The EBS Porsche Spyder was built in 1972 as a one-off by the engineers at the Porsche Weissach works for the Interserie-European Can Am series (Under 3 litre small block division). Several engineers were asked to build an off-budget, “skunk-works” car using “spare” items from the works and is not recognised as an official Porsche model. Eberhard Braun designed and built the car which has a remarkable resemblance to the 917/10 series, just on a smaller scale. There is speculation that the car was completed or rebuilt in 1976 by prominent sports car makers URD who built it as a Group 6 Prototype sports car and gave it the serial number URD 676 #005. It is built on a tube frame chassis, has a fibreglass body, weighs around 700kg and is powered by a genuine factory 2.8RSR engine coupled to a Hewland FG400 5 speed gearbox.
The car was raced by prominent European racer Max Moritz and driven by Hubert Schmidt at the famous Nurburgring in 1976 as well as Zolder, Salzburgring and Hockenheim. It was then sold in 1980 and went to the US where it raced in Historic Can Am races, SCCA, SVRA and HSR meetings. It was owned by a few other Americans until an Australian, Warwick Miller purchased it and bought it back to Australia where he began a partial restoration.
In 2008 it was purchased by Terry Lawlor who has since completed a more extensive restoration and rebuild. It is anticipated that its first event in Australia will be the Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival at Eastern Creek, November 26-28, 2010.
Terry won the HSRCA Group Sc Championship in 2008 and was runner up in 2007 and 2009 in a Porsche 911. Terry will campaign the EBS Porsche Spyder in HSRCA Group Q in 2011.
Images: Terry Lawlor and John Shingleton
The Lotus Sydney 2010 Tasman Revival continues to ramp up to fever pitch and, to hold you over for another month, we have a little teaser of the cars and drivers that you will find on the track at Eastern Creek this 26th to 28th of November.
This list is anything but final, but already it is packed with beautiful, rare, fast and historic cars and some very tidy steerers that are going to make the weekend a memorable one. Click here to download the entry list to date for the Lotus Sydney 2010 Tasman Revival.
The Lotus Sydney 2010 Tasman Revival is just five weeks away and is shaping up to be a really special event. If you are attending the event and are planning on participating in the private practice session on Thursday the 25th of November, it is a good idea to book in early. Booking in early will save you some time on the day and make getting set up that much easier.
If you want to book in early, please download this form and send it back to the ARDC (not the HSRCA). Payment can be made via both credit card and direct bank deposit.
A mammoth International contingent is again what the Tasman Revival has that no other Historic event in Australia can match. As at the time of writing there are 45 overseas entries confirmed including a swag of cars from our 1960s era. Once again Graham Adelman will be bringing both his Ferrari 246T and the most gorgeous sounding car ever, the BRM P126.
Thinking forward, the 3rd running of the Tasman Revival will see some great competition at the front of the field. From the entries so far it looks like the winner may be any of four makes of car, Lotus, Brabham, Ferrari, or BRM, and maybe there is a dark horse in there as well.
Firstly we will have the 2006 winner, John Smith in the Dawson-Damer family’s Lotus 49. Then the 2008 winner, Rob Hall in Graham Adelman’s Ferrari 246T Dino. Add to that equation the car Sir Jack Brabham drove to many victories in 1967 to come 2nd behind team- mate Denny Hulme, the Brabham BT24 of Brian Wilson. (more…)
The draw for our Win a Lotus Elise competition has been moved back one day and will now take place on Sunday the 28th of November at 4PM to allow for greater crowd participation.
Information about the Pit Straight Car Club Picnic Day and the associated registration and booking form is now online as well, just head to our corporate hospitality page here, or grab the documents below.
PIT STRAIGHT CAR CLUB PICNIC DAY
Club cars with a PIT STRAIGHT CAR CLUB sticker on windscreen will be permitted to park track side on the spectator mound on pit straight in their exclusive club area. Please note BBQs are not permitted at Eastern Creek Raceway.
All orders must be placed by the 5th of November 2010
Sir Jack Brabham has accepted the HSRCA’s invitation to be the Patron of our biggest and most important race meeting. Sir Jack was invited some time ago but his health has not been good and he asked for time to consider our request. We are delighted that he can make it and appreciate the personal effort that his visit will require.
Sir Jack and Lady Brabham will arrive in Sydney early on the morning of Sunday 28th November and spend the day at Eastern Creek.
Everything that can be written about Sir Jack Brabham has appeared in print many times, but in the context of the Tasman era it is worth reiterating that he won three F1 World Drivers’ Championships (1959, 1960 and 1966) and is the only man to have won the World Championship in a car bearing his name. That is a record likely stand for all time.
In 1959 he became the first man to win the World Championship in a rear-engined car and no one has ever won in a front-engined car since. The only drivers to have won more World Championships than Jack are Fangio, Prost and Schumacher. (There have 31 Champions over 50 years – Sir Jack is the oldest surviving World Champion). He also introduced European-style formula cars to Indianapolis and this, more than anything, spelled the end of the outdated Indy roadster. He paved the way for future Indy winners including Jim Clark and Graham Hill in similar cars.
