On track for blast from the past
FANS of old-fashioned motor racing are in for a treat next weekend when Sandown Raceway hosts the VACC historic race meeting.
The annual event has attracted almost 360 entries.
The ground-shaking Formula 5000s will be the headline attraction. More than 20 of the V8-powered open-wheelers will tear up the track in the VACC Trophy races.
Other highlights include the historic touring cars, which will feature almost 60 entries, and the Regularity event with 70 starters.
And there will be a celebration of the Holden Monaro’s first race victory, which came at the track 40 years ago.
Other significant Holdens will be on display, including the 48-215 Peter Brock drove at Goodwood just before his death.
Brock’s 1973 Bathurst Torana XU-1 will be used as part of a speed comparison. The idea has been taken from the Australian Grand Prix and will pit the Torana against an MGB and a Formula 5000 around the track.
Some of the biggest names in Holden’s racing history, including Harry Firth, Bill Jane and Jim McKeown, will attend the Holden Legends lunch in the Paddock.
Racing identity Murray Carter will be recognised for his 60 years in the sport. He will be the meeting’s patron and take to the track in his ’60s Carter Corvette Special. Forty MGs will be on display and 35 will race.
Admittance is $20 on Saturday, $30 on Sunday and $40 for the weekend. It includes access to the paddock, grandstand and free parking. Friday admission is free.
Main event: more than 20 drivers will compete in the Formula 5000 race at Sandown.