HIS­TORIC MUS­CLE CARS

New Zealand Classic Car - - EDITORIAL - Words: Steve Holmes Pho­tos: Phil Noble 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.

His­toric Mus­cle Cars (HMC) would not be where it is to­day without the ex­is­tence of His­toric Sa­loon Cars (HSC). The two his­toric groups have worked to­gether to es­tab­lish a full fleet of pe­ri­od­cor­rect cars, while both work to build their num­bers. How­ever, while HMC is now the bet­ter es­tab­lished of the two, HSC is a hugely sig­nif­i­cant en­tity in its own right, and one that’s even more pe­riod-cor­rect than HMC.

There are three dif­fer­ent sets of rules used for HSC — Sched­ule K, Sched­ule T&C, and FIA Ap­pendix K.

Sched­ule K was es­tab­lished by Motorsport New Zealand (MSNZ) sev­eral decades ago, fol­low­ing re­quests by own­ers of old rac­ing cars that were no longer com­pet­i­tive with mod­ern ma­chin­ery to present and race them in their orig­i­nal me­chan­i­cal and aes­thetic con­fig­u­ra­tion, rather than up­date them.

Sched­ule K now forms an im­por­tant cor­ner­stone for HSC, as it em­braces orig­i­nal race cars with pe­riod com­pe­ti­tion his­tory, and it al­lows them a safe en­vi­ron­ment in which to race. Cars must be in keep­ing with the prin­ci­ples of HSC, in­clud­ing hav­ing the cor­rect tyres, and, while they may not fit within ei­ther T&C or Ap­pendix K rules, as long as they’re pre­sented cor­rectly and as raced in pe­riod, they are ac­cepted into HSC. While many of these cars are now hugely valu­able, their own­ers of­ten want to ex­er­cise them in the man­ner for which they were orig­i­nally cre­ated, and HSC pro­vides an out­let for achiev­ing that. Some of the Sched­ule K cars rac­ing with HSC in­clude the ex–jim Richards Es­cort, the ex–don Hal­l­i­day Es­cort and the ex– Stone broth­ers / Roy Har­ring­ton Es­cort.

Sched­ule T&C was cre­ated by MSNZ as a set of reg­u­la­tions for peo­ple who wanted to build cars from scratch for clas­sic and his­toric rac­ing. The T&C rules have been in place for many years, and count­less cars have been built to them.

The T&C rules aren’t ac­tu­ally his­tor­i­cally based; rather, they are a set of reg­u­la­tions that al­low an owner to build a car for his­toric rac­ing with rel­a­tive ease. The rules form a sort of um­brella that can be ap­plied to sev­eral makes and mod­els, rather than be­ing spe­cific to any one ve­hi­cle.

FIA Ap­pendix K has been adopted by HSC, and an in­creas­ing num­ber of cars are be­ing built to these very sta­ble reg­u­la­tions. Ap­pendix K con­sti­tutes the rules used through the UK and Europe for his­toric rac­ing and are also used and rec­og­nized in other parts of the world. Ap­pendix K is based on the orig­i­nal FIA ho­molo­ga­tion sheets cre­ated for each make and model of ve­hi­cle that took part in a ma­jor na­tional or in­ter­na­tional sa­loon-car cham­pi­onship in pe­riod and is spe­cific right down to the part num­bers re­quired. The rules are ex­tremely ac­cu­rate, and ex­tremely ro­bust, which is why in­creas­ingly more HSC teams are opt­ing to take this route.

One of the great­est ben­e­fits of Ap­pendix K is that the rules are in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized, which means that if a car is built in New Zealand to these rules, the owner has the op­tion to take their car overseas to race. Like­wise, us­ing these rules al­lows HSC

to in­vite in­ter­na­tional en­tries. Fur­ther, when an HSC driver de­cides they want to sell their car, they have a world­wide mar­ket that rec­og­nizes the rules the car has been built to, which greatly in­creases its value.

HSC has ac­cess to the ho­molo­ga­tion sheets for most ve­hi­cles fit­ting the FIA Ap­pendix K rules, and can pro­vide as­sis­tance to own­ers and builders. Grant Sprague and Paul Mccarthy are both build­ing Bdg-pow­ered MKI Es­cort RS1600 Ap­pendix K cars. Along with Howard Wood’s Ap­pendix K BMW 2002 and a grow­ing num­ber of oth­ers, these are very quick lit­tle cars — but they’re also ex­tremely pe­riod cor­rect.

But it’s not just small-ca­pac­ity cars be­ing built to Ap­pendix K rules. Paul Berkahn is build­ing an im­pres­sive 1964 Ford Fal­con Sprint, of the ex­act same type as that used in pe­riod in the Monte Carlo Rally. This car is ex­tremely cor­rect, and, while it won’t be a front-run­ning car, it will im­press on­look­ers with its high level of de­tail and ac­cu­racy, right down to the Fia-ap­proved fi­bre­glass bolt-on body pan­els, as used by the Ford teams in pe­riod, which helped it at­tain its al­most un­achiev­able FIA ho­molo­ga­tion weight of just 980kg. Fal­con Sprints are a pop­u­lar choice with his­toric racers through­out the UK and Europe in the high-pro­file Pre-1966 tour­ing-car cat­e­gory for Group 2 cars. Among the count­less events these cars are el­i­gi­ble to race at are the Good­wood Re­vival, Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic, and Six Hours of Spa. Paul’s Fal­con will be el­i­gi­ble for all these events if he chooses to take the car overseas.

Whether its Sched­ule K for gen­uine cars with pe­riod race his­tory, T&C, or Ap­pendix K, HSC of­fers own­ers a fun and safe en­vi­ron­ment in which to com­pete with like-minded en­thu­si­asts, and ev­ery car on the grid is com­pletely cor­rect to its own set of rules. And while HMC is now firmly es­tab­lished within New Zealand his­toric-rac­ing cir­cles, HSC is now emerg­ing from its shadow and carv­ing out its own iden­tity. Watch this space.

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