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23rd Historic Sandown - 7-9 November 2014

40+ events over two days. Four hundred racing sports and touring cars from yesteryear including F5000’s from New Zealand to challenge the Aussies.
Special tributes to two motor racing icons – the late Sir Jack Brabham (World Champion 1959, ’60, ’66) and the late Harry Firth.
Hundreds of classic cars on static display and special on-track parade of Brabham racing cars.
Entry Fee – competitors: $375 plus $150 (Friday practice) and $280 (garage hire).
Entry Fee – spectators: Friday November 7 – Free
Saturday November 8 - $35
Sunday November 9 - $45
Weekend Pass $70 (pensioner concession available).
Historic Sandown is supporting the Wesley Mission and the meeting is presented by the Victorian Historic Racing Register, assisted by the MG Car Club of Victoria.
Further enquiries – 0402 224 133 www.vhrr.com

1950s Sports Cars to feature at the Silverstone Classic

Motor Racing Legends is fielding two spectacular, packed grids of 1950s and early 1960s sportscars at the Silverstone Classic, as the Stirling Moss Trophy and Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy descend on the Northamptonshire circuit for the last weekend of this month.

On Saturday, July 26th, the pre-1961 sportscars of the Stirling Moss Trophy, supported by JD Classics, take to the track. Combine a highly skilled and hugely competitive group of drivers with a stunning grid of cars which were built solely to win races - all competing for the actual cup Stirling Moss was awarded for winning the 1955 British Grand Prix (his first-ever GP victory) - and you have the recipe for an enormously entertaining race.

Add in the extra ‘carrot’ – for the Listers on the grid at least – of the newly-announced Brian Lister Cup – and things get even more exciting. The entry list includes no fewer than 11 Listers, including Steve Brooks’ ultra-rare, ex-Jim Clark Lister Jaguar ‘Flat-Iron’, and competition amongst these big beasts up the front of the grid is sure to be fierce.

Competition for podium spots is also likely to come from Benjamin Eastick’s D-type Jaguar and Wolfgang Friedrichs in the Aston Martin DBR1; the sister car to the 1959 Le Mans winner, while the ex-Phil Hill NART Ferrari Dino 246S of Bobby Verdon-Roe and the Tojeiro Jaguars of Hans Hübner and Jeremy and James Cottingham could also power their way to the front.

On the Sunday (July 27th), it’s the turn of the pre-56 sportscars of the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy to entertain the crowds. Supported by EFG International, this series always delivers astonishingly good-looking – and very competitive – grids. The current holders of the Woodcote Trophy, Malcolm Paul and Rick Bourne (Lotus X) face a serious threat from Fred Wakeman and Patrick Blakeney-Edwards in the Cooper T38, but Benjamin Eastick, Harry Wyndham and Gary and John Pearson could also well be up front, all in D-types.

Photo credits: Jim Houlgrave

One particularly unusual car in this grid is Paul Griffin’s Connaught, ALSR 11, one of just two of these endurance sports-racing cars ever built. Stirling Moss took it to class victory in the 1954 Montlhery Coupe de Salon and in 1955, in the hands of Les Leston – who described it as "one of the best cars I ever drove" - it scored seven race wins and numerous other podium finishes.

For both the Stirling Moss Trophy and Woodcote Trophy, the action isn’t confined to the front of the grid, however; there will be plenty of battles for class wins amongst the smaller-engined cars. The Woodcote Trophy boasts a splendid turn-out of no less than eight Austin-Healey 100 variants – 100M, 100S, 100/4 and 100/6 – while 1980s and ‘90s Touring Car star Patrick Watts, sharing the little Rejo Mk3 with Malcolm Harrison in the Stirling Moss Trophy, will be vying for class honours against Simon Edwards’ Rejo MkIV and the Lotus XI Le Mans Series 1 of Jaques Naveau and David Axisa.

Like many Motor Racing Legends race series, both the Stirling Moss and Woodcote Trophies are family affairs. Three pairs of fathers and sons are taking part in the Stirling Moss Trophy: the Lotus 17 prototype of Gabriel and Dion Kremer will compete for a class win against Laurence and Tim Jacobsen, while Simon and Mark Ashworth are joining the grid for the Silverstone Classic in Simon’s unique, ex-Alan Mann ‘Marina’ – so-named because it is powered by a mighty 6250cc Rolls-Royce marine engine! American father and son Alex and Scott Quattlebaum are flying over to campaign their MG-engined LECo Sport, new to the Woodcote Trophy this season, while brother and sister Joe and Rachel Singer and Swiss driver Urs Müller and daughter Arlette are out in the same race, driving a Kurtis 500S and Aston Martin DB3S respectively.

For further information on Motor Racing Legends please visit www.motorracinglegends.com

Nominations are now open for Historic Motorsport Event of the Year 2014

June 19th 2014 - for immediate release

The search is on… International Historic Motoring Awards 2014 open for entry

Nominations are now open for the fourth International Historic Motoring Awards (IHMA), in association with EFG private bank and Octane magazine.

Classic motoring and motorsport enthusiasts, and those working in the historic motoring or motorsport industry, are invited to make their nominations online at www.historicmotoringawards.com by October 1st, and play their part in highlighting the best of the best.

