Sydney Retro Speedfest


7 categories of Historic Motor Racing attended this major event.

Regularity, Groups Q & R Racing & Sports and F5000, Formula Ford,

Group C & A, Group N, Group S. Group M & O Racing & Sports and Formula Vee


Saturday: Full of highlights and lowlights

A busy day for officials, a number of incidents slowed the program with some races being run under full course yellow, safety car or red flagged.

The most serious incident occurred on lap 1 at turn 1 of the Formula Ford race when 4 cars were involved, the race was red flagged. One driver had to be cut out of his car and taken to hospital. We are pleased to report after a night in hospital the driver was discharged and returned home.

A large 39-car Regularity field event started weekend with Kevin Allen and Warren De Guara loosing the least points, both lost 55 points in the first event.

Massimo Belgiorno-Nettis the son of Guido drove in his first motor racing event and finished a credible 4th.

The first race for Q & R Racing and Sports and F5000 was lead off by Tom Tweedie (Elfin MS7) followed by Peter Lucas (1986 Ralt RT4) and Vivian King in a (1985 Ralt RT4), unfortunately Tom Tweedie was forced to retire on the first lap with a mechanical problem The race then lead by Peter Lucas and Vivian king for most of the race. The race finished under a full course yellow.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis in the Ferrari 156/85 started last, by the end of the first lap he was in 6th place.  After allowing the car to warm up he raced though the field to 3rd place behind Peter Lucas and Vivian King.

The first Group S event was won by Wayne Seabrook with Richard Watts 2nd    and Doug Barber 3rd, all in (1976 Porsche Carrera’s) Richard Watts led until lap 3. Geoff Morgan retired on lap 2 and did not compete for the rest of the meeting. It was the first race Andrew Sebesfi driving a 1967 MG Midget after moving on from Regularity.

The remaining events race times had to be reduced to allow the program to be completed by the end of the day.


Sunday Highlights

There were fewer incidents on Sunday and we witnessed some great competitive racing.

Groups Q & R Racing & Sports and F5000 was a rolling and the shear power of the Ferrari 156/85 driven by Guido Belgiorno-Nettis led the field from start to finish with Peter Lucas 2nd 8.7 sec’s behind and Richard King 3rd. the gap from first to the rest of the field 67 seconds.

Group N, Brad Tilley (1966 Ford Mustang) had pole position for the start of race 19 with John Harrison (1965 Ford Mustang) 2nd and Ben Wilkinson (1967 Ford Mustang) 3rd. An incident mid field at the start of the race meant a full course yellow and the race lost 16m.30 sec. After getting back to full green the race time was extended provide a very close race.

The race was won by Brad Tilley with Ben Wilkinson 2nd and

Chris O’Brien 3rd in his 1971 Ford Falcon.  After incident John Harrison dropped back from 2nd to finish 6th.

Group M & O Racing & Sports and Formula Vee was a thrilling race Paul Hamilton (1968 Elfin 600) won the start from Richard Carter (1966 Elfin Mono) and the lead changed a number of times, the was won by Jeffrey Brown in a Chevron B16 with Richard Carter 2nd and Herb Neal in a 1968 Near Ford Mk2.

A race of two parts the Formula Vee race was won by Nigel Jones (1975 Rennmax Mk2) Geoffery Stone 2nd (1981 Elfin NG) and Bernie Cashin 3rd (1983 Spectre).

Group C & A, pole position Carey McMahon (Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, 2nd Anthony Allford (1991Nissan GTR R32) with Anthony Compton (1988 Ford Sierra RS500). The racing was close throughout and eventually won by Anthony Allford, Carey McMahon 2nd 14.5 sec’s. behind and Anthony Compton 3rd 28.3 sec’s. behind the leader.

It was enjoyable weekend marred only by the serious incidents of Saturday.


Alan Page