That time of the year again

The Austin 7 Club with assistance from the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association Vic is preparing for Australia’s largest and most popular historic motor race meeting at Winton.

April 14, 2014 3:35am

Action from the Historic Winton event.

The 38th running of Historic Winton at Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, from May 23 to 25, will present a weekend of non-stop racing featuring more than 400 historic racing cars and motorcycles from the 1920s to the 1980s.

And the Tatura Guardian has 10 double passes for this year’s big event to give away to lucky readers. Just pop into the office to pick one up.

This year’s running of Historic Winton will celebrate:

● 110 years of Hispano Suiza, Rolls Royce, Rover, Crossley;

● 100 years of Dodge, Willys-Knight, Aston Martin, Maserati;

● 90 years of Bentley Le Mans victories, Bugatti Type 35, Frazer Nash;

● 80 years of Simca, Citroen Traction Avant, Chrysler Airflow, Lagonda Rapier, Austin 7 Ruby;

● 60 years of Borgward Isabella, Ford Thunderbird, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint; and

● 50 years of Ford Mustang, Sunbeam Tiger.

Spokeswoman Jo Pocklington said some of the highlights of this year’s event include Shannons Classic Car Park, featuring car and motorcycle club displays, spectator access to the competition paddock with fabulous old racing machines on open display, Bubble Car, Indian motorbike and Penrite AGP Aussie Specials displays.

‘‘If you have a classic or special-interest car or bike, join the spectator car park either day, and on Sunday there will be a Classic Car Show comprising veteran and vintage, sports and classics, hot rods and customs, street machines, motorbikes along with an historic commercial vehicle display,’’ she said.

Ms Pocklington said on Friday, May 23, the Benalla and District Classic Car and Motorbike Tour would be in conjunction with Historic Winton weekend activities, and Red-plate vehicles were welcome.

‘‘The tour concludes with a ‘Shine and Show’ display outside the Benalla Civic Centre from 3 pm to 5 pm,’’ she said.

Raceway entry is: Saturday $25, Sunday $35, weekend pass $50, competition paddock $5, children 16 and under, free.

For more information, email Noel Wilcox on or phone 5428 2689.

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