The Awards are firmly established as the most prestigious celebration of what is now a huge global industry, and of the dedication and immense wealth of specialist knowledge of the people and companies behind it. Previous winners have included the Louwman Museum, Goodwood Revival, Aston Martin Owners Club, Audi Tradition, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Sir Stirling Moss, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and Murray Walker OBE.

An award is only as credible as its judges, and the IHMA judging panel contains a remarkable line-up of well-known experts from museums and collections, major events, historic motor racing and the world of modern car design.

Scott George - Vice President of The Revs Institute for Automotive Research, President of CH Motorcars LLC, and associate Curator of the Collier Collection - Shiro Holly, Editor in Chief of Octane in Japan, and Dave Kinney – historic collector, vehicle appraiser and journalist for Automobile and the New York Times - have joined the panel this year, adding further expertise. Their fellow judges include Jay Leno, Derek Bell, car designers Ian Callum and Peter Stevens, Horst Brüning of FIVA, former World Sportscar Champion Jochen Mass and Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen (responsible for the global coordination of the Volkswagen Group’s Classic activities).

There are 14 categories in IHMA 2014, showcasing the spread and diversity of the industry:

• Car of the Year
• Museum or Collection of the Year
• Restoration of the Year
• Specialist of the Year
• Publication of the Year
• Industry Supporter of the Year
• Club of the Year
• Rally of the Year
• Tour of the Year
• Race Series of the Year
• Motorsport Event of the Year
• Motoring Event of the Year
• Personal Achievement of the Year
• Lifetime Achievement

Rally of the Year and Tour of the Year are new individual categories, evolving from last year’s Rally or Tour of the Year category; the change reflects the range of such events now open to owners of historic cars.

Car of the Year is the one category decided by public vote, with motoring enthusiasts having their chance not only to nominate but also to vote online. Nominations for this category close on September 1st – a month earlier than for the other categories.

The winners of the International Historic Motoring Awards 2014 will be announced at a gala dinner in London on Thursday 20th November at the magnificent St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Tickets for what is now an annual fixture on the international historic motoring calendar cost £180 per person. They can be bought via www.historicmotoringawards.com.

Announcement - 2015 'F5000 World Series'

2014/15 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
2015 Formula 5000 World Series
The Gulf New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing meetings celebrating Howden Ganley and F5000
Jan 16-18 & Jan 23-25

Above photo: Michael Lyons (Lola T400 #64) leading Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) at one of the NZ Festival of Motor Racing meetings at Hampton Downs in January this year. Photo credit: Fast Company/Alex Mitchell




The organisers of the annual New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs are eyeing a record lineup of cars as they firm up plans for the Gulf Oil-backed 2015 event which celebrates the career of Formula 1 driver Howden Ganley and the category - Formula 5000 - which helped springboard his career.

"What we'd like to see is the biggest gathering of Formula 5000s ever competing under the banner of the F5000 World Series," says the chairman of the New Zealand F5000 Association (and co-founder of the Hampton Downs circuit), Tony Roberts.

Close to 300 cars were built to contest the various Formula 5000 (Formula A in the United States and Canada) series around the world between 1968 and 1982 and Roberts believes that as many as 60 can be found for the two-round 'F5000 World Series' which will be part of the Festival next year.

"There are least 40 here, a similar number in Australia plus at least 20 each in regular use in the UK and the US. The regular series guys will obviously be the starting point, but what we would really like is enough cars to create two separate grids (Hampton Downs has a limit of 32 cars per grid), one for those who want to compete for MSC series points, the other for those who just want the opportunity to be part of the meeting and drive the car round the track at their own pace."

Feature driver Howden Ganley, now 71, was born and raised in Hamilton and - having resolved to become a professional racing driver after a brief start to his career here - traveled to the UK where he worked for compatriot Bruce McLaren.

McLaren took him under his wing and after finishing second to fellow McLaren M10B driver Peter Gethin in the 1970 European Formula 5000 Championship Ganley was offered a Formula 1 drive with the BRM team.

In his first year in Formula 1 in 1971 Ganley was named best newcomer with a best finish of fifth, and in 1972 - again with BRM - his best finish was fourth. In 1973 he moved to Frank Williams' new Iso-Marlboro team but the car was uncompetitive and after a short stay at March in 1974 his career in Formula 1 ended after a serious accident in the Japanese-built Maki in practice for the German Grand Prix.

Formula 5000 was New Zealand's premier motor racing category from 1970 to 1975 and interest in it was revived around 12 years ago. Key to the attraction of the cars - for both drivers and category fans alike - is the practical if rather brutal combination of their tubular steel spaceframe (early cars) or aluminium monocoque (later ones) chassis and stock-block 5-litre V8 engines.

In period they were as quick as, if not quicker at some tracks, than pukka Formula 1 cars yet could be built at a fraction of the cost.

The McLaren M10B Ganley drove to second place in the 1970 European Formula 5000 Championship has been restored and is now owned by a Swiss enthusiast and Roberts says he hopes to reunite Ganley with it at the first Festival meeting.

Historic rally cars and karts to come out to play at the Donington Historic Festival

Rallying with Group B and the Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) will be burning considerable amounts of rubber with spectacular demonstrations out on the Melbourne Loop at the Donington Historic Festival (May 3rd, 4th and 5th 2014). And when the rally cars are taking a rest, over 80 historic karts will give a hugely entertaining reminder of how so many of the biggest names in motor racing got started, as the British Historic Kart Club presents demonstrations that are due to include Ayrton Senna’s 1979 DAP and several unique machines such as the 1960 Mayler suspension kart.

