car designer.
Ron Tauranac along with his friend Jack Brabham formed Motor Racing Developments in 1960 with the aim of building racing cars under the Brabham name. From then to 1972 a total of 592 Brabham cars were built, with each of them carrying the suffix – BT or Brabham Tauranac. Jack Brabham won the 1966 World Championship in a car designed by Ron Tauranac as did Denny Hulme the following year.
After Ron Tauranac sold Brabham to Bernie Ecclestone in 1971, he reintroduced the name he first used from the early 1950s. Between 1975 and 1993 a total of 1,051 Ralts (Ron and Austin Lewis Tauranac) were produced. Nineteen race cars were also built for Honda for their race school. With over 1,662 competition cars produced it clearly makes Ron Tauranac the most prolific and successful producer of racing cars in the history of Motor Sport. As to Ron’s forward thinking, Mike Lawrence noted in his 1999 publication Brabham, Ralt, Honda – The Ron Tauranac Story, published by Motor Racing Publications “Let’s not forget that it was Ron Tauranac, not Colin Chapman, who first ran a Formula One car with wings at a Grand Prix meeting.”
On Tuesday 13 January, Ron’s actual birthdate, the HSRCA celebrated his birthday in style in Parramatta Park, west of Sydney. The restaurant was appropriately chosen as just metres from its door was what used to be the Parramatta Park motor racing circuit where Ron raced his early air-cooled Ralt cars in 1951.
Over 100 of Ron’s friends attended the lunch and later heard words of congratulations from the likes of Dan Gurney, Nigel Mansell, Patrick Head, Gordon Murray, Tony Brooks, Bernie Ecclestone, John Judd, Eddie Jordan, Ron Dennis and Neil Trundle.
Following on, David Kent, the acting President of the HSRCA presented Ron with a specially published book containing a collection of photos and other memorabilia dating from the early 1950s through to the present day.
Ron Tauranac is not one to seek attention and keeps his words to a minimum. In response he said “I just can’t believe it! Thank you everyone for coming.”
For further information:
The next issue of The Oily Rag will contain the full story along with the text of the congratulatory words Ron received from around the world.
Hit this link to our gallery page to check out a series of photos from the lunch.
Images: Seth Reinhardt
Welcome home, and thanks for a happy weekend of historic motorsport!
The 2014 Tasman Trophy was held over the last weekend of November and produced a stunning weekend of historic racing for the wonderful group of volunteers, drivers and spectators who support us. Take a few minutes to put your feet up and reminisce with our wrap-up and the first of our photo galleries.
It’s always exciting pulling in to Sydney Motorsport Park at the start of a race weekend. The track has a brilliant motorsport buzz surrounding it, and it’s a joy to race on a track with such history, and one which presents such great opportunity for challenging and exciting racing.
This weekend was, of course, no exception. We were greeted with the song of motorsport in the summer air and a full weekend’s opportunity ahead of us.
Building upon the huge success of our Tasman Revival historic race meetings, the Tasman Trophy is a national historic race meeting featuring cars of the golden era of motor racing and providing feature events for cars from the original Tasman Series as well as Formula 5000s.
The event was very well supported and we were able to fill Sydney Motorsport Park to the brim with a collection of historic sports and racing cars that spanned every historic racing category. The variety and depth of interesting, storied and exciting historic machinery was brilliant!
We were especially pleased to welcome friends old and new from overseas, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. We greatly appreciate your support, dedication and commitment for making the trip and getting involved!
Speaking of commitment, the quality of driving on display was, as always, magnificent. Racing was clean, respectful and exciting and we thoroughly enjoyed soaking in the action around the track.
Thank you to all of our drivers for putting on a fun weekend’s historic motorsport! Your support means a great deal to us, and we continue to work hard to improve the opportunities we’re able to offer you to enjoy historic motorsport, historic motor cars and good clean racing!
When the heat of the action got too intense, the pits and paddock at Sydney Motorsport Park made a welcome and fun refuge. Historic motorsport offers unparalleled access to competitors and their historic machinery and it’s always wonderful to explore the grounds, catch up with friends, make new ones and tinker with historic racing and sports cars.
