As we barrel ever closer to the holiday season, we have an early Christmas treat from Ed Holly in the form of his Summer M & O newsletter, now available for download from the club website.
It’s another bumper edition; packed to the brim with all the news, gossip and adventures of ’60s racing cars and their drivers. This edition features an absolutely massive recap of the 2012 Tasman Revival, checks in at Barbagello, Sandown and Motorclassica, and catches up with all the pit gossip and more in the world of 1960s racing cars.
It’s packed with stories both fun and informative and plenty of stunning photos, and is well worth a read. Download it by clicking the handy link below, or right clicking and selecting ‘Save As’, and enjoy!
Thanks to Ed Holly for putting it together, and to the many contributors that create such a great read!
Photo by Steve Koen
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With the 2012 Tasman Revival just a month away, mainstream media is starting to spread the word about historic motorsport and get people excited for the event.
Daniel Bando was recently featured in an article in the Wentworth Courier, which you can check out in their online publication here, or in the picture below (click the image to embiggen)!
Via the Wentworth Courier
Entries for the Old Bike Australasia historic motorcycle race at the 2012 Tasman Revival Historic Motor Race Meeting to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park (formerly known as Eastern Creek) on the 23rd-25th November are of such a low level that I have no alternative than to cancel its inclusion in the programme.
Extreme disappointment is expressed by the hard working organising committee after the effort put in to include a motorcycle component in an event that is now firmly established on the world calendar for historic motorsport. Competitors in cars from all over Australia, as well as from the UK, Europe, East and West coasts of the USA, Japan and New Zealand have already entered and many 40’ shipping containers full of important and significant historic vehicles are already on their way to Sydney.
Historic motorcycle racing played a significant role as part of the early meetings promoted by the HSRCA at Amaroo Park in the 1980’s and we were very keen to try to rekindle the racing, fun and camaraderie seen at those meetings. You and your machines would have been a great addition to our meeting and I am certain that you would have found it very enjoyable.
For those few motorcycle racers that did enter the meeting, I must apologise for the disappointment this notice must bring, but given the overall lack of support for the concept it is simply not viable to include the races in the program.
Never fear, however, as we will not give up on this concept and will continue to work towards inspiring and including a full field of motorcycles and corresponding races at future events.
Peter Addison – Event Manager
2012 Tasman Revival Historic Race Meeting
The famous Formula Junior category of the 1950s and 60s will make a return at the 2012 Tasman Revival, with a field of nearly 50 vehicles coming from all over the globe.
In the era, Formula Junior served as an introduction to open-wheel racing for novice drivers, and was the only international single-seater category below Formula One.
Drivers the likes of Formula One World Champions Jim Clark, John Surtees and Denny Hulme honed their craft in the small capacity Formula Junior cars.
Almost 50 years since the demise of the category in 1963, Formula Junior is proving to be one of the biggest and most popular categories in international historic racing with race held for these little formula cars most weekends across Europe.
Across November 23, 24 and 25 these beautiful cars will descend on Sydney Motorsport Park for the Tasman Revival to put on a display of open wheel racing as it was across three action packed days.
Included on the grid at the Tasman Revival will be UK based international convener of the Formula Junior category Duncan Rabagliati with his BMC-powered 1959 Alexis, which he has been racing since the late 1980s.
Other internationals in the field come from Belgium, the USA, Japan and New Zealand, which along with the Australian entrants will make up a grid of almost 50 cars.
Event partners The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association (HSRCA) and the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club (ARDC) are also pleased to announce that the Formula Junior series of races will be sponsored by multinational financial services company Credit Suisse.
ARDC CEO Glenn Matthews said that Credit Suisse was a great fit for the Tasman Revival.
“Credit Suisse is no stranger to the historic motorsport scene, with a major presence at such high profile events as the Goodwood Revival, Monaco Grand Prix Historique and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – it’s fantastic that they’ve chosen to back the Tasman Revival,” Mr Matthews said.
The Tasman Revival is a celebration of motor racing history, bringing together a collection of over 400 historic sports and racing cars spanning over fifty years of racing history.
