Myrniong Sprints

The Myrniong Sprints took place on Sunday 15 April under blazing autumn sunshine with the temperature topping 27. Myrniong is a small township an hour from Melbourne on the way to Ballarat. Graeme Hastings of the Austin 7 Club runs a farm in Myrniong and is on the Myrniong Hall committee. The two groups work together to hold this sprint/Hillclimb event annually to raise funds for the restoration works at the Hall.

It is a really relaxed family day out with the spectactor grandstand being one level of scattered hay bails. This year there were 86 entries from the numerous Austin 7 racing cars, to a Daytona Cobra Replica.

Records fell as the day went on including; Patrick Ryan (Vauxhall 30/98) 38.8 seconds (after a DNF in a previous run due to a perishing rag that was left under the bonnet), Graeme Dawes (A-H Sprite) 32.2 seconds, Stepthen Pike (A-H 3000) 29.6 seconds, John Hardy (Alpine Renault A110) 30.0 seconds (he almost didn’t make the start pulling over with an expired car on arrival, but later found to be a loose distributor cap), Richard Monty (Datsun 260Z) 28.3 seconds, David Stewart (Mustang) 29.9 seconds, Les Bone (Haynes Clubman) 27.4 seconds, David Flint (MG Midget-Datsun) 29.6 seconds & Rogert Allgood (Bolwell Mazda) 29.2 seconds. Allgood bettered the previous record in that class set by Gary Ball (Jaguar D-Type R) of 30.0 seconds. FTD went to theDaytona Cobra R of Ken Sealenmeyer with a 26.7 second run.

Report by: Charles Rogers / Historic Racing Australia

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