Baskerville’s big weekend
One of Tasmanian motorsport’s all-time favourite cars was the star attraction at the Baskerville Historics in early October. Bruce Gowans’ newly restored Repco V8-powered Celica Sports Sedan made its public debut at the Hobart Sporting Car Club’s biggest annual meeting, turning demonstration laps.
Bruce and son Adam both hit the track in the car, while car’s creator, triple Australian Gold Star champion John McCormack, was on hand to see it return to its old stomping ground ahead of its trip to the Muscle Car Masters over the October 29-30 weekend.
The Celica was carried to the track in the Ling Gowans team’s old Dyna transporter. Sadly, the trip from Tassie to Sydney is beyond the Dyna’s capabilities and a more conventional ‘hauler’ will lug the Celica up to the Masters. The Historic Sports Sedan was one of over 200 entries at the 2+4 meeting that continues to grow in stature. Heavy rain in the lead-up days proved a challenge logistically, but didn’t dampen the spirits of entrants or fans.
Other notable legends in attendance included Garry Rogers, Greg Crick, Garth Wigston and Andrew Miedecke. Rogers brought along the 2000 Bathurst-winning Valvoline Commodore; Crick the first car (BT1, pictured) built by Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac upon establishing MRD (Motor Racing Developments), the early name for the Brabham marque.
Wigston got reacquainted with the Roadways A9X Torana he drove in the late 1970s and must have been cursing the wet conditions that led to him getting bogged off-course.
Miedecke meantime finished second to Roger Hurd in the Muscle Car Cup in his Capri Perana. Hurd was aboard his multiple state and national title-winning Torana SL/R 5000, with the similar car of Andrew Webster in third.
Popular events were the Muscle Car grid walk and the spirited demonstration runs which featured, among others, the former Bob Jones Ampol Max3 Commodore of Gary Cannan.