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THUNDER ACTION AT SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARK

Warwick Brown in Stan Redmond’s Lola T333 CS

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.

Aaron Lewis in the Matich A50

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.

Huge Grid Set for Tasman Revival Feature Event

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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.

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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.

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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.

More information can be found at www.tasmanrevival.com and you can join in the discussions on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hsrca and Twitter at www.twitter.com/hsrca.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first Australian Formula Junior Championship at the Tasman Revival

Frank Matich

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.

Frank Matich

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.

More information can be found at www.tasmanrevival.com and you can join in the discussions on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hsrca and Twitter at www.twitter.com/hsrca.

Photographs (by Noel Conlon) of the 1962 Australian Formula Junior Championship and the victorious Frank Matich.

Tasman Revival 2012 Provisional Entry List and Programme of Events

2012 Tasman Revival Provisional Entry List and Programme

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’.

Provisional entry list as at 1st November 2012 [PDF]

2012 Tasman Revival Programme [PDF]

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!

Click this link to purchase tickets directly from Ticketmaster.

Click this link to purchase tickets directly from the ARDC.

A Tour of Eastern Creek with Ed Holly

Eastern Creek

Eastern Creek, now Sydney Motorsport Park, is a home away from home for Aussie historic racers. So, we’d like to give our international friends the inside line on what the track’s like before we all take to it for the first Tasman Revival practice events in just three weeks.

The following video heads on board with Ed Holly for a few laps of the classic circuit, racing his 1968 Brabham BT21C in M & O last year.

Revivers of the Lost Art: Tasman Revival in the Wentworth Courier

Daniel Bando

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

Old Bike Australasia Historic Motorcycle Race Removed From Programme

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.

Yours Sincerely

Peter Addison – Event Manager

2012 Tasman Revival Historic Race Meeting

FORMULA JUNIOR TO RACE AT TASMAN REVIVAL

Alexis Keith Stevens

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.

Syuichiro Nagakubo Japan Lotus 18 FJ

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.

Maurice Blackwood Lotus 20 and Noel Bryen Rennmax FJs

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.

Paul Halford Autosud and Max Lane Lola FJss

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.

More information can be found at www.tasmanrevival.com and you can join in the discussions on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hsrca and Twitter at www.twitter.com/hsrca.

A Famous Australian car and a Famous Australian Driver Return to Compete at the Tasman Revival.

Lotus 32 Twincam 1500

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.

Cooper Climax T53

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.

Photo Gallery: Tasman Revival at Muscle Car Masters 2012

The Tasman Revival at Muscle Car Masters

The Tasman Revival team was back at Sydney Motor Sport Park this weekend, enjoying the spectacle of Muscle Car Masters 2012 and talkin’ Tasman with its fans.

Peter Schell was at the event and has very kindly shared a selection of his photographs from the day. They cover some of the action on the track as well as the display in the paddock and are great fun. Check ’em out below!

Thanks to Peter Schell for the photographs!