Reliving days of thunder
THE thundering touring cars that had us on our feet in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s are back on track at Historic Sandown in a series of races this weekend celebrating 50 years of the Australian Touring Car Championship.
The highlight of the 35-event meeting will be Sunday’s 15-lap Cool-Drive Challenge for the potent Group C and Group A Holdens, Falcons and V12 Jaguars that raced from 1973-1993. It will include a compulsory pit-stop.
Other events will be held for nearcapacity grids of Group N Historic Touring cars, such as the Mustangs, Monaros, Camaros and Minis that raced before 1973.
Four cars from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart will also compete in the Regularity events at the meeting, including the fire-spitting Porsche 935 that secured the World Championship of Makes for Porsche in 1976, as well as the only road-going version of the Porsche 911 GT1 that won Le Mans in 1998.
A huge display of classic and muscle cars from a variety of clubs will be another attraction of this year’s Historic Sandown.
As in previous years, paddock entry remains free to patrons. General admission prices have also been capped at 2009 levels, with adult tickets for Saturday costing $25, Sunday $35 and a weekend ticket $50.
Children under 15 accompanied by an adult are admitted free.
For more information, visit www.vhrr.comor. Phone 0402 224 133.
Fast and furious: a Porsche speedster will be one of the big attractions at Historic Sandown this weekend.