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It’s the Pits: May 2018

It's the Pits May 2018

Catch up on all the news in the world of J, K and L with Mal Reid’s latest edition of the newsletter for pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s historic racing and sports cars.


The Winter 2017 Edition of The Oily Rag is On Its Way!

Oily Ray Winter 2017

The Winter 2017 edition of The Oily Rag is hot off the presses and has been entrusted to Australia Post for delivery to your doorstops.

This edition of the magazine features our recent Summer Festival, the Rob Roy Hillclimb, the VHRR’s Sandown meeting, the HRCC’s Noosa Hillclimb and a whole lot more. It’s full of great stories, fun photos and news and views from all around the world of historic motorsport.

We hope that it’s able to duck and weave its way through the packed Christmas mail field and arrive in your hands posthaste.

The Targa Florio Comes to Australia

Targa Florio Australia Tribute

The Targa Florio, one of the world’s longest lasting and most iconic motor races, will arrive in Australia this November as the Targa Florio Australian Tribute, and we’re invited to take part.

The Targa Florio was a brutally tough endurance sports car race that began in Sicily in 1906. It became a part of the World Sportscar Championship in the ’50s, but was removed from the championship in 1973 after a serious of fatal accidents proved that it had become far too dangerous.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, the event still exists today as a regulated road race with special timed stages. It features a classic event, the Targa Florio Classic, which is a brilliant event run as a historic regularity race for cars built before 1977.

The Targa Florio Australian Tribute is a classic car regularity event that will be held from the 29th of November to the 3rd of December, 2017. It will cover a 1175 kilometre route through some of Victoria’s most scenic locations, including both regional and city destinations, and give spectators a chance to enjoy the cars and festivities. It will be run in the same way as the Targa Florio in Sicily, as a regulated road race with timed stages.

We would love to get an HSRCA crew together to take part in the event. Please contact Richard Cardew if you’re interested, and head to the Targa Florio Australian Tribute website here for more details.

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

JKL Newsletter May 2017

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

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

It’s the Pits, May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historic Race Cars and Bikes Head to Historic Winton This Weekend

Historic Winton 2017

The Austin 7 Club’s 41st Historic Winton historic race meeting is coming up this weekend, the 27th & 28th of May, and will be held at Winton Motor Raceway just outside of Benalla in Victoria.

The event will feature over 400 historic race cars and bikes going all the way back to the 1920s and reaching into the ’80s. Read on for the full details of festivities, and head to the Club’s official website here for more.


Historic Sandown’s Major Milestone

Historic Sandown 2016

Historic Sandown is coming up over the 4th to the 6th of November, 2016, and is looking to be an awesome weekend of historic racing. Read on below for the news thanks to the VHRR’s Brian Reed.


It’s The Pits – JKL Newsletter August 2016

Mal Reid Sulman Singer

Image by Steve Duggan of sdpics.

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. Read on, and enjoy!


Photo Gallery: Phillip Island Classic by Martin Creely

2013 Phillip Island Classic

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

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

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

Photography thanks to Martin Creely


Photo Gallery: Phillip Island Classic by Brent Murray

Phillip Island Classic by Brent Murray

Our Victorian brothers, the VHRR, put on their annual Phillip Island Classic a week ago and brought together an enormous and varied collection of historic racing and sports cars for a hot weekend of historic motorsport at the iconic circuit.

Our friend Brent Murray of At Speed Images was there to soak in the action, and has kindly prepared this gallery of photographs for us to check out.

Enjoy the gallery below, or over on the gallery page here, and make sure to visit the At Speed Images Facebook page here for more!

Thanks to Brent Murray for the photography, check out At Speed Images here.

Photo Gallery: AROCA 6 Hour Regularity Relay Winton


The Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Australia recently hosted its seventh 6 Hour Regularity Relay at Winton Raceway in Victoria, setting a lovely and varied collection of classic cars a challenge of consistency, reliability and teamwork over a six-hour event.

Tony Shaw of Classic Car Photography was there to capture the action and has very kindly offered to share some of his work here. Enjoy the gallery below, and make sure to head to his website here for more.

Photography by Tony Shaw of Classic Car Photography

Winton Festival of Speed 2011 Photos

Last weekend was a big one for historic motorsport, as a stunning collection of historic sports and racing cars hit the track, pits and paddock at Winton for the VHRR’s 2011 Winton Festival of Speed.

Racing royalty like Porsche’s 962c and 935 ‘Moby Dick’, and the locally built Elfin MR8 B-C Formula 5000 that James Hunt used to win the 1978 Rose City 10000 were highlights of a massive weekend of historic racing.

Martin Creely was there with his camera and has been kind enough to share his work with us. Enjoy the shots, and head to his website here for his full collection of great motorsport photography from the 2011 Winton Festival of Speed.

Thanks to Martin Creely for the photographs.

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.15

60s Historic Racing Cars

Ed Holly’s entertaining and informative M & O Newsletter has returned for its 15th edition; the second of 2011, and is available for download on the website.

Fans of historic motorsport have been busy over the last three months, and this edition covers everything that historic racing cars from the ’60s, and their drivers, got up to at Morgan Park, Mallala, Winton, Lakeside, and our own All Historic Eastern Creek.

As always, the newsletter is full of great writing, crammed with fun photography, and bursting with beautiful racing cars from 1961 to 1969. Click this link to download it, and enjoy.

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.15 [PDF]

Thanks to Ed Holly for putting it together, and Peter Schell for the photo.

Previous 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newletters:

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.14 

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.13

Historic Motorsport at the Melbourne Formula One

When the Formula One is run in Melbourne each year, it is as a celebration of motorsport, with a great appreciation and respect for its history and the elements that make it great. As a result there is plenty to see and do for fans of historic racing, classic sports and racing cars and everything that goes along with the combination thereof.

This year’s event took place over the 24th to 27th of March, a week after the 2011 Phillip Island Classic, and featured both Historic Demonstrations and Formula 5000 events, to which HSRCA members contributed wonderfully. Both groups of cars had easily accessible pit & paddock display areas, which were a hit with attendees and featured the fun and friendly atmosphere that is such a joyous part of historic motorsport.

Enjoy this gallery of the Historics and Formula 5000s, with photographs taken by Seth Reinhardt.

Hit this link to check out the full gallery after the break..

JKL April Newsletter

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

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

JKL April Newsletter [DOC]


Phillip Island Classic 2011 Gallery

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

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

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

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