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Entry Now Open for the CAMS Foundation’s 2017 Drive Day

2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day

The 2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on Monday the 14th of August, and entry is now open.

The day is a great opportunity to enjoy some track time on the classic Sydney circuit and will generate funding to be invested in the CAMS Foundation, which works to identify and support young motorsport talent.

CAMS’ 2017 Foundation Drive Day offers two options – a Drive Experience and Luncheon, for road cars, and Race Car Testing for those wishing to run a race car.

The Drive Experience and Luncheon includes a minimum of five on-track sessions on the North Circuit of Sydney Motorsport Park as well as a hot lap. The luncheon element includes a three-course lunch hosted by Greg Rust and featuring special guests Mark Skaife, Russell Ingall and Tony Longhurst. It’ll run you $595 per car.

The second option, Race Car Testing, slims the day down to pure motorsport. It offers a minimum five on-track sessions on the North Circuit and will cost $495 per car.

For the full details and to enter, please see CAMS’ website here. If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Childs at stacie.childs@cams.com.au or (03) 9593 7731.

2017 CAMS Foundation Drive Day


Introducing the HSRCA’s 2017 Summer Festival

HSRCA's 2017 Summer Festival

The Summer Festival is set for the 11th & 12th of November, 2017, and will see the HSRCA returning to Sydney Motorsport Park for the first time in 2017 to hold our biggest historic race meeting of the year.

The return to Sydney Motorsport Park’s flowing curves and longer straights will give some of the more powerful cars a chance to stretch their legs, and will offer a great mix of challenges and opportunities for exciting competition. Its excellent facilities and proximity to the city make it a great place to hold a race meeting, and we’re looking forward to putting together a brilliant meeting to close out 2017’s historic motorsport season.

The focus of this meeting will be on providing plenty of quality track time and a safe, smoothly-run opportunity to get out and enjoy our historic sports and racing cars, good company and a festive atmosphere representative of the golden age of the sport.

Groups LMO and S will be featured during the Summer Festival and will be offered feature events including the classic Dawson-Damer trophy and the always-exciting Group S Enduro Relay.

Keeping the circuit singing all weekend will be races for 5th Category historic groups, including JKLM, OPQR, N, S and Formulas Ford, Junior and Vee. Regularity trials and super sprints will also be offered, as will a speed (non-race) event for racing and sports racing cars.

In particular we would like to know the level of interest in a speed event for racing and sports racing cars. It is an opportunity to give some very special cars a fun run or offer someone else a drive in your car.  Please let us know and talk to Col Haste about it on 0408 865 629 or via email at hastbld@bigpond.com.

Most 5th Category groups will have trophy events to decide their perpetual trophies over the course of the weekend, and we’re looking forward to interesting fields and great races as those are decided.

HSRCA members will, of course, be offered the $50 members’ discount for entry to the meeting. If you’re not a member and would like to become one ahead of the meeting, please head to our membership page here and join the Club. The Club offers a wonderful camaraderie and a varied programme of opportunities to enjoy the historic motorsport community, both social and competitive.

We expect to open entries in mid-August.

On that note, entry is now open for the upcoming Spring Festival, which will be held at Wakefield Park over the 2nd and 3rd of September, with private practice available on Friday the 1st. Come along and enjoy an exciting weekend of motorsport in Goulburn’s stunning countryside.

Head to the CAMS website to place your entry.

As always, we are extremely grateful for your support and contribution to the sport of historic racing. We will continue our efforts to put on events that are safe and exciting, offer good value and high quality track time, and show off the depth of motorsport history in Australia by keeping engines hot, rubber melty and race tracks busy.

The HSRCA Race Committee


Photo Gallery: 2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival

2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival

Images thanks to Jeremy Braithwaite

The 2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival was held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the 10th & 11th of June, at Sydney Motorsport Park. Photographer Jeremy Braithwaite was at the event, and has kindly shared some of his images with us here.

The event saw a great collection of historic racing and sports cars gather at Sydney’s classic circuit for a winter’s weekend of historic competition. Awesome examples of the mighty Formula 5000s and the historic touring cars of Groups C & A joined strong fields of Formula Ford, Groups S & N, Sports Cars, BMW E30s and Regularity.

We were thrilled to see many HSRCA competitors supporting the event, which drew a strong field and put on exciting races in tricky conditions. We look forward to next year’s event!

