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
Previous 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newletters:
Tasman Revival Trophy Races – Sunday 25th November 2012
Event 34 – Regularity
The Ian Forsyth Trophy for Regularity
First Place – Graham Henshaw
The Peter Finlay Trophy for Regularity.
First Place – Jim Rooke
The Peninsula Sports Car Services Trophy for Regularity.
First Place – Duncan Craft
Event 35 – Vintage & PVT (JKL & invited others)
The Frank Gardner Trophy for Group L Sports Cars
First Place – Peter Lubrano
Second Place – Geoff Piggott
Third place – Masayoshi Oka
The Alec Mildren Trophy for Group L Racing Cars
First Place – Grant Craft
Second place – Dick Willis
Third Place – James Elphick
The RACA Trophy for Group Sa Sports Cars
First Place – Brian Duffy
Second Place – Andrew Gibson
Third place – Rick Marks
The Longford Trophy for Group L Sports Handicap
First Place – Paul Armstrong
The Dick Cobden Trophy for Group L Racing Handicap
First Place – Dick Willis
The Tom Sulman Trophy for Groups J&K Pointscore
First Place – Graeme Raper
Event 36 – The John Gale Planning Group Event for Q&R Racing
The Ron Tauranac Trophy for Group Q Racing Cars –
First Place – Chris Farrell
Second place – Doug Macarthur
Third place – John Gale
The Group R Racing Trophy Race
First Place – Guido Belgiorno-Nettis
Second Place – Sean Whelan
Third Place – Vivian King
Event 37 – The Exclusive Body Werks Event for Group S and T Sports Cars
The Bill Brown Trophy for Group Sc Sports Cars –
First Place – Geoff Morgan
Second Place – Stan Adler
Third Place – Andrew Purvis
The RACA Trophy for Group Sb Sports Cars –
First Place – Laurie Burton
Second Place – Wayne Seabrook
Third Place – Laurie Sellers
The Group T Trophy Race
First Place – Pete McNamara
Event 38 – Formula Ford
The John Leffler Shield for Historic Formula Fords
First Place – Tom Tweedie
Second Place – Nick Bennett
Third Place – David Holland
Event 40 – The Shannons Insurance Tasman Revival Feature Event
The Tasman Trophy Race
First Place – Damon Hancock
Second Place – Richard Carter
Third Place – Ray Stubber
The Jack Brabham Trophy for Group M Racing Cars.
First Place – Adam Berryman
Second Place – Ed Holly
Third Place – Peter Studer
The Leo Geoghegan Trophy for Group O Racing Cars.
First Place – Damon Hancock
Second Place – Richard Carter
Third Place – Ray Stubber
Event 41 – Production Touring Cars (Group N)
The Ian Geoghegan Trophy for Group Nb Touring Cars
First Place – John Bryant
Second Place – David Moran
The Brian Foley Trophy for Group Nc Touring Cars
First Place – Andrew Whiteside
Second Place – Laurie Donaher
Event 42 – The Credit Suisse Formula Junior and Formula 3 International Challenge
First Place – Jeff Brown
Second Place – Tony Simmons
Third Place – John Dowson
The Formula Junior Trophy Race – Front Engine
First Place – Jan Biekens
Second Place – Max Lane
Third Place – Peter Larner
The Formula Junior Trophy Race
Rear Engine – Drum Brakes
First Place – Bill Hemming
Second Place – Robert Buckley
Third Place – Jim Barclay
The Formula Junior Trophy Race
Rear Engine – Disc Brakes
First Place – Tony Simmons
Second Place – Roger Ealand
Third Place – John Dowson
The Formula 3 Trophy Race
First Place – Jeff Brown
Event 43 – The Penrite Oils Sports Racing Cars Events (M, O Q & R Sports cars)
The Repco Matich Trophy for Group M Sports Cars
First Place – Stewart Mahony
Second Place – Peter Maclaughlin
Third Place – Philip Venables
The Spencer Martin Trophy for Group O Sports Cars
First Place – Howard Blight
Second Place – David Jacobs
Third Place – Brad Morrin
The Bib Stillwell Trophy for Group Q Sports Cars
First Place – Duncan Mackellar
Second Place – Ian Ross
Third Place – Andrew Sefton
Trophy Race for Group R Sports Cars
First place – Jamie Larner
Second place – Mark Hales
Third Place – Kev Gray
Event 44 – Formula 5000 Racing Cars
The Kevin Bartlett Trophy for Formula 5000 Racing Cars.
