Welcome to the new Year of 2013
Hullo everyone, welcome to the new Racing Season of 2013
Congratulations to Steve Howard on winning the 2012 Championship, well done and well deserved, also congratulations to David Runkel and Scott Manson for achieving 2nd and 3rd Places respectively
We are pleased to have a new Series Sponsor this year POLMECH have decided to support our Championship, these people are very experienced in all things plastic George Thyssen will assist members in Polycarbonate Fibreglass, pouring plastic Moulding and engineering plastic. For more information refer to the website www.polymech.com.au Windscreen stickers will be available at Winton.
This year we have some interesting changes, in that each round we will be racing alongside the Open Sports Sedan Club, the positives this will bring are larger fields and more competition, we also have the chance at the right track and weather conditions we can potentially beat the larger cars on the day.
This year we have decided due to travel time and costs not to include Wakefield in our Championship series a bit sad as the NSW Sports Sedan Club had made us very welcome at our previous visits and those who made the trip always enjoyed it immensely.
This year we race at Winton, Phillip Island and Sandown, so there is no excuse for members not to get into their cars and race them.
It is critical this year that all members put in a concerted effort to be more active in the club and introduce new members if they want the club to survive.
Also decide if you want to race, and, if the answer is yes, make the effort to get cars on the track.
The committee is organising for guest speakers to attend some of the monthly club meetings.
We now have club outfits available to club members, caps badges, Polo shirts and Jackets, these will be seen soon.
To be eligible for championship points competitor's engines must be sealed and all vehicles have the club stickers attached in the designated locations as per the championship series rules.
Club officials will be checking engine sealing at each round this year
A supply of the stickers will be available at Winton.
We will have the club Marquee and BBQ at every round this year which is to be sponsored by Shane at Inspired Racing Developments
Welcome to the new Year of 2012
We have an exciting year ahead of us and it just needs your support to work, so get the cars out cleaned tunes and race ready and ENTERED.
Winton is coming up fast to download your entry Forms.
Let's wish David Runkel and Marcus Gordon all the best as they tackle the Bathurst Mountain this weekend, good luck boys hope you have a great time and enjoy it
We are still looking for a sponsor for this years Championship Series, so have a talk to your wealthy benefactors or business people you may know who would like their message spread around at Winton, Sandown, Phillip Island and Haunted Hills, and lets get them on board.
This Year new Member James Scanlan and long time Peter Lane have agreed to take over the BBQ duties that I have done for the last 2 Years, thanks guys, but we need a small sponsor for that as well, about $60 a meeting. The club has purchased a quick erect canopy to provide shade for the BBQ and act as a meeting spot for the club, at the track, so come and say Gday.
The Dates for our Championship are up on the web, plus for this year we are entering a couple of Winton Sprints on 6th May and 17th November and the following meetings at Haunted Hills Hill Climb 1st April, 24th June, 2nd Sept.
The reason we are doing this is to give members who cannot afford a full race weekend may find the lower cost of a sprint or hill climb better to manage, there will be a trophy for the most points accrued at the end of the year, more experienced members may enter as well, as a test session or just for the fun of it.
We have a new Engine Measurer now at Frankston he is Darren Roberts at Roberts Automotive, 9781 5903, Tyrone Smith 0411 335 869 and Barry Proudfoot 0416 053 554 are also available so pick the one closest to you, as you know to get points you have to be sealed and measured.
Club Memberships are nearly 2 Months overdue, so please send in your cheques or direct deposit into the club bank, I will send out a list of those who have forgotten this week
Hope to see you all at the tracks this year as the CLUB NEEDS YOU and your support.
Presidents Report November 2011
The racing year has been run and won.
Congratulations to the 2011 U2Ltr Sports Sedan Champions,
Team 20, Barry Megaw & Lee Partridge
2nd Place David Runkel
3rd.Place Steve Howard
Well done to all competitors who ran during the season.
A big thank you to the series sponsor Lightning Locksmiths for their support this year.
