We spent a tremendous long weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park last November, and packed it with non-stop historic racing for our biannual Tasman Revival.
Our latest photo gallery from the event is by Alan Heritage and Jill Cowlishaw and takes a look at the friendships and, of course, the historic sports and racing cars which made it such a great weekend.
Check it out below, and over on our gallery page here!
Many thanks to Alan Heritage and Jill Cowlishaw for the photos!
The Tasman Revival packed Sydney Motorsport Park with historic racing action from dawn until dusk for three full days, plus a little more with Thursday practice. And amongst this, putting on some of the best shows out there, was a strong field of Formula Fords.
This Round Three review from Formula Ford PR wraps up the action-packed season finale at the Tasman Revival and catches up on all that’s news in Formula Ford. It’s a fun read and packed with plenty of great photos. Check it out by downloading it from the link below!
Photo by Richard Taylor
It’s a fresh new year, and that means a whole new set of opportunities to enjoy historic motorsport!
Like this Tasman Revival photo gallery from Glenn Albert, which captures the atmosphere in the pits and paddock and takes to the track to check out some historic racing action.
Hop on board with Mark Lowings for a brilliant dice with Tom Tweedie in this video from Sunday’s Formula Ford feature race at the 2012 Tasman Revival.
If you have video from the Tasman Revival which you would like to share on the website, just send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
This gallery from the Tasman Revival, by Tom Taylor, is all about the little things.
It gets up close and personal to study the details of the magic machines that competed over the weekend and find the luscious lines, compelling curves and alluring angles that make these cars such a delight to behold.
We’re back once again from an absolutely immense and unquestionably tremendous weekend of historic motorsport, and have had a week to catch up with every day life and put together a neat collection of awesome coverage of the Tasman Revival. So let’s take a look at how it all played out.
Sydney Motorsport Park greeted us with open arms on Wednesday, as an incredibly diverse and storied collection of historic racing and sports cars began arriving at the track from around the world. Containers were unpacked, trailers unloaded, road-registerable racers rolled in and people got down to the details of preparing for four full days of racing historic cars.
Sydney Motorsport Park’s upgraded facilities were a joy to settle into for the weekend for all involved, and the Garage Cafe, corporate boxes and media centre only got more wonderful as the weather began to heat up over the course of the event.
The historic action got under way for private practice on Thursday, and had the track singing until early on Sunday evening. The tight but fair and considerate racing was a joy to spectate and with cars mostly pointed in the right direction on the black stuff, the events rolled on remarkably smoothly.
The feature Tasman Revival event was a sight to behold on Sunday, with the massive grid filling the main straight of Sydney Motorsport Park with a particularly alluring sparkle in the sunshine. Wonderful performances of the Australian and New Zealand national anthems were an inspiring way to kick off the race, which, after a bit of delay, fulfilled its promise in an exciting and beautifully-driven manner.
The Formula 5000s were, as always, as spectacular to watch as they are wonderful to listen to, and the brave drivers who flung them around the track put on a tremendous display.
As did the entirety of drivers who took to the track over the weekend in all historic classes. Sports cars, racing cars and vintage cars all weree immaculately prepared, raced to match and made an irreplaceable contribution to this very special event. We thank you all for getting involved, and especially for braving the particularly fierce sun over the weekend!
We’d also like to thank you all for making the pits, paddock and dummy grids a magical place to explore; full of stunning machines, good friends and all the tinkering and socialising that goes along with them.
Most importantly, we, and I’m sure everyone involved in the event, would like to extend our most immense and heartfelt ‘THANK YOU!’ to all of the organisers, entrants, spectators and especially the volunteers who dedicate such energy and passion to making these events possible. We are extremely grateful for your tireless and selfless support of historic racing and the HSRCA.
As we so often say, it’s the good friends, great people and camaraderie that make these events so wonderful. We’d like to thank everyone for coming along and getting involved. We may put together the framework, but it’s all of you who make the event!
We’ve had an absolute smorgasbord of photo galleries come through this week, and you can check ‘em all out below or on the HSRCA gallery page here. Thanks to all of the photographers who were so diligent in their coverage and quick to share it with everyone here! Make sure to check out their individual news posts, which have directions and contact details for their official websites and full galleries.
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? A relaxing holiday season! Then it’s all on again for 2013 at Wakefield Park in February. And we can’t wait to catch up with everyone there!
Our latest gallery from the Tasman Revival, by Matt Hart, captures the feel and atmosphere of the event masterfully.
One of the fun moments of Sunday at the Tasman Revival is the drivers’ parade, which brings together a group of Australia’s motor racing icons for a few laps of honour around Sydney Motorsport Park.
Historic racing, for me, is about people, friendships and camaraderie.
