2008 News archive

Repco Tasman Revival update - 22 Sept 2008

The Tasman Revival is on for the second time from 28-30 November 2008 at Eastern Creek International Raceway.

Fittingly, Repco has announced major sponsorship for the event, which makes sense as their engines won the Formula One World Driver's Championship in 1966 and 1967 - the same era as the running of the Tasman Series in Australia and New Zealand.

Some 50+ racing cars are on their way from overseas (yes, hopefully they will arrive before the event this year! This includes the rare appearance of the Chris Amon Ferrari that won the 1968 Formula One championship.

Kevin Bartlett has been named the Event Patron - taking over the relm from Frank Gardenr. This is also a fitting combination as Kevin was Frank's partner in the Mildren Racing Team during the Tasman Series.

More then 30 Formula 5000's are anticipated to hit the track providing an amazing rolling start formation down the long Eastern Creek track. For more information, please visit www.tasmanrevival.com

Dawson-Damer collection to be auctioned

Bonhams & Goodman has announced the sale of part of the Lotus F1 collection of the Late John Dawson-Damer.

The collection has been regarding as the most important collection around the world of Lotus F1 vehicles held in private hands. The Dawson-Damer family has decided to pass on the custodian rights of some of the collections most significant, including the 1965 World Championship winning ex. Jim Clark Lotus 25.

Other vehicles to be offered at the 16 November Sydney auction include the ex. Leo Geoghean Lotus 39 Climax (which was recently re-built) and the Lotus 79 ground effects F1. The 79 is one of the two John Player Special vehicles, its sister car is currently competing at the front of the international historic F1 series.

The family is holding on to the ex. Graham Hill 'Gold Leaf' Lotus 49.

FOSC Wakefield Park event cancelled

A shock was received on 14 July 2008 with the announcement by Festival of Sporting Cars Event Director, Charles Jardine that the November/December Wakefield Park event has been cancelled. This is due to continuing challenges in setting a date. Good news, however, is that the 2009 schedule has been extended with two proposed events at Wakefield Park, the Easter Bathurst meeting and Oran Park event.

Don Kinsey receives AM

From the Queen’s Birthday honours list:
Service to the co
mmunity through public speaking programs and a range of executive roles with charitable, child health care and educational support organisations.

Well known Victorian historic motor sport announcer Don Kinsey has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the general division in the recent Queen’s Birthday honours.

Don has led a life in the public domain. A broadcaster with 3DB radio in the fifties and sixes, station manager at Channel Seven, and more recently (until his retirement) a director of public relations at the Royal Children’s Hospital and coordinator of the Good Friday Appeal. His various Board positions have included the Mazda Foundation, which actively donates hundreds of thousands to many needy causes each year. During this period he has also founded Communicators Melbourne, which trains television and radio personalities in the art of public speaking. Don is also a volunteer at the Shrine of Remberance.

Since 1999 Don has been a keen mentor and supporter of Charles’ endeavours both on the microphone and in his community work.

Historicracing.com.au founder, Charles Rogers congratulates Don on this achievement.

50th Anniversary a success for Formula Junior downunder

The 2008 Junior Tasman Series was arranged to celebrate the 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary of the international Formula Junior racing car that originally raced in the period between 1958 and 1963. The series comprised three races at Pukekohe NZ, Three at Taupo NZ, Two at Calder Park Vic., and four at Phillip Island with the grid split into three categories comprising early front engine cars, rear engine drum brake, and rear engine disc brake cars, and each competed equally for points to win the prized gold cup on offer.

The overall winner and recipient of the Gold cup was Clive Wilson from GB with a perfect score, driving his very competitive 1960 front engine Mk2 Lola with alloy Costin body. Second overall, and winner of the disc brake class was Peter Strauss in a BT6 Brabham, followed by Bill Hemming driving his recently acquired Elfin into third position, and winner of the drum brake class.

Of the 50 cars that contested the series, 27 were Australian owned and driven, and 14 of these Aussie cars crossed the Tasman sea in January to contest the early rounds in NZ, where they had mixed success due to the fragile nature of their highly tuned 1100cc engines, but by the time they were required to compete in the local events, all had been restored to their full performance capability, using that true Aussie spirit of late nights in the workshop.

At each circuit the commentators and spectators were agreed that the racing was some of the best seen in recent times with cars passing one another, and at Phillip Island there were 3 cars belonging to Australian Peter Strauss, Englishman Jonathan Williamson, and American Ned Spieker contesting the lead side by side on the straight, lap after lap. +



Media release - Formula Junior Tasman Challenge 2008

2008 is the 50th anniversary of the international Formula Junior racing car that competed in the period from 1958 to 1963, and to celebrate the occasion, cars from around the globe will compete in a world series of events, that includes a Junior Tasman Series with racing at Pukekohe and Taupo in New Zealand, and similar Australian events at Calder Park and Phillip Island in early 2008.

Early indications are that this will be the largest gathering of Formula Juniors ever assembled in the southern hemisphere, as there will be cars from Europe, the USA and New Zealand swelling the grids that already exceed track capacity.

Formula Junior was a restrictive Formula using proprietary parts from normal cars with engines limited to 1100cc, and commenced with Italian style front engine monoposto designs, and finished with tub type monocoque and many of the modern attributes of current formula racing cars. It was the only route to Formula one in the period, and was replaced by the very popular and competitive Formula Ford that continues to train young drivers in competition today.

Details of the proposed celebrations for 2008 can be viewed on the AFJA Website www.australianformulajunior.com ”

An array of action photos to support this article can be downloaded from archived newsletters on the AFJA website.

NEW MAGAZINE - Motor Sport Legends

This will be an outstanding asset to all historic motor sport enthusiast's - a local magazine dedicated to our passion for historic racing. The quarerly full gloss colour magazine will be available in newsagencies from January-March 2008.





Updated: 12 October, 2009


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