The Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland (HRCC) has wrapped up its 2021 season of motorsport on a high with a successful running of the Historic Queensland.
Taking place at Morgan Park, around 100 local Queenslanders contested the event which was a celebration of the country’s rich history in race cars.
From fields of more than 20 in the Group N special class and regularities to the impressive showing of iconic cars in the Group C and Group S grids, there was plenty of enjoyment from fans and competitors alike in the club’s final outing of the year.
While total number of entries were down on previous editions of the annual event, the club was excited to be back in action, with event secretary Mark Stockwell praising all who attended.
“The event ran smoothly and people really enjoyed themselves, which is the reason we do what we do,” Stockwell said.
“It was no surprise that we only had about 100 people compared to the usual 250 as the restrictions and COVID concerns both contributed to the numbers, which we knew would happen.
“With that said, the event was highly successful and it was a nice way to wrap up the year.
“There were some magnificent cars competing throughout, including the 1991 Bathurst winning Skyline driven by Kyle Alford, the 1991 Sandown 500 winning Skyline driven by Tony Alford and an ex-Garry Ford Escort driven by Aarron Hodges who broke a class record.
“There was also some great competition throughout the weekend with the Group N Cars and the combined Group S, Group G and Invited cars both enjoying some great close racing.”
With the club now wrapping up for the year, its attention now turns to 2022, with the first event in February as a joint test, trial and supersprint weekend.
Although this year has proved difficult for many clubs, the HRCC included, Stockwell believed it was extremely important to continue running events for the mental wellbeing of members.
“To be in Queensland and to be able to run as we have been over the past few months makes us feel very lucky and we’re just pleased that we were able to run this event after it was postponed from July,” Stockwell explained.
“From a mental standpoint, I think it’s important that we can do things we are used to doing. I think it’s very important to do things like this and try to be as normal as possible.
“We’re way beyond being Supercars or Formula 1 drivers, so it's a bit more of a social aspect for us and the wonderful thing with historic motorsport is the friendship and catching up between competitors and officials at these events.
“I must also add that we are very lucky to have a good group of officials in Queensland, many of whom contribute plenty, so I would like to thank them all on behalf of the club, who is very appreciative for their time and investment.”