Categories include Formula Junior, 1960s Tasman Cup cars, Formula 5000, Sports racers of all eras up to the mid-1980s, and racing for production sports and touring cars.
Leo Geoghegan’s famous white 1964 Lotus 32 twincam 1500 is to return to Australia for the Tasman Revival.
Now back in its iconic and distinctive Total Team coloured livery, the car is owned and raced by Peter Studer from Switzerland. The car will arrive with others from the UK.
Back in 1964, Leo won first time out in the Hordern Trophy at Warwick Farm. This augured well for the upcoming Tasman Series and indeed Leo was the first 1.5 litre car home in the New Zealand GP, finishing 6th. In Australia Leo finished 8th in the Warwick Farm Tasman event. Later that year Leo took a string of 2nd places beating many 2.5 litre cars along the way. In 1966 Leo took delivery of the ex-Jim Clark Lotus 39 and the 32 was sold. Leo still has very fond memories of his time with this wonderful Lotus.
Tasmanian Scotty Taylor will make his debut at a Tasman Revival in his Cooper Type 53, which he has used extensively in the UK and Europe.
Scotty Taylor is no stranger to Australian circuits, having driven Bathurst on an incredible 21 occasions. These days Scotty spends 6 months of the year in the “over there” racing a number of historic cars including his Cooper Type 53 and a Lotus 18 which he bought at a Bonhams auction here in 2008 from the John Dawson-Damer collection.
The Cooper Type 53 has a real significance to the Australian scene as it was in one of these that Sir Jack Brabham won his 2nd world championship with in 1960. The car will definitely put Scotty at the sharp end of the early 1960s category of the Tasman Revival race, a place he is used to being when competing in the UK and Europe with the car.
The HSRCA are heading to this weekend’s Muscle Car Masters to show off some of the magic machines that will hit the track at the 2012 Tasman Revival.
We’ll be located in the Legends Marquee on the skidpan at Sydney Motor Sport Park and will be bringing along five cars indicative of what will be in action come the last weekend of November and the 2012 Tasman Revival!
Firstly the much prized Brabham BT24 driven by Sir Jack Brabham carrying the No1 on the side, as Sir Jack was world champion from the year before. Sir Jack Brabham is still the only man to have ever won the Formula One World Championship in a car bearing his own name, and Brabham is the only marque in F1 to be built by a winning driver. The BT24 is Repco V8-powered and ran second in the 1967 Formula One World Championship to finish behind Brabham’s teammate Denny Hulme in a similar car.
Secondly, another Brabham! This time a BT23 powered by a Cosworth FVA. This car is prepared by the legendary Peter Molloy and is the current lap record holder for its class around Eastern Creek with a time of 1min 36 seconds.
Third on the list is one of the two Milano GTs built in the late 1960s. Powered by a mighty Holden 179 engine, the Milano make were front runners at this time against the best GT cars in the country. The Holden 179 of course will be no stranger to a lot of those attending the Muscle Car Masters event.
Fourth is a 1950s Lotus Eleven. These iconic sports racing cars swept all before them in the small capacity class throughout the world in the second half of the 1950s and beyond. Quite a rare car in Australia with around a half dozen here, this car has local history at all the main venues such as Warwick Farm, Bathurst, Catalina and Lakeside.
Finally there will be a C-Type Jaguar. Although this particular car is in fact a replica, you would not be able to tell by just looking at it, such is the workmanship that has gone into building it. C-Types won LeMans on two occasions, 1951 and 1953, and could have won in 1952 except for a change of bodywork that caused overheating.
So you can see there is a great spread of cars from the early ’50s to the late ’60s. Missing of course are the cars from the ’70s and ’80s, which will also be in action at the Tasman Revival, but happily the mighty Formula 5000s are competing at Muscle Car Masters on the day which will give you an idea of what they’ll be like when they’re let loose on Sydney Motor Sport Park for the 2012 Tasman Revival.
Brabham BT-24 Photo by Peter Schell.