The atmosphere in the pits and paddock was relaxed and social, with a healthy buzz as competitors and crews worked to keep their cars in stunning shape. We may go on like we do all of this for the cars, but really it’s to spend quality time with mates. So thank you for making this happen, and for making a lap of the pits and paddock so much fun!
When it comes to making things fun, we have our wonderful, talented and dedicated volunteers to thank. A baffling amount of work goes on behind the scenes and without volunteers who devote their free time and talent to making everything happen, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this.
We, and everyone involved, would like to send out our most heartfelt and everlasting thanks to each and every one of you. Once again you have gone above and beyond, braved the elements and invested your incredible skills and talents into bringing happiness to others. You make all of this possible and we cannot thank you enough. THANK YOU!
With that, it’s time to tuck in to some photos! The first of our galleries are online and you can enjoy them over on the ‘Gallery‘ page or from the handy links to follow:
Many thanks to Brent, Peter Riccardo, Richard and Seth for the photos.
Next up: family, friends and holiday spirit! We then kick off 2015 with the Ron Tauranac AO 90th Birthday Celebration Lunch on Tuesday the 13th of January, before getting stuck back in to historic motorsport at Wakefield Park over the 21st and 22nd of February.
Ron Tauranac enjoying the pits & paddock, photos by Peter Eppel
In two weeks we’ll have once again filled Sydney Motorsport Park to the brim with magnificent historic sports and racing cars and will be getting down to business with the 2014 Tasman Trophy historic race meeting.
To keep you busy until then, and help you get fired up for a brilliant weekend of historic motorsport, let’s take a look back at our previous event at the track back in the heady days of May, 2014.
But first – a reminder of what the Tasman Trophy event is all about!
To be held over the weekend of the 29th and 30th of November, the Tasman Trophy is a national historic race meeting celebrating the cars and people of the golden era of motor racing.
It will feature the same relaxed and friendly atmosphere, summer weather, good people and wonderful cars of our previous Tasman Revival events. We will enjoy the return of the mighty Formula 5000s, along with a full race schedule for all categories of historic racing and sports cars.
We have traditionally received excellent domestic and international support at these events, and we’re looking forward to catching up with, and racing, friends from the UK, USA, New Zealand, Japan and, of course, all over our wonderful country.
Make sure to head to our ‘Events’ page here to find all the information you need to enjoy your weekend at the Tasman Trophy. We have a programme of events and provisional entry list on the way, and will be updating this page over the days leading up to the event so stay tuned!
Our previous trip to Sydney Motorsport Park was for the inaugural Sydney Retro Speedfest, held over the first weekend of May in 2014.
The event attracted a varied and stunning collection of machinery pulled from almost every form of circuit-based four-wheel motorsport enjoyed since the 1930s.
We enjoyed on a packed schedule of racing over three days including events for all categories of historic racing and sports cars. Included in these was round 2 of the Heritage Touring Cars championship and it was great fun seeing the magnificent muscle cars of the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s doing what they do best.
Catch up on all the action in our wrap up, and the photo galleries below, and we’ll see you at the Tasman Trophy!
Catch up with even more of the historic racing action from our recent Wakefield Park 20th Anniversary Spring Historics in two new photo galleries.
These two sets come thanks to Graham Olde and Bob Ross, and capture the action out on the track along with the colour in the pits and paddock. Thanks to both men for the brilliant shots!
Rush to the links below, and check ’em out:
If you have photos or video which you would like to share on the club website, please don’t hesitate to drop Seth an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographs by, and thanks to, Graham Olde and Bob Ross
Welcome home, and thanks for a stunning weekend of racing at Wakefield Park for our 20th Anniversary Spring Historics!
We’re back after a full weekend of historic racing celebrating the 20th anniversary of our first meeting at the magnificent Wakefield Park. And that means it’s time to take a look back at all of the action!
Goulburn sure pulled out all the stops this weekend. The surrounding hills were green and rolling, yellow canola fields sat snugly at their feet and pristine blue skies soared above, occasionally spotting themselves with puffy white clouds to add a little whimsy to the backdrop. Add to that the finest weather we can imagine this occasionally-cantankerous part of the world mustering, and we had all the makings for a perfect weekend.
