2011 Archives

2012 Historic Winton update

Sat 26 & Sun 27 May 2012
36th Historic Winton, Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, Vic
www.historicwinton.org
Conducted by the Austin 7 Club with assistance from the
Historic Motorcycle Racing Association Vic.

Historic Winton, Australia’s largest and most popular all-historic motor race meeting, presents a weekend of non-stop racing featuring over 400 historic racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Celebrations in 2012 include plenty of birthdays:
• 110 years of Cadillac.
• 90 years of Austin Seven, Lancia Lambda, Austin 12/4.
• 85 years of A Model Ford.
• 80 years of Austin 10 and Hillman Minx.
• 75 years of Volvo, Cadillac LaSalle.
• 60 years for the Austin Healey 100, Renault 8, Austin Champ.
• 50 years of Ford Cortina, AC Cobra, Austin Freeway, Triumph Spitfire, Morris 1100, Lotus Elan, MGB, Chrysler Valiant.

Historic Winton highlights are:
• The ever-expanding Shannons Classic Car Park featuring car and bike club displays, including Pre-War sporting Rileys.
• Spectator access to the Competition Paddock where all the fabulous old racing machines are on open display.
• If you have a classic or special-interest car or bike, you’re welcome to join the spectator car park display on the Saturday or Sunday.

Raceway entry fees: Sat $20, Sun $30, competition paddock $5, children 14 and under n/c.
Public enquiries: Noel Wilcox ph 03 5428 2689 email noelwilcox@rocketmail.com

Sunday 27 May 2012
Invitations are extended to join in a special display on Sunday 27th May incorporating:
• Historic Commercial and Military Vehicles - the older the better - free entry for commercial or military vehicles 50 years and older.
• U Bute Aussie Ute gathering for pre-1975 vehicles - with a giveaway pack for the first 200 utility entrants, and great trophies awarded to Aussie Utes of special interest.

Friday 25 May 2012
As part of 2012 Historic Winton weekend activities, invitations are extended to join in the
Benalla & District Classic Car & Motorbike Tour assembling 9am on Friday 25 May at the Benalla
Art Gallery. Red plate vehicles welcome. The tour concludes with a 'Shine & Show' display outside
the Benalla Civic Centre from 3-5pm. Further information, please phone David Lidgerwood on
03 5764 4291 or email historicwinton@hotmail.com. Proudly supported by the RACV,
Benalla Rural City Council and The Austin 7 Club, organisers of Historic Winton.
Posted: 30 January 2012

22nd Phillip Island Classic - The biggest yet

A collection of around $50-60 million worth of racing and sports racing cars took part in the 22nd Phillip Island Classic on 18-20 March.

Historic Racing Australia is currently compiling a thorough report on the weekend, which will appear online soon.

 

AGP Photograpic exhibition - Hilton South Wharf offically opened

On the eve of the Phillip Island Classic around 120 guests of Historic Racing Australia & Hilton Hotels attended a Cocktail Party in the lobby of the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf toofficially open the exhibition co-organised by Historic Racing Australia & Oz Link Entertainment.

Andrew Westercoft, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation did the honours, and during his speech conveyed how important to the Australian Grand Prix it is to have the Historic Demonstration & the Tasman Revival Formula 5000 races as part of the event.

Faster, Faster – Hilton South Wharf AGP Exhibition

Melbourne’s new Hilton Hotel next to the Melbourne Convention Centre at South Wharf is hosting an exhibition for the Australian Grand Prix.

The exhibition, titled Faster, Faster will feature3 display cars and a vast collection of period photographs. Historic Racing Australia has assisting in securing the photographs and two of the exhibiting cars to form the exhibition.

The cars on display are to include the 1928 AGP winning Austin 7 racing car, and the Dymond families beautiful polished-aluminium Cooper Mk V.

The photographs depict the 1960s Tasman Series, which are on loan from The HSRCA & Vintage Racecar.

The exhibition will be open from Friday 11 March to Thursday 31 March in the lobby at the Hilton South Wharf. The hotel is location off the Montague St/Charles Grimes Bridge entrance to Melbourne’s DFO South Wharf shopping centre. The hotel welcomes the public to visit the exhibition.