There is no way one can compare drivers from different eras as the sport/business has changed so much. However, one clear difference is that F1 drivers in the 1960s drove just about anything with four wheels and Jack was successful in Formula 2, sports cars and sedans. At his unforgettable 70th birthday party put on by the HSRCA at the (then ANA Hotel in Sydney) when asked how cars had changed, Jack said, “In my day we had to steer, accelerate, brake AND change gears!’
One of the most popular features of the Tasman Revival is the attendance of the men we call the Legends – the drivers from the period we celebrate. What a wonderful opportunity to see them all together again, this time with our World Champion amongst them. Don’t miss it!
Odyssey Travel are offering fabulous packages to the Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival 2010.
- Return transfers from Sydney airport to Eastern Creek.
- 3 night’s hotel accommodation in en-suite share twin rooms.
- Breakfast daily.
- 3 day pass to the Tasman Revival meeting.
- Travel to and from Sydney.
- Please contact your Educational Travel Adviser for assistance.
- Meals other than breakfast.
- Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone calls
The Chifley Eastern Creek is set on 1.1 hectares at Eastern Creek Raceway and is ideally located just 2km to the junction of the M4 and M7 motorways allowing for easy access to Homebush, Sydney Olympic Park and all areas of Sydney.
The 4½ self rated hotel offers 104 stylishly appointed trackside and courtyard guest rooms and suites. Chifley Eastern Creek also boasts three conference and function rooms catering for up to 200 delegates.
Coldwater Creek tavern is now open and provides the perfect venue for a casual or business lunch or dinner, or to relax with colleagues and friends for pre or post dinner drinks. The hotel also offers complimentary onsite parking, business centre, indoor lap pool and gymnasium.
If you enjoy car racing, this hotel is ideally located only minutes from one of the country’s premier motor sport facilities.
Call Odyssey Travel on 1300 888 225
For more information or to request a booking click here
Show cars with CAR CLUB sticker on windscreen will be permitted to park track side on the spectator mound on pit straight in their exclusive club area. Driver and passengers pay at gate as per spectator fee.
Adults – $20 (includes admission to competitor paddock & grandstand)
Children 12 & under FOC
Download your entry and information forms here
This is your chance to win a fabulous Lotus Elise valued at $45 000.
Refurbished by Lotus Australia, this 2004 Elise is one of the ex Trophy Race cars and will be registered and insured for the winner.
Just 1250 tickets will be sold in aid of the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association.
Tickets can be purchased by cheque or credit card.
Cheques should be made out to the HSRCA and sent to PO Box 5063, Turramurra South, NSW 2074 with a covering note including your name, address, contact phone number and number of tickets required
Credit card (MasterCard & Visa only) payments can be mailed to the same PO Box or sent via email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the same details included
Note that it is essential to provide an address in all transactions.
Peter Mahony, a regular HSRCA competitor in his Group M Sports Bolwell, was the lucky holder of ticket number 2482 drawn on the 6th July.
Peter has won a trip for two to England to see the famous Goodwood Revival meeting on 17-19 September 2010.
His prize includes
2 Premium economy return tickets to London (ex Sydney)
2 premium grandstand entry passes (3 days)
7 nights accommodation for two (including Breakfast)
7 days car rental
The prize is valued at a whopping $17,000.
Start packing your bags Peter!
Graham Adelman from Virginia USA has also confirmed his intent to make a return visit with both his Ferrari 246T and BRM P126 cars which he brought to the 2008 Tasman Revival meeting. Both cars will be shipped from the UK where they are cared for by Hall and Hall at Bourne.
The Ferrari was driven by Chris Amon to finish second in the 1968 Tasman Series with wins at Levin and in the NZGP at Pukekohe and a very close second to Jim Clark in the AGP at Sandown. After a 40 year absence from Australia it was driven by Rob Hall to win the 2008 Tasman Revival race at Eastern Creek and should be a front runner again this year. The V12 BRM which Graham drove himself in 2008 was driven by both Bruce McLaren and Richard Attwood in 1968 and scored a win at Teretonga in McLaren’s hands.
Via: Ed Holly’s M and O Racing newsletter.
Images: Trent Wallis and Peter Schell
The entry forms for the 2010 Tasman Revival Meeting are now online.
The 2010 event is set to be the biggest and best yet, so get your entries in now.
Entry Forms for both National and International entrants can be found by clicking here.
According to reports in Autosport, veteran historic racer Neil Cunningham is planning to compete in the 2010/2011 Tasman Revival Formula 5000 races.
Autosport says” The Kiwi has begun talks with car owners in both the UK and in NewZealand, aimed at securinga competitive ride.
Cunningham said” I have always been a huge fan of F5000 and the time is now right to try and win races back home. The category is huge in New Zealand. I want to be in a position to win and plan to test a car here shortly to prepare””