Photo courtesy: Syd Wall / Donington Historic Festival

Back in the 1980s, Donington Park was an RAC Rally stage and, in a short but significant era from rallying history, Group B cars dominated the world of international rallying. Introduced in 1982, Group B regulations resulted in outrageously fast performances from cars such as the Audi quattro, MG Metro 6R4, Ford RS200, Lancia 037, Porsche 911 RSR and Peugeot 205 T16. Lightweight composite panels, four-wheel drive systems, complex turbo and supercharging combined to produce cars which, with in excess of 600bhp at their command, could out-accelerate Formula One cars of the period on gravel.

However, in 1987, following a number of high-profile accidents and prominent driver deaths, Group B was banned, with enthusiasts’ only chance to see the cars in action restricted to demonstration events. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the 6R4, and Group B is staging a special display of these iconic rally machines at the Festival.

As well as the introduction of Group B, 1982 also saw the start of the fledgling historic rally movement, when the RAC ran the Lombard Golden 50 Rally to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first-ever RAC Rally. As a follow-on from this event, a group of enthusiasts decided to set up the Historic Rally Car Register and, over the next two years, historic rallying rapidly gained popularity. The HRCR has been at the forefront of historic rallying ever since.

At the 2014 Donington Historic Festival, the HRCR will run a series of auto-tests on the Melbourne Loop and will field a guest driver who worked with the Rootes Group Competitions Department during the period when the Sunbeam Tiger was the model of choice for many international events. Together with Sunbeam Tigers, a full range of classic rally cars will be put through their paces, including Mini Coopers, Austin-Healeys and Ford Escorts.

The Loop makes a kart circuit that is great to drive, so is likely to prove very popular with the BHKC members, who will demonstrate a unique collection of karts dating from the start of the sport in 1956 right up to 1982, the formative years of karting. The location provides superb viewing for spectators, who will be close to the track action and also have the opportunity to see the karts close up and chat with the owners to find out all about these lively little machines and their fascinating history.

Star drivers will include British Historic Kart Club Patron, Barrie (Whizzo) Williams, driving one of his father’s creations, a Fastakart/Villiers, manufactured in Bromyard (Worcestershire) in 1959. The kart is prepared and co-driven by Brian Jordan who is a former Fastakart works driver and well-known classic car competitor. Other karting legends expected to join are former European Champion Reg Gange Jnr, former British Champions, Bill Longden (210cc – 1984), Bob Phair (250cc – 1976), Rob Cooper (200cc – 1970) and Peter Freeman (Class IV World Champion – 1961), along with American Ed McDonough, who started karting in 1958.

And, of course, with the Festival’s open paddock, spectators will be able to get a really good look at all the rally cars as well as the more than 400 historic racing cars, spanning seven decades, which are due to compete at the event.

Advance discounted tickets on sale
The Donington Historic Festival offers world-class historic motorsport at family-friendly prices, with advance ticket discounts making the price of entry even more friendly. Advance tickets cost £20 for a single day ticket, £32 for a two-day ticket and just £45 for a three-day weekend ticket (on-the-gate prices will be £25, £40 and £60, respectively). Kids aged 13 and under are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355. Advance ticket sales close at 5pm on Wednesday, April 30th 2014.

With close-fought racing every day, historic karting and rally car action and a ‘living motoring museum’ created by dozens of car clubs displays, plus a host of other entertainment and attractions, exhilaration and entertainment is guaranteed on every day of the Festival.


Hilton Melbourne South Wharf AGP Exhibition

Historic Racing Australia, in conjunction with Oz Link Entertainment and the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf is pleased to be hosting The Age Photographic Collection of historic and important photographs from over the years at the Australian Grands Prix during this year's Grand Prix month.

The exhibition is open to the public all day, everyday until 27 March 2014.

As well as a few examples of the latest model Mercedes-Benz motor cars, the exhibition festures the fifth place runner in the 1953 Australian Grand Prix held at Albert Park - the MM Holden Special. One of the famous 'Aussie Specials' this car features a 6-cylinder Holden-grey motor with Repco Highpower head.

The exhibition is well worth a visit at 2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf - just along the Yarra River from the Crown Entertainment Complex.

John Surtess to be Guest of Honour at 2014 Donington Historic Festival (UK)

John Surtees OBE, the only man ever to have won World Championships on two and four wheels, is to be the Guest of Honour at this year’s Donington Historic Festival (May 3rd, 4th, 5th 2014). The motorsport legend will be at Donington Park on the Sunday and Monday of the event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his famous F1 World Championship win in 1964 driving for Ferrari. John will be holding autograph sessions for spectators, giving them the chance to meet the holder of a motorsport record that has never been equalled.

Donington Historic Festival founder Duncan Wiltshire said, “John Surtees is the latest motor racing ‘great’ to be celebrated at the Festival. With over 400 historic racing cars spanning seven decades, the race action at the Donington Historic Festival is itself a celebration of the golden days of the sport, and to have John Surtees at the event allows us to pay tribute to a unique record holder and a truly outstanding driver and rider.”