First place – Andrew Robson
Second place – Paul Zazryn
Third Place – Chris Lambden
Event 45 – Formula Vee Racing Cars
The Bernie Haehnle Trophy for Formula V Racing Cars
First place – David Cutts
Second place – Daniel Bando
Third place – Leigh Hemmings
Hop on board with Mark Lowings for a brilliant dice with Tom Tweedie in this video from Sunday’s Formula Ford feature race at the 2012 Tasman Revival.
If you have video from the Tasman Revival which you would like to share on the website, just send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
This gallery from the Tasman Revival, by Tom Taylor, is all about the little things.
It gets up close and personal to study the details of the magic machines that competed over the weekend and find the luscious lines, compelling curves and alluring angles that make these cars such a delight to behold.
We’re back once again from an absolutely immense and unquestionably tremendous weekend of historic motorsport, and have had a week to catch up with every day life and put together a neat collection of awesome coverage of the Tasman Revival. So let’s take a look at how it all played out.
Sydney Motorsport Park greeted us with open arms on Wednesday, as an incredibly diverse and storied collection of historic racing and sports cars began arriving at the track from around the world. Containers were unpacked, trailers unloaded, road-registerable racers rolled in and people got down to the details of preparing for four full days of racing historic cars.
Sydney Motorsport Park’s upgraded facilities were a joy to settle into for the weekend for all involved, and the Garage Cafe, corporate boxes and media centre only got more wonderful as the weather began to heat up over the course of the event.
The historic action got under way for private practice on Thursday, and had the track singing until early on Sunday evening. The tight but fair and considerate racing was a joy to spectate and with cars mostly pointed in the right direction on the black stuff, the events rolled on remarkably smoothly.
The feature Tasman Revival event was a sight to behold on Sunday, with the massive grid filling the main straight of Sydney Motorsport Park with a particularly alluring sparkle in the sunshine. Wonderful performances of the Australian and New Zealand national anthems were an inspiring way to kick off the race, which, after a bit of delay, fulfilled its promise in an exciting and beautifully-driven manner.
The Formula 5000s were, as always, as spectacular to watch as they are wonderful to listen to, and the brave drivers who flung them around the track put on a tremendous display.
As did the entirety of drivers who took to the track over the weekend in all historic classes. Sports cars, racing cars and vintage cars all weree immaculately prepared, raced to match and made an irreplaceable contribution to this very special event. We thank you all for getting involved, and especially for braving the particularly fierce sun over the weekend!
We’d also like to thank you all for making the pits, paddock and dummy grids a magical place to explore; full of stunning machines, good friends and all the tinkering and socialising that goes along with them.
Most importantly, we, and I’m sure everyone involved in the event, would like to extend our most immense and heartfelt ‘THANK YOU!’ to all of the organisers, entrants, spectators and especially the volunteers who dedicate such energy and passion to making these events possible. We are extremely grateful for your tireless and selfless support of historic racing and the HSRCA.
As we so often say, it’s the good friends, great people and camaraderie that make these events so wonderful. We’d like to thank everyone for coming along and getting involved. We may put together the framework, but it’s all of you who make the event!
We’ve had an absolute smorgasbord of photo galleries come through this week, and you can check ’em all out below or on the HSRCA gallery page here. Thanks to all of the photographers who were so diligent in their coverage and quick to share it with everyone here! Make sure to check out their individual news posts, which have directions and contact details for their official websites and full galleries.
We love to promote the work of our many talented mates, so if you have photos, video, or stories from the weekend and would like to share them on the club website, send an email to email@example.com, or drop by the club Facebook page and say hi.
Up next? A relaxing holiday season! Then it’s all on again for 2013 at Wakefield Park in February. And we can’t wait to catch up with everyone there!
Our latest gallery from the Tasman Revival, by Matt Hart, captures the feel and atmosphere of the event masterfully.
One of the fun moments of Sunday at the Tasman Revival is the drivers’ parade, which brings together a group of Australia’s motor racing icons for a few laps of honour around Sydney Motorsport Park.
Historic racing, for me, is about people, friendships and camaraderie.
