A Quick History
The latest word on the Historic motor racing scene
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!