When we get together around a group of beautiful old racers, we create a wonderful energy and atmosphere, and when I pick up my camera to cover an event, that’s what I try to capture.
This gallery, then, takes an extended wander around the 2012 Tasman Revival and looks for the many moments that made it special.
A huge field of historic sports and racing cars makes up the Tasman Revival; each as special, storied and wonderful as the next. This gallery from Rob Scheeren takes an in-depth look at the wonderful Porsches and the Porsche community that made Sydney Motorsport Park their home over the weekend.
This excellent photo gallery from Richard Taylor heads out to the track to check out the historic motorsport action at the Tasman Revival, and features some stunning portraits of drivers.
This gallery of historic racing action from the Tasman Revival comes from Brent Murray, and features a good mix of the action at the event.
For this gallery, from Roderick Mackenzie, we take to the dummy grid, pits and paddock in a little more depth.
This spectacular gallery of the track action at the Tasman Revival comes from Christopher Dobie.
Our first photo gallery from the 2012 Tasman Revival comes from long time HSRCA photographer extraordinaire - Peter Schell.
The winner of our Ultimate Goodwood Getaway competition was drawn during a busy afternoon of historic racing at the 2012 Tasman Revival.
The winning ticket was #3487. Congratulations, and enjoy your Ultimate Goodwood Getaway!
It’s been a massive weekend of historic racing at the Tasman Revival, topped off with a sunny Sunday of feature races.
We’d like to thank everyone involved; all the organisers, entrants, spectators and, most importantly, the volunteers who make all of this possible.
Keep an eye on the site over the coming days as we’ll have full photo galleries coming online soon, along with video and race wrap-ups. We just need a quick nap before we get to work again!
Thanks to everyone for joining us for a magnificent Tasman Revival!
It’s been an action-packed day of historic racing at Sydney Motorsport Park, and things are going to get even hotter tomorrow for Tasman Sunday!
Sunday’s racing will include feature races for all categories, and there’ll be plenty going on in the pits and paddock too. We’ll see you out there!
After a big day of historic motorsport at Sydney Motorsport Park, we’ve wrapped up Friday’s qualifying and racing and are ready for a full day of racing tomorrow.
Today we enjoyed Channel 9′s TODAY show joining us for the weather, fashion photo shoots roaming the pits and paddock and, of course, plenty of historic motorsport and all the fun that goes along with it. We can’t wait for tomorrow!
Check out these photos from the day and make sure to keep checking in at the site over the coming days as we’ll have more photos and video going up as the event progresses along with full photo galleries in the days following.
If you’re heading out to the track this weekend and there’s anything you’d like to know we’ve compiled all the basics into a post on the Tasman Revival site, so hit this link!
A huge field of historic sports and racing cars has descended upon Sydney Motorsport Park for this weekend’s Tasman Revival, and Thursday practice is well under way.
While everyone’s settling in, preparing their cars and pits and putting in some practice laps in preparation for the event, enjoy this Tasman Revival teaser from NRMA Driver’s Seat.
See you at the track!
A huge field of historic sports and racing cars has made its way from around the country, across the oceans and through the decades for the 2012 Tasman Revival, and we’re ready to fire the starting gun and let them all loose on Sydney Motorsport Park.
So we thought we’d bring together everything you need to know for a brilliant weekend of historic motorsport!
Most importantly – all of the information about the 2012 Tasman Revival is available at the official Tasman Revival website: www.tasmanrevival.com.
The first thing you’ll need to do is get to Sydney Motorsport Park. The Sydney Motorsport Park website has excellent instructions on getting to the track, and clicking this link will take you directly to them!
Spectator parking is available in P3 through Gate A up on the hill on the left. Once you’re through the gates you will be directed accordingly and you can hit this link for a parking map via Sydney Motorsport Park.
If you’d just like to know where the track is, consult the handy map below:
Once you’re there you’ll need some tickets, which you can buy at the gate every day.
- Friday – $20
- Saturday – $25
- Sunday – $35
Concession pricing for 13-17 year olds:
- $5 Friday
- $10 Saturday
- $15 Sunday
Three day pass: $50
One-day family pass for two adults and two children: $75
Children under 12 years of age may attend free of charge
Ticket prices include parking, as well as entrance to grandstand seating and the competitor’s paddock (come say hi!). Lost tickets will not be replaced.
Food, drink and all manner of cool historic racing paraphernalia will be available at the track all weekend long to keep your tanks topped up and provide plenty to explore. Remember to bring comfy shoes, suncream and some walking around money, and keep plenty of water on hand.
If you’d like to know who’s entered the event, in what, and when they’ll be racing, right-click and ‘Save As’ the following links to download the provisional entry list and programme of events. These will be available in hard copy at the event.