Jeremy Braithwaite has kindly shared some photos from the weekend, and you can enjoy them over in the gallery. Hit the link below:

2017 Sydney Classic Speed Festival by Jeremy Braithwaite

Head to Jeremy’s website here for more images and to organise prints.


A Day in the Pits at the Tasman Trophy Learning How to Go Racing

How to Go Historic Racing

Nik Masters is a passionate member of the motorsport community who wants to get into historic racing and is doing his homework on how best to do so. He’s been investigating the costs, preparation and experience of racing a historic car and spent Saturday at the Tasman Trophy with Club regular Dan Bando to develop some first hand insights into the sport.

He’s kindly shared his experience with us, and its a must-read for anyone interested in the sport. Read on!

Thanks to Nik Masters

I have been a passionate motorsport follower for most of my life. As well as following categories like Formula 1, a few years ago I also got involved in officiating at SMSP to try and get more involved in the sport.

I have always loved historic race and sports cars and it was always a great pleasure to flag marshall at events hosted by the HSRCA. With such a wide variety of cars on display from many eras of the sport the bug to potentially get more involved was always itching!

Having done the odd drive day on track but not previously participating in club racing there were a lot of questions I had when considering how to get more involved in the sport. Finding examples of the cost of a car and trailer was simply enough on the internet, but I wanted to learn about the ongoing costs such as how often tyres are replaced, what suspension adjustments are made at different events, who rebuilds the engines etc etc. There were a lot of questions I wanted to answer before I could get an idea of a budget to go racing as well as what was involved at a race weekend beyond driving the car.

I contacted the HSRCA and offered a suggestion to encourage new members to the Club by asking Club drivers or owners to invite a potential member to spend some time in their garage at an event. Following the suggestion Daniel Bando kindly offered for me to spend some time with him at the November Tasman event, which I gratefully accepted.

How to Go Historic Racing

Daniel arranged for a ticket to access the event and I met him and his dad John in their garage first thing on Saturday. Both were extremely welcoming and Daniel’s Lotus 51 was a beautiful example of a loved historic racer. There were a variety of cars sharing the garage and it was great to get so close to the cars and watch the work being done by drivers and mechanics during the day.

Daniel was brilliant in enthusiastically answering all my questions and also took me along to the drivers briefing to get an idea of the process. He was happy to share information about his car and how he got into motorsport by initially sharing the cost of a car with a friend – a great idea to reduce the costs when starting out. John and Daniel also asked me to join them on the dummy grid which again showed another aspect of a race weekend I hadn’t previously been involved in.

How to Go Historic Racing

One thing I really noticed was that there seemed to be a great camaraderie between competitors. As well as banter between drivers everyone also seemed happy to chat with spectators about their cars and the event. The feeling in the pits was very open and friendly – certainly a world away from the closed shop of a Formula 1 pit – unless you pay big money for a Paddock Pass!

For anyone interested in getting involved in historic motorsport or just those with a passion for racing cars, spending a day in the pits was a great way to learn about what goes on at a race weekend and get to see the cars up close. I am certainly more interested than ever in getting started in historic motorsport.

My sincere thanks to Daniel and John Bando for their hospitality during the day – it was a privilege to be able to share their infectious enthusiasm for racing.

To catch up on the action at the 2016 Tasman Trophy, check out our wrap-up and photo galleries right here.


Take Yourself to the 2016 Tasman Trophy

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

This weekend sees the HSRCA return to Sydney Motorsport Park to farewell the 2016 historic racing season with one of our biggest events of the year – the Tasman Trophy. Join us over the 19th & 20th of November for a packed weekend of historic racing shared with good friends in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The event will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park over the 19th & 20th of November, 2016. Spectator passes will be available at the gates on both days and parking will be available on site through Gate A.

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

Adult tickets are $25.00 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday and $50 for a two-day pass. Concession passes are $20.00 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday and $40 for a two-day pass. Entry for kids under 12 is free.

Spectator passes include access to the grandstands, viewing areas and the pits and paddock. Spectator access to the cars and stars in historic motorsport is unparalleled, so please do take advantage of the sport’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere to get up close and personal with the cars and meet their custodians and drivers.

Formula Juniors Tasman Trophy

Formula Junior will be the feature category at the Tasman Trophy and welcome a large contingent of international cars competing in the Tasman Tour 2016 including the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour.

Featuring full grids of these evocative race cars, these races are sure to be exciting and capture the feeling of the Tasman period beautifully.