When we get together around a group of beautiful old racers, we create a wonderful energy and atmosphere, and when I pick up my camera to cover an event, that’s what I try to capture.
This gallery, then, takes an extended wander around the 2012 Tasman Revival and looks for the many moments that made it special.
A huge field of historic sports and racing cars makes up the Tasman Revival; each as special, storied and wonderful as the next. This gallery from Rob Scheeren takes an in-depth look at the wonderful Porsches and the Porsche community that made Sydney Motorsport Park their home over the weekend.
This excellent photo gallery from Richard Taylor heads out to the track to check out the historic motorsport action at the Tasman Revival, and features some stunning portraits of drivers.
This gallery of historic racing action from the Tasman Revival comes from Brent Murray, and features a good mix of the action at the event.
For this gallery, from Roderick Mackenzie, we take to the dummy grid, pits and paddock in a little more depth.
This spectacular gallery of the track action at the Tasman Revival comes from Christopher Dobie.
Our first photo gallery from the 2012 Tasman Revival comes from long time HSRCA photographer extraordinaire – Peter Schell.
The winner of our Ultimate Goodwood Getaway competition was drawn during a busy afternoon of historic racing at the 2012 Tasman Revival.
The winning ticket was #3487. Congratulations, and enjoy your Ultimate Goodwood Getaway!
It’s been a massive weekend of historic racing at the Tasman Revival, topped off with a sunny Sunday of feature races.
We’d like to thank everyone involved; all the organisers, entrants, spectators and, most importantly, the volunteers who make all of this possible.
Keep an eye on the site over the coming days as we’ll have full photo galleries coming online soon, along with video and race wrap-ups. We just need a quick nap before we get to work again!
Thanks to everyone for joining us for a magnificent Tasman Revival!
It’s been an action-packed day of historic racing at Sydney Motorsport Park, and things are going to get even hotter tomorrow for Tasman Sunday!
Sunday’s racing will include feature races for all categories, and there’ll be plenty going on in the pits and paddock too. We’ll see you out there!
After a big day of historic motorsport at Sydney Motorsport Park, we’ve wrapped up Friday’s qualifying and racing and are ready for a full day of racing tomorrow.
Today we enjoyed Channel 9’s TODAY show joining us for the weather, fashion photo shoots roaming the pits and paddock and, of course, plenty of historic motorsport and all the fun that goes along with it. We can’t wait for tomorrow!
Check out these photos from the day and make sure to keep checking in at the site over the coming days as we’ll have more photos and video going up as the event progresses along with full photo galleries in the days following.
If you’re heading out to the track this weekend and there’s anything you’d like to know we’ve compiled all the basics into a post here on the site, so hit this link!
A huge field of historic sports and racing cars has descended upon Sydney Motorsport Park for this weekend’s Tasman Revival, and Thursday practice is well under way.
While everyone’s settling in, preparing their cars and pits and putting in some practice laps in preparation for the event, enjoy this Tasman Revival teaser from NRMA Driver’s Seat.
See you at the track!
A huge field of historic sports and racing cars has made its way from around the country, across the oceans and through the decades for the 2012 Tasman Revival, and we’re ready to fire the starting gun and let them all loose on Sydney Motorsport Park.
So we thought we’d bring together everything you need to know for a brilliant weekend of historic motorsport!
The first thing you’ll need to do is get to Sydney Motorsport Park. The Sydney Motorsport Park website has excellent instructions on getting to the track, and clicking this link will take you directly to them!
Spectator parking is available in P3 through Gate A up on the hill on the left. Once you’re through the gates you will be directed accordingly and you can hit this link for a parking map via Sydney Motorsport Park.
If you’d just like to know where the track is, consult the handy map below:
Once you’re there you’ll need some tickets, which you’ll be able to buy at the gate every day.
- Friday – $20
- Saturday – $25
- Sunday – $35
Concession pricing for 13-17 year olds:
- $5 Friday
- $10 Saturday
- $15 Sunday
Three day pass: $50
Sunday family pass for two adults and two children: $75
Children under 12 years of age may attend free of charge
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.
Food, drink and all manner of cool historic racing paraphernalia will be available at the track all weekend long to keep your tanks topped up and provide plenty to explore. Remember to bring comfy shoes, suncream and some walking around money, and keep plenty of water on hand.
