Matt Campbell will be in action in the Historic Autumn Meeting in Warwick this weekend.
Matt Campbell will be in action in the Historic Autumn Meeting in Warwick this weekend. Ian Welshshifting Focus

Historic racing brings out classics wheels

MOTOR RACING: This weekend the Historic Racing Car Club (Qld) will be holding its annual Autumn Race Meeting at Morgan Park in Warwick.

The fastest cars among the wonderful array of competing vehicles will be the racing and sports cars from the late 1960s through to the late 1980s.

These cars are fast even by today's standards and are sure to put on a great show.

The fastest is likely to be lap record-holder Chris Farrell from the Gold Coast in his 1982 Ralt RT4.

This is a full ground effects car and Chris is a very experienced and talented driver, winning many races at Morgan Park and other circuits in Australia and overseas.

He will not have it his own way though, as several other cars are potentially as quick as his.

Among these are Tony Le Messurier's 1974 Elfin 623, and Rob Hawley in his 1988 Ralt RT4, a similar car to Farrell's.

This will be Rob's first race meeting in this car and he will no doubt be feeling his way, but he will quickly be a force to be reckoned with.

The real underdog will be local driver, Matt Campbell, a very talented young man making his mark in all forms of racing.

This weekend he will be driving a 1973 ASP kindly provided by Frank Marshall who has been a very keen benefactor to Matt over the last couple of years. Matt's skill will have him right among the front cars, running way ahead of where you might expect it to be. Keep an eye out for Matt.

The sports cars will also be mixing it in some races with the racing cars with fastest being a gaggle of 2 litre Sports 2000 cars with seven of virtually the same cars racing wheel to wheel all weekend.

Keith Carling from the Gold Coast will be trying to regain his place at the front after car problems at Phillip Island last month, but he will have to work hard to stay in front of the other six similar cars that have come from NSW and Qld.

Also hounding these will be local favourite John Wishart in his 1972 Welsor Clubman, which goes indecently quickly around the challenging long Morgan Park circuit. Maybe it is all the laps John sneaks in while volunteering out at the circuit.

The events though for the sports and racing cars will not only be about these cars as there are plenty of other very interesting and fast cars, driven by very experienced drivers. The 1975 F3 GRD of Rolf Steinhoefer, the 1972 Brabham Dolphin of frequent visitor Mark Hulst will mix it with Max Pearson running his restored Brabham BT29, which was badly damaged at this meeting last year. There are also plenty of others produced by some of the famous racing car builders such as Lotus, Brabham, Elfin, Lola, Tiga, Cheetah.

Gates open at 8am, action starts at 9am each day. Entry per day $15, concession $10 and children, 14 and under, free.  - Peter Mohr



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