Oh, and we can’t forget the few hundred beautifully-prepared historic sports and racing cars, and the fine group of men and women who love them to share it all with!
Groups J, K and L were majestic as the feature category for the event, and were kept busy all weekend contesting events for both race and regularity groups, along with plenty of fun and games in the pits and paddock.
It’s always a joy to see these cars out at speed and in force and their area in the paddock is a very friendly, relaxed and fun place to enjoy a few moments.
Freedom to explore the pits and paddock, chat with fellow historic motorsport aficionados and enjoy the cars and buzz is one of the great aspects of historic motorsport. Our events are friendly and relaxed, because they’re mostly about good friends getting together to catch up and enjoy life around a shared common interest.
This weekend was no exception and we implore anyone who comes along to one of our events to take advantage of that freedom, enjoy the cars and make a few new friends!
Similarly-majestic were the owners, drivers and crews from the full entry of 5th category historic cars who joined us for the weekend’s historic motorsport. We enjoyed full fields of beautifully-prepared historic racing and sports cars from each group and it’s a joy to have such great support from the community.
The racing throughout the weekend was exciting, well-driven and great to watch. We give a great deal of credit for the smooth running of the weekend to the respectful and clean racing demonstrated by everyone involved. Well done, and thank you!
When it comes to the smooth running of our events, however, it is our gracious and selfless volunteers who deserve the most thanks. As always we wish to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supports the Club and our community through their tireless efforts and expertise – you provide us with these unforgettable opportunities to enjoy our cars and our friends. THANK YOU!
The first of our galleries are online now, with more to join in soon. Prepare yourself your favourite beverage and spend a few moments catching up on all the action by clicking through the following links:
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 email@example.com, or drop by the club Facebook page and say hi.
Up next we’re heading to Sydney Motorsport Park for the Tasman Trophy race meeting over the 29th and 30th of November, 2014. Hit this link for more information.
Images thanks to Seth Reinhardt and Richard Taylor.
It’s about time to start thinking about the road trip to Goulburn and Wakefield Park for our upcoming Spring Historics, so let’s take a moment to warm up by reminiscing about our previous trip there, which was back in February for our first event of the year.
But first – a note about what next weekend’s about! For our Spring Historics this year we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first race meeting at Wakefield Park. And since groups J, K and L have always had a special relationship with the track (and the fans), we’re putting on feature events for the groups – classic racing with classic cars.
Our J, K & L features have always been very successful and a lot of fun, and it’s brilliant to see the older cars out being driven in the spirit for which they were designed. Come along and enjoy the action!
Our previous visit to Wakefield Park was in February 2014, for our Summer Historics. There was no set theme or feature for the event, so we spent the weekend enjoying our cars and each other’s company, and getting back into the swing of things after the holiday break, packing it with good old-fashioned historic racing.
It was a smooth and relaxed event, with Goulburn doing its level best to provide a magnificent backdrop for a Historic Summer. Catch up on all the action in our wrap up, and the photo galleries below, and we’ll see you back at Wakefield Park very soon!
Each year on the Fathers’ Day weekend, Muscle Car Masters brings together the greats of big-muscle motorsport to turn Sydney Motorsport Park into a touring car racing mecca.
This year was no exception, and you can catch up on some of the action on the track thanks to a magnificent motor racing gallery from Brent Murray. Hit this link and head to our ‘Gallery’ page to check it out, and make sure to head to Brent’s Facebook page here for more and to organise prints.
Photos by, and thanks to, Brent Murray of At Speed Images.
Image: Michelle McCue
Intrepid HSRCA photographer contributor Michelle McCue was recently at the 2014 Grand Prix Historique Monaco Monte-Carlo, and returned with so many brilliant shots of stunning, rare, unusual and important historic sports and racing cars that we had to share them with you here.
Michelle has very kindly shared her shots, which you can find in her full gallery here.
Be sure to hit this link to her Flickr page where you can find even more.
Photography by, and thanks to, 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.
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