Historic Winton 2012 Part ONE

Historic Winton, organised by the Austin Seven Club, is one of Australia’s largest all-historic race meetings. In its 36th year, the event attracted over 400 historic motor cars and bikes dating back to the twenties.

The best thing about the event is the variety. At Winton…any car is welcome.

From the sublime.

To the ‘different’.

This year a number of milestones were celebrated.

  • 110 years of Cadillac.
  • 90 years of Austin Seven, Lancia Lambda and Austin 12/4.
  • 85 years of Model A Ford.
  • 80 years of Austin 10, Hillman Minx and Hudson Terraplane.
  • 75 years of Volvo.
  • 60 years of Austin Healey 100, Renault 8, Austin Champ, Austin A30.
  • 50 years of Ford Cortina Mk1, AC Cobra, Austin Freeway, Triumph Spitfire, Morris 1100, Lotus Elan, MGB, Chrysler Valiant and Alfa Giulia.

The Chrysler R series cars put on a great display.

With a rare two-door coupe in attendance.

The variety of cars competing was simply stunning.

I would go as far as saying World Class.

This is the newly created Perkins Lancia Lambda Hill Climb Special. What a sight!

The supercharged MG TC in group LB of Terry White was in fine form throughout the day.

As always the nimble Mini was the weapon of choice in the group NA and NB. The beautiful black mustang of Cameron Shearer could not keep up with the babble of minis. The #77 Mini of Armstrong was very rapid through the sweepers.

One of the great battles of the day was between the rotary RX2 of Anthony Read and the Magenta Charger of         Michael Hibbert. Trully excillarating bumper-to-bumper for 8 laps.

This 1969 Milano GT2 looks so right and purposeful on the track. The 1980 March is behind waving on the exit lap.

The DeTomaso Pantera cut some quick laps in group Sc- over 2000cc.

Its always a delight to see and hear pedigree sports cars where they belong and doing what they were designed to do.

This Riley Imp from NSW looked and sounded beautiful on the track.

The diverse range of cars on display included veteran, vintage, classic, muscle cars from all corners of the globe.

An innovative feature this year was the display of ‘Aussie Utes’ and commercial vehicles.

This 1964 Iso Revolta was a highlight in the paddock. A very rare beauty in Australia, this car remained in single ownership for 46 years.

Note the text on the utility tray.

After the excitement of the track. We headed in to the pits to take a closer look at some of the racing cars. We will bring you some of these pictures in part two. But here is one for you.

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