Lap Records Tumble at Autumn Historic Warwick!With the district at its driest for many years, a very welcome day of patchy rain on Saturday was readily accepted, and Warwick turned on its usual brilliant Autumn sunshine on Sunday, allowing for spirited racing and the re-setting of several Lap Records on the challenging 3km circuit.Perhaps the highlight of the meeting was the first visit to Morgan Park by the famous Ansett Elfin MS7, well-driven by Tom Tweedie to a new lap record for Group Q Sports Cars (1970-‘77) of 1min:15.346sec, a gain of 3.6 seconds on the previous number.Anthony Paynter brought his Stag Formula Vee from Western Sydney and twice lowered the lap Record for Group Va (‘65-‘74), shaving 4 seconds off and leaving it at 1:34.600, and winning his Class in all 4 races. Nigel Jones, also from Sydney, reduced the Group Vb (‘75-‘85) record by 0.9 second to 1:34.361, taking three of the four Class victories.In Group N Historic Touring Cars, the Nb (pre-‘65) up to 1300cc record was lowered by Ipswich driver, Adam Duce, a regular winner in Sports Sedans delighted with his first outright win in Nb. The Nc (1965-’72) 3500-5000cc record fell to Graeme Wakefield’s new 1967 Mustang on its debut, so we’ll expect to see more good things from Graeme this year.In a very busy weekend of racing, regularity trials and supersprints, an enthusiastic crowd saw 44 on-track events in total, with very few minor incidents despite lots of fast, tight racing among more than 150 entrants. HRCC welcomed drivers from Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and all parts of Queensland. Several hardy drivers had competed at Mallala (SA) last weekend, Warwick this weekend, and expect to run again at Winton (Vic) in less than 2 weeks. After each event excited drivers were quick to gather to share their experiences and analyse who passed who, when and where, with plenty of laughter and frivolity. The camaraderie enjoyed in Historic Racing is often quoted as the best part of the scene, but, as always, “it’s about the cars!” AUTUMN HISTORIC WARWICK is one of two annual National Meetings at Morgan Park organised by the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland, (HRCC), and supported by dozens of enthusiastic volunteers. The major HISTORIC QUEENSLAND meeting will be on 13-14 July, celebrating 50 Years of Formula Ford, 55 Years of Ford Mustang and 60 Years of Mini, and featuring the genuine Bathurst Legends from 1973-‘92. HRCC is expecting close to last year’s 280 entries with huge fields and more exciting racing.Peter WalshHRCC Vice President
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Thanks to all the volunteers who enabled the race meeting to be a great success.
Thanks to Trapnell Creations, John Carson and Ian Welsh for these Photos