The NSW historic motor racing scene will roar back into life this weekend at the nation’s spectator track, Wakefield Park Raceway, which will host the HSRCA (Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of NSW) Spring Festival.
The event marks the first HSRCA race meeting since March and according to event organiser Richard Cardew, the infectious enthusiasm of competitors has resulted in high entry numbers for every category.
“With the current border closures, many of our regular interstate visitors have been unable to attend but the eagerness of the local drivers has made up for it – the entry numbers are marvellous,” Cardew said.
“It will be on for young and old – there are plenty of familiar faces returning to the race track but there are also some new competitors, which is good to see.”
In typical historic racing style, the HSRCA Spring Festival will showcase cars from different eras, ranging from purpose-built sports and racing cars to production-based touring cars.
Categories on the program include historic Formula Ford and Formula Vee (both home to early versions of cars that continue to race in modern categories), Group K, L and M (1931-65 Sports and Racing), Group O, Q and R (1966-post ’77), Group N (Historic Touring) and Group S (Production Sports).
Saturday afternoon will also feature the BMC Challenge, a six-lap race for cars fitted with the BMC A-Series engine, such as Minis, MG Midgets and Austin Healy Sprites.
In addition to the racing categories, there is also a Supersprint category (for drivers to race the clock for the fastest time around Wakefield Park) and Regularity, in which drivers nominate a lap time and attempt to match that time as closely as possible.
Some notable names will line up at this weekend’s meeting, including Harry Bargwanna – father of Bathurst 1000 winner Jason – who will race a Mustang in Group N.
Other prominent inclusions on the entry list include 1976 Australian Formula Ford Champion Richard Carter (driving his Renmax 23 in Supersprint), motorsport safety pioneer Michael Henderson (also in Supersprint) and acclaimed international race car designer Malcolm Oastler (Group R).
The last HSRCA meeting in March saw a couple of lap records broken and both record holders – Wayne Seabrook (Group S) and David Stone (Group N) are entered in their respective categories.
While spectators are not permitted to attend this weekend’s race meeting, Cardew said historic enthusiasts will still be able to immerse themselves in the character of the meeting through photos published on the HSRCA website.
“We’re fortunate to have some excellent photographers attending this weekend’s meeting, including our website manager Seth Reinhardt who does a magnificent job of taking photos that really capture the atmosphere and character of the event,” Cardew said.
“Photos and race reports will also be available in our Oily Rag magazine, which we publish shortly after each event.
“Wakefield Park is a terrific venue – it has the right mixture of informality in the paddock and enjoyment on the track. Hopefully, we’ll be able to welcome spectators back to our meetings in 2021,” Cardew concluded.
Full entry lists and schedule for this weekend’s HSRCA round are available on the HSRCA website