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

The Group S Relay Enduro race will be another highlight over the weekend, and has traditionally been great fun – especially around change-over. With the packed Group S entry to feature everything from the Porsche 356 Pre-A of Ron Goodman to fleets of MG Midgets and Porsche 911s and the American muscle of Terry Lawlor’s Shelby GT350, this weekend’s racing is sure to offer plenty of action.

Strong entries throughout the field should make for a great weekend of late-spring historic motorsport. To get an idea of who’s going to be racing what and when, grab the provisional entry list and programme of events here:

2016 Tasman Trophy Entrant List [PDF]

2016 Tasman Trophy Programme of Practice & Events [PDF]

Get Ready for Tasman Trophy 2016

Sydney Motorsport Park is located on Ferrers Road, Eastern Creek NSW 2766. Hit this link to the circuit’s official website for information on how to get there, and this one for information on parking at the track.

Come along to the Tasman Trophy this weekend, the 19th & 20th of November, 2016, to enjoy a celebration of historic racing, the Tasman period and the women and men who make it all tick. We’ll see you there!


Sydney Retro Racefest 2015 Photos, by Domenic Ciccio

Sydney Retro Racefest 2015

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:

2015 Sydney Retro Racefest: Domenic Ciccio

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.


Video: Tin Top Trophy Races from Sydney Retro Racefest

Sydney Retro Racefest Coverage

Catch up with all of the tin top racing from Sunday at Sydney Retro Racefest thanks to this excellent coverage of the event by our coverage partners Blend Line TV.

This second episode from Racefest covers the Group N, Group S and Heritage Touring Cars trophy races held on Sunday morning at Sydney Retro Racefest. It captures plenty of magnificent historic racing moments, highlighted by the insight excitement of commentators Daniel Beckinsale and John Young.

This episode was originally broadcast on Aurora on Monday, the 11th of July at 8:30PM and will run again on Tuesday the 12th of July at 3PM and then Friday the 15th of July at 8PM.

Formula Ford, Groups M & O Racing & Sports, Formula Vee, Q & R Racing & Sports and Formula 5000 were broadcast last week and we’ll include that video below as well. Enjoy!


Historic Hot Laps: Tom Tweedie in the 1974 Elfin MS7

Tom Tweedie Sydney Retro Racefest

Head back to Sydney Motorsport Park for a few hot laps with Tom Tweedie in the 1974 Elfin MS7.

The car is a 1974 Elfin MS7 which has been a frequent competitor in HSRCA events at the hands of the Tweedies. It’s a one-off aluminium monocoque sports car based on the MS6 Formula 5000. The car weighs in at just 730 kilograms and is pushed around by a mighty 5-litre Repco V8 with Lucas fuel injection.

Garrie Cooper built it to win the Australian Sports Car Championship. He debuted it in 1974 and at the close of the 1975 season had done just that.

This awesome on-board footage comes thanks to Rob Tweedie and features Tom at the wheel of the car at Sydney Retro Racefest.


Race to your TVs for the Retro Racefest Recap

Sydney Retro Racefest 2016

Sydney Retro Racefest is heading to your TVs, YouTube and Facebook starting from this evening, Monday the 4th of July.

Coverage of the open wheel categories of Sydney Retro Racefest will air tonight, Monday the 4th of July, on Aurora at 8:30PM. For Foxtel subscribers, Aurora can be found on channel 183.

Once the broadcast airs the telecast will be available for viewing on YouTube thanks to our coverage partners Blend Line TV. We will update this page with the video once it is available.

The broadcast will be repeated on Aurora on Tuesday the 5th of July at 3PM and then Friday the 8th of July at 8PM.

Heritage Touring Cars, Group S and Group N races will be broadcast next week at the same times, and the telecast will be made available on YouTube at the same time. Tune in to Aurora at 8:30PM on Monday the 11th of July, 3PM on Tuesday the 12th of July and 8PM on Friday the 15th of July.

In the meantime, head to Blend Line TV’s Facebook page here for some great footage to keep you entertained until the broadcast.

 


2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

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.

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

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!

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

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!

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

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.

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

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!

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

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!

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest

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.

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Glenn Albert

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Jeremy Braithwaite

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Jeremy Dale

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Rod Mackenzie

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Brent Murray

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Seth Reinhardt

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Mark Richards

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest: Stuart Row

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest Podiums by Peter Schell

Images thanks to Glenn AlbertJeremy Braithwaite, Jeremy Dale Rod MackenzieBrent Murray, Seth Reinhardt, Mark RichardsStuart 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 seth@hsrca.com.

