A busy couple of days are expected for Baskerville Raceway this weekend as it hosts the annual Baskerville Historics.
Celebrating classic vehicles from all eras, around 150 competitors from around the state are contesting the popular event, despite a quarter of the regular participants unable to attend due to the country’s border closures.
With more than 3000 fans also expected to attend the event over the course of the two days, there will be no lack of racing entertainment with around 27 sessions to take place each day.
While practice and qualifying have been completed on Friday, the action gets underway on Saturday with many of the historic classes getting between three and five races.
From Sports Sedans, Group S cars, Historic Sports and Racing open wheelers, Group N cars, Holden HQs to Regularities involving early Holdens and Marque Sportscars, there are plenty of categories to cater to fans of all tastes.
One of the major attractions for the jam-packed historic event will be the Muscle Car Cup where both international and domestic built muscle cars will battle it out.
Headlining the entry list for not only the Muscle Car Cup, but for the whole event is prominent Tasmanian driver and Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters multiple race winner, Adam Garwood.
The 22-year-old usually steers a Chevrolet Camaro RS in the national series, however for this weekend’s Tasmanian event, he will be behind the wheel of a Ford Capri Perana and looks one of the favourites to take out the category’s round honours.
Another notable entry is veteran racer Scott Taylor, who is steering a Morris Cooper S in the combined Group N and Group S class.
General Manager for Motorsports Tasmania Donald Potter was looking forward to the weekend and was excited the event could go ahead despite difficulties getting it over the line.
“Although we don’t have the same numbers as we have had over previous years, we’re just stoked to be able to run the event this weekend,” Potter said.
“It’s been a slight adjustment for many individuals as this is the first event where we are having to wear masks, but it’s a small price to pay because the alternative is that we don’t run at all.
“We knew we would get only 150 for this year’s event, so we’re happy that we’re not down on that and we know that the mainlanders who couldn’t get here this weekend are happy for us.
“To have the likes of Adam (Garwood) and Scott Taylor, who has done just about everything and raced everywhere, is fantastic.
“We also have a Volkswagen Beetle driving around in the regularity- It’s a very rare car and I can’t even remember the last time I had seen one so well done to Darrell Galpin for bringing that down.
“We’re very fortunate to be running this weekend so a big thanks to all of those people who helped get this event up and while we do miss our mainland colleagues, we are looking forward to welcoming them back next year.”
Tickets for the expected 3000 fans can be purchased at the gate of the circuit, with adult general admission tickets set at $25 per day.
For fans unable to attend, they can keep up with the action via the event’s live stream on its social channels.
The 2021 Baskerville Historics takes place at Baskerville Raceway on 18-19 September.