Speed­fest - 2015


For those un­able to at­tend, or did not know about, this year’s Retro Speed­fest, take a look here at this small sam­ple of what was on of­fer over the June long week­end at Syd­ney Motorsport Park. It’s not easy to sin­gle out one star car of the meet­ing, be­cause there were so many fan­tas­tic old open­wheel­ers and sportscars – but it was hard to go past the Bow­dens’ ex-Vic El­ford 1971 McLaren M8E 8-litre Chev Can-Am mon­ster. In the same sportscar eld were a pair of Porsche 962s, a rare BMW M1 and an ex-Keke Ros­berg Bud­weiser Lola T332 Can-Am car… Else­where there was a dif­fer­ent kind of Lola T332, the ex-Alan Jones Theodore Rac­ing For­mula 5000 ver­sion, which with Alex Dav­i­son at the wheel was the fastest car all week­end – at least four sec­onds faster than the cur­rent V8 Su­per­car lap record, and only six sec­onds off Nico Hulken­berg’s out­right record, set in an A1GP car. Watch­ing Dav­i­son bat­tle with the Lola T430 of Tom Tweedie and the magnicently turned out Jager­meis­ter Hans Stuck 1974 MarchCos­worth F1 driven by none other than John Bowe was it­self worth the price of ad­mis­sion. Bowe’s March was just one of a num­ber of ‘70s and ‘80s F1 ma­chines, in­clud­ing a Niki Lauda BRM, Alan Jones Wil­liams FW07 and an ‘86 model Benet­ton. The Retro Speed­fest event evolved out of the old Tas­man Re­vival meet­ing, and is held each year at SMP.

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