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!

Sydney Retro Racefest is proudly presented by Mercedes-Benz Parramatta and powered by myplates.com.au.

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest


Ready Yourself for Retro Racefest 2016!

Sydney Retro Racefest

This weekend will see Sydney Retro Racefest return to Sydney Motorsport Park to put on one of the biggest historic motorsport events of the year, and we’d love to see you there! Let’s take a look at what’s planned.

The mighty Group C & A touring cars of the Heritage Touring Cars series will be headlining the event with three races and qualifying over the weekend. These magnificent machines are the legends of Bathurst and include the likes of the Sandown 500-winning “Godzilla” GIO Nissan Skyline GT-R, fire-breathing Ford Sierra RS500s, JPS BMW M3s, Bob Holden Corollas and more.

Sydney Retro Racefest

Joining them on track will be a beautiful and varied collection of historic sports and racing cars from half a century of motor racing history.

Sydney Retro Racefest

If single-seater Formula cars are your thing, you’ll be able to enjoy big-capacity bangers in the form of Formula 5000 as well as Formula 1s, Formula Fords and Formula Vees. Groups Q & R will put some stunning sports race cars on track, Group S will field a packed grid of sportscars in closely fought racing and Group N are sure to unleash their classic touring cars in a fashion that harks back to the golden age of the sport.

Speaking of magnificent fields we have seen a brilliant response from Regularity drivers, who will be hitting the track with particularly varied and lively fields throughout the weekend.

Amongst those Regularity fields will be a handful of Lotus Elevens which are part of a record gathering of Australian Elevens at Sydney Retro Racefest. Eight out of the eleven Australian cars will be heading to Racefest to celebrate their 60th and will be forming a display, with a few cars joining in Regularity as well.

Lotus Evora 400 at Sydney Retro Racefest

Image courtesy of Simply Sports Cars

On the other end of the spectrum is the brand new Lotus Evora 400, which Simply Sports Cars will be bringing along to display alongside the other Lotuses. The car is the fastest road machine that Lotus has ever made and its 400 horsepower is capable of powering it from a standstill to 100 kilometers an hour in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 300 km/hr.

We are proudly supported by Mercedes-Benz Parramatta as the naming rights sponsor for Sydney Retro Racefest 2016. Mercedes-Benz Parramatta will provide the safety car for the meeting and a wonderful display of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

For the planned schedule of races, grab the programme here:

2016 Sydney Retro Racefest Programme of Events [PDF]

Tickets to Sydney Retro Racefest will be available at the gate on both days. Adult tickets are $25.00 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday and $50 for a two-day pass. Concession passes are $20.00 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday and $40 for a two-day pass. Entry for kids under 12 is free.

Sydney Retro Racefest

Spectator passes include access to the grandstands and viewing areas, as well as to the pits and paddock – enjoy historic racing’s open and relaxed atmosphere, get up close and personal with the cars and meet the men and women who care for and race them.

This relaxed atmosphere is one of historic racing’s greatest qualities – make sure to take advantage of it!

Sydney Retro Racefest

Sydney Motorsport Park is located on Ferrers Road, Eastern Creek NSW 2766. Hit this link to the circuit’s official website for information on how to get there, and this one for information on parking at the track.

Come down to Sydney Motorsport Park this Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the 11th & 12th of June, to enjoy a celebration of historic racing and the people who make it happen. We’ll see you there!

Sydney Retro Racefest is proudly presented by Mercedes-Benz Parramatta and powered by myplates.com.au.


Sydney Retro Racefest Profile: Ernst Luthi’s Alpine A110

Ernst's Alpine A110 in the Targa New Zealand

Image courtesy of Ernst Luthi, by Proshotz Photography

Sydney Retro Racefest will see this stunning Alpine A110 join the many rare and wonderful motor racing machines to hit the track at Sydney Motorsport Park over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

“When Jean Redele founded La Societe des Automobiles Alpine in 1955, in Dieppe, France, he had only one thing in mind – to build a car that was simple, based on existing Renault technology and ready for competition.”

“It is this design, with a tubular chassis (beams and backbone) and streamlined fiberglass body, that makes the A110 such a great car to drive.” – Ernst Luthi

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Simpson Race Products to Support Competitors at Retro Racefest

Simpson Race Products

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

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

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

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

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

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


Heritage Touring Cars go Retro in Sydney

Heritage Touring Cars at Racefest

The Queen’s birthday long weekend on June 11-12 sees a big field of genuine Group C & Group A Touring Cars racing at Eastern Creek’s Sydney Motorsport Park. With a record grid of 30 cars entered, all vying for points in the Championship, racing will be fast and close and lap records are expected to be under threat.

