A Quick History
The latest word on the Historic motor racing scene
With another Muscle Car Masters successfully run, the ARDC has been actively seeking counsel from the competitors and category managers, to further improve this great event. Word is that the traditional track layout, the Gardner circuit, that the MCM started with, is what people want and the ARDC are listening. On a personal note, please come back Touring Car Masters! [ED: The 2015 event will indeed utilise the Gardner circuit.]
While on the subject of the MCM’s future, a big anniversary is looming for the ARDC and Sydney Motorsport Park: the 25th year since opening. Seeing as this was smack-bang at the height of Group A, perhaps a mini-enduro, for the Heritage Touring Cars, on Saturday afternoon into dusk, would be a fitting way of celebrating it? [ED: What about a symbolic 25-minute race?] A mandatory driver change and, hopefully, some legends from the past would certainly generate some interest. Flames spitting and brake discs glowing always make people happy.
The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of NSW (HSRCA) has floated the idea of having a mini event, early in 2015, as an opportunity – or great excuse! – for those running at Bathurst in early April to have a competitive shakedown. Wakefield is the likely location and is perfect for sorting out any handling and braking issues. Probably not so great for testing Bathurst gearing, but two out of three ain’t bad. Meantime, don’t forget the HSRCA’s 2014 Tasman Trophy race meeting at Sydney Motorsport Park over November 29-30.
Queensland’s very popular Lakeside Classic is back on for 2015, with the Heritage Touring Cars making it a championship round. Queensland’s sunshine, a picturesque setting, friendly staff and Lakeside’s iconic fast corners make this one of the more popular rounds on the HTC circuit. Always a few lesser known, Queensland-based cars come out of the woodwork too. Well worth the trip up, then staying a bit longer.
Another Group A, ex-Schnitzer 2.5-litre BMW M3 has been imported into Australia, just as we go to print. The car will undergo a mechanical restoration and be seen out and about sometime in 2015. Also rumours abound of another, very well-known Group A M3 swapping hands recently. Perhaps the mighty M3’s track record as “the most successful touring car in the world” has made them very hot property. More likely are their reliability and driver-friendly traits. Perhaps this issue’s DJR RS500 story will create a flurry of RS500 sales. I know that DJR #2 is for sale in the UK at a cool £225K, roughly $A450,000. Any takers to bring it home?
The VHRR and Victorian Mini Club have had an amicable split from their joint duties as promoters and facilitators of the prestigious Phillip Island Classic (PIC). PIC stalwart Clerk of the Course, Michael Holloway, has stood down after a successful 18-year run and gracefully wishes all parties the best for future events. The VHRR would be excited about moving the event into the future and after so many years as runners-up (to Goodwood Revival and Monterey Historics, I must add) to the title of best Historic Race meeting in the world, they may get the top step. A worthy accolade, for the hard working Victorian Historic Racing Register’s decision makers, but the greatest winners will be the competitors and spectators. Bring on PIC, March 5-8, 2015. Before Phillip Island is Historic Sandown, over November 8-9.