Bathurst cars hit our track for massive motorsport weekend
MOTORSPORT: Two New South Wales drivers will race Ford Sierras that once raced at Bathurst at Warwick's Morgan Park Raceway for Queensland's biggest annual race meeting this weekend.
Terry Lawler will drive a Sierra driven by legendary Ford driver Dick Johnson at Bathurst.
Tony Karanfilovski will travel from New South Wales to drive a Ford Sierra driven by Glenn Seton at Bathurst.
The 42nd annual Historic Queensland Race Meeting brings more than 230 competitors to Warwick with beautifully presented historic cars, ranging from 1938 to 1992 models.
There are no less than six FX and FJ Holdens from 1949-55, five 1964 EH Holdens and five Porsche 911 Carreras.
Each driver will have qualifying and four races over the weekend, so there will be non-stop action with 49 on-track events to thrill, plus a grand parade of classic cars at lunchtime Sunday.
All are welcome to bring their classic cars and join in. The mighty Bob Jane Monaro will be on display in the pits.
There are 22 Formula Fords celebrating 50 Years of F/Ford racing in Australia, seven Ford Mustangs, and 24 Minis celebrating 60 Years of Mini, with a special race for Minis a highlight Sunday afternoon.
A special treat for racegoers will be the Heritage Touring Cars, the Bathurst Legends from 1973 to 1992 featuring Commodores and Toranas, Escorts and Falcons, Corollas and Supras, BMWs and the all-conquering Ford Sierra, including the last Dick Johnson car.
There are drivers from as far away as Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, many back for a repeat of last year's fabulous event.
There is a large and competitive field of production sports cars including those Porsches, and the oldest, the 1954 Austin Healey 100 belonging to Chris Komor from Sydney.
Chris Farrell holds many records at Morgan Park, and will be out to beat two of his own this weekend, running his Spirit Honda and Ralt RT4.
The most popular and most populous group is the historic touring cars (Group N) with more than 50 cars split into two grids and including all the crowd favourites - Monaros, Falcons, Toranas, Mazdas, Mustangs, Minis, Alfas and Volvos.
Warwick racer Matt Clift will be at the pointy end of this group, along with the Mustangs of Joe Calleja from Victoria and Harry Bargwanna from NSW, and Queensland driver Ian Mewett, Grahame Wrobel and Graeme Wakefield.
Check out the entry lists at www.hrcc.org.au, and bring the family for a fun and exciting day of nostalgia and great cars.
Spectators are welcome to mingle among the race cars in the pits and among the classic cars on the hill, with budget catering and a free shuttle bus around the precinct. Admission is $20 a day ($15 for concessions) or $30/$25 for two days, under-15 free.
Spectators could win a Supercar Ride Experience with Penrite Racing's David Reynolds or Anton De Pasquale with a survey being the nomination form.