We spent a sunny Sunday at Sydney Motor Sport Park this past weekend, enjoying the huge selection of classic cars on display at the 2012 Eastern Creek Classic and chatting about the 2012 Tasman Revival!
Plenty of cool people stopped by to chat and enjoy the cars and our display, and we had a great day talkin’ Tasman Revival and classic cars. We have a few photos from the day for you to check out, and you can enjoy them below, along with a few more over in the gallery on the HSRCA website.
Once again the HSRCA is heading to Sydney Motor Sport Park to enjoy a weekend of historic sports and racing cars. We’ll be at the track this Sunday the 19th of August and will have a selection of wonderful racing and sports racing cars from the recent past on display.
The star of the HSRCA display will undoubtedly be the 1967 Formula 1 Repco-Brabham BT24 driven by Sir Jack himself that year. Displaying the No1 on the side, as Sir Jack was the Formula One World Champion, this car won the French and Canadian GPs and was second in the Dutch, German and Italian GPs. It finished second in the World Championship to Denny Hulme, Brabham’s teammate driving another Brabham.
Other cars will be another two Brabham 1960s racing cars, a locally built and very much used 1960s racing car called the Gryphon, a historic Formula Vee with quite a few wins to its name in recent times, a Nota sports racer from the 1950s being the Nota Minx, a Porsche 911, a Clubman, an Alfa Romeo and a Lotus Eleven from 1958 with early Australian history.
These cars will be on display in garages 11, 12 and 13 and will put on a spirited display around lunchtime on Sunday. Can’t wait to catch up with everyone there!
Photo by Peter Schell
For the first time since the event’s inception in 2006, 500 cc motorcycles will race alongside the cars at the 2012 Tasman Series Revival at Sydney Motorsport Park on November 23-25. Up to 30 bikes representing the ‘golden’ 1960s era will compete for the Old Bike Australasia Magazine Cup.
“I am delighted at the response to the motorcycle event,” says Event Manager Peter Addison of the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association. “These bikes may be from another era, but they are certainly fast and I am sure their main event will be keenly fought out. It will be a great sight with single cylinder bikes like Manx Nortons, Matchless G50s, AJS 7Rs, and BSA Gold Stars, plus Triumph, BSA and Norton twins all in together. We have had positive expressions of interest from New Zealand and UK, as well as a big response from within Australia from virtually every state. The bikes will get as much track time as the cars, with practice and qualifying sessions, plus races on each day of the three day meeting.”
Entries to the 2012 Tasman Revival are now open on the ‘Entry Information‘ page of the Tasman Revival website. Click this link for everything you need to know about entering the 2012 Tasman Revival.
The Tasman Revival meeting comes just one week after the bikes compete at the same circuit for the Australian Historic Road Racing Championships. “The timing is ideal for competitors,“ said Peter Addison. “ For those wishing to stay on after their championship weekend, we will be offering free lock-up storage at the circuit for the week prior to the Tasman, with full security operating. I have attended the Goodwood Revival meeting in the UK, and I know that the motorcycle event there (the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy) is one of the highlights of the program. It is always a hard-fought event and the bikes never fail to put on a great show, and the spectators love it.”
For more information contact:
Peter Addison – Event Manager
After many months of work and preparation, Eastern Creek’s $12 million transformation has been completed and officially launched, and one of Australia’s motorsport icons has received a new name to go along with its groovy new digs.
Sydney Motor Sport Park, as it will henceforth be known, will play host to the 2012 Tasman Revival, and we can’t wait!
The HSRCA will be heading there in a month, on the 30th of June and 1st of July, for our All Historic Winter event, so stop by and check out all the action on the new long layout!
Images via Sydney Motor Sport Park
Start your engines for Australia’s premier historic racing car event, the 2012 TASMAN REVIVAL, on in Sydney from 23– 25 November 2012, at Eastern Creek Raceway.
The 2012 Tasman Revival is an unrivaled opportunity for racing car enthusiasts to experience the excitement of 1960s “formula cars” and 1970s Formula 5000 cars in full flight with over 30 racing events over three days.
