Final Festival of Speed Countdown!
There are just four sleeps left until the 2012 Winton Festival of Speed, and anticipation is building as teams prepare to make the trek to Winton.
Extremely healthy fields are entered in all categories, including some high profile drivers and some unique cars.
While much of the focus for the event has been directed towards the touring car categories, there is also a strong complement of historic purpose-built race cars as well, especially in the Group M and O Sports and Racing, Formula Ford and Formula Vee categories.
One notable competitor entered in Formula Ford is Tim Blanchard. The former Australian Formula Ford champion and current V8 Supercar Development Series driver is entered in a 1988 Van Diemen – the car his father John Blanchard drove to second place in the 1991 and 1992 national Formula Ford Championships.
A couple of South Australian drivers, Neil Richardson and Bo Jensen, are making the trip to Winton in their Formula Fords as well, with Richardson’s car being formerly campaigned by Tomas Mezera.
The historic Formula Fords and Formula Vees will compete alongside the Group M and O Sports and Racing cars, which include Brabham and Elfin vehicles.
The other category featuring historic openwheelers is the Group P, Q and R class, which will play host to the 1980 Hardman JH-1 of Rohan Carrig, the 1973 March of Andrew Makin and the 1980 March 80As of Peter Warren and Kim Jones, among others. In last year’s Festival of Speed, it was Makin who prevailed, winning each of the three races.
The oldest cars at this year’s Festival of Speed will compete in the J, K and Lb races. Some of the cars in this field date back to the 1930s, such as the 1932 Ford Roadster of Ray Sprague, but the cars that are likely to run at the front of the field are the newer Lb-class cars, such as the 1955 Cooper Mk9 of Brian Simpson.
The Winton Festival of Speed will be held on August 11-12. Tickets are $25.00 for Saturday August 11, $30.00 for Sunday August 12 and $50.00 for a two day pass. Children 15 years and under are free.