A Quick History

The lat­est word on the His­toric mo­tor rac­ing scene

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Clas­sic Sandown, run by the Vic­to­rian His­toric Rac­ing Registry over Novem­ber 6-8, hosted the 2015 Her­itage Tour­ing Car fi­nale. Group C was largely where all the ac­tion was, with lo­cal lad Mil­ton Se­feris (ex-Peter Jan­son VH Com­modore), Car­rera Cup racer Fraser Ross, in his fa­ther’s ex-Im­rie XD Fal­con, and Jeff Trembath (ex-War­ren Cullen/Alan Jones VC Com­modore) putting on a fan­tas­tic show. Ross did, how­ever, re­ceive a rep­ri­mand for driv­ing with Norm Beechey-like gusto in the damp con­di­tions. Se­feris’s horse­power ad­van­tage kept him just ahead of the other two un­til Sun­day’s fi­nal race when his yel­low Com­modore de­vel­oped a me­chan­i­cal mal­ady and had to pit. That gave Ross the win and Trembath sec­ond place. Ge­orge Nit­tis, who was keep­ing Phil Ver­wo­erts’s RX7 com­pany dur­ing the whole event, was el­e­vated to a third.

In Group A, Carey McMa­hon’s 1991 Bathurst 1000-win­ning Nis­san GT-R was the star of the show, again tak­ing pole, win­ning all the races and scor­ing the new lap record. Terry Lawlor’s exColin Bond Cal­tex RS500 had oc­ca­sional bursts of speed, but an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic spin saw him lose race one and sub­se­quently the 2015 Group A cham­pi­onship to McMa­hon’s mighty GT-R. A post-race health as­sess­ment of Lawlor has re­vealed a her­nia op­er­a­tion is needed, which may ex­plain his off peak per­for­mance. Com­ing third for a while was Adrian Al­lisey in his VL Walkin­shaw Com­modore, but he had to bow out, be­fore the fi­nal race.

An hon­ourable men­tion must go to Carolyn Kruger, who was gifted a drive in her old Gib­son Mo­tor­sport DR30 Nis­san and looked to be hav­ing the most fun of any­one there. Gib­son Mo­tor­sport suc­cess­fully fielded a large group of His­toric Nis­sans, with ami­able front man, Fred Gib­son, host­ing new and old com­peti­tors and friends, in their very pro­fes­sional cor­po­rate area. Good to see GMS and Fred still set­ting such high stan­dards as al­ways, but now in His­toric mo­tor­sport.

The Her­itage Tour­ing Car event cal­en­dar for 2016 has been par­tially fi­nalised with the three open­ing rounds con­firmed. The much an­tic­i­pated VHRR’s Phillip Is­land Clas­sic, March 10-13, will be a very pop­u­lar sea­son-opener. Fol­low­ing that will be a coun­try re­treat week­end with Queens­land’s His­toric Rac­ing Car Club’s Au­tumn Historics at War­wick’s Mor­gan Park, at the end of April. The last of the three open­ers will be the very pop­u­lar Sydney Retro Race­fest, on the Queen’s Birth­day long week­end in June. The Race­fest, with its ‘qual­ity not quan­tity’ mix of cat­e­gories, of­fers the best cars an im­pres­sive amount of track time. This for­mula is prov­ing to very pop­u­lar.

Ru­mours and hearsay 1: The rac­ing pub­lic may be de­mand­ing that the Her­itage Tour­ing Cars do a full V8 Supercar sea­son as a sup­port cat­e­gory, but that does not mean it will hap­pen. The cars are ‘Fifth Cat­e­gory’ His­toric and will al­ways stay faith­ful to that branch of the sport. Will there be an oc­ca­sional fea­ture race, at cer­tain V8 SC events in the fu­ture? The peo­ple want it, so per­haps an agree­ment will be made. Stay tuned.

Ru­mours and hearsay 2: The CAMS Aus­tralian His­toric Com­mis­sion, which over­sees the di­rec­tion of His­toric mo­tor­sport, is hav­ing a per­son­nel reshuf­fle. If the ru­mours are true about whom the new mem­ber is likely to be, then it is a good show­ing of CAMS want­ing to be pro­gres­sive re­gard­ing His­toric rac­ing, with a chang­ing of the guard.

Ru­mours and hearsay 3: The big­gest ru­mour cir­cu­lat­ing at the mo­ment is of an­other, very high pro­file Group A sale, be­tween ex­ist­ing com­peti­tors. This sale will cer­tainly set a new price record for a Group A car world­wide. The sell­ing party has sup­pos­edly been in ne­go­ti­a­tions with a pri­vate col­lec­tion to buy a suit­able Group A car. I know it all sounds a bit cryptic read­ers, but trust us, the next col­umn will re­veal all.

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