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Ex-RAAF Fighter Pilot Brian Weston to Speak at September 20th Social Night

Brian Weston will be joining us to speak during our fourth social evening of 2017, which will be held at the usual venue, Denistone Sports Club, 59 Chatham Road in West Ryde starting at 7:30PM on Wednesday the 20th of September. As always, come along a little earlier to enjoy the bistro and a drink with friends.

Most members will be familiar with Brian Weston and his BRG Group Sb Midget that he has been racing for nearly the past 20 years. But what you may not know is that Brian has an even longer history of travelling quickly.

Brian Weston joined the RAAF at 17 years of age with a dream of flying the Australia’s air force jets. After 34 years, he retired having flown Winjeel, Chipmunk, Jet Provost, Hawker Hunter, Macchi MB-326H, Vampire, Avon Sabre, Mirage IIIO and F/A-18A Hornet aircraft.

His career included postings to all four RAAF fighter squadrons, including graduating from the RAAF fighter combat instructor course, and instructing on RAAF Mirage IIIO aircraft at the air force school for fighter pilots – No 2 (Fighter) Operational Conversion Unit. One of only a handful of RAAF pilots who flew tours in three generations of RAAF fighter aircraft – the Avon Sabre, Mirage IIIO and F/A-18A Hornet – he is well-placed to talk about his experiences flying fighters, especially flying the Mirage IIIO on which he accrued 2,400 flying hours.

As usual, Brian’s story will begin at 7:30 at the Denistone Sports Club but members are welcome to arrive earlier for some food, drink and socialising.

Finally, you still have a couple of days for a last-minute entry for our 2-3 September Wakefield Park event; entries close 18 August.


Colin Bond to feature as Guest Speaker at May Social Night

Colin Bond 2010 Tasman Revival

The May 2017 HSRCA social night is coming up on Wednesday the 17th and will feature Aussie great Colin Bond as guest speaker.

Colin Bond has run in a vast array of categories including hill climbs, motorkhanas, rallies, rallycross, touring cars, Formula Vees, F5000 and sportscars and achieved considerable success in all of them. From an early start in an Austin Healey Sprite to a McLaren F5000 to V8-engined sports sedans, Alfa Romeos, Porsches, to Lotus Formula 1 cars belonging to the late John Dawson-Damer, Colin has raced them all.

He has kindly offered his time as guest speaker at our social evening, ensuring a most entertaining evening of motorsport tales and behind the scenes insight.

The evening will be held at the usual Denistone Sports Club venue at 59 Chatham Road, Denistone. Starting time is 7:30 pm, the bistro provides a good meal and your friends in the HSRCA will provide good company.

Garry Simkin


Join Us for the 29th March Social Meeting Featuring Dave Mawer

Dave Mawer

The first HSRCA social evening of 2017 will be held on the 29th of March at the Denistone Sports Club and feature the brilliant motorsport engineer Dave Mawer.

Dave will regale us with many ‘war’ stories from his considerable involvement in motorsport both at the track and in the workshop.

From his early days an an apprentice tool-maker with Hoover, Dave moved through the motorsport ranks. He assisted a veritable who’s who of racing and built many successful race cars along the way.

His efforts were recognised by CAMS in 2015 with the Phil Irving Award for an outstanding contribution to engineering excellence in motorsport at an Australian and international level. Previous winners of the award include HSRCA patron Ron Tauranac, as well as Ron Harrop, Ivan Tighe, Peter Holinger and more. Heady company indeed.

It’s going to be an entertaining evening at the usual venue, Denistone Sports Club at 59 Chatham Road Wester Ryde. The evening will kick off at 7:30PM, but why not arrive earlier for a drink and a bite from the bistro?

Garry Simkin


Join Us for the July 20th Social Night with Joel Wakely

Legends of the 48-215

‘Legends of the 48-215’ by Joel Wakely

Joel Wakely, author of ‘Legends of the 48-215’ will join us at our July 20th Social Night to tell more of the story.

Our next social evening will be held on Wednesday the 20th of July at Denistone Sports Club, and feature Joel Wakely presenting his book and tales from the era.

You’ve read the book review in the latest Oily Rag, page 58, now come and hear Joel tell more of the story and pick up a copy of your own. ‘Legends of the 48-215’ is a great read that’s centered around the story of preparing a 48-215 Holden for Spencer Martin and Barry Seton to race in the 1963 to 1965 period.

Hear about time spent with Lorenzo Bandini and the Cooper Maserati at the Boomeraing Service Station in Strathfield and a whole lot more on July 20th at Denistone Sports Club from 7:30PM. Come along a little early for a meal, a drink and a catch-up.

Denistone Sports Club is located at 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde.


Join Us for the May 2016 Social Night with Bruce Allison

Bruce Allison Chevron B37 Mallory Park

Bruce Allison at Mallory Park, UK in the ex VDS B37 Chevron

May 18 will see the second HSRCA social night for 2016, with guest speaker Bruce Allison regaling us with stories of his forays in, mostly, open wheel racing in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, UK and Europe.

