Historic Winton is vintage car heaven

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Historic Winton is our favourite historic motorsport event on the calendar. As you can see, we are staunch supporters of this stellar event…check out our coverage of the event in 2012, 2016 and 2017.

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This event has etched a place in Australia’s Motorsport History as one of the longest running events. Whilst this event is the 42nd year, no years are ever the same.

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There’s always a reason to come back.

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Like ever year, it was brilliantly organised by the Austin Seven Club in conjunction with the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association of Victoria. Full credit goes to both clubs and their army of volunteers for co-ordinating and managing this special event.

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It’s hard to believe that some of the cars competing in Regularity Two are approaching 90 (and some 100) plus years old. Their brisk performance is a credit to their fearlessly passionate owners who cherish them, but, most importantly continue to use them for their intended purpose.

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The regularity events provide owners of stunning Pre-War machinery to test their car’s limits in a non-racing event. What a treat to see a Type 35 Bugatti where is belongs…the race track.

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The sheer physicality of driving these Pre-War car is a great spectacle. Why do gym, when you can Pre-War race?

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Like last year, it was a pleasure to see this reflecting beauty a 1923 Aston Martin, one of the oldest worldwide. Check out last year’s event for more information on this fine specimen.

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Groups J & K featured a diverse field of American and European Pre-War cars from pre-1930 to the end of 1940.

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This 1939 Oldsmobile Special from South Australia drew our attention with its crisp engine note and its eye-catching livery. The red drilled-out chassis the perfect look in a period racer.

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Equally as impressive was the well-campaigned 1938 Hartwig Fargo. What a brilliant name for a proper automobile!

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BRG beauty 1939 Plymouth Tourer from South Australia.

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In Group LB Sports and Racing, the streamlined 1958 MG Regah Special was one of our favourites in brilliant red.

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In separate classes, within Group Lb Sports and Racing was the gorgeous Ausca Zephsca and Allard J2X.

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The purposeful MG TC Special of Fred Brock.

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Colin Chapman would have approved of the rakish polished alloy body of the 1958 Slotus Special. Rumour has it that this car was stored in an antique dealer’s shed for nearly 20 years before a thorough restoration.

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Group N comprising saloon and touring cars from 1965-1973 is the main draw card for many of the muscle car enthusiasts that attend this event. Thrills and spills are what Group N is all about. The brute-like 1969 Mustang of Joe Calleja experiences an ‘interesting’ moment.

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The orange sun setting on the Saturday’s race provided the perfect backdrop for this track action.

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The beautifully prepared Torana XU1 of Pete Melick.

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Minis always do well at Winton with its tight twisty curves. The competitive ’64 Cooper S of Adrian Read looked right at home on the Winton twisties. Jason Armstrong’s 1964 Morris Cooper S was the overall class winner.

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As has been in recent years, the Mustang of Darryl Hansen had a great battle with Camaro of Tony Hubbard. The tough Mustang was stronger with victory in three out of four duels.

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Group S was also a lively and action-packed affair.

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Always great to see the swoopy and elegant lines of the Datsun 240Z on track.

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The well-executed Z of Hung Do has an off-track excursion.

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The 1975 Lotus Seven S4 of Michael Byrne was seriously impressive in this field. Lap after lap of consistency and pace lead to an often easy victory. Punching above its weight literally with lap times hovering around the 1:07 mark.

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We hope we have convinced you that Historic Winton really is…

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Vintage car heaven.

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