Spectators can soak up the sights, sounds and tremendous atmosphere of historic motorsport over three days of almost continuous racing, with close trackside access to races, cars and drivers. Presented by the Historic Sports & Racing Car Association of NSW, the 2012 Tasman Revival will bring together ex-Formula 1 and Indy cars including Ferrari, McLaren, Spirit Honda, Brabham, Surtees, Lola and Lotus.
A grid of fearsome Formula 5000s will feature at the event when over 12,000 hp rattles the windows and shakes the ground of Eastern Creek.
Other categories will be there too – production sports cars such as Austin Healeys and Porsches, touring cars including Mustangs and Falcon GTs and single seaters from Formula Vee through Juniors and Formula Ford to F1.
Many of Australia’s best known drivers will be at the track with opportunities for autographs. Patron of the Tasman Revival FRANK MATICH AM, two-time winner of the Australian Grand Prix and builder of some of Australia’s most iconic and successful racing cars will be attending on Sunday.
Spokesperson for the Tasman Revival, Mr. Stephen Knox, said:
“The Tasman Revival is a not-to-be-missed event for racing car enthusiasts. It’s a rare chance to see some of the fastest cars from the 1960s and ‘70s compete on track with almost continuous racing over three exciting days.”
“Spectators get incredible access to the cars and drivers with the Memorabilia Marquee displaying many significant and spectacular cars. Full access is available to garages and marquees throughout the paddock areas and no special passes are needed.”
“Historic racing is the biggest and fastest growing branch of motorsport in Australia and throughout the Western world. We are expecting about 450 entries including more than 50 international competitors.”
“It’s a great day for the entire family and something you will never forget.”
TICKETS from $20 available from Ticketmaster.com.au or phone 136 100
For details visit www.tasmanrevival.com
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Welcome back to the official website of the Tasman Revival! Preparations for the 2012 Tasman Revival are well under way and our efforts are building each and every day. We’ll be bringing you a lot of useful, interesting and fun content right here, so stay tuned!
Each year on Australia Day, the NRMA and the car community take over a large section of Sydney’s CBD, fill it with lovely old cars and open up the streets for people to wander and take it all in. It’s a fun day with a great atmosphere and is brilliant for introducing classic cars and car culture to people who have not experienced it before.
Our preparations for the 2012 Tasman Revival are building each day, and we took this as an excellent opportunity to meet new people and introduce them to the event.
We set up a miniature paddock across the road from Hyde Park and spent a relaxed and enjoyable day mingling, chatting about cars, life and everything and spreading the word about the Tasman Revival. A huge “Thanks!” to everyone who helped to organise it and who brought their cars along and, of course, any and everyone who stopped by!
Enjoy this small gallery of photos from the day.
Missing the sights and sounds of historic racing? This excellent gallery of photographs from the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival, by Jeremy Dale, should help tide you over until the HSRCA’s next event in February.
Thanks to Jeremy for sharing his fantastic work!
Photography by Jeremy Dale.
Good times were had with great friends. Beautiful historic racing machinery danced, and sometimes pirouetted, with brave and talented drivers in the rain. Lap records were broken. Here are the results for Sunday’s feature races at the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival.
Thank you to Peter Schell for his fantastic photography. Please hit this link to view the full gallery of his photography from the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival, including photos of the feature event winners.
Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival – Sunday 28th November 2010, Feature Races
Event 34 – Regularity – Peter Finlay and Ian Forsyth Trophies
Heidi Jackel – 1970 Valiant VG Pacer
Jake Williams – 1974 Holden HQ
Event 35 – Frank Gardner Trophy for Group L Sports
Peter Giddings – 1953 Masserati 250F
Event 35 – Alec Mildren Trophy for Group L Racing
Dick Willis – 1959 Mildren Cooper T51
Event 35 – RACA Trophy for Sa Sports Cars
Peter Jackson – 1959 Austin Healey 3000
Event 35 – Jack Myers Trophy for Na Touring Cars
Allan Bryson – 1952 Austin A30
Event 35 – The VSCCA Trophy for Group K
Peter Greenfield – 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C-36
Event 36 – The Ron Tauranac Trophy for Group Q Racing
John Gale – 1972 Surtees TS9 F1
Event 36 – Trophy Race for Group R Racing
Guido Belgiorno-Nettis – 1985 Ferrari 156/85 Turbo
Event 37 – RACA Trophy Race for Group Sb Sports Cars
Tony Dains – 1970 Triumph TR6
Event 37 – Trophy Race for Group Sc Sports Cars
Stephen Borness – 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera
Event 37 – Trophy Race for Group T Sports Cars
Jason Lea – 1968 Datsun 2000
Event 38 – John Leffler Shield for Formula Ford
Fa – John Tarran – 1970 Lotus 61M
Fb – Geoff Walters – 1981 Elwyn 003
Event 41 – The Jack Brabham Trophy for Group M Racing Cars
Ed Holly – 1963 Brabham BT6
Event 41 – Leo Geoghegan Trophy for Group O Racing cars
John Smith 1968 Lotus 49/R8
Event 42 – The Repco Matich Trohpy for Group M Sports Cars
Stewart Mahony – 1965 Bolwell MK 4
Event 42 – The Spencer Martin Trophy for Group O Sports
Murray Sinclair – 1969 Chevron B16
Event 42 – The Bib Stillwell Trophy for Group Q Sports Cars
Scott Whittaker – 1972 Milano GT 2
Event 42 Trophy Race for Group R Sports Cars
Jamie Larner – 1979 Ralt RT2
Event 43 – The Kevin Bartlett Trophy for F 5000
Stan Redmond – 1976 Lola T332C
Event 44 Trophy Race for Formula Junior
David Methley – 1960 Lotus 18 FJ
Event 44 – Trophy Race for Formula 3
Tom Tweedie – 1965 Lola T60 F2
Event 45 – Trophy Race for Formula Vee
David Cutts – 1984 Spectre FVee
Event 46 – The Ian Geoghegan Trophy for Nb Touring Cars
Victor Waterhouse – 1964 Jaguar 3.8 MK. 2
Event 46 – The Brian Foley Trophy for Nc Touring Cars
Vince Macri – 1972 Holden Torana GTR X
Legends, good friends, thrilling racing, deft drivers and beautiful cars– the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival had it all and then some. Hit this link for a full gallery of photographs taken over the course of an action-packed, sometimes soggy and always fun weekend at Eastern Creek International Raceway.
Many talented photographers were present at the event, and this is just one perspective on what was a massive weekend, so be sure to check back here soon for even more photos from the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival!
We are preparing some on-board video footage from the races and will have it online on our YouTube channel soon.
If you have footage, photos or writing from the Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival that you would like featured on the club’s website, YouTube channel, and social networking sites, send me an email or drop by our Facebook page to let us know. We would love to promote your work, and your talents show the world all the fun, challenges and friendships to be found in historic racing!
Please see the following links for photos from the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival:
The drawing of our ‘Win a Lotus Elise’ competition took place at the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival on Sunday afternoon, while brave drivers of various Formula series cars were hanging it all out on a very wet Eastern Creek International Raceway.
We are pleased to announce that the lucky winner of the Elise was ticket number 253, held by John Fraser from Bowral. The car will now be registered in his name and there will be a formal “handing over of the keys” in about a week at Shannons in Sydney.
We would like to thank everyone who entered, and we wish John all the best in his lovely Elise!
MotorsportRetro.com has full photo galleries from the Pit and Paddock
Click here for photos from Sunday
Click here for full results
On- track photos to follow.
MotorsportRetro.com has full photo galleries from the Pit and Paddock
Click here for photos from Friday
Click here for photos from Saturday
A field of racing drivers ranging from gifted to legendary? Check.
World-class racing circuit? Check.
Huge community of fun-loving, friendly historic racing fans? Check.
The Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival 2010 Opens This Friday, 26th November!
Months (years) of preparations are complete, and the Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival 2010 is on the grid, engine revving, watching for the lights to turn green.
