We’ve been really excited about the return of the Geelong Sprints at the Geelong Revival. The Geelong waterfront provides a world class backdrop for this motorsport event. Perfect summer weather and huge crowds made this event a day to remember.
With fashions on the field and market stalls the event had a real festival vibe. Lots of families and enthusiasts both young and not so young.
The Geelong Sprints first ran in 1956. Back then, it was a big event with top motor sport identities competing in the most powerful and exotic sports and sports/racing cars of the day. In 1978, the Vintage Sports Car Club of Victoria re-launched the event. After a long period of absence, the Revival was, well, revived again last year.
A staggering amount of cars were on display in all different pockets of the waterfront. It seemed that every nook and cranny of Geelong has been inundated with unique rides of all descriptions.
We’re not quite sure what to make of this. Innovative Aussie re-invention of destruction of a cult classic? We’ll leave it up to you to make up your own mind.
The event featured a broad range of categories each competing for the quickest time on the meandering quarter mile along the waterfront.
The line up of race cars before the start line was a scene of vibrant colour and excitement. Who needs Monaco, when you’re at Geelong?
John Gillett on the start line in his K3 MG achieved a 15.846, good enough for second in the Post Vintage Sports & Racing 1931 to 1940 class.
An Australian motorsport icon, a Matich SR4 patiently waits its turn down the straight.
Interestingly, Alan Jones, the World Driver’s Champion of 1980, launched his motor racing career at the 1964 Event. With epic race engine noise, the quarter mile sprint could be heard from a few kilometres away.
It was great to see the famous #30 Peter Jackson Seirra on the sprint.
There’s nothing quite like the sound of an Aussie brute roaring down the straight. David Holc piloting the GIO commodore was the quickest in the Group A class, with an impressive 11.456 down the quarter.
Its an even better sound when they are smoking their rears. In Group C, the quickest car was Lindsay Woollard achieving a 11.712.
This Torana was another one of our favourites, and the noisiest.
This R32 GTR was a treat for us. Driven by Andrew Stotz the Skyline achieved a solid 12.158.
This time was enough to claim pole in the Production Touring Cars 4001cc & over class.
Jim Richards was in attendance.
Red Bus racing brought on along the Winfield replica.
Its always great to see future modern classics competing.
Back in the static displays, this aesthetically pleasing, modded EH wagon caught our eye for all the right reasons.
Dukes of Hazard style.
There is no cooler station wagon than this unique Ford Squire. The faux wooden panelling is such a cool feature.
This timeless 1965 Porsche 911 was in beautiful, original condition. It is one of one 20 right hand drives built it that year, which makes it one of the earliest right hand drive 911’s in the world. Inside sublime “Pepita” houndstooth buckets.
To round off a great day we spotted this very fine Fiat Dino.
Well done to the organisers of the Geelong Revival- a superb location and an equally outstanding event. We also really appreciate you taking the time to read and view our coverage. We hope you have enjoyed it.
Stay tuned for more motorsport and car event coverage coming soon.