A Quick His­tory

The lat­est word on the His­toric mo­tor rac­ing scene

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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.

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