Starting with a series production Twin Cam Escort in the early 1970s, Bruce progressed through Formula Ford and various Australian F2 cars before taking the leap into Formula 5000. His first Formula 5000 was a Lola 332, from which he moved to an ex-VDS B37 Chevron, previously raced by Peter Gethin, which he took to the UK and raced in their 5000 series.

An amusing and entertaining person, Bruce will be worth coming along to listen to!

The evening will be held at the usual venue, Denistone Sports Club, 59 Chatham Road in West Ryde starting at 7:30PM. As always, come along a little earlier to enjoy the bistro and a drink with friends.


Supporting New Race Tracks at the 16th March Social Night

CASAR Park

Image via (and of) CASAR Park

Our first social evening of 2016, set for the 16th of March at the Denistone Sports Club, will be both a fascinating one, and an important one. We will be joined by representatives from the Raymond Terrace race venue proposal, Brad Wilson from CASAR Park and Dave Williamson who will fill us in on the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex.

If all of the planned new circuits in New South Wales come to fruition then, as competitors, we would be spoiled for choice! With the loss of Oran Park to housing, and before that Amaroo Park, our options are, at the moment, only Sydney Motorsport Park or Wakefield Park, or a long distance haul to other states.

At the first social night for 2016 we will have representatives from the Raymond Terrace venture, as well as Brad Wilson from CASAR Park near Wyong, bringing us up to date with their progress. Dave Williamson recently attended a meeting organised by Motorcycling NSW to hear of progress on the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex and he will outline what is happening there.

It’s in our interests to show support for these ventures to enable us to have alternative places to race, so please do join us at the usual venue, Denistone Sports Club,59 Chatham Road, West Ryde. Meeting will start at 7:30pm but come earlier for a drink and a bite.

Note: There has been some confusion about our schedule for our social meetings this year. Our planned schedule for the remainder of the year is the 16th of March18th of May20th of July and 21st of September.

As always, stay tuned to the website, where we will provide full details as they become available.

For more information on CASAR Park head to their website here.

For more information on the Shoalhaven Motorsport Complex click this link to their site. Head to both of them to learn more and show your support of the projects.


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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Change of Venue for September 16th Social Night Featuring Alan Hamilton and Tasman Cup Book Launch

Alan Hamilton

Our upcoming 16th of September social night featuring guest speaker Alan Hamilton will now be held at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.

The evening will now also include the launch of Tony Loxley’s new book Tasman Cup 1964 – 1975. Some of those who participated in that wonderful decade are planning on attending the event and Tony will have copies of both his new book and his older F5000 Thunder available for purchase on the night.

With an impressive motorsport history under his belt, Alan Hamilton’s talk should include something of interest for everyone. Alan has won the Australian hillclimb racing title on four occasions, raced McLarens and Lola derivatives and raced touring cars including claiming second place at Bathurst in 1977 with Colin Bond in one of Allan Moffat’s Falcons.

For Porsche enthusiasts he’s raced plenty of those as well and provided top cars for Alan Jones and Colin Bond, along with F5000 and Atlantic cars for long time driver Alfredo Constanzo. And Alfie and Alan are still at it with McLarens in historic races!

Due to the increase in expected attendance the meeting will now be held in the Rydedale Room at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club at 117 Rydedale Road, West Ride. This new location is very close to the West Ryde train station and just minutes from our usual venue. Parking is available under the club.

The evening will kick off at 7:30pm, but if you would like to arrive earlier for a meal we are sure that you’ll find a few familiar faces to share it with!


Alan Hamilton Guest Speaker at September 16th Social Night

Alan Hamilton

Alan Hamilton has kindly offered to speak at our upcoming social night on Wednesday the 16th of September, which will also feature the launch of Tony Loxley’s new book Tasman Cup 1964 – 1975.

With an impressive motorsport history under his belt, Alan’s talk should include something of interest for everyone. Alan has won the Australian hillclimb racing title on four occasions, raced McLarens and Lola derivatives and raced touring cars including claiming second place at Bathurst in 1977 with Colin Bond in one of Allan Moffat’s Falcons.

For Porsche enthusiasts he’s raced plenty of those as well and provided top cars for Alan Jones and Colin Bond, along with F5000 and Atlantic cars for long time driver Alfredo Constanzo. And Alfie and Alan are still at it with McLarens in historic races!

The evening will also feature the launch of Tony Loxley’s new book Tasman Cup 1964 – 1975. Some of those who participated in that wonderful decade are planning on attending the event and Tony will have copies of both his new book and his older F5000 Thunder available for purchase on the night.

The evening will commence at 7:30PM, but turn up early for dinner and a drink as the pre-meeting catch-up is a wonderful social occasion that’s not to be missed!

This meeting will be held at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club at 117 Rydedale Road, West Ryde. Parking is available under the club.

See you there!


20th May 2015 Social Meeting: Ray Clamback

Following on from the aeronautical theme of Reg Darwell’s entertaining social night last year, we’re pleased to be joined by Ray Clamback at our upcoming 20th May social meeting.

