Baskerville His­torics

Australian Muscle Car - - Contents - Im­ages: Kevin Gut­teridge, An­gry­man Pho­tog­ra­phy, Gra­ham Smed­ley, Bruce Thomas

Im­ages from the Baskerville His­torics meet­ing – a high­light on the his­toric rac­ing cal­en­dar.

Among the many high­lights at the three­day Baskerville His­torics meet­ing (Septem­ber 21-23) was the track reap­pear­ance of the John Mc­Cor­mack Valiant Charger Repco-Holden Sports Sedan which has been lov­ingly re­stored by Mark Trenoweth and his team (and fea­tured in AMC #92). In a tting touch, Tas­ma­nian-born for­mer El n fac­tory driver Mark McLaugh­lin drove the Charger (Mc­Cor­mack had been the fac­tory El n driver when he raced the Charger in the mid-’70s), while Trenoweth took the wheel of his ex-Mc­Cor­mack Uni­part Jaguar XJS. On track, a healthy eld of Her­itage Tour­ing Cars turned it on, although the week­end’s highpoint was the duel be­tween the ‘86 Benet­ton For­mula 1 ma­chine driven by Josh Kean and the Can-Am McLaren M8F of Ja­son White – ‘80s 1.5-litre turbo power vs ‘70s 8.4-litre Big Block Chev grunt! Their bat­tle in their nal race was one for the ages as they fre­quently traded places be­fore the McLaren edged ahead. Kean ended up oblit­er­at­ing the outright lap record – but White was only a mere six-tenths slower.

Thumbs up all round for this heavy­weight bat­tle: ‘80s F1 Benet­ton vs ‘70s Can-Am McLaren 8.4-litre Chev.

The Her­itage Tour­ing Cars turned it on. Note the crowd - this meet­ing is fast be­com­ing an an­nual his­torics high­light.

Ja­son White’s wheel-lift­ing VK Com­modore fires onto the short Baskerville main straight.

Ge­orge Nit­tis’ ex-Mur­ray Carter John Sands Cards Falcon XE in Her­itage Tour­ing.

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