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Record Gathering of Australian Lotus Elevens to Celebrate their 60th at Sydney Retro Racefest

Lotus Elevens at Sydney Retro Racefest

Lotus Eleven Chassis 538 leading 188 at Lakeside on the 26th of November, 1961. These cars will reunite at Sydney Retro Racefest this June. Image courtesy of the Brier Thomas Collection.

Sydney Retro Racefest will bring together a record gathering of Australian Lotus Elevens this Queen’s Birthday long weekend to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the classic sportscar racer.

Eight of Australia’s eleven Lotus Elevens will make their way to Sydney Motorsport Park this June 11th and 12th to take part in Sydney Retro Racefest. The gathering marks the 60th anniversary of the Eleven, and will see the cars displayed in a special marquee as well as compete in Regularity events.

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Sydney Retro Racefest Car Profile: The Army Reserve XD Falcon Group C

Army Reserve XD Falcon Group C

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.

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Ex-Dick Johnson Greens’-Tuf Mustang Returns to the Track for Sydney Retro Racefest

Dick Johnson Greens Tuf Mustang

Dick Johnson’s Greens’-Tuf Mustang is set to return to Australian motorsport this Queen’s Birthday long weekend at Sydney Retro Racefest.

The car was formerly owned by Bill Pye, who entered it in 2015’s Sydney Retro Speedfest before his tragic passing later that year. It has since been purchased by well-known Heritage Touring Cars racer Terry Lawlor, who added it to his collection of classic Mustangs after selling his ex-Bond Caltex Sierra.

Lawlor will race the car for the first time at Sydney Retro Racefest.

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Tickets On Sale for Sydney Retro Racefest!

Sydney Retro Racefest 2016

Sydney Retro Racefest, New South Wales’ premiere historic motorsport event, will take over Sydney Motorsport Park over the Queens Birthday long weekend on the 11th and 12th of June, 2016.

This year’s Racefest is set to be the biggest yet and will bring together an awe inspiring collection of historic racing machinery for one of the most motorsport-packed weekends of 2016’s racing calendar.

Spectator passes will be available at the track on both Saturday and Sunday. Adult tickets are $25.00 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday and $50 for a two-day pass. Concession passes are $20.00 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday and $40 for a two-day pass. Entry for kids under 12 is free.

Spectator passes include access to the grandstands and viewing areas, as well as to the pits and paddock – enjoy historic racing’s open and relaxed atmosphere, get up close and personal with the cars and meet the men and women who care for and race them.

Sydney Retro Racefest will be headlined by the Group C and A historic touring cars of the Heritage Touring Cars series. These machines are the true Legends of Bathurst – ‘Godzilla’ Nissan GT-Rs, Ford Sierra RS500s, Aussie muscle from Holden and Ford and overseas contenders from BMW, Toyota, Volvo and more.

In the ’80s and ’90s they were driven by the likes of Peter Brock, Dick Johnson, Allan Moffat and Jim Richards – and when they hit the track at full noise this Queen’s Birthday long weekend the result will be the best tin top racing since the ‘90s. Get ready for pure racing action that transports you straight back to the golden age of Australian motorsport.

Joining them will be a full-to-bursting collection of sports and racing cars from five decades of motorsport history. Open wheel racing will see Formula 5000s, Formula 1s, Formula Fords and Formula Vees hitting the track, while Groups Q & R will bring the noise for sports race car fans and the classic sports cars of Group S and muscle cars of Group N will represent racers with doors and (occasionally) roofs.

When you take a break from the on-track action, Sydney Retro Racefest spectator access includes full access to the pits and paddock. There you’ll be able to get up close and personal with the cars and chat with their drivers.

This relaxed atmosphere is one of historic racing’s greatest qualities – make sure to take advantage of it!

We are proudly supported by Mercedes-Benz Parramatta as the naming rights sponsor for Sydney Retro Racefest 2016. Mercedes-Benz Parramatta will provide the safety car for the meeting and a wonderful display of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Sydney Retro Racefest will run over the 11th and 12th of June, 2016. Be there.


It’s Time to Gear Up for the 2016 Sydney Retro Racefest!

