Rebirth of classics at Queensland, Australia

An open invitation has been extended to owners of pre 1995 vehicles to dust off the cobwebs, fine tune engines and warm the tyres in preparation for a new and innovative grassroots racing series being coordinated by Ipswich's Queensland ...

An open invitation has been extended to owners of pre 1995 vehicles to dust off the cobwebs, fine tune engines and warm the tyres in preparation for a new and innovative grassroots racing series being coordinated by Ipswich's Queensland Raceway.

Round one of the QR Topgear Classic takes place on February 13-15 and is all about getting drivers young and old, male or female out on the track to enjoy themselves in these older model cars in the relative safety of a properly designed track.

Queensland Raceway Chairman, John Tetley has instigated the series in response to what he suggests is a genuine need of recreational drivers who wish to remain actively involved in motorsport.

"Too many of Queensland's older race cars have fallen into disuse because their owners are no longer permitted to drive them or they have become too uncompetitive to mix it with the newer race cars," said Tetley.

"These cars are in the twilight zone between historic race cars and modern race cars and frequently end up on a scrap heap or just plain rust away before they can become true historic cars in ten or twenty years time.

"The reasons this happens are many and varied but the one fact that stands out is that it is too hard to get to use them anymore."

The event has different types of competitive events -- some speed and some consistency, so that drivers do not have to commit to a level of competition they are not confident with.

"Queensland Raceway is in the business of providing safe and affordable fun in engine powered vehicles for everyone.

"Entry is very easy .. there's no need for a log book and the only requirement will be to purchase an Australian Auto-Sport Alliance Race or Clubman Licence from the Raceway on the day to cover insurances."

For those drivers who are a bit rusty a social Wednesday afternoon to re-acquaint themselves with their cars at the regular GEAR (Golden Era Auto Racing) Day which runs at Queensland Raceway on February 11 will prove invaluable.

More significant practice and qualifying sessions will prelude Sunday's race day action in the QR Topgear Classic on Friday and Saturday to give drivers a genuine feel of competing in an open race meeting environment.

"The whole measure of success for the QR TopGear Classic is the feedback we receive from the recreational enthusiasts.

"This makes the process of getting out on the track less time consuming and we're confident of filling fields of about 25 drivers in each type and speed of race car.

"This type of event with full grids, vastly different cars and a variety of events will be very attractive to spectators -- especially at $10 per head or $20 for a family and naturally onsite catering and first class facilities at Queensland Raceway will make this an enjoyable experience for all."

There are three classes of cars involved in the QR Top Gear Classic; they are cars with a roof, cars without a roof but with mudguards and real race cars with everything where you can see it...

-www.queenslandraceway.com.au

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