A Quick His­tory

The lat­est word on the His­toric mo­tor rac­ing scene

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Sport - Chris David­son

CAMS has taken another wel­come strong stance on driver safety for 5th Cat­e­gory His­torics, by mak­ing Frontal Head Re­straints (FHR) – or HANS de­vices as they are com­monly known – manda­tory for 2015. The im­ple­men­ta­tion has been stag­gered. As of Jan­uary 2015 Her­itage Tour­ing Cars (for Group C & A), F5000, F1, Indy Car, F3000, Group C, Euro F2, For­mula Holden, and Group N all had bet­ter show up with a FHR de­vice. As of July 2015 Groups T, U and the popular S will have to com­ply. Com­peti­tors might be dis­ap­pointed with another im­posed ex­pense, but the life­sav­ing ben­e­fits of a well-fit­ted FHR have been proven re­peat­edly. Any log­i­cal step by CAMS, or any mo­tor rac­ing gov­ern­ing body, takes to­wards driver safety, should be applauded.

Spec­u­la­tion that the Her­itage Tour­ing Cars (HTC) and the VHRR, might agree to drop the Group C/A cat­e­gory from the pres­ti­gious Phillip Is­land Clas­sic’s 2015 line-up is be­com­ing stronger. With such strong support of the April 2015 Bathurst event – the grid is at ca­pac­ity – it was fore­seen by both the lure of Mount Panorama would di­lute the popular field at the PIC. HTC was sched­uled to be ‘rested’ at 2016, so an agree­ment to bring this for­ward, for the mu­tual ben­e­fit of the com­peti­tors and the fans, would be a great re­sult for all and an ex­cel­lent dis­play of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two groups.

A sig­nif­i­cant ex-John Goss Group C Fal­con hard­top, wear­ing the iconic Cobra liv­ery, looks set to leave a well-known Queens­land col­lec­tion for a new home, pos­si­bly in time for a Her­itage Hot Laps ap­pear­ance at the Mus­cle Car Masters. The Goss coupe was also raced by French legend Henri Pescarolo and has three Bathurst 1000 starts un­der its belt. The car will likely be race-pre­pared for a fu­ture runs in the HTC cat­e­gory.

The HTC move­ment could well be swelling soon, with many Su­per Tourer own­ers look­ing for a sanc­tion­ing body to help amal­ga­mate the two-litre scream­ers. Quite a few own­ers of early V8 Su­per­cars have, in­di­vid­u­ally, ap­proached HTC chiefs, look­ing for ways to in­crease their track time and as­so­ciate with fel­low trag­ics. Most own­ers of both Su­per Tour­ers and early V8 Su­per­cars have Group C or A cars (or both in some cases) in the shed, so the po­ten­tial an­nex­ing of th­ese classes, might be seen as a log­i­cal step.

The Rolex Mon­terey Mo­tor­sports Re­union was suc­cess­fully run at Cal­i­for­nia’s leg­endary La­guna Seca race­track over Au­gust 14-17. Aussies and Ki­wis hopped across the Pa­cific en masse to watch; some even com­peted. Among them were Rus­sell Kemp­nich (Porsche 956), George Nakas (Porsche 962), Ron Good­man (Porsche 356) and Don Dim­i­tri­adis (1967 Trans-Am Shelby Mus­tang). The event was mem­o­rable, with re­ports of clean driv­ing and great rap­port with our USA cousins, fil­ter­ing back to Aus­tralia. Kemp­nich won a pres­ti­gious ‘Rolex Ex­cel­lence’ award, as did Good­man, for best pit area dis­play. It would seem that Mr Nakas, who was seen at the VHRR’s Phillip Is­land His­torics in his 962, sport­ing a ‘P Plate’, has come to grips with the Ger­man ma­chine, fin­ish­ing a very re­spectable eighth, from a field of 22 cars. Well done fel­las!

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