Baskerville’s big week­end

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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.

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