Finally, to get you inspired for some intense historic racing action, check out these photo galleries from the 2010 Tasman Revival:
A field of 17 thundering Formula 5000 race cars is set to break the sound barrier at the Shannons Tasman Revival race meeting on 23-25 November 2012 at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The crowd-thrilling 5-litre V8-engined machines will relive the 1970-1975 years of the original Tasman Series. When the Series commenced in 1964 eligible cars were based on Formula One type chassis using dedicated racing engines restricted to a capacity of 2.5 litres. The later V8 formula introduced production sourced engines which delivered greater horsepower of around 550bhp and produced roaring sounds which drew fans to the fences.
One of the pioneers of F5000 racing in Australia was Frank Matich who won the 1971 Australian Grand Prix in a car of his own design and manufacture. Matich will be in attendance as Patron of the race meeting and is looking forward to watching Aaron Lewis compete in his Matich A50, a sister car to the Grand Prix winner.
Making his first appearance in a F5000 will be Tom Tweedie in the ex-Team VDS Chevron B24, a car formerly raced by Lewis. Tweedie has raced with success in Formula Ford and Formula 3, and has also sampled Porsche Cup and V8 Supercars.
One of a number of cars coming from New Zealand is the Stan Redmond’s Lola T333 CS, once driven by Warwick Brown who is the only Australian to have won the Tasman Series (in 1975). Brown is among the 20 legendary drivers of the Tasman era who will be in attendance at the race meeting and take part in a drivers’ parade.
Returning from the USA where he is now based is expatriate Australian Bruce Leeson with his McLaren M10B. When these cars first raced Leeson was an accomplished photographer; he now provides the action on track rather than capturing the images.
Other major contenders include Andrew Robson’s Lola T332, Bill Hemmings’ Elfin MR8 and, from New Zealand, Dave Abbott’s Lola T430 and Alan Dunkley’s Lola T140.
On display at the meeting will be the first Formula 5000 driven by dual Australian Champion Kevin Bartlett. The unique Mildren Chevrolet has just been restored and will be on show in the Memorabilia Marquee.
Another ex-Bartlett car competing at the meeting will be Col Haste’s Brabham BT2 twin-cam. Powered by a 1.5 litre engine, the car was driven in the original Tasman Series by David Walker who later went overseas to drive in Formula One for Team Lotus. The well used car contested five Australian Grands Prix between 1964 and 1971.
The Tasman Revival meeting is hosted by the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of NSW and the Australian Racing Drivers Club. More information can be found at www.tasmanrevival.com.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first Australian Formula Junior Championship at the Tasman Revival
The Formula Junior International Challenge at the Tasman Revival at Sydney Motorsport Park (SMP) on the 25th November 2012 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Australian Formula Junior Championship.
The 1962 event, held at Katoomba’s Catalina Park circuit, was won by Frank Matich who, incidentally, is the official patron of the Tasman Revival meeting. And, what’s more, the very car that Matich drove on that day, an Elfin built in South Australia, will also be here to compete in this special event.
Now owned in West Australia by Charlie Mitchell, the Elfin will line up with more than 40 Formula Juniors coming from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand and local Australian entries. In taking out the 1962 title, Matich and the Elfin beat the best Brabham and Lotus machines imported from the previously dominant overseas manufacturers.
The Brabham BT2 which Tasmanian Gavin Youl drove to second place behind Matich will also be racing at SMP, now driven by Queenslander Graham Brown. Youl was the first driver to compete in cars built by the Jack Brabham/Ron Tauranac organisation, their Formula Juniors being precursors to the later successful Formula One machines.
The Formula Junior category has tremendous support worldwide and offers a great spectacle of the evolutionary development of the diminutive racers between 1958 and 1963. While the earlier cars were front-engined, restricted to 1000cc and fitted with drum brakes, later examples had 1100cc engines in the rear and carried disc brakes.
Sponsor of the International Challenge is the multinational financial services company Credit Suisse, a renowned supporter of some of the world’s best motoring events such as the Goodwood Revival, Monaco Grand Prix Historique and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
As a further tribute to the meeting patron, a number of cars raced and constructed by Frank Matich will be competing and others displayed in a Memorabilia Marquee. Foremost amongst those on display will be the SR3 and SR4 sports cars which Frank used to dominate the 1967-1969 championships, and the McLaren M10B he drove to win the 1970 Australian Grand Prix.
The Memorabilia Marquee has become a regular feature of the biennial Tasman events hosted by the Historic Racing and Sports Car Association and the Australian Racing Drivers Club.
Photographs (by Noel Conlon) of the 1962 Australian Formula Junior Championship and the victorious Frank Matich.