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Sandown 9-11th November 2012
Historic Sandown 2012
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SANDOWN’ – VHRR Historic Meeting (Nov. 9-11, 2012)
A WISH COMES TRUE AT SANDOWN
For a group of special young people, next
weekend’s Historic motor race meeting at Sandown is going to
be something truly memorable. Next Friday, November 9 the
Victorian Historic Racing Register will host the youngsters
from “Make a Wish” Foundation at its 21st annual Historic
event at Sandown International Raceway.
A highlight will be the opportunity to slip
on a helmet, strap into a race car and do a lap of the
circuit with one of the competing drivers.
Accompanying the group to Sandown will be
their parents and friends, plus one of the volunteers from
“Make a Wish” Foundation who will be on hand to photograph
HISTORIC RACERS CELEBRATE
50 YEARS OF SANDOWN
Sandown International Raceway opened for action in 1962 with
a spectacular international meeting featuring the top line
Formula One drivers of the era including Brabham, Hill,
Surtees, Stewart, Clark, Amon, and all the leading locals
such as Davison, Geoghegan, Matich, Stillwell, Patterson and
others. What an amazing meeting!
Fifty years later, on November 9-11, the Victorian Historic
Racing Register presents 400 racing, sports and touring cars
from yesteryear in an action packed three-day carnival of
It’s also celebration time for the VHRR as it comes of age
after promoting Historic racing for the past 21 years. And
this leading club has some special surprises in store.
Feature race on the program is a 15-lap event for the very
popular Groups C and A touring cars (generally referred to
as ‘the Bathurst cars’.) A bumper field has been assembled,
and the race will also involve a compulsory pit stop to add
extra spice to the event. It’s a new, exciting innovation.
Also making the ground shake will be the thundering Formula
5000s. These are the 5-litre open wheelers that ran as
Australia’s top national formula during the 1970s and
featured in those epic battles known as the Tasman Series.
Almost 40 races and regularity runs will be conducted over
the weekend of November 9-11, catering for a wide
cross-section of Historic racing, sports and touring cars
from the 1920s to the ‘nineties.
Adding to the spectacle will be displays of one-make club
cars involving more than 300 desirable vehicles. Their proud
owners will have them on show at the concourse alongside the
main grandstand and at Red Hill on the Dandenong Road end of
the circuit for the public to enjoy.
Trade stands, food outlets and off-track displays are added
bonuses, and unlike modern day motor sport, mixing with the
cars and drivers makes Historic racing a truly memorable
Gates open at 8am, and admission is free on Friday, 9
November. Costs are $30-00 for adults on Saturday 10, and
$40-00 on Sunday 11. A weekend pass costs just $60-00, and a
$5-00 concession will apply for pensioners. Children under
15 and accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.
Great value for three days of high octane action at “Big Bad
For more information contact Brian Reed (0427 395 296)
‘BIG BAD SANDOWN’- VHRR
Historic Meeting” (Nov. 9-11, 2012)
FORD LEGEND TO BE PATRON OF
‘BIG BAD SANDOWN’
Queensland racing legend
John French is patron for the 2012 “Big Bad Sandown”
Historic meeting to be held on November 9-11, 2012.
Now a spritely 80-year old,
French co-drove with fellow Queenslander Dick Johnson to win
the 1981 James Hardie ‘1000’ at Mt. Panorama, Bathurst in
the Tru Blu Ford Falcon XD, having driven 15 times
previously in the endurance classic.
Earlier, in the 1950s,
French raced a Holden FX and went on to win the 1962
Australian GT Championship in a Centaur Waggott. He also
raced Mini Coopers and Alfa Romeos during a long and
illustrious career, but is best remembered for his
achievements as a Ford factory driver. He was one of the
most successful and best-liked drivers of the 1960s, 70’s
and 80’s and teamed with Alan Moffat to win the 1969 Sandown
3-Hour Race in a GT HO Falcon.
In 1971 he qualified his XY
GT HO Falcon alongside Moffat at the Hardie-Ferodo ‘500’ and
was on track to finish second, but a late pit stop to fix a
blocked fuel filter dropped him to 5th. Like
Moffat and others, he drove solo in the race with small
sandwiches and chunks of banana on the console for
sustenance during the gruelling 500 miles.
Queenslander was previously patron at last year’s Phillip
Island Classic Festival of Motor Sport as part of the 40th
anniversary celebrations of the famous Phase 3 GT HO and its
1971 victory, and he’s sure to be a great hit at “Big Bad
Sandown” on November 9-11.
For more information contact Brian Reed (0427