TACCOC Summer Classic
Summer finally showed its face in time for the annual Thoroughbred and Classic Car Owners Club (TACCOC) Summer Classic, held at Hampton Downs on November 1. We were treated to some fine racing once again — on the card for this event was the ERC Series (Arrow Wheels and Aes/tradezone), Alfa Trofeo, Historic Formula Junior, and Formula Ford, plus Invited Sports Cars, Historic Sports Sedans, and the PPG Classic Trials. All up, approximately 100 cars were entered. For the most part, the racing was clean, with no major incidents, but the attrition rate was still rather high in some of the classes. The well-known New Zealand Freighters (not Fire Fighters!) Racing Team Escort of John Dennehy was one of a number of unfortunate casualties, picking up two punctures, and, finally, a suspect alternator. 25, there was lots of jostling for position throughout the pack. Paul Madeley gained pole position in the first race for this class, hanging onto it for the duration of the race while Gary Langsford, driving an Alfa 75, started in eighth and made his way up to second. Due to the faster lap times, these two, along with Phil Joseph, were promoted to the quicker Arrow Wheels class. The remaining two Aes/tradezone races were handicap starts, and were won by Winston Jacob in a Jaguar XJ-S and Geoff Sparkes in a Triumph Dolomite Sprint. The faster Arrow Wheels races were won by Tony Vujnovich, driving a Ford Capri, and Dave Mallin, driving an MGBGT V8. From tin-tops to single-seaters. The fast Martin Lucas was more than a match for the rest of the field in the first two races. However, due to a mechanical issue with the rear driveshaft, he did not line up in the final open-wheeler race — which was won by the runner-up in the first two races, Keith Mainland in the 1979 Van Diemen RF 79 Formula Ford.