John Surtees steered his way into the record books by winning seven World Championships on 350cc and 500cc motorcycles with MV Agusta between 1956 and 1960 and then moving on to four wheels, taking the Formula One World Championship with Ferrari in 1964. He also drove for the BRM, Cooper, Honda and Lotus works teams and won the Nürburgring and Monza 1000km races with Ferrari and the 1966 CanAm Championship in the Lola T70 he helped develop. During a spectacular racing career which saw Surtees take victory in 290 of his 621 races, and a further 103 podium finishes, he also designed, built and raced his own Team Surtees single-seaters in F1, F2 and F5000.

Christopher Tate, Managing Director of Donington Park, said, “2014 marks not only John’s 50th World Championship anniversary, but also his 80th birthday. We are very much looking forward to celebrating those two anniversaries with him. With Donington Park’s own 80+ year history in both two- and four-wheeled motorsport, it is entirely fitting that the only person who has ever achieved World titles in both disciplines makes a personal appearance at the circuit’s international Historic Festival.”

The 2014 Donington Historic Festival will be raising funds for the Henry Surtees Foundation (www.henrysurteesfoundation.com) which was inspired by John Surtees following the tragic death of his son Henry while competing in a Formula 2 race in 2009 when just 18 years old.

Advance discounted tickets on sale
The Donington Historic Festival offers world-class historic motorsport at family-friendly prices, with advance ticket discounts making the price of entry even more friendly. Advance tickets cost £20 for a Saturday, Sunday or Monday single day ticket, £32 for a Saturday + Sunday or Sunday + Monday 2-day ticket and just £45 for a 3-day weekend ticket. On-the-gate prices will be £25 for Saturday, Sunday or Monday single day tickets, £40 for Saturday + Sunday or Sunday + Monday 2-day tickets and £60 for the 3-day weekend tickets. Kids aged 13 and under are admitted for free. Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355. Advance ticket sales close at 5pm on Wednesday, April 30th 2014.

There are also special discounts for members of car clubs that have registered with the Festival, and car club organisers are invited to register their club via the car club section on the event’s website to allow their members to enjoy these benefits.

With close-fought racing every day, historic rally car and karting action and a ‘living motoring museum’ created by dozens of car clubs displays, plus a host of other entertainment and attractions, exhilaration and entertainment is guaranteed on every day of the Festival. To learn more about the Donington Historic Festival, or to plan your visit, please see www.doningtonhistoric.com.

Sir Jack Brabham Museum unveiled

On Sunday 24 November 2013, Historic Racing Australia was in attendance at the official unveiling of the Sir Jack Brabham annex at the Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR) Clubroom in Box Hill, Melbourne.

The venue is open by appointment, part of the Cooldrive Distribution facility (contact the VHRR for open times), and features Sir Jack's complete trophy collection, as well as his private book collection, and the centre peice being the 1966 Repco-Brabham BT19 - on loan from Repco.

Sir Jack Brabham is beyond doubt a true Australian Living Legend. Not only did he win no less than three Formula One World Championships (1959,1960 & 1966), he won the latter with a car of his own design and name - the only driver ever to have done so. He was also the brianchild of putting the engine in the back of an F1 car, a mount which remains to this day.

A small group of 90 invited guests joined in the unveiling proceedings; including six former Repco Engine Engineering employees; Nigel Tait, Don Haplin & Norman Wilson.

There was a video message from the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and the Monaco Consul, Andrew Cannon spoke in great fondness of Monaco's recognition of Sir Jack's 1959 Monaco Grand Prix win - the first of his Formula One career.

Geelong Revival Press Release

The Geelong Revival Motoring Festival (Nov 30-Dec 1) are pleased to announce that all tickets, entry forms for Racing and Motorshow, Exhibitor and Vendor applications are all open and available online or downloadable.

This year's event we are focusing on promoting motoring culture. With an open-minded approach to what's cool in the area of classic, retro, performance, prestigious or just plain odd. If it has a link to anything motoring we are interested.

This focus not only applies to the racing but also the Classic Motor show, Market and Fashion. If its motoring, retro or old school the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival is the event to celebrates this.

Part of this celebration we will be featuring 'The Touring Legends' along with over 500 classic and exotic cars on show, plus up to 300 cars and bikes racing in the classic Geelong quarter mile sprints.

That's right, if you're going to enter, exhibit, sell or just be there, now is the time to get it done!

So Jump onto the website: www.geelongrevival.com.au

Race or Show

Entrants for the Car or Motorcycle Sprints on the Penrite track or for the Shannon's classic Motorshow can download the entry forms from the web site.

Pit entry, VIP Zone and Gala Dinner Tickets

Join us for a terrific celebration of everything automotive. Whether you're racing, showing or just having a great time, make sure you're ready by ordering your tickets and passes online.

We'll see you there!

For all other event information www.geelongrevival.com.au
If you have any further questions regarding entry to the event please email our team on info@geelongrevival.com.au

Historic Sandown - Start your engines

Looking for a weekend with a difference? A weekend you'll long remember? Then how about this year's Historic Sandown meeting for a feast of top motor racing action. Or why not come along on all three days from November 8-10, 2013.
The very best sports, racing and touring cars from yesteryear will be seen in action over the two days of competition - (three days if you count in Friday practice). Forty events, 400 Historic race cars and many of Australia's greatest motor racing personalities will be taking part.
There will be plenty of off-track entertainment as well including static displays, a spectacular Merlin aircraft engine that will burst into life at various times throughout the weekend and a collection of championship winning Cheetah racing cars built not far from the Sandown circuit. And you'll be made especially welcome if you and your friends arrive in your vintage, classic or collectible car - (or even on your old motorcycle). It all adds to the atmosphere!
A special tribute will be paid to a very famous Australian, the late Tony Gaze who passed away on July 30. Squadron Leader Gaze was a Spitfire ace with the RAF in World War 2, was responsible for the establishment of the Goodwood motor racing circuit in England and was Australia's first Formula One Grand Prix driver.
The November 8-10 Historic Sandown has something for everyone and is promoted by the Victorian Historic Racing Register. For further details as they come to hand visit the VHRR website www.vhrr.com or phone 0402 224 133.
See you at Sandown .... November 8-10, 2013.


