FINELY-TUNED: The open-wheelers will be one of 20 categories, including production type cars, at this weekend’s Autumn Historic race meet at Morgan Park.
FINELY-TUNED: The open-wheelers will be one of 20 categories, including production type cars, at this weekend’s Autumn Historic race meet at Morgan Park. Ian Welsh

Speedsters rev up in host of categories

AN expected 125 entrants will roar around Morgan Park Raceway this weekend in the Autumn Historic race meet.

Up to 20 different categories will take to the track, from open-wheelers to GTs, with the oldest car being driven by Lancia Meadows, from 1927, and the youngest being from 1987.

Morgan Park Performance Centre owner Matt Clift said the event was something he always wanted to do.

"It's definitely on my 'to do' list," Clift said.

"It's always a lot of fun and there's a fairly big field with a lot of quick cars."

Driving a Mazda RX2, Clift said a strong qualifying session was important.

"I would be happy with top five in qualifying, that's my aim," he said.

"It's fairly important, the V8s are pretty hard to pass in a straight line and they're so wide that it's hard to get around them on the corners, even if you've got more speed."

Clift said being up the front would also hopefully keep him out of trouble.

"It's the same with any racing, the guys that are up there are probably up there for a reason," Clift said.

"They keep themselves out of trouble and race cleanly.

"Obviously being back in the pack, there is a bit more of a chance of tangling with someone.

"If you can be up the front and get a good start, you can probably also nurse your car home for a top-10 finish, just because of how things can be a bit further back."

Historic Car Racing Club of Queensland vice-president Peter Walsh said the different categories would mean there was something for everyone.

"Most people can probably associate more with the production type cars, which are more similar to what you see on the road," Walsh said.

"But different people have different interests and there will be something for everyone."

Qualifying starts at 9am today.



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