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Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.21

2012 Tasman Revival

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!

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.21 [PDF]

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:

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.20

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.19

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.18

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.17

Australian 1960s Racing Cars (M and O) Newsletter No.16

A Tasman Revival Teaser

2012 Tasman Revival

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!


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 and you can join in on the discussion at

Huge Grid Set for Tasman Revival Feature Event

Tasman Revival

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.

Tasman Revival

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.

Tasman Revival

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.

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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.

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

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.


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.

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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.

HSRCA Display at the Shannons Eastern Creek Classic 2012

Brabham BT24

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

The HSRCA & Tasman Revival Team at Motorfest

The HSRCA & Tasman Revival Team at Motorfest

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.

Click this link for the full gallery

Tasman Revival Coverage Revived


In a little over two months’ time, the HSRCA will be heading back to Eastern Creek International Raceway to burn off the winter blues with some hot historics.

Last time we were there was for the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival, and a ball was had by all. We recently received some photographs taken by Roderick Mackenzie during the event, so it is time to share! Thanks to Rod for sharing his work!

Photography by Roderick Mackenzie


Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival Feature Race Winners


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.

Detailed results and timing can be found on our results page, and on this link to the Natsoft website. The HSRCA lap records for Eastern Creek International Raceway can be found here.

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

Tasman Revival Photo Gallery


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:

HSRCA’s 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival photo gallery

Motosport Retro’s 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival photo galleries: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Let’s Go Racing! Saturday at the Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival


All historics, all racing, all day. Saturday at the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival was a scorcher, and it had nothing to do with the weather. Each class hit the track twice today, and after two days of practice and qualifying, they are going faster and harder than ever.

Sunday is what we’ve been building up to; look forward to some tooth-and-nail historic racing from every class, a paddock full of timeless historic racing machinery and a friendly group of people to share it all with.

Motorsport Retro has some great shots from the pits and paddock on Friday and Saturday, and we will have a full gallery for you early next week.

See you tomorrow for the 2010 Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival’s biggest, fastest and most amazing day of racing yet!

Tasman Wednesday Access

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:

  1. 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.
  2. From 5:00pm to 9:00pm you may unload and set-up.

Special arrangements for the overseas cars are being organised.

Tasman Series Photo Gallery 3: Pits and Paddock 1967-1969


Here is our third post featuring images from the Tasman Series by photographer Brian McInerney.

This time we take a look in and around the Pits and Paddock. As you can see, things have changed!

These photos are special, because this is the first time they have been published in any medium for 40 years.

Brian is a professional photographer and in the 1960s he was the young assistant photographer at Channel Seven in Sydney. For each of the Tasman Series races in 1967, 1968 & 1969 he acquired a press photographer’s pass and had complete access to the drivers and the track.

As a result he has a truly remarkable collection of images of the Tasman Series stars, including Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Derek Bell and the local heroes.

Its only three weeks until the Tasman Revival at Eastern Creek, so make sure you grab your tickets.

Images: Brian McInerney, Fine Image Gallery ©


Win a Lotus Elise tickets Going Fast!


The HSRCA was out in force at Sydney’s Concours d’Elegance Australia this weekend, and took a few examples from the Tasman Revival’s stellar line-up, as well as a beautiful example of the Lotus Elise we are giving away, along for the ride.

The cars looked stunning as they basked in the sunshine at Manly, and did a great job getting people excited for the Lotus Sydney 2010 Tasman Revival. I’m really looking forward to seeing and hearing them out on the track! Bring on the roar of engines, the smell of petrol and hardworking brakes, clutches and tyres and the excitement of historic cars racing on the raggedy edge.

Getting people pumped for the Tasman Revival wasn’t all the cars did. Tickets to our Win a Lotus Elise competition were on sale and going fast and we now have only 588 left.

Chances to win one of the next generation of trackday classics are running out faster than Avgas on raceday, so head to our Win page to buy your ticket now!

Only 588 tickets to win a Lotus Elise are left and they are going fast, click here to buy one today!

Huge international line up set for Lotus Sydney Tasman Revival 2010


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…)

Classic Tasman Ads: McRae wins on Ampol


When New Zealand’s Graham McRae took out the 1973 Tasman Series he become the first – and only – driver to win the Series three years in a row.

His winning mount for 1973 was the hot pink McRae GM1 Chevrolet, powered by British developed Alan Smith engines. McRae was running hot, having just returned from winning the rich L&M Formula 5000 series in the United States.

Graham is pictured in this ad for Australian petroleum company Ampol at Adelaide International Raceway. Interestingly the image is from the 1972 series, as the following McLaren M10B is driven by Kevin Bartlett, Kevin entered a Lola T300 in the 1973 Tasman. Despite his success, Adelaide proved to be unkind to McRae as he failed to finish at this round in both 1972 and 1973.

With the introduction of Formula 5000 to the Tasman Series the stars of Formula One no longer made the long haul down under each summer. However for 1973, there was an intensely competitive field of New Zealanders, Australians and some well credentialed internationals.

The man most pundits expected to be McRae’s strongest opposition was Frank Matich, fresh from his dominant victory in the Australian Drivers Championship – or Gold Star. Ultimately Matich endured a patchy run, winning only once at Surfers Paradise.

Local hopes also rested with big name Formula 5000 heroes like Max Stewart, Kevin Bartlett, David Oxton, Johnnie Walker, Warwick Brown and John McCormack in the Ansett Team Elfin MR5 Repco.

