Wakefield Park to Celebrate 40 Years of Historic Racing in September

Wakefield Park will celebrate 40 years of historic racing in Australia when it hosts the Vintage Sports Car Association of Australia (VSCCA) Car and Bike Festival on 17-18 September.

The special event will commemorate Australia’s very first all-historic race meeting, which was held at the now-defunct Amaroo Park circuit in 1976.

The race meeting will include events for pre-1961 cars and motorcycles, and will be one of the few times an event has been held at Wakefield Park for both two and four-wheeled vehicles.

The weekend will be themed as a re-enactment of that first 1976 historic meeting, with competitors and spectators encouraged to dress up in clothing from the era. There are also plans to include vintage car displays and trade stands to create a historic festival atmosphere.

Wakefield Park operations manager, Matt Baragwanath said the Historic Car and Bike Festival will be an event for all age groups to enjoy.

“It’s very exciting news for Wakefield Park, and the Goulburn region that we have been able to secure this event,” Mr Baragwanath said.

“When Wakefield Park was built in 1994, one of its main purposes was to host historic racing events, and I was very passionate about ensuring we hosted a high-profile historic meeting at the venue.

“Historic meetings appeal to very wide audiences, because the older generations enjoy reminiscing about the cars they grew up with, and the younger generations have an opportunity to see how motorsport was conducted in the ‘olden days’ – having an assortment of vintage cars and bikes for all ages to admire will make for a very special weekend.”

The cars and bikes will be divided into groups based on age; cars expected to attend include Group J, K and L Sports and Racing Cars from manufacturers such as Lola and Elfin, while motorcycle brands will include Triumph, Indian and Harley Davidson.

Further details, including admission prices and other promotional activities, will be released closer to the event.

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