On track for blast from the past

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport - STEPHEN OTTLEY

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.

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