2 March 2011

Christchurch earthquake

Historic Racing Australia & the Australian hisotiric motor racing community extends its thoughts and best wishes to our New Zealand neighbours.

500 entries for the PI Classic

The Phillip Island Classic, this year its 22nd instalment is set to continue on its claim as being the Southern Hemisphere’s largest historic racing event.

To be held on 18-20 March the event will feature 4 races for each category spread across all of Saturday and Sunday, whilst Friday is designated for practice in the morning and qualifying in the afternoon.

Many of the 10 racing fields have capacity (grid density) fields. The feature race of the weekend will be for the international formula of Group C Sports cars, the like of which competed at the Le Mans 24-hours races throughout the 1970s & 1980s. The feature race for these cars will be a 20 lap “endure” on Sunday afternoon.

We understand that there are three Maserati 250Fs from other parts of the world for the meeting, including the familiar Peter Giddings car. Peter will no doubt be thanked across the weekend for his support in getting the three 250Fs to the event.

For locals, early last year saw the purchase post-auction of the 1979 Williams FW07 Formula One car by Paul Faulkner. Paul, no stranger to the sport having raced Porsche 944s, and more recently the move into historic racing in Formula Fords. The Williams was sold without engine, but a re-built Cosworth DFV was sourced and race-prepared in the UK and arrived in Australia recently. Paul and his crew have being working tirelessly since taking ownership of the car last year, literally re-building everything beneath its skin. Paul tells Historic Racing Australia that the car will be at Phillip Island for its first public track appearance where it will compete in demonstration laps at lunchtime on each of the event’s three days.

Tickets for the event are available from the gate on either day.

2 March 2011

35th Historic Winton - last weekend of May this year

Historic Winton, Australia’s largest and most popular all-historic motor race meeting, presents a weekend of non-stop racing featuring over 400 historic racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s to the 1980s.

If you have a classic or special-interest car or bike, you’re welcome to join the spectator car park display on the Saturday or Sunday.

Celebrations in 2011 include:
• 100 years of Chevrolet
• 100 years of Stutz
• 100 years of the Indianapolis 500
• 90 years of two great French marques, Amilcar and Salmson
• 75 years of Fiat 500
• 60 years of the Triumph Mayflower and Triumph Renown

Highlights are:
• the ever-expanding Classic Car Park featuring car and bike club displays including Chevrolet, Stutz, Fiat 500, Triumph, Amilcar and Salmson.

• spectator access to the Competition Paddock where all the fabulous old racing machines are on open display.

• Fri 27 May - Benalla & District Classic Car & Motorbike Tour assembling 9am at the Benalla Art Gallery; Red plate vehicles welcome; concluding with a 'Shine & Show' display outside the Benalla Civic Centre 3-5pm; further information phone David Lidgerwood on 03 5764 4291.

Tasman video footage on You Tube

Enthusiast Geoff Russell has emailed through some fabulous footage of Sports Racing car action and F5000 action at the recent Tasman Revival meeting held in n November at Eastern Creek. Click on the below two links for the footage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot3HGgexUNs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3Kxb4PcGcs

 

1951 & 1961 Ballarat Airfield Race Meetings

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the last Victorian Trophy motor race that took pplace at Ballarat Airfield as part of the 1961 Ballarat "International Meeting".

The recreation event is to held over the Easter long weekend in 2011 where much lobbying has secured the Ballarat Airfield for this period.

All the stars of the time were there - locally including Bill Patterson, Lex Davison and Stan Jones, and internationally - Innes Ireland, Graham Hill and Dan Gurney.

The Easter 2011 festival will feature a number of these historic vehicles, and will also pay tribute to the officials and spectators who made the events so famous. A number of lead-up community events will be held at the Ballarat Mining Exchange.

Historic Racing Australia will be following this event, so stay tuned for further details. If you have a car that competed in the '51 or '61 events and are keen to participate, or are interested in becoming involved the event organiser, John Emery is quite keen to hear from you - johnkemery@bigpond.com

16 Nov 2010

 

 

Updated: 1 April, 2012

 

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