Racing for vintage cars and bikes

WAKEFIELD Park’s 40th anniversary Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia meeting attracted a huge field of well over 200 competitors over the weekend.

The meeting also attracted considerable spectator numbers, according to the park’s operations manager Matt Baragwanath.

“We had very good ticket sales numbers on  Saturday,” he said while talking with one of the vintage car drivers in the paddock.

“We are very pleased with the way this event has come together and the enthusiasm shown by the car and bike owners.”

Competitors with machines dating back as far as the 1920s travelled from Queensland, Victoria and South Australia as well as far flung parts of NSW and the ACT, to compete in a fun weekend of racing and regularity events.

The meeting celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the VSCCA.

Since the club’s beginnings later model cars have joined the ranks of the vintage machines and many of the cars that were racing in the early years of the club’s are still in the hands of racing enthusiasts today.

Michael Vigneron, better known as “Froggy,” used to work for Paul Samuels, the co founder of Wakefield Park, before Mr Samuels retired from racing. Froggy is a firm believer that race cars and bikes are meant to be used, not just looked at in a showroom or museum.

“This is what I like,” he said. “Drivers and owners getting out and enjoying the cars, giving them a run and meeting up with friends.”

There were many familiar names among the vehicles entered for the weekend’s program. There were also a considerable number of vehicles whose manufacturer ceased to exist or was taken over by another entity, and some with names only enthusiasts would be familiar with.

Bryce Davies and Des Heaney were both riding Rudge Specials, Ken Lucas was listed with a 1928 Douglas, Mark Vella had an 1933 AJS 7R and Mick Johes was riding a MV Agusta built in 1959, and that was just some of the more unusual bikes.

In the cars there were a couple of Model T Fords. There’s nothing unusual about that but the machines were either over 100 years old or very close to it.

Some unusual car names included a Jowett jupiter, Jewitt Spl, Milano GTI, a Hamilton, an Allard, an Alvis 12/50,  a Hotchkiss AM and a Railton-Terraplane, which the crowd appreciated.

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