SCA going to Winton

SCA’s next stop is Winton and there are five categories for potential entrants.

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August 11 2017

Stock Cars Australia are currently receiving entries for their upcoming round at Winton with entries accepted in the following classes;

AUSCAR/ SPORTSMAN
GTA Stock car
Aus Truck
Stock car (Winston/Busch CUP)
TA2

This is the second round that AUSCAR and Sportsman racers have the option of participating and there is no doubt that if one or two AUSCAR’s compete it will get attention.

Visit their website and FB page for further details

Musings

Thoughts on a couple of things.

A little while ago we wrote about how there has been an increase of interest in NASCAR and AUSCAR this year compared to other years.

Lots of thought has been put into the Thunderdome, parts of the track does get used by drifters and in TV ads for Vodafone though why anyone would use a brown grass infield and a track that has fading paint and a crumbling surface for a TV ad is a wonder.

A new train of thought from pundits is that instead of the sport restarting big on a place like the Thunderdome, it has to start small through the acquisition of small dirt tracks and paving them (or leaving as is) and then build the sport up to the point it needs a place like the Thunderdome.

NASCAR and dirt tracks can work, the Camping World Truck Series races once a year at Eldora and it gets lots of loving from fans, who can forget Norm Benning battling his way into the main race in his largely unsponsored truck?

It is true that NASCAR and AUSCAR could do a roaring trade as a historic series on the bill with other historic series which are steadily gaining a following but those are of course on road circuits but drivers will probably take it anyway they can.

We’ve seen NASCAR’s, AUSCAR’s and Trucks scattered across Australia, somebody has to reach out to the others and say lets all race together somewhere and see what happens otherwise nothing big is going to happen, anywhere.

EDIT: July 2017, Stock Cars Australia has taken the step of trying to get everyone together by allowing a class of AUSCARs to race in their series.

AUSCARs found at Winton

Wakefield Park AUSCARs found at Winton.

Several AUSCAR’s that were formerly at Wakefield Park have been found at Winton.

Photographs have shown that one car belonged to Darryl Speers and another appears to be one from Garry Rogers Motorsport.

With more than a half dozen AUSCAR’s there it is perhaps the largest collection of AUSCAR’s in the one spot since AUSCAR ended.

Condition of the cars appear to be a mixed bag with some of the cars missing spoilers though #8, #31 and #34 appear to be the pick of the bunch.

Fans are eager to find out the condition of these cars in the hopes of buying and restoring them to race condition.

See the cars for yourself at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/168073596545585/

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/

Australian NASCAR Drivers List

List of drivers who raced in the Australian version of NASCAR.

Although this is a blog for AUSCAR, lots of people like their NASCAR too as the two categories were a duo and so here is a list of drivers who raced in competition in Australia.

This is a list that will be updated over time so if a driver isn’t listed they will be in time.

Clicking on the numbers will mostly send you to either Calder Park Thunderdome or AUSCAR Racing pages/groups where photos of linked cars are, both are the leading sites for AUSCAR/NASCAR history in Australia.

Some are from Peter Weaver Motorsport Photography who has a mixture of photos from cars going through their paces to pictures of cars before, during and after being wadded up.