If you’d like to know who’s entered the event, in what, and when they’ll be racing, right-click and ‘Save As’ the following links to download the provisional entry list and programme of events. These will be available in hard copy at the event.
Finally, to get you inspired for some intense historic racing action, check out these photo galleries from the 2010 Tasman Revival:
A field of 17 thundering Formula 5000 race cars is set to break the sound barrier at the Shannons Tasman Revival race meeting on 23-25 November 2012 at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The crowd-thrilling 5-litre V8-engined machines will relive the 1970-1975 years of the original Tasman Series. When the Series commenced in 1964 eligible cars were based on Formula One type chassis using dedicated racing engines restricted to a capacity of 2.5 litres. The later V8 formula introduced production sourced engines which delivered greater horsepower of around 550bhp and produced roaring sounds which drew fans to the fences.
One of the pioneers of F5000 racing in Australia was Frank Matich who won the 1971 Australian Grand Prix in a car of his own design and manufacture. Matich will be in attendance as Patron of the race meeting and is looking forward to watching Aaron Lewis compete in his Matich A50, a sister car to the Grand Prix winner.
Making his first appearance in a F5000 will be Tom Tweedie in the ex-Team VDS Chevron B24, a car formerly raced by Lewis. Tweedie has raced with success in Formula Ford and Formula 3, and has also sampled Porsche Cup and V8 Supercars.
One of a number of cars coming from New Zealand is the Stan Redmond’s Lola T333 CS, once driven by Warwick Brown who is the only Australian to have won the Tasman Series (in 1975). Brown is among the 20 legendary drivers of the Tasman era who will be in attendance at the race meeting and take part in a drivers’ parade.
Returning from the USA where he is now based is expatriate Australian Bruce Leeson with his McLaren M10B. When these cars first raced Leeson was an accomplished photographer; he now provides the action on track rather than capturing the images.
Other major contenders include Andrew Robson’s Lola T332, Bill Hemmings’ Elfin MR8 and, from New Zealand, Dave Abbott’s Lola T430 and Alan Dunkley’s Lola T140.
On display at the meeting will be the first Formula 5000 driven by dual Australian Champion Kevin Bartlett. The unique Mildren Chevrolet has just been restored and will be on show in the Memorabilia Marquee.
Another ex-Bartlett car competing at the meeting will be Col Haste’s Brabham BT2 twin-cam. Powered by a 1.5 litre engine, the car was driven in the original Tasman Series by David Walker who later went overseas to drive in Formula One for Team Lotus. The well used car contested five Australian Grands Prix between 1964 and 1971.
The Tasman Revival meeting is hosted by the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of NSW and the Australian Racing Drivers Club. More information can be found at www.tasmanrevival.com and you can join in on the discussion at www.facebook.com/hsrca.
A grid of over 40 1960s racing cars is set to contest the Tasman Revival race at Sydney Motor Sport Park on the Sunday of the three day meeting.
Stephen Knox OAM, chairman of the HSRCA’s Tasman Revival committee said this year’s Tasman Revival race over 15 laps will be the most fiercely contested race for single seat racing cars seen in this part of the world for more than 30 years. Looking at the grid make-up, there is any one of around 15 car and driver combinations capable of winning the event. With over 40 cars to make up the grid, not since the heady days of the 1960s and ‘70s were so many purpose built racing cars competing in the one race, it will make an incredible spectacle. Mr. Knox went on to say that Australian champion Frank Matich who is the Patron of the Meeting will be watching closely as many of the cars he competed against will be in the race.
Unfortunately, twice winner of the event John Smith is unable to attend and as a result the Lotus 49 will not be competing. John is slowly recovering from serious spinal injuries, the result of a recent motorbike accident in the US.
