Calendar

For 2018 the Heritage Touring Cars Championship will include five rounds and, in a first for the category, be contested across five states. A competitor’s four best rounds will count towards the Championship for the Peter Brock trophy.

Dates and venues are as follows.

Round 1 – Shannons Nationals at The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia, April 13 – 15

Round 2 – ARDC Muscle Car Masters at Sydney Motorsport Park, New South Wales, June 9 – 10

Round 3 – HRCC Historic Queensland at Morgan Park, Warwick, Queensland, July 14 – 15

Round 4 – HSCC Baskerville Historics, Baskerville, Tasmania, September 22-23

Round 5 – VHRR Historic Sandown, Sandown Raceway, Victoria, November 10 – 11

Shannons Nationals, The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia

The Shannons Nationals

The Shannons Nationals series is a six-round championship that sees the Australian Endurance Championship, Australian GT Trophy Series, Formula 4, Porsche Carrera Cup, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, Australian Production Car Series, Australian Prototype Series, Radical Australia Cup and V8 Touring Cars compete across the country. In 2018, the series will head to The Bend, Sandown, Phillip Island, Queensland Raceway and Winton before wrapping up at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Heritage Touring Cars will join in the Shannons Nationals for the first time in 2018, running at the series’ opening round at The Bend over April 13 -15.

The Bend

Located in the town of Tailem Bend on the Murray River in South Australia, The Bend Motorsport Park is Australia’s newest motorsport facility.

Opened on the 13th of January, 2018, the modern circuit is built to an exceedingly high standards and adheres to FIA Grade 2 specifications. It features the 7.7 kilometre GT Circuit, as well as the shorter 4.9 kilometre International Circuit, 3.4 kilometre West Circuit and 3.9 kilometre East Circuit.

The Shannons Nationals will be the first national motorsport event to compete at The Bend, and we’re looking forward to putting muscle to Australia’s freshest tarmac.

Heritage Touring Cars at Muscle Car Masters 2017

Muscle Car Masters, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW

Muscle Car Masters

Muscle Car Masters is the mecca for fans of Australian historic and heritage touring car racing. The on track activity is supported by impressive car club displays, and merchandising areas where fans have the opportunity to come to face with motorsport heroes of the past.

Sydney Motorsport Park

Recently upgraded, the Sydney Motorsport Park is a fast and exciting circuit, originally designed for motorbike racing. There are several spots for spectators to enjoy the action, with views from the pit facility roof providing a great vista of the circuit.


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Historic Queensland

Historic Queensland, Morgan Park, QLD

Historic Queensland

The Historic Queensland event is hosted by the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland (HRCC), and provides a great range of historic motor racing categories for fans to enjoy. With local driving events dating back to the 1950s, motorsport has featured for over 60 years at Warwick, so it is a fitting location for a friendly, country style historic racing event.

Morgan Park

Situated just outside the town of Warwick, the Morgan Park circuit is tight and challenging, with a spectacular high speed sweeper at the back of the circuit which demands full attention and commitment to achieve a solid lap time. The left hand turn under the bridge is a great spot for spectators to watch the action, with many touring cars lifting a wheel as they negotiate the fast, blind curve.


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Baskerville Historics, Baskerville, Tasmania

The Baskerville Historics

Started by the MG Car Club in 2010, the Baskerville Historics have grown to become Tasmania’s second biggest motorsport event, sitting just behind the Supercars. The Baskerville Historics are run by the Hobart Sporting Car Club and the MG Car Club of Tasmania and offer events for cars and bikes as well as rallycross demonstrations and more.

Baskerville Raceway

Situated in Old Beach, Tasmania, Baskerville Raceway has been operating since 1958. The 2.01 kilometre circuit has hosted the full gamut of Australian motorsport competition, including the Australian Sports Car Championship, Australian Formula 2 Championship, Australian Road Racing Championship, Australian Superbike Championship and more. It’s a fun countryside circuit, and we’re looking forward to letting the Legends of Bathurst loose on Tasmanian tarmac.