The US contingent was led by Sam Posey. Sam came to the Tasman Series with a big reputation and experience in American Formula 5000, Indianapolis and Le Mans. From England came Alan Rollinson, one of the name drivers of British and European Formula 5000 racing, along with his 24 year old cousin, and relative new comer, Steve Thompson. The cousins would score a win a piece during the series.

McRae opened his account with a troubled run to fourth at Round 1 at Pukekohe, where a pit stop to replace two damaged wheels dropped him well off the leaders. Victory a week later at Levin and another at the Wigram Airfield Circuit near Christchurch made for a strong New Zealand leg. A consistent run in the early Australian rounds kept McRae well in the hunt, and his third victory of the series at Sandown’s penultimate round in Melbourne sealed his third consecutive Tasman crown.

Tragically the days of the Tasman Series were numbered, costs and a shift in popularity towards sedan racing sealed its fate. What had once been the pinnacle series of the southern hemisphere ended with the last race held at Sandown Raceway in February 1975.

James Meale

Via: Motorsport Retro

Brian McInerney Photo Gallery 2: Tasman Series 1967 – 1969


Here are some more wonderful images from the Tasman Series from 1967 – 1969 by photographer Brian McInerney.

They are an absolute treat, because this is the first time they have been published in any medium for 40 years.

Brian is a professional photographer and in the 1960s he was the young assistant photographer at Channel Seven in Sydney. For each of the Tasman Series races in 1967, 1968 & 1969 he acquired a press photographer’s pass and had complete access to the drivers and the track.

As a result he has a truly remarkable collection of images of the Tasman Series stars, including Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Derek Bell and the local heroes.

Brian is set to releases a series of Tasman Series framed prints, so watch this space.

Images: Brian McInerney, Fine Image Gallery ©

Tasman Legends: Vern Schuppan


Vern Schuppan won the Rothmans International Series Formula 5000 series, driving a Lola T332 and placed second in the 1976 Australian Grand Prix driving an Elfin MR8. In 1978 he was runner up in the Rothmans International Series.

Originally from from Whyalla, South Australia. He drove in various categories, but arguably most of his success was as a sports car driver and was heavily associated with Porsche till the end of his career.

His sports car career, particularly at the Le Mans 24 Hours flourished, firstly as a long term member of the Mirage team and later as a member of Porsche’s official factory squad. After coming close to victory many times, a win finally arrived in 1983.

Schuppan participated in 13 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, mostly for Ensign and Surtees, making his debut on May 12, 1974. He failed to score any championship points during his sporadic six year career.

In 1971 Schuppan won the British Formula Atlantic Championship and this led to a test drive with BRM.

In 1972 whilst BRM’s test driver he tried unsuccessfully to qualify for the 1972 Belgian Grand Prix. However Schuppan had some good non-championship race finishes with a fourth in the Victory Race and a fifth in the International Gold Cup. In 1973 he finished ninth in the BRDC International Trophy in a BRM.

Schuppan competed in three Indianapolis 500 races (1976, 1979, 1981), with a best result of third in 1981 driving a McLaren-Ford. He won the 1974 and 1976 Macau Grand Prix races, dominating the 1974 by four laps.

He was the 1983 Japanese Sports-Prototype Champion, and followed his 1976 5th place finish, 1975 3rd place finish and 1977 & 1982 2nd place finishes of the 24 hours of Le Mans by winning in 1983 driving a Porsche 956 with Al Holbert and Hurley Haywood. In 1984 he finished 6th at Le Mans with former Formula One World Champion Alan Jones. He had a number of other podium finishes in the World Sports Car Championship. These include a second in the 1973 & 1982 Spa 1000km, third in the 1983 & 1984 Fuji 1000km and a third in the 1985 Selangor 800km races. Schuppan also placed third in the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship in 1984, 1985 and 1986.

With Japanese backing, he also produced a road going evolution of the Porsche 962 called the Schuppan 962CR. At the then price of 195 million yen (1.5 million USD) only six were built.

Via : Wikipedia

Ferrari 246T and and BRM P126 confirmed for 2010 Tasman Revival


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

Neil Cunningham eyes F5000


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””

Via: Autosport

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Tasman Series: Warwick Farm 1965



Sydney Grand Prix

Date: 14th February 1965

45 Laps of 3.621kms (162.945kms)

The 1965 International 100 at the Farm was a notable triumph for the flying Scotsman Jim Clark, who not only established lap and race records, but overcame the loss of third gear very early in the race.

Clark had been in devastating form leading up to the International, with three consecutive wins in the Tasman series, but at the unofficial practice session on the Friday, the leading drivers had sounded a warning that Clark wouldn’t have things all his own way. First, Graham Hill, had scorched round in 1:35, well inside the 1:37.4 record, and he was closely followed by Frank Matich, 1:35.6. Bib Stillwell got down to 1:34.8 and McLaren returned 1:35.8, Clark replied with a 1:34.7 lap. This spurred Graham Hill to a 1:34.2 lap in the next session and Matich to 1:34.3. Matich cut his time to 1:32.8, Hill returned an even 1:33, and Clark and Brabham 1:33.5.

At the end of the day, it was apparent that several cars were suffering from overheating due to leaking sealing rings, and there was some concern that compressions were too high for the 100-octane fuel. (more…)