* 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
Formula 5000 Australia Cup Series (invitational round)
Muscle Car Masters meeting
Sydney Motorsport Park
Aug 30-Sept 01




A four-strong Kiwi team headed by ageless veteran Ken Smith (Lola T332) crosses the Tasman next week to contest the opening round of the Formula 5000 Australia Cup Series in Sydney over the August 31/September 01 weekend.

The round - at Australia's big Muscle Car Masters meeting at Sydney Motorsport Park (nee Eastern Creek) - is the first of four (and possibly five) rounds of this season's Australian series which members of New Zealand's Formula 5000 Association have been invited to comepte at.

As such they complement the four rounds of the successful, this season strictly New Zealand-based, MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series.

Joining three-time MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series champion Smith in the New Zealand squad are Clark Proctor (March 73A) and Andrew Higgins (Lola T400), both from Auckland, and Tim Rush (McLaren M22) from Feilding.

The four will join 10 local drivers in the field led by last year's Muscle Car Masters meeting standout Bryan Sala (Matich A50) and including - amongst others - category stalwart Aaron Lewis (Matich A50), the father of V8 Supercar brothers Alex and Will, Richard Davison (Lola T332), and young gun Tom Tweedie in the ex Peter Gethin Team VDS Chevron B24.

The four Kiwis will leave their cars in Australia and return to contest the second round of the 2013/14 Australian series in Melbourne in mid-September before shipping them back for the opening round of the four-round 2013/14 MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series at Manfeild over the November 9-10 weekend.

The MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series is organised and run with the support of sponsors MSC, NZ Express Transport, Bonney's Specialized Bulk Transport, Mobil Lubricants, Pacifica, Avon Tyres, Webdesign and Exide.

Maryborough Wings & Wheels - 14-15 September

This is the first of what is hoped to be an annual event.
The Maryborough (Victoria) Wings and Wheels event will combine a vintage and classic cars rally, a car show and sprints over the two days. Additionally there will be a vintage aircraft fly-in and display at the Maryborough aerodrome at the aircraft museum. A more detailed description is listed below.
On Saturday
It is expected people will drive in and be arriving at Station Domain from 10.00 am. Station Domain is located directly in front of the impressive Maryborough Railway Station. Station Domain is now around 3 years old and suited to car displays with extensive grassed areas, some 200 sealed car parking spaces, an outdoor amphitheatre, a two story meeting and conference building. The station backdrop makes it ideal for photographs. The railway station combines a quality restaurants and antique sales. Station Domain is in the heart of Maryborough so the retail areas are within walking distance.
On the Saturday prior to the rally, partners may wish to walk across the road from Station Domain to the Maryborough Flower Mill Gallery, which has a large sewing machine collection along with artwork and brick-a-brack.
From 1.00 pm there will be a car rally to key interest points yet to be finalised, but could include private vehicle collections, country bakeries, historic gold towns. The roads are ideal for touring with little traffic, good roads and without too many hills.
At 4.00 pm there will be a Mayoral reception at the aircraft museum at the aerodrome for those attending.
In the evening it is expected visitors will avail themselves of the fine food outlets and restaurants, accommodation etc.
On Sunday
There will be further vehicle and aircraft displays at the aerodrome along with sprints.
From 10.00 am to 4.00 pm there will be car sprints on the main runway. Areas will be set aside for with vintage car and aircraft displays.
The Talbot Farmers Market is also on that weekend which partners may wish to visit. Council will run a bus service to Talbot for those wanting to attend the Market. The Talbot Farmers Market is held in the streets of historic Talbot. Talbot is the original and genuine Wild West look-a-like town. The market is one of the major provincial farmers markets. The following is a detailed program.
Maryborough is around a 2 to 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne depending on where you are traveling form. Most of the trip is by freeway. The drive into Maryborough from Castlemaine, Bendigo and Ballarat is very picturesque.

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* 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
Season Preview # 1


There's a fresh focus for New Zealand's world-leading MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series this season with four points rounds here and the option for local drivers to compete at a further four - or even five - non-points meetings across the Tasman organised by the Australian F5000 association

The calendar move is one of a number made by a new management committee, chaired by Tony Roberts, voted in at the NZ Formula 5000 Association's annual general meeting in May.

"We were given a number of directives by our drivers at the meeting, says Roberts. "One that came through loud and clear was that we should support our key local historic and classic events."

Roberts - a founder member of the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association in 2000, before going on with colleague Chris Watson to plan, build and manage the Hampton Downs motor racing circuit south of Auckland - is joined on the new management committee by regular series competitors Aaron Burson, Ian Clements, Andrew Higgins and Tony Richards, and long-time category engineer and crew chief Barry Miller.