Heritage Touring Cars at the 2017 Lakeside Classic

Image: Ian Welsh of Shifting Focus

Historic Sandown, Sandown Raceway, VIC

Historic Sandown

Historic Sandown is another great event organised by the Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR), held each November at the famous Sandown Raceway, just outside the centre of Melbourne. Being so close to the heart of the city, it is a very accessible event for fans and their families.

Sandown Raceway

Like Lakeside, Sandown is another circuit that featured Heritage Touring Cars in their original period. With the two long straights connected by a series of challenging bends, Sandown is not for the feint hearted, with armco and concrete barriers only inches away from the track. The cars skate and scrabble for grip as they come through the final turns leading onto the main straight, where they truly open up in front of the impressive grandstand, prior to braking hard and late for the sharp left hander that is turn 1.


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Other Events

The Heritage Touring Cars series competes at many events around Australia with the goal of sharing our passion for the golden age of Australian touring car racing with as many fellow fans as possible. Each year, the calendar changes slightly and we compete somewhere new.

To get an idea for the events and circuits at which we’ve competed in the past, and will likely return to in the future, scroll on!

QRO Lakeside Classic, Lakeside Park, QLD

The Event

The Lakeside Touring Car classic is a mecca for tin top racing fans. The Heritage Touring Cars series’ Group C and Group A classic Australian racing cars are joined by the Queensland Touring Car Championship, Trams Ams, Classic Sports Sedans and Group N Historic Touring Cars to duke it out around the classic Lakeside Park circuit.

The Circuit

Lakeside Park, formerly known as Lakeside International Raceway, is a classic Australian circuit set along the shores of Lake Kurwongbah, 30 kilometers north of Brisbane in Queensland. Since 1966 it’s been hosting Australian touring cars, GT races, the Australian Superbike Championship and much more, and has been the setting for many historic moments in Australian motorsport.

The Phillip Island Classic, Phillip Island, VIC

The Event

The Phillip Island Classic is the largest historic motorsport event in Australia, and is recognised as one of the best events of its type in the world. With over 500 entries each year, the event showcases an impressive range of vehicles and eras, with the racing being loud, raw and exciting.

The Circuit

The Phillip Island circuit is situated in a spectacular coastal location approximately 130km south of Melbourne.  Made famous in the 1960s as the precursor of the annual Bathurst touring car race, the circuit contains a challenging mix of fast flowing curves, long straights and tight sections over undulating countryside.

Click here to go to the Phillip Island Circuit website.


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Sydney Classic Speed Festival, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW

The Event

Sydney Classic Speed Festival will provide a fresh approach to a historic race meeting, featuring new race formats, new categories including alter model cars, a pro-am race featuring current V8 Supercar or other high profile drivers and entertainment including retro and club displays and Sydney’s newest concours event.

All categories will enjoy more than 60 minutes of track time (3 races) plus qualifying and an option of private practice on Friday.

The Circuit

Recently upgraded, the Sydney Motorsport Park is a fast and exciting circuit, originally designed for motorbike racing. There are several spots for spectators to enjoy the action, with views from the pit facility roof providing a great vista of the circuit.


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Bathurst Motor Festival, NSW

The Event

Held every year over the Easter weekend, the Bathurst Motor Festival is a celebration of motorsport featuring cars from the classic era to modern machinery. It’s been going from strength to strength each year with another record entry confirmed for the 2015 event. And with many of the cars of the Heritage Touring Cars made famous thanks to their deeds on The Mountain, we’re thrilled to be along for the ride and sure to put on a great show.

It’s motorsport on The Mountain! Need we say more?

The Circuit

Located in Bathurst, New South Wales, Mount Panorama is home to some of Australia’s biggest events, such as the Bathurst 1000 and Bathurst 12-Hour. It’s been the setting many of motorsport’s most memorable moments, and the cars of the Heritage Touring Car series played a huge role in its legend.

One of the world’s great race tracks, Mount Panorama’s reputation and role in the history of Australian motorsport speaks for itself. The 6.213 kilometer circuit is set around the mountain, funnily enough, and its 23 corners wind through a 174 metre elevation change. It’s this elevation change, and the classic corners that curve through it, that earn the track its place in the pantheon of great race circuits around the world.

When it’s not being used as a race track it’s a public road, so you can drive it! Just remember to obey the 60 kilometer an hour speed limit, and be safe.