At the meeting, we will be enjoying the adventures and misadventures of Ray, a pilot with 55 years of flying experience. Ray started flying whilst working in Borneo and has made over 200 flights from the USA ferrying light aircraft back to Australia.

Two of these ended in the Pacific! One saw him treading water for twelve hours before eventually encountering a ship and being rescued.

Ray has an exciting collection of interesting and entertaining stories to be told, so make sure to come along and enjoy them!

Denistone Sports Club at 59 Chatham Road West Ryde is the venue as usual. We’ll be kicking off at 8PM but would love for you to join us for a meal and drink beforehand.


Sunday 22nd of March Club Plate & Members Run

On Sunday the 22nd of March we’re going to hold a Club Plate & Members Run in conjunction with the Ringwood Hillclimb to be held on the same day.

While we do not want to deter entrants in the hillclimb, we do want to provide an opportunity  for those who may not want to enter the competition but would still like to have a nice run up north in their club plate or interesting modern classic/sports car.

It’ll be an opportunity to go for a run, take a look at the complex, enjoy the on-track action and have a picnic lunch with some good friends.

For the run itself we’ll meet at the old toll gates at Berowra at 9.30am for a 10am depart. This will mean we should be at Ringwood Park by 12 noon for an early lunch. At this stage you should plan to bring your own lunch – we will update you on availability of food locally in due course.

If you are interested in this run please contact Rick Marks as soon as possible.


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

LOLA photo

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


Tim Schenken Guest Speaking at December 3rd Social Night

Tim Schenken Brands Hatch

The HSRCA is delighted to have vastly experienced driver, race car builder and CAMS administrator Tim Schenken along to entertain us on December 3rd.

His racing career was varied encompassing such milestones as being Australian Hillclimb champion in 1965, being a Grovewood Award winner, driving for Ferrari in sports cars, Lotus, Surtees, de Tomaso plus stints with HSRCA Patron Ron Tauranac in both Brabham and Trojans and much more.

A partnership with Howden Ganley saw them produce the TIGA range of sports and open wheelers before returning to Australia in 1984 to take up a role with CAMS as motor racing manager overseeing V8 races, F1 GPs and many other major events.

As usual, the venue is the Denistone Sports Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde with the entertainment starting at 8pm. But why not arrive earlier and have a bite and a drink with fellow club members?


Wrap Up: Club Plate and Members Run – Sunday June 22, 2014

Club Plate & Members Run

What can I say? An absolutely beautiful winter’s day, a great roll up of members and partners, a terrific drive through picturesque areas south of Sydney, a delicious lunch and a cold beer!

Most of us met at Waterfall and drove through the Royal National Park, stopping for photos at Stanwell Tops. We then headed over the fabulous Sea Cliff Bridge, through to Wollongong and up the Macquarie Pass to the famous Robertson Pie Shop to meet the Southern Highlands contingent and have some light refreshments.

Our final lunch destination was the Scottish Arms Hotel in East Bowral, and everyone arrived safely and happily thanks to Barry Thew’s clear, concise and enjoyable instructions.

We had a great mix of marques along for the drive including Ferrari, Porsche, Lotus, MG, Cooper S, Datsun, Mercedes.  All the cars looked great and performed well and so did their drivers and co-drivers. 

From all accounts everyone enjoyed the day. We will look at organising the next run for September/October but must bear in mind that there are a lot of car related activities in Spring. 

Rick Marks,
Club Plate Registrar


Social Night Wednesday May 21st: Adventures at Warwick Farm

Warwick Farm

The next HSRCA social night is set for this Wednesday, May 21st and will feature drivers talking of their experiences at Warwick Farm.

As a change from one speaker on the night we will hear from Brian Foley, Don Holland, Paul Hamilton, Ross Bond, Max Brunninghausen and Peter Finlay, each telling of their exploits at the former Sydney racetrack. Lots of fabulous pictures and movie footage will grace the silver screen!

As usual, the venue is the Denistone Sports Club, 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde with the entertainment starting at 8pm. But why not arrive earlier and have a bite and a drink with fellow club members?


Social Meeting – Wednesday 20 July

Our guest speaker will be Basil van Rooyen. Brought up in South Africa and university educated as an engineer, Basil ran his own car performance tuning business, has always been an innovative engineer and still involves himself in “ interesting projects.”

His motorsport career started at the age of 18 when he first ventured into racing motor bikes. He soon moved over to racing cars, and has raced successfully in saloon cars, sports sedans, Can Am cars, sports racing cars, Formula Atlantics and Formula Ones.

Notably he raced in the UK briefly in a Mustang, and in the ʻ70s drove for Peter Brock’s team in the Sandown 500 and at Bathurst in the Toranas.

The meeting will be held at the Deniston Sports Club – 59 Chatham Road, West Ryde. Formalities start at 8:00pm but feel free to join us earlier for dinner and/or a drink.


9th of March Social Meeting Cancelled

The HSRCA social meeting previously scheduled for the 9th of March, 2011 has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation and appreciate your understanding. If you are aware of anyone who was planning on attending the event and who may not know of the cancellation, please let them know.

The next social meeting will be held on the 18th of May, 2011, and we look forward to seeing everyone then!