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Wakefield Park welcomes second annual all-historic meeting

Friday 22nd September, 2017 - 12:11pm

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Wakefield Park presents the second annual all-historic race meeting this weekend, 23-24 September.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event – held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Australia’s first-ever all-historic race meeting at Amaroo Park – this year’s meeting will again feature a combination of pre-1961 cars and motorcycles.

The car events will consist of three racing groups (divided based on expected lap times) and two regularity groups (pre-war and post-war). The oldest car entered for the event is Kevyn Brown’s 102-year-old Model T Ford!

Other iconic brands of the pre-war era are also represented, including Bugatti, MG, Riley, Dodge, Chevrolet and Armstrong, while post-war vehicles include Austin, Lotus, Cooper, Elfin, Photon, Austin and Nota.

The array of motorcycles encompasses 125cc, 250cc, 350cc, 500cc and over 500cc machines, along with sidecars.

Harley Davidson, Indian, Matchless and Norton are some of the iconic motorcycle brands on the entry list for the race meeting.

Wakefield Park operations manager Matt Baragwanath said putting on the all-historic race meeting in 2017 was an easy decision following last year’s success.

“The 2016 40th anniversary race meeting was one of the highlights on our calendar – it attracted some of the biggest crowds we had ever seen at the venue, and the feedback from the competitors was overwhelmingly positive,” Mr Baragwanath said.

“The Sunday of last year’s event was very wet, but the forecast for this weekend looks stunning, so hopefully we can attract healthy crowds on both days.

All categories will have a mixture of scratch races (grid positions based on qualifying times) while Sunday’s action will also feature handicap races, in which the slower vehicles will receive a head start.

“Handicap races are a favourite among both competitors and fans, and we’re expecting the races to be very entertaining,” Mr Baragwanath said.

Gates open at 7:00am on both days with the on-track action commencing at 9:00am. Admission is $20 per day for adults and $15 for concession, with children under 16 free.

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