Motorsport enthusiasts are preparing to celebrate the 25thanniversary of the Nation’s Spectator Track, Wakefield Park Raceway, at a special commemorative race meeting to be held on 15-17 November.
The celebratory event has been scheduled as closely as possible to 20 November – the date when the circuit was officially opened by NSW Premier John Fahey in 1994, before Formula 1 World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham, completed the first official laps of the track.
The 25thanniversary race meeting, organised by the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association (HSRCA) and Golden Era Auto Racing (GEAR) clubs in conjunction with Wakefield Park management, will feature an assortment of racing, sports and touring cars of the same eras as those that participated in the very first race meeting at the venue.
Therefore, it will consist entirely of historic cars, dating back as far as the late 1930s to vehicles such as the Sulman Singer, and encompassing other well-known brands such as Austin, Morris, MG, Elfin as well as more recent touring cars from manufacturers such as Ford, Holden and Chrysler.
At least 10 drivers who participated in the original Wakefield Park race meeting will be in attendance, as will a number of officials.
The celebrations will flow into the town of Goulburn on Friday night, where competitors, staff members and volunteers past and present will gather at the Goulburn Workers Club. Special guests at the function will include one of Wakefield Park’s founders, John Carter, along with family members of the other founder, the late Paul Samuels.
Wakefield Park circuit manager Dean Chapman said HSRCA and GEAR have been instrumental in creating a successful 25thanniversary race meeting.
“HSRCA organised the very first meeting at Wakefield Park, while GEAR evolved from Paul Samuels’ desire to have mid-week events for owners of historic cars to drive around the venue,” Mr Chapman said.
“Both these clubs have maintained a line of communication with many of the competitors and officials who were there at Wakefield Park for the very first race meeting in 1994, and they have played a vital role in reaching out to these people and ensuring we have a level of support fitting of such a momentous occasion.
“The support from the Goulburn region and the wider community has been fantastic, and shows just how much Wakefield Park has become a major contributor to the economy since it was built in 1994.
“We’ve also had a lot of interest from various motorsport groups, who want to be part of the celebrations – it shows that Wakefield Park is a track that people enjoy racing at.”
Trackside spectator admission for the 25thanniversary race meeting will be free all weekend. Tickets for the anniversary dinner are still available, and can be purchased via wakefieldpark.com.au.