As well as a desire to re-focus key series' rounds closer to home this season members also agreed that the new committee should make more of an effort to ensure all cars competing in the series - from here and overseas - comply with both the letter and spirit of the FIA Historic regulations which cover the category.

"Which means," says Roberts, "correct engines, correct aerodynamics, even correct period liveries. Engines will also be rev-limited this season, both to keep costs down and maintain parity amongst competitors."

Since the first round of the inaugural Tasman Cup Revival Series at Pukekohe Park Raceway in September 2003, the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association has spearheaded a worldwide resurgence of interest in the stock-block 5-litre V8 single-seater F5000 category and though entries were down a little last season on their peak of three of four years ago the number of cars being imported and rebuilt here with the series in mind continues to increase.

Last season the Association had 88 owner/drivers with race-ready cars on its books, the majority - 49 - Kiwis, but with its own domestic series now up and running Australia now has 18 to supplement the 10 from the UK, one (former Lady Wigram trophy holder Jay Esterer) from Canada and the balance from the United States of America.

This season over 20 of the Kiwi regulars are committed to contesting all four rounds of the series with others set to do one or more, plus there are four newcomers with cars either here already, on their way, or in the latter stages of local rebuild.

Four Association members - three-time former series champion Ken Smith (Lola T332), last season's runner-up Clark Proctor (March 71/A), Auckalnder Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) and Tim Rush (McLaren M22) from Feilding - have also entered the first two rounds of this season's Australian series in late August and early September with the possibility of other drviers shipping their cars across the Tasman for the Phillip Island Classic meeting in early March and - if the category is asked to provide a support class field - to the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting at Melbourne's Albert Park a week later.

The MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series is organised and run with the support of sponsors MSC, NZ Express Transport, Bonney's Specialized Bulk Transport, Mobil Lubricants, Pacifica, Avon Tyres, Webdesign and Exide.

2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
Rnd 1: Nov 8-10 2013 'The Sound' MG Classic Manfeild Feilding
Rnd 2: Jan 17-19 2014 NZFMR Ferrari Festival - 1 Hampton Downs Nth Waikato
Rnd 3: Jan 24-16 2014 NZFMR Ferrari Festival - 2 Hampton Downs Nth Waikato
Rnd 4: Feb 01-02 2014 Skope Classic Powerbuilt Tools Raceway @ Ruapuna Park Christchurch

2013/14 Formula 5000 Australia Cup Series (invitational rounds)
Rnd 1: Aug 31-Sept 01 2013 Muscle Car Masters meeting Sydney Motorsport Park Sydney
Rnd 2: Sept 13-15 2013 Sandown 500 meeting (V8 Supercars) Sandown Melbourne
Rnd 3: Nov 08-10 2013 Sandown Historics meeting Sandown Melbourne
Rnd 4: March 07-09 2014 Phillip Island Classic meeting Phillip Island Melbourne
Rnd 5: (provisional yet to be confirmed) March 14-16 2014 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix meeting Albert Park Melbourne

Prepared by FAST COMPANY of behalf of the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association www.F5000.co.nz


The next generation is wanted

The Sporting Car Club of South Australia is promoting a "Young Vintage Driver" category for its upcoming Vintage Collingrove Hill Climb event on 4-6 October.

It's quite simple - combine a young girl or boy (under 30 y/o) with a vintage car (built up to the end of 1930), and take part in the Vintage Collingrove event - staged at SA's oldest hill climb venue in the Barossa Valley.

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2014 Donington Historic Festival date announced

The dates of the fourth Donington Historic Festival have been confirmed as Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 3rd, 4th and 5th 2014. Tickets will go on sale in November this year, giving UK and international enthusiasts plenty of time to plan their visit to what is now a firm favourite on the worldwide historic motorsport calendar.

Festival organiser Duncan Wiltshire said, “2013 was our first ever three-day Festival, and it was a great success. Consequently we are delighted to be keeping to three days again for 2014 and, in response to popular demand, this will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This will allow the drivers and fans to enjoy superb historic racing – and all our off-track attractions such as the rally car demonstrations – for the entire Bank Holiday weekend, which we hope will make the event even more accessible for spectators new to the sport, as well as satisfying the most dedicated historic car enthusiasts.”

The 2014 Donington Historic Festival is guaranteed to deliver a thrilling array of huge, international grids of the very best historic single-seaters, sportscars and Touring Cars, driven by top drivers, providing the mix of exhilarating racing, remarkable and priceless cars and the famous Donington Historic open-access paddock that always proves so entertaining.

Car clubs will, of course, remain integral to the event, with clubs large and small invited to form the displays which traditionally draw huge crowds of interested enthusiasts, who love the opportunity to wander around the ‘living motoring museum’ that assembles on the infield, and to see the car club parades. Other attractions will include historic rally car action, fast demonstration laps from special race cars, the popular trade village and the Donington Grand Prix Collection museum.

