His­toric Mus­cle Cars

Words: Steve Holmes

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TPhil Noble

ogether, the His­toric Mus­cle Cars (HMC) and His­toric Sa­loon Cars (HSC) group is set to be one of the head­line acts in what prom­ises to be a top-qual­ity his­toric tin-top line-up at the 2016 An­nual MG Clas­sic Race Meet­ing, to be held at Man­feild on Novem­ber 11–13.

The HMC/HSC group will make its first ap­pear­ance at the hugely pop­u­lar and long-run­ning MG Clas­sic, giving race fans in the lower North Is­land a chance to see this very pe­riod-cor­rect as­sem­bly of cars rep­re­sent­ing the late 1960s to early ’ 70s era of the New Zealand Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship, in which big V8s bat­tled nim­ble small-bore machin­ery and some of this coun­try’s most leg­endary cars and driv­ers made their mark.

But while HMC/HSC rep­re­sents lo­cal tin-top rac­ing of the late ’60s to early ’ 70s pe­riod, the His­toric Sports Sedans and His­toric Tour­ing Cars groups will pro­vide a taster of the New Zealand rac­ing scene from the late 1970s to late ’80s pe­riod.

His­toric Tour­ing Cars made its MG Clas­sic de­but at the 2015 event, and was a huge hit, with an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of the wild and vari­able Group A and Super Tour­ing cars that head­lined tour­ing-car rac­ing through­out the world dur­ing the 1980s and ’90s. Mean­while, like HMC/ HSC, His­toric Sports Sedans is mak­ing its first ap­pear­ance at the MG Clas­sic.

Dif­fer­ent as they all are, the HMC/HSC, His­toric Tour­ing Cars, and His­toric Sports Sedans groups have all been work­ing to­gether be­hind the scenes to help grow and de­velop his­toric tin-top rac­ing in New Zealand. And all three groups ex­pect to pro­vide race fans with plenty of qual­ity rac­ing, and plenty of va­ri­ety in their re­spec­tive races.

The HMC/HSC grid will be a neat mix of large- and small­ca­pac­ity cars, and sev­eral of the driv­ers have not raced at the pop­u­lar Man­feild cir­cuit be­fore. The tech­ni­cal na­ture of the track should help bring the nim­ble small cars into play, as the big V8s — while more pow­er­ful — are also much heav­ier, with all-steel body­work, and they run with pe­riod-cor­rect 15-inch wheels and cross-ply tyres. It should make for some hugely en­ter­tain­ing rac­ing, right through­out the field.

For more info on His­toric and the 2016–’17 HMC/ HSC cal­en­dar, go to the HMC web­site, his­toric­mus­cle­cars.co.nz or the HMC on­line discussion fo­rum at The Roar­ing Sea­son: theroar­ingsea­son.com.

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