 Sydney Retro Racefest

Sydney Retro Racefest will return to Sydney Motorsport Park over the 11th and 12th of June, with an emphasis on quality track time and plenty of it!

As you may know, the Sydney Retro Speedfest is now known as the Sydney Retro Racefest. The event has been confirmed for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and will be held over the 11th and 12th of June, 2016 at Sydney Motorsport Park.

We are pleased to invite competitors in our usual group of historic racing categories:

  • Group C & A, Heritage Touring Cars
  • Group N
  • Group S
  • Groups F & V
  • Groups M & O
  • Groups Q & R
  • Regularity

We are working to deliver the safest and most enjoyable racing experience possible, and so Racing and Sports Cars will enjoy their own grids, not mixed, for this event.

We encourage any feedback and suggestions from categories about how you would like your races run, including your preference for the starting procedure.

The emphasis of our meeting is quality track time and plenty of it!

Entries will open in the next few weeks and be handled through the CAMS MotorEventEntry system. Full competition documentation including supplementary regulations will be made available then. If you have family or friends who you would like to race with, please make sure to let them know about the event and your plans, and encourage them to get involved.

Sponsors of each category race are also required, so if you have a business and want inexpensive exposure in the sport of your passion, please contact us.

Stay tuned for further news, we’re looking forward to putting on another magnificent event and going racing with you!

Terry Lawlor,
Sydney Retro Racefest Organising Committee


JKL Newsletter December 2015

JKL Historic Racing

Mal Reid’s latest JKL newsletter has gone out to fans of pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars, and is now available for you to peruse on the Club website. Just grab it from the link below, and enjoy!

This month Mal recaps JKL’s racing return to Sydney Motorsport Park and looks forward to 2016’s racing debut at February’s Summer Historics at Wakefield Park.

Thanks to Mal for putting together another excellent read! Enjoy it by clicking the link below:

It’s the Pits #10, December 2015 [PDF]

Catch up on the previous edition here:

It’s the Pits #9, September 2015 [PDF]


Come Along and Enjoy the Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park This Weekend

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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!

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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.

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park

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:

2015 Sydney Retro Speed Fest Wrap-Up and Photo Galleries

Historic Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park


2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park: Friday Practice

Friday Practice Sydney Motorsport Park

Friday practice for our 2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park is just a few days away, which makes this a great time to download the practice schedule and get to know the order of events!

Download the Friday practice schedule from the following link, or over on our ‘Events & Entry Forms‘ page:

2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park Friday Practice Programme [PDF]


Sydney Motorsport Park Venue Information

We’re heading off to Sydney Motorsport Park for some summer historics this weekend, so let’s take a look at everything you need to know about getting to, parking at and finding your way around the venue.

First off – the track itself. To get an idea of where everything is, download a venue map from this link [PDF], thanks to Sydney Motorsport Park.

Sydney Motorsport Park is located on Brabham Drive/Ferrers Road at Eastern Creek (see map above). You can get there conveniently by car or by public transport, and plentiful parking is available at the track. For Sydney Motorsport Park’s instructions on getting to the track, hit this link or plug your details in to the Google map above.

Parking on the day should be signposted and officials will guide you to convenient parking locations. The main entrance to the track will be through Gate A. For more detailed instructions see Sydney Motorsport Park’s official website here.

The closest train station to the track is Blacktown and the 724 bus runs to Huntingwood Drive which is a short walk to Gate A. Bus services on the weekend are limited so please plan accordingly.

The ARDC Garage is a friendly and relaxed place to take a break from the action and grab something to eat and drink. It’s located up the first flight of stairs in the pit building right by the dummy grid. Please see the venue map for details.

We’re hoping that Sydney will put on a beautiful summer’s day, so please keep water, sunscreen and a hat with you, and enjoy the historic motorsport action at our 2015 Historic Summer!


2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park: Programme, Entry List & Furthers

Sydney Motorsport Park Programme Entry and Entry List

This time next week we’ll be well into the swing of things for 2015’s Sydney Motorsport Park Summer Historics, which means it’s about time for you to take a look at the programme of events, provisional entry list and further supplementary regulations! They’re available for download below.

The provisional entry list including garage allocations, programme of events and further supplementary regulations are available to download from the links below, or over on our ‘Events & Entry Forms‘ page:

2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park Provisional Entry List [PDF]

2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park Programme of Events [PDF]

2015 Summer Historics at Sydney Motorsport Park Further Supplementary Regulations [PDF]