Amongst the estimated 15 cars capable of top rung on the podium, is the Brabham BT31 of Peter Strauss. This very quick car was (Sir) Jack Brabham’s for the Tasman Series in 1969, powered by a Repco Brabham 2.5 litre V8, a close relative to the engine that carried Jack in 1966 and Denny Hulme in 1967 to F1 World Championships. From NZ comes Murray Sinclair with a Brabham BT29 powered by a Cosworth FVC, a larger variant of the FVA which is a 4-valve engine producing over 235bhp from 1600cc. At least one FVA engined car is expected to be on the podium and with such a diversity of marques including Brabham, McLaren, Chevron, and Elfin it will be very difficult to pick a winner. Amongst the drivers competing will be Bob Cracknell, the Chairman of the CAMS Historic Commission, in an Elfin 600. Chris Farrell will be hard to beat, his Brabham BT30 is a very quick as is Chris himself. Debutant Tasman Revival competitor, Damon Hancock in the family’s Brabham BT23 has shown tremendous form in recent times and will definitely be close to the front. Ray Stubber from WA drives a variety of cars, and has shown he is a real force to be reckoned with in the Brabham BT29. Dark horse for the event is Richard Carter who was the 1976 TAA Formula Ford Driver toEuropewinner, and has never been quicker in his Elfin Mono twin-cam.
Concurrently with these very quick cars will be the pre-1965 category of around a dozen cars. Again the winner here could come from any one of 6 cars. Ed Holly’s Brabham BT6 has dominated this category in recent times, but Peter Studer in his Lotus 32 all the way from Switzerland, Adam Berryman with Bruce McLaren’s Cooper T70, Scotty Taylor’s Cooper T53 and Don Thallon’s Cooper T53 will all make for a spirited early category race within the main event, especially as the last three cars are powered by 2.5 Coventry Climax engines.
The Tasman Revival race is an incredible spectacle. These cars all lap theS ydney Motor Sport Park complex in about the same time as a V8 supercar. They do this with no aero aids, relying on mechanical grip from the tyres and suspension set-up alone. They accelerate to 100mph in around 7 seconds from a standing start and will attain speeds of around 165 miles per hour (265 kph) down the main straight. They invariably weigh under 450 Kg and the more powerful have around 300bhp on tap.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first Australian Formula Junior Championship at the Tasman Revival
The Formula Junior International Challenge at the Tasman Revival at Sydney Motorsport Park (SMP) on the 25th November 2012 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Australian Formula Junior Championship.
The 1962 event, held at Katoomba’s Catalina Park circuit, was won by Frank Matich who, incidentally, is the official patron of the Tasman Revival meeting. And, what’s more, the very car that Matich drove on that day, an Elfin built in South Australia, will also be here to compete in this special event.
Now owned in West Australia by Charlie Mitchell, the Elfin will line up with more than 40 Formula Juniors coming from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand and local Australian entries. In taking out the 1962 title, Matich and the Elfin beat the best Brabham and Lotus machines imported from the previously dominant overseas manufacturers.
The Brabham BT2 which Tasmanian Gavin Youl drove to second place behind Matich will also be racing at SMP, now driven by Queenslander Graham Brown. Youl was the first driver to compete in cars built by the Jack Brabham/Ron Tauranac organisation, their Formula Juniors being precursors to the later successful Formula One machines.
The Formula Junior category has tremendous support worldwide and offers a great spectacle of the evolutionary development of the diminutive racers between 1958 and 1963. While the earlier cars were front-engined, restricted to 1000cc and fitted with drum brakes, later examples had 1100cc engines in the rear and carried disc brakes.
Sponsor of the International Challenge is the multinational financial services company Credit Suisse, a renowned supporter of some of the world’s best motoring events such as the Goodwood Revival, Monaco Grand Prix Historique and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
As a further tribute to the meeting patron, a number of cars raced and constructed by Frank Matich will be competing and others displayed in a Memorabilia Marquee. Foremost amongst those on display will be the SR3 and SR4 sports cars which Frank used to dominate the 1967-1969 championships, and the McLaren M10B he drove to win the 1970 Australian Grand Prix.
The Memorabilia Marquee has become a regular feature of the biennial Tasman events hosted by the Historic Racing and Sports Car Association and the Australian Racing Drivers Club.
Photographs (by Noel Conlon) of the 1962 Australian Formula Junior Championship and the victorious Frank Matich.
In just two weeks the very first of our competitors will be rolling in to Sydney Motorsport Park to unload their stunning historic racers and prepare for early practice and testing for the 2012 Tasman Revival.
And that’s pretty exciting!
We have a provisional entry list and programme of events online for you to download, and you can access them by clicking the following links, or right-clicking and selecting ‘Save As’.
Remember, tickets are on sale now for spectators from both Ticketmaster and the ARDC. Click the following links to head to their associated websites and get ready for the Tasman Revival!