Ticket prices for the 2014 Donington Historic Festival will be announced later this year. For further information please visit www.doningtonhistoric.com

Round 1, 2013 InterClub Hillclimb Challenge, ROB ROY

Round 1 of the 2013 InterClub Hillclimb Challenge, conducted by the MG Car Club will be held at Rob Roy Hillclimb, Clintons Road, Christmas Hills on Sunday 23rd June. This is the first round of a 2 part series that pits a number of Clubs against each other for the InterClub Cup. Points are scored for every car that enters as well as placegetters in each class. Form your Club team now.
Official timed runs from 9.30am Sunday. Entry forms on the website, www.robroyhillclimb.com.au and entries close on June 19th. Spectator entry $10 per person or $15 per car full, catering on site. Enquiries Derek Reed 0438 267432

Remembering Graham Howard

The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association invites its members to join in an event to remember our very good friend and supporter, Graham Howard. Graham’s contributions to Historic motor sport, and our club in particular, over so many years are immeasurable. This is your opportunity to share some great memories with your Historic racing mates.
“Remembering Graham Howard” will be held at the Austrian Club in Frenchs Forest on Saturday 18th May at 12 noon. There is ample parking at 20 Grattan Crescent and food will be provided. However, it is necessary to register your attendance with the HSRCA via; Phone: 02 9988 4743, email: members@hsrca.org.au, or Fax: 02 9988 4277.

Baskerville Historics date & theme announced

Sportscars to rock the 2013 Phillip Island Classic

Long before hybrid, bio-diesel and electric engines, global sports car racing meant one thing; the world’s best drivers doing battle in some of its most outrageous machines.

The 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s produced what many consider the ‘golden era’ of sports car racing, with North America’s Cam-Am Series, the Group C period of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and World Sportscar Championship, and our very own Australian Sports Car Championship seeing now-legendary highhorsepower beasts roaming the racetracks of the world.

At the 2013 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, the stunning machinery will come together at Albert Park for the first time, showcasing the unique time in the sport’s history through the International Sports Car Challenge, organised by the Victorian Historic Racing Register.

Having hosted Formula 5000 and classic Australian Touring Cars in recent years, the VHRR will present three decades of sports car racing in 2013. McLaren, Porsche and Lola will take on homegrown produce from the likes of Elfin in a field expected to reach 40 cars, from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, North America and the United Kingdom.

“We’re thrilled with the way it’s come together,” enthuses Bob Harborow, VHRR committee member.

“The Victorian Historic Racing Register works to put a variety of different groups of cars in-front of the public each year at Albert Park, to showcase what racing in Australia and overseas has been like.

“We had a huge following with Formula 5000 and the Touring Cars, and we’re hoping for the same with the International Sports Car Challenge and its very eclectic group of cars.”

Cam-Am constructors enjoyed almost unprecedented freedom when producing their racecars, with engine and aerodynamic regulations largely non-existent. As a result, many of the lightweight cars produced over 1,000hp and were faster than those in Formula 1 at the time.

Motorsport heavyweights McLaren and Porsche both enjoyed periods of domination, while the likes of F1 World Champion John Surtees, Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme and Mark Donohue all tasted success behind the wheel in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Across the Atlantic, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France was the centrepiece of Group C racing and the World Sportscar Championship during the 1980s.

Introduced in 1982 and featuring 800hp qualifying engines, Porsche dominated Group C, bringing fans the legendary 956 and 962 in the process. Jaguar and Sauber, in conjunction with Mercedes before it entered Formula 1, also conquered the class.

The best in international sports car racing visited Melbourne twice as part of the World Championship in the 1980s, for races at Sandown Raceway. In a Porsche 956, Bell and Stefan Bellof won the 1984 race, while Jochen Mass and Jean-Louis Schlesser took a Sauber Mercedes C9 to top spot in 1988.

“I was at one of those Sandown races, and while they weren’t necessarily a great financial success, they were certainly exciting race meetings, to see the nature and calibre of European cars here in Australia,” Harborow recalls.

At the same time, Australia had its own thriving sports car championship. Over the course of three decades, it hosted the nation’s fastest racing and remarkable cars from Elfin, Matich, Kaditcha and VesKanda. Some of the best drivers seen in local motorsport won titles during its time, including Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan, Allan Moffat, John Bowe, John Harvey and Frank Matich, who also led the way as a constructor.

“The thing that stood out, for me, about that time, was the way Frank Matich developed his sports cars with the Repco engine,” Harborow says.

“The final iteration of that, the Matich SR4 was built as a potential Can-Am car that blitzed Australian sports car racing. In the end CAMS had to change the rules to prevent it from running. “It’s a beautiful car. He had a history of getting it right, in those four or five years in the 1960s, in the Australian scene.”

Combining the three distinct arms of sports car racing on one grid is set to result in a quality field, the type of which has been unseen in Australia since the Sandown races, and a unique spectacle for motorsport fans in general.

“It’s been a fair task, because these people normally don’t run together as a bunch, obviously, and we’ve got cars coming from around the world,” Harborow admits.

“But it will be worth it, it’s going to be a really exciting mix of the three groups. It will be interesting to see and make the visual comparisons between the cars as well, to find out how the lesser-handling Can-Am cars, with their huge grunt in a straight line, compare with the finesse of the Group C Le Mans cars.

“We’re looking at different derivations of sports cars, with unique strengths in different areas, competing in different areas, and that in itself should make a fascinating concept.”

Over half of the expected 40-car field are international competitors, including 11 from North America, six from the United Kingdom and two from Germany, along with a strong contingent of New Zealand competitors.

The fleet of traveling McLaren Can-Am cars includes the distinctive M8F ‘Batmobile’ and the M6B ‘McEagle’, the latter developed by revered American racer and engineer Dan Gurney. European sports car racing will be represented by the likes of the 935, 956 and 962 Porsches, the Matra 670B/C from
France and Alfa Romeo’s 12-cylinder T33.