Robin Best #88#11
Charlie O’Brien #15, #8, #30
Kim Jane #27
Perry Schubert #4
Max Dumesny #5
John Faulkner #46
Walter Giles #91, #77
George Elliot #55
Allan Grice #1, #03, #09, #58
John Stepancic #41
Barry Graham #3, #2, #22
Neville Lance #14
Ron Goodman #05
Denzel Mead #85
Trevor Oliver #86#33, #74
Paul Freestone #43
Brad Jones #8, #4
Jim Richards #1
Robert Tinworth #12
Mark King #32
Ron Cameron #21
Dennis Whiting #30
Colin Robinson #98
Charles Roker #69
Paul Kell #99
John Woodlands #28
Steve Harrington #16, #22
John Lawes #6
Steve Cosson #77
Gene Cook #71, #13
Bruce Partington #72
Terri Sawyer #1
Mike Oliver #38
Ian Thomas #23, #24, #2
Terry Byers #26
Fred Seery #9
Greg Murphy #34
Rodney Jane #3
Russell Ingall #34
Tod Wanless #24
Matthew White #28
Marshall Brewer #8, #30, #2
Ken James #01
Eddie Abelnica #9
Graham Smith #03
Bob Middleton #95
Tony Southwell #17
Rodney Crick #5
Rusty French #2
Daryl Coon #10
Chad Little #19
Neil Bonnett #75
Ron Esau #78, #56
Bob Howard #89
Dave Marcis #71
Glen Steurer #18
Gary Collins #28
Bobby Allison #12
David Sosebee #81
Bill Venturini #25
Herschel McGriff #98
Sumner McKnight #83
Kyle Petty #21
Ruben Garcia #32
Michael Waltrip #30
Dick Trickle #24
Ken Schrader #12
Craig Lawless #31
John Callis #73
Terry Labonte #94
Tony Howlett #88, #9, #12
Clay Young #05
Terry Fisher #09
Nick Girdlestone #10
Winston Badcock #71
Jerry Bowers #83
J.C. Danielson #9
Mike Potter #74
Phil Barkdoll #73
Dean Wanless #75
Kevin Schwantz #34
Adam Pay #85, #44
Les Kenniwell #62
Rick McCray #08
Jimmy Ellis #02
Rowan Harman #08
Tracy Leslie #72
Mark Chapman Smith #86
Wayne Gardner #16
Denzil Mead #85
Allan Roark #07, #97
Mark Harrison #19, #23
Morgan Shepherd #21
Barry Blake #7
Brad Noffsinger #09, #96
John Maultsaid #96
Rodney Combs #85
Jeff Fuller #90
Phil Brock #2
Doug Taylor #24, #23
Graham Lusty #31
Geoff Munday #5
Neville Harper #12
Mark Seaton #10
Ian Clarkson #8
Andrew Harris #10
Andrew Miedecke #85
D. Grose #49
Charles Kovacs #69
Wyatt Earp IV #83
Gary Rush #2
St James Davis #22
Bill Schmitt #73
Jerry Churchill #11
Terry Petris  #15
Harry Goularte #14
Harry Gant
Trevor Boys
Roy Smith

 

 

 

Unicorns and NASCAR

Every day there is no shortage of ideas on AUSCAR or NASCAR racing in Australia but most are considered farfetched.

Depending on who you ask, NASCAR in Australia is either building back up on road courses or any attempt to get somewhere is about as likely as a Unicorn going on by your house.

Time to time the idea of some sort of gathering at the Thunderdome is raised and it gets a variety of responses from enthusiasm to jokes about getting their on Unicorns and Magic Carpets down to the Thunderdome.

It’s not too farfetched an idea, sure you can’t drive on the thing but if organised right you could use that giant infield to display as many AUSCARs, NASCARs and Sportsmans as possible, have a reunion and a BBQ and have a nice day.

Or you could choose any sports oval or show ground in the nation and do the same thing as above, if people can haul their classic cars around to shows held on sports ovals then it is not impossible for a AUSCAR/NASCAR/Sportsman owner to do the same.

A new rumour is apparently  going around that the Thunderdome is being considered to be used for the Supercars to make an event like the Xmas 500 but with guest racers from the United States to replace the Sundown 500 enduro.

Does anyone remember the last time they put a bunch of non Supercars racers in the cars and raced on the Gold Coast? Accidents were happening all the time and most teams were out of the race before the first corner of the first lap.

A counter thought is that what if they did make the Thunderdome satisfactory and combined the  road course with the oval they could do things like the 1987 Calder Park 300 but who knows what amount of work is required to make that possible.

Of course for those who want something that does not require Unicorns, there is always Stock Cars Australia as they are most definitely real and are looking to get better with time.

 

 

Looking for AUSCAR/NASCAR?

NASCAR is done for 2016 but in Australia it has one more race meet under its sleeve.

NASCAR season is over in America and so there is nothing to do between now and February when Daytona comes along.

Stock Cars Australia are wrapping up their season this weekend and the competition has gained popularity throughout the year especially NASCARs are appearing (the ex Kim Jane car for example).

Three drivers have cars that come under ‘Stock Car Class’, Three come under ‘GTA Class’ and six have raced under the ‘Ute Class’.

The points gap in all three classes are six, six and eight points respectively so it will be an interesting conclusion to the season.

It will be interesting to see what happens next year, if more NASCARs are entered it would not only boost the field but also raise interest in the sport.

Time to time there is thoughts of AUSCARs joining the competition, there has been some word that regulations make it tough but maybe things will work out and we’ll be seeing AUSCARs doing laps.

Things are on the up, sure it isn’t the Thunderdome but it is something and to get somewhere you got to have something to start with.