Classic cars head for Rose City

MUSCLE Car enthusiasts will motor to Morgan Park this weekend for the 34th annual Queensland Race and Regularity event hosted by the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland.

The event will see more than 300 classic cars in 40 classes converge on the Rose City of Warwick for two days of racing and festivities.

The main focus will be the running of the Regularity Group 3 category and the duel between Ford and Holden. Will history repeat itself when the GTHOs hit the ‘Mountain’ in Bathurst, or will the Holdens rewrite history?

There is also the chance to watch the classic Ford Falcon GTHO Phase 3 this weekend as the celebration of the 40th year since the GTHO Phase 3 hit the streets of Australia.

There will be five rare Ferraris against five Porsches plus 16 others in the sports car section.

Group A section has Commodores, Nissan Skylines, Jaguar XJS, BMW M3, Mitsubishi Starion and a sole Toyota Corolla.

The group C section will bring back memories with two A9X Toranas, VH Commodores and Celicas against Chris Bowdens Mazda RX7, an ex Allan Moffitt car. This car will be taken out of the famous Bowdens Museum to race this weekend.

Darling Downs car buffs cannot afford to miss this historic occasion and the gathering of millions of dollars worth of Australia’s classic racing cars from a bygone era.

Entry is $20 (day pass) or $30 (weekend pass).

Children under 14 are admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

Concessional tickets are $15 per day.

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Johnsons back to Leyburn

TOP V8 Supercar drivers from present and past will face off in an exciting new Ford-powered contest at next month’s Leyburn Sprints.

Official Queensland icon Dick Johnson and his son Stephen will be among those contesting the V8 Supercar Drivers Challenge around Leyburn’s 1.1km street course on August 27-28.

Instead of the latest Ford Falcon V8 Supercars from Jim Beam Racing or other teams, V8 Supercar Driver Challenge entrants will line up in three very different Fords from past eras – a 1934 Indy-style single-seat racer with a flathead V8 engine, a 1971 Ford Escort Mark 1 and a 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO with a ground-shaking NASCAR race engine.

“The V8 Supercar Drivers Challenge is going to sort out whether the most versatile driver is Dick Johnson or one of the young contenders,” race director Dennis Brown said.

“Since Dick is the only one ever to have raced a GT HO in its heyday, don’t expect Stephen or one of the other young guns is necessarily going to beat him.

“Dick has also been coming to the Leyburn Sprints and driving the Falcon and Escort for several years and that could give him a further advantage.

“Whoever wins, the V8 Supercar Drivers Challenge is going to be a great new attraction for spectators at this year’s Leyburn Sprints."

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