“There’ll be Can-Am cars present from the first iteration right through to 1972 and 1973, which was the pinnacle of the class, along with V12 Matras from Le Mans and some Lola and March cars fitted with 900hp, 8.8-litre engines,” Harborow says.

“From Australia, we’ll have almost every generation of Elfin as part of the full history of Australian sports car racing from the time, while the legendary Spencer Martin will take on the internationals in a Ford GT40.”

A world away from the DRS, KERS, traction control and launch control systems of Formula 1, drivers in the International Sports Car Challenge will tackle Albert Park in two races, the points combining with races at the Phillip Island Classic a week earlier.

Fans will also be able to enjoy static displays of cars from the era and meet its stars, along with the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the unique machines before they hit the track.

“These cars are unbelievably different to anything else you’ll see,” Harborow says.
“We encourage fans to come down and walk through the dummy grid, before they go out onto the circuit, and actually experience these amazing cars when they fire up to go onto the circuit.”

Entry list - International Sportscar Challenge - Phillip Island

1968 Lola T160 Spyder 7070cc` Lilo Ben Zicron USA
1969 Lola T70 Cpe 5700cc Frank Lyons USA
1972 Graduate M8F 5000cc Phil Verwoert AUS (Vic)
1966 Elfin 400 4400cc Bill Hemming AUS (Vic)
1974 Matra Simca MS 2999cc Abba Kogan UK
1969 Lola T163 8000cc Aaron Lewis AUS (NSW)
1972 Lola T310 8413cc Peter Schleifer De
1971 McLaren M8F 8800cc Andrew Newell UK
1974 Elfin MS7 5000cc Rob Tweedie AUS (NSW)
1974 Matra Simca MS 670B/C 2999cc Rob Hall UK
1972 Rennmax Repco 3000cc Michael Gibson AUS (Vic)
1984 Porsche 956 2850T Russell Kempnich AUS (Qld)
1966 Lola T70 Spyder 5702cc Dan Cowdrey USA
1969 Genie MK10 5700cc A C D’Augustine USA
1987 Porsche 962 2850T Wayne Park AUS (Qld)
1987 ARGO JM19C Cpe 3900cc Jay Bondini AUS (Vic)
1968 Lola T163 6000cc Greg Mitchell USA
1970 Elfin 360 Repco 3498cc Steve Webb AUS (NSW)
1974 Sting 9000cc Scott Drnek USA
1968 McLaren M6B 5700cc Bert Skidmore USA
1968 MRC Repco 6500cc Ian Ross AUS (NSW)
1967 McKee Mk10 6718cc Norm Cowdrey USA
1966 Ford GT40 5375cc Spencer Martin AUS (NSW)
1973 March 717 8800cc Michael Lyons UK
1970 McLaren M8C 8800cc Henry Read De
1971 McLaren M8E 8100cc Duncan McKellar AUS (Qld)
1970 Lola T332C 5000cc Ian Clemants NZ
1965 McLaren M1A 4700cc Luke Warwick AUS (Vic)
1979 Lola T332C 5000cc Andrew Kluvver AUS (NSW)
1968 Lola T163 Spyder 7095cc Barry Blackmore USA
1968 McLeagle 7540cc Andy Boone USA
1966 Elfin Traco Chev 4998cc Peter Brennan AUS (Vic)
1965 McLaren M1B 5727cc Laurie Bennett AUS (Vic)
1978 Porsche 956 3200T Rusty French AUS (Vic)
1969 Elfin ME5 5000cc Trevor Lambert AUS (SA)
1965 McLaren M1B 5997cc John Bladon UK
1975 Alfa Romeo T33SC12 2993cc Joe Nastasi USA
1965 McLaren M1B 5300cc Paul Halford NZ


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Perth International Historic Challenge by Shane Cassidy

The WA Sporting Car Club on 9th - 11th November 2012 will hold the inaugural Perth International Historic Challenge at Barbagallo Raceway to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1962 Australian International Grand Prix.

The WASCC prides itself on its rich history of motor racing in WA and that its the oldest motor sports promoter in Australia which has been promoting events since 1927.

The 1962 Australian International Grand Prix was held at the Caversham circuit,an old Air Force and military base on the 18th November 1962 and was won by Bruce Mclaren in a Cooper Climax.

The Managment Committee of the WASCC have invited Jan Mclaren to Perth and she will be attending as the events Patron.Jan will be bringing the original trophy presented to Bruce in 1962 with her.

Racing categories for the 3 days of competition includes Historic Touring Cars,Tasman Racing Cars,Formula Junior with invited Formula 3 and Vees.There will also be a regularity Trial Event.

A multi million dollar upgrade of Barbagallo Raceway was completed earlier this year and the new facilities will allow the WASCC to house many competitors in the new infield garages and pit area with precedence going to the overseas and interstate competitors.

For further information and entry forms please contact the WASCC office via email wascc@wascc.asn.au or via phone +61 89 306 8022

Ballarat Festival of Motoring - August 25 to September 2

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.

Baskerville Historic Meeting to celebrate Group N

Celebrating 30 years of Group N racing in Tasmania. Come and join in the fun, hopefully this meeting will have the biggest grids of Group N cars ever seen at Baskerville Raceway.

Event date: 12th October - 14th October

For more information contact Andrew Sluce asluce@hotmail.com




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