The history challenge

It is a massive challenge trying to get as much Australian stock car racing history together as possible.

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May 28 2018

It is a battle to try and get as much information as possible on AUSCAR, NASCAR, Sportsman, HQ, Power Tour, Stock Cars Australia and more.

There are a few pages of reports on Trove and you pick up the odd bit of information on pictures that people post but there is a shortage of information.

For some reason, races when broadcast largely focused on the top 6 or so positions, so you didn’t know where people were running.

There were instances that broadcasts shown where drivers were after a certain lap, one example is shown at the four minute mark of the video below

But we’re getting there, more and more drivers names are being found and pictures are online to link and we’ll soon go through videos, screenshot cars and then post the images to make the list more complete.

Sportsman Drivers list

List of Drivers and their Cars in the Sportsman category.

Started on September 15 2017, last updated September 22 2018

Below is a under construction list of drivers who participated in the Sportsman category, building up a near complete list will be a challenge but we’ll give it a try.

Leanne Ross – #1, #5
Tony Howlett – #02
Gerry Raleigh – #47, #2
Glenn Potter – #06
Stewart (or Stuart) Morrison #6
Andrew Gillespie – #09
Graeme O’Brien – #9
Graham Crawford – #12
Graeme Gilliland #18 (three times Sportsman champion 95/96 96/97 and 97/98)
Mark Sutherland – #19
Eddie Abelnica – #19 (1993/94 Sportsman champion)
Darryl Howden #23
Dallas Crane  – #30
Harvey Catton – #33
Chris Howard – #34
Mark Vereker – #41
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Con Vereker – #83
Chris Robinson – #54
Brett Campbell – #71

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Tony Malley – #88
Wayne Smith – #38
Jamey Hollier – #35
Matthew White –  #7
Tony Castleman
Darren Green – #1
Daryl Coon – #8
Geoff Dunkin #17
Wayne Smith #38
Craig Cavenagh #54
Darren McDonald – #44 (1994/95 Sportsman champion)
Alan Polglase – #87
John Umseher – #89
John Jones #49
Scott Teleskivi – #66
Nigel Benson –  #11
A Rhodes Anderson – #14
Neville Blight #3
Pat Kennedy #2
Henry Jones #80
Clive Garner – #8
Michael Cantwell – #27
Paul Zazryn – #90
Paul Kell  – #12
Jamie Chapple – #20
Luke Sheals – #01

30th Anniversary party planned

30th Anniversary to celebrate Australian NASCAR planned

A 30th Anniversary Party is currently in the works for those who have played a part or have been interested in Australian NASCAR.

The party is being organized by Tony Southwell and those who will attend will no doubt will have a great time knowing that is organized by a person who was around in NASCAR’s great days and was there at the very end.

Events have been planned and attempted over the years but this one looks to be the firmest of plans with a promise that it won’t be cancelled no matter what the numbers are.

It is hoped that people will attend the event and give the 30th Anniversary of the first NASCAR race at Calder Park a proper celebration.

Those interested can check out the events page at
https://www.facebook.com/events/775643595920754/

Is there a demand now?

Is there demand for the sport now?

AUSCAR/NASCAR fans have been spoiled for choice in recent months with more races now coming online on Facebook and YouTube via the Calder Park Thunderdome FB page.

There’s also been a recorded interview conducted between the CPT page and Brad Jones and it was a lengthy, insightful interview that has drawn lots of praise and it is able to be seen below.

Stock Cars Australia is continuing to do well and despite the Winton round having small numbers of competitors it should bounce back at the next round at Wakefield Park on November 26 and 27.

There is a reunion happening at the Knox Club on November 11 for NASCAR/AUSCAR officials, competitors, crew and HQ’s as well, details can be found on the FB group.

A chat in the AUSCAR Racing group has confirmed that an independent attempt to make a modern AUSCAR is still alive and it will be interesting to see what the interpretation of a modern AUSCAR is.

With so much going on in recent times, It shows there is hunger for the sport in Australia but the battle is to have enough material to keep talking going throughout the days, weeks and months of every year.

Why is material important? Supply leads to demand which leads to ideas which leads to action if the cost and location is right.

The missed opportunity reborn?

An open day was once attempted but fell short due to money, can a second attempt work?

Several years ago, A man tried to get interest in AUSCAR, NASCAR, Sportsman, HQ Holden etc going again by having a day at the Thunderdome.

There was interest, lots and lots of interest but unfortunately Calder Park wanted a certain amount of cash up front and the amount was out of reach and the event had to cancelled.

People unaware of the cancellation actually turned up to the track on the proposed date because they were excited about the prospect of getting to see the cars because it is rare to see the cars in large numbers.

Can you imagine getting to see about 40 of the race cars on the infield followed by the cars doing some laps at safe speeds on the oval itself? It would be a true spectacle seeing cars in formation on the track after so long.

There is many cars still out there, there is even Sprint Cup (from previous eras as well) cars and Truck Series vehicles etc in Australia too, there are still people interested in making a day happen but would somebody take the punt and organise an event?

It’s not impossible, If a couple of car owners say yes that would get attention, if big names say yes that will get more attention, if there is a donation option that would interest fans especially ones that want the event to happen badly, If motorsport publications talk about it then that would get more interest.

Of course, there is no requirement it has to happen at the Thunderdome but it is the home of the sport in Australia so keep talking about the possibilities fans because somebody may read the comments and thoughts and think let’s do it.

Steve Harrington

A brief rundown on Steve Harrington’s career.

Steve Harrington was a competitive force in AUSCAR when opportunity allowed it.

He won three races at the Thunderdome by being the winner of the final or overall winner of the day, he also won part of a heat.

He finished 32nd in points in 1988, 2nd in 1989-90, 18th in 1990-91, 3rd in 1991-92, 17th in 1992-93 and 29th in 1993-94.

The 29th place finish in 1993-94 was only because he ran only one race that year bagging a 7th place finish.

Car Numbers
#16

Wins
Heat 2 of the 1990 Moomba Cup

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