Australian Muscle Car - - AMCM Update -

Mus­cle Car Masters has a new slot on the rac­ing calendar for 2016, the last week­end in Oc­to­ber. The jointven­ture part­ners, the ARDC and next­media Pty Ltd, an­nounced late last year that the event will move from its Fa­ther’s Day slot to Oc­to­ber 29-30 by pop­u­lar de­mand. The date change sep­a­rates it from the venue’s 2016 V8 Su­per­cars round as both meet­ings pre­vi­ously ran in close prox­im­ity. The move was wel­comed by com­peti­tors, of­fi­cials and mo­tor­sport en­thu­si­asts, par­tic­u­larly those pre­vi­ously un­able to at­tend the Masters due to Fa­ther’s Day fam­ily com­mit­ments.

Rac­ing cat­e­gories con­firmed


AMCM has con­firmed its line-up of rac­ing cat­e­gories for 2016, with five re­turn­ing cat­e­gories plus a se­ries mak­ing its Masters de­but, the Kumho V8 Tour­ing Car Se­ries. The re­turn­ing classes are: Her­itage Tour­ing Cars (Group C/A), Tour­ing Car Masters, Aus­tralian Trans-Am, His­toric Tour­ing Cars (Group N) and Group S (pro­duc­tion sports cars). The Kumho V8 Tour­ing Car Se­ries is the un­of­fi­cial third-tier of V8 Su­per­car rac­ing, where Com­modores and Fal­cons of pre­vi­ous sea­sons con­tinue their rac­ing lives. Many teams run their cars in pe­riod liv­er­ies.

New demon­stra­tion ses­sions for 2016

Are­vamped line-up of demon­stra­tion ses­sions will spice up the 12th run­ning of the na­tion’s most suc­cess­ful retro rac­ing event. Cars from the Aus­tralian 5.0-litre Tour­ing Car As­so­ci­a­tion will hit the track for a se­ries of ‘spir­ited demos’. These are the ear­li­est ‘Su­per­cars’ – orig­i­nal ma­chines from the 1993 to 2002 pre-Project Blue­print era in pe­riod liv­er­ies. Also new is a ‘Sports Rac­ing Car In­vi­ta­tional’ ses­sion each day. In­vited cars come from the ranks of his­toric Sports Sedans, GT cars, plus Can-Am, Le Mans-style and Big Banger sportscars. Her­itage Hot Laps will be rested for 2016.

A9X Na­tion­als re­turns to Syd­ney


race day, Sun­day Oc­to­ber 30, will host the 2016 A9X Torana Club Na­tion­als’ show and shine. It will be first time since 2005 – and the in­au­gu­ral AMCM – that Syd­ney has hosted the A9X Na­tion­als. Mean­time, the Pit Straight Car Club Cor­ral and Fea­tured Mus­cle Mar­ques dis­play and pa­rade will have twin fo­cuses. Ford’s con­tri­bu­tion to per­for­mance her­itage will be cel­e­brated in the month the com­pany winds up man­u­fac­tur­ing in Aus­tralia. Mean­while, Brock Com­modore own­ers will mark the 10th an­niver­sary of Peter Brock’s pass­ing and 30 years since the VL Group A’s launch.

Mi­nis to cel­e­brate golden an­niver­sary

Aspe­cial all-Mini race will be held to cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the Mor­ris Cooper S’s win in the 1966 Gal­la­her 500 at Bathurst. That was when Bob Holden and Rauno Aal­to­nen led home no fewer than seven other Mi­nis in the an­nual pro­duc­tion car clas­sic. The an­niver­sary race will draw from Group N His­toric Tour­ing Car ranks, mean­ing a busy week­end for ‘fly­ing brick’ teams. Mean­time, off the track, own­ers of Aus­tralian-built ex­am­ples of the fa­mous Cooper S are in­vited to dis­play their cars in Pit Straight Car Club Cor­ral. Bob Holden is ex­pected to line-up again in the Her­itage Tour­ing Cars events on Oc­to­ber 30.

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