HIS­TORIC MUS­CLE CARS

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide Events - Words: Steve Holmes Pho­tos: Steve Twist, Pat Lam­bert, and the Pe­ter Hanna Col­lec­tion

His­toric Saloon Cars (HSC) was ini­tially in­tro­duced as a sup­port group to His­toric Mus­cle Cars (HMC) to aid its early growth. But, thanks to the guid­ance of direc­tor Bruce Dyer and the sup­port of a grow­ing num­ber of his­toric rac­ers, HSC has evolved into its own en­tity.

HSC caters to Sched­ule K, FIA Ap­pen­dix K, Mo­tors­port New Zealand (MSNZ) T&C, and Con­fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian Mo­tor Sport (CAMS) Group Nb and Nc his­toric rac­ing reg­u­la­tions. Any car en­ter­ing HSC must be one of the above but not a mix of two or more. Sched­ule K is for cars with ac­tual pe­riod rac­ing his­tory that are now pre­sented, both me­chan­i­cally and aes­thet­i­cally, as they raced in pe­riod. Of the pe­riod cars cur­rently rac­ing in HSC, the Red Daw­son Mus­tang, Ivan Segedin Mus­tang, Hal­l­i­day brothers Es­cort, Jim Richards Es­cort, Stone brothers / Roy Har­ring­ton Es­cort, Frank Ra­disich Es­cort, and Bob Hys­lop Mazda RX-2 all come un­der the Sched­ule K ban­ner for cars with pe­riod his­tory.

As out­lined in pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cles, there is also a grow­ing num­ber of cars built to FIA Ap­pen­dix K his­toric reg­u­la­tions rac­ing in, and com­ing to, HSC. Ap­pen­dix K com­prises the rules used in his­toric rac­ing through­out Europe and the UK.

When New Zealand switched from the any­thing-goes All­com­ers reg­u­la­tions in the 1967 sea­son to FIA Group 5 reg­u­la­tions for the 1968 sea­son, the diminu­tive Mini Cooper was a hot favourite among com­peti­tors, just as it had been dur­ing the two years that Group 2 was run along­side the All­com­ers in 1966 and 1967. In­deed, through­out the Group 5 era, which lasted un­til the early 1970s, while the Mus­tangs and Ca­maros bat­tled for out­right race wins, and the Es­corts, BMW 2002s, and Vi­vas bat­tled for 4.2 class hon­ours, the smaller classes, which in­cluded 0–1000cc and 1001– 1300cc, were dom­i­nated by Mi­nis. Such was their pop­u­lar­ity that, at most events, there were often more Mi­nis on the grid than all other makes and mod­els com­bined.

The 0–1000cc class was hotly con­tested and in­vari­ably pro­vided the most en­ter­tain­ing rac­ing of the var­i­ous classes. But, while the Mi­nis had strength in num­bers, there was a hand­ful of in­ter­lop­ers, in­clud­ing the very quick Hill­man Imps of Roy Har­ring­ton and Brian Pa­trick. The Pa­trick Imp went on to gain Sid­chrome spon­sor­ship, and, in the ca­pa­ble hands of Jim Richards, re­ally took the bat­tle to the Mi­nis.

As HSC was cre­ated to be a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the late 1960s through early ’ 70s New Zealand Saloon Car Cham­pi­onship, so its ranks have be­come no­table for a lack of Mi­nis and Imps, the very cars that were the cor­ner­stone of Group 5 rac­ing, and Group 2 prior to that.

HSC now in­tends to put that right.

Thus, Bruce Dyer is ap­peal­ing to own­ers of his­toric rac­ing Mi­nis and Imps, to see if they’d like to par­tic­i­pate in HSC. If you own a Mini or Imp with pe­riod rac­ing his­tory that’s pre­sented as it raced in pe­riod, Bruce would love to hear from you. That in­cludes cars that raced in the New Zealand Saloon Car Cham­pi­onship un­der Group 2 rules dur­ing the 1966 and 1967 sea­sons, and those that raced un­der Group 5 rules from 1968 un­til the early 1970s. Cars that con­tested the New Zealand Cham­pi­onship un­der Sched­ule E reg­u­la­tions up un­til the mid 1970s will also be con­sid­ered on a car-by-car ba­sis. In ad­di­tion, Mi­nis and Ri­ley Elfs that raced in the pop­u­lar Mini Seven series dur­ing the 1970s and 1980s, both in its 850cc and 1000cc it­er­a­tions, are also el­i­gi­ble, pro­vided that they’re pre­sented as they raced in pe­riod, both aes­thet­i­cally and me­chan­i­cally.

In ad­di­tion, if you own a his­toric rac­ing Mini, Elf, or Imp built to ei­ther FIA Ap­pen­dix K, Sched­ule T&C, or CAMS Group Nb or Nc reg­u­la­tions, and would like to get in­volved with HSC and race among fel­low en­thu­si­asts in a low-pres­sure en­vi­ron­ment in which en­joy­ment and preser­va­tion of the cars them­selves are all-im­por­tant, please con­tact Bruce at bruced105@gmail.com.

More info on HMC/HSC can be found at the HMC web­site, his­toric­mus­cle­cars.co.nz, or through the HMC on­line dis­cus­sion fo­rum at The Roar­ing Sea­son — theroar­ingsea­son.com.

2018/’19 HMC and HSC cal­en­dar

1. 6 Oc­to­ber: TACCOC Clas­sic One Day,

Pukekohe Park Race­way 2. 9–11 Novem­ber: MG Clas­sic,

Man­feild Cir­cuit Chris Amon 3. 9 De­cem­ber: TACCOC Clas­sic One Day,

Hamp­ton Downs Mo­tors­port Park 4. 19–20 Jan­uary 2019: Taupo His­toric Grand Prix, Bruce Mclaren Mo­tors­port Park 5. 23–24 Fe­bru­ary: Tas­man Re­vival,

Pukekohe Park Race­way (TBC) 6. 23–24 March: Le­gends of Speed,

Hamp­ton Downs Mo­tors­port Park

While the Mi­nis had strength in num­bers, there was a hand­ful of in­ter­lop­ers, in­clud­ing the very quick Hill­man Imps of Roy Har­ring­ton and Brian Pa­trick

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