Starting from tomorrow afternoon, entrants will already be making their way to Eastern Creek International Raceway to get set up for private practice on Thursday, and then qualifications on Friday morning. By Friday afternoon the races will be under way and they won’t stop until Sunday evening!
Sunday in particular is going to be a huge day, offering feature races for all groups, the drawing of our ‘Win a Lotus’ competition, trophy presentations and plenty of paddock-wandering, tyre-smoking social motorsport fun.
Click here to download a programme of events that should help you to plan your weekend.
Buy tickets on the day
Tickets to the Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival 2010 can be purchased at the gate every day during the event, so it’s nice and easy to come along and enjoy some historic racing action!
Children 12 years and under get in for free
- Friday Only: $20
- Saturday Only: $25
- Sunday Only: $35
- 2/3 Days: $50
Ticket prices include parking, as well as entrance to grandstand seating and the competitor’s paddock (come say hi!). Lost tickets will not be replaced.
After the event
Don’t forget to come back to the official Tasman Revival website, as well as the HSRCA’s new website, Facebook page and YouTube channel, in the days and weeks following the event, as we will have plenty of coverage to keep you busy until the Tasman Revival 2012! Not to mention a fantastic group of people and a calendar packed with fantastic historic racing events year-round!
Some links to help prepare you for the Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival 2010:
We have uploaded a series of files containing the entry list for the weekend at the following links:
Click here for a quick and easy PDF, presenting entrants to the Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival 2010
And here for the final version of the list, also in XLS format
One of the most successful Lotus cars ever to race in Australia will be on display at the Tasman Revival Race Meeting at Eastern Creek Raceway on 26-28 November 2010.
The Lotus Elite S1 originally raced by former Australian champion Leo Geoghegan will be part of a special display commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the first race meeting at the now defunct Warwick Farm circuit.
Imported by Geoghegan in 1960 the nimble fibreglass-bodied racer was immediately a winner, taking victory in that year’s Victorian Grand Tourismo Championship at Phillip Island and two weeks later winning the Australian GT Championship at Bathurst.
In a 14-month period Geoghegan competed in 26 races, taking outright victory on 18 occasions and scoring class wins (and major outright placings) in another six outings. The car failed to finish on only one occasion, suffering a gentle rollover after slipping off the Warwick Farm bitumen while chasing the 1961 GT title.
The Climax-engined car was sold in late 1961 to Brian Foley, who continued the car’s success with a multitude of class wins.
In early 1963 the car was retired from competition and was used regularly on the road. After undergoing a full restoration more than a decade ago, the car was acquired by the present owner who is proud to display a significant part of local motor sport history.
Among the 400 cars competing at the meeting will be 22 examples of the Lotus marque, the most famous being the Lotus 49/R8 to be driven by John Smith. This car was driven by Graham Hill for Gold Leaf-Team Lotus in the 1969 Tasman Series and is more recently remembered as the winner of the inaugural Tasman Revival race in 2006, when Smith and second-placed Spencer Martin thrilled spectators with a torrid racelong dice.
Photographers intending to have access to the track during the Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival 2010 will need to send in an accreditation form prior to the event.
Email the completed form to email@example.com, fax it to 02-9988 4277, or post to PO Box 5063, Turramurra South 2074.
It’s time to pack your picnic baskets, free up some space on your cameras and pick out a fresh set of semi-slicks, because the Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival, November 26-28, is now only 11 days away!
Hit play on the video at the top of this post, or click this link, to check out the television commercial that’s broadcasting in preparation for the event.
And don’t forget to head to our Win page, as time is running out to pick up a ticket to get in the running to win a Lotus Elise!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Wednesday access to track: Please note that another organisation has booked Eastern Creek for Wednesday, Nov 24. For that reason we do not have unrestricted access, but have arranged for the following two concessions:
- You may park your car and trailer off outside of the tunnel (grassed area where trailers are parked) any time on Wednesday. Security will be provided.
- From 5:00pm to 9:00pm you may unload and set-up.
Special arrangements for the overseas cars are being organised.