The trophy is certainly impressive and we are quite chuffed given it is beyond our expectations! It is a restored antique however it appears to have experienced the odd bit of champagne and hopefully good times in the past – given a small amount of corrosion around some of the internal fixtures. Sadly we have no idea of its heritage, however let’s hope it enjoys a beaut new lease of life with the Ballarat Festival of Motoring.
It will be awarded annually by the Major Sponsor to the Champion of the event. This will involve an overall points score total based on the car and driver results achieved at either the Saturday Show & Shine (this year it will be staged at the airport on a vast sealed surface area with a background of historic aircraft) or the Motor Show (at the historic Ballarat Mining Exchange which has had an association with motoring since the birth of motoring in Australia – see copy of an early photo attached); the Sunday morning 400 meter speed trials – 3 events/runs per competitor; and the Sunday afternoon regularities – 3 events over a 3K course per competitor involving 5 consecutive laps each which would total some 45K’s if a driver wishes to make the most of it.
Our aim is to give competitors an exceptional amount of track time on our most famous airfield based motor racing facility if they chose, other than what is usually achieved at a traditional sprint based speed trial(where the faster cars all up are lucky if they get a minutes action in total – given this figure is based on 4 runs at 15 seconds per run).
I am currently working through the usual organizational detail including the regulations for the Regularity Trial. The regularity will use the majority of the runway based 1946-61 circuit.
As told to HRA by Gary Grant – www.ballaratfestivalofmotoring.com.au
HRA will also shortly have a dedicated page to the Ballarat Festival of Motoring, providing a wider range of photos from 2011, and further updates for the 2012 festival.