HISTORIC SANDOWN

WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT HIGH-OCTANE CLASSIC ACTION AT A FIRST CLASS CIRCUIT LESS THAN 30KM FROM MELBOURNE'S CENTRE?

WORDS & PHOTOS • SEAN TANNER

On the weekend of November 9th to 11th, the sights and sounds of nostalgia have once again echoed from Sandown Raceway for the annual Victorian Historic Racing Register – Historic Sandown. The circuit came to life over three days of jam packed motorsport action, featuring over 12 categories of race cars ranging from the 1920s to the 1990s.

The VHRR assembled a full program of racing over the 3 days, with qualifying on Saturday morning followed by racing through the weekend. Categories included: Historic Touring Cars, British Sports Cars, Group S and Formula Ford.

With the sight of Formula 5000 cars lining on up on the grid, thunderous V8 touring cars, open wheelers and a large variety of tin tops, you’d be forgiven thinking you were transported back in time. Fans were treated to a hive of activity in the paddock and pit garages. The access was almost limitless to drivers, owners and their machines who were only too happy to talk to fans about their passion. In addition, enthusiasts from several Torana car clubs came out to put on an impressive display in the paddock area that entertained fans between races with many iconic models and varieties.

Each year Historic Sandown attracts car lovers and ‘custodians’ of the race cars from all over Australia, with some making the trip from overseas. The cars are raced essentially unchanged from their former glory days, including original liveries.

If you haven’t already been to one of these race weekends, be sure you do next time around. You won’t be disappointed.