Also thank you for the support from Stuckey Tire Service, Coxy's Motor Sport Spares and Revolution Race Gear in providing our Members with discounts on their products.
Please support these traders who support your club.
The Club Trophy Presentation Night at Mike and Rhonda Kyval's place in Macclesfield on the 3rd December at 7:00pm it should be a good night with a Spit Roast and Music Supplied by a Rock Band, come and support your club and those who raced this year..
At the AGM the motion to reinstate the AGM to July was carried and the current committee was endorsed to continue until June 2012.
The calendar for 2012 will be published, as soon as it has been finalised by the circuit & series promoters.
I encourage all members to start planning for next season so that we can achieve larger fields then we have recently.
Those of us that have cars in pieces or gathering dust in the garage corner it is time to get them running and out onto the track.
The committee is reviewing the criteria for the Clubman of the Year award to provide encouragement for active participation from all members.
The option of running a championship for non race events, hill climbs, sprints etc is being investigated as an avenue to encourage new members with the aim to advance to circuit racing.
Finally I would like to wish all members and their families a Merry Christmas & a Happy and Safe New Year.
Presidents Report October 2011
Well the year is nearly over, as is the Lightning Locksmiths 2011 2 litre Sports Sedan Championship which has run on four circuits, Winton, Sandown, Phillip Island and Wakefield, followed by a return to Winton for the last round of our Championship; there we will crown the new 2 litre Champion.
Who will it be, Team 20 (Barry Megaw and Lee Partridge), Steve Howard or David Runkel, November the 14th will see it settled.
We have some new Members come on board along with some new cars being prepared for next year, I look forward to seeing them at the track soon.
We are soon to elect a new President, Secretary and Committee for the following year, so please take an interest in the running of this club and either stand for election or nominate someone you feel will do a good job for the club
The 2 Litre Sport Sedan Club's AGM is to be held at the Tower Hotel 686 Burwood Road Hawthorn East on 8th November2011 at 8:0pm I hope to see you all there.
The Club is holding a Trophy Presentation Night at Mike and Rhonda Kyval's place in Macclesfield on the 3rd December at 7;00pm it should be good night with a Spit Roast and Music Supplied by a Rock Band
Your wives and girl Friends are invited to come as well.
You should all have your Invites by now; let's make it a fun night.
Please let Mike know that you are attending so we can arrange catering for the evening.
We have been fortunate this year to secure the support of Stuckey Tire Service, Coxy's Motor Sport Spares and Revolution Race Gear in providing our Members with discounts on their products, so please support these traders so we can enjoy these arrangements into the future.
I'd like to particularly thank the 2011 series sponsor Steve Howard & Irene Denton of Lightning Locksmiths for there kindness, financial and moral support to the club, which has been much appreciated by all members, Thank you.
Also I need to thank Shane Ryding and Garry Roberts for their financial support of the Club BBQ at race meetings, it provided a focal point for the 2 Litre and the Open Sport Sedan members to meet and talk at the Meetings.
In closing I would like to also thank the 2011 committee of Irene Denton, Mike Kyval, Steve Howard, Barry Megaw, Colin Laging, Anthony Koch, Tyrone Smith & Barry Proudfoot for supporting me through out this past year.
Finally thankyou for allowing me to be your President for 2011
All the Best Bob
Presidents Report October 2009
Today is so cold and wet I thought I would sit down and pen a few words for the report.
Next Club Meeting is to be our AGM, were we will select and elect a new Committee to lead our Club into 2010, I would like the club members to think very hard about who and why they select the people to do this job, and start to evaluate where we as a club are going to go in the new year, each club member needs to put in much more than they have in the past, this year most of the work was done by 2-3 people, which is both not fair and not good for the club.
We have in Liam a young and enthusiastic guy building a car for next year, he is full of ideas and now has agreed to assist Anthony with the web page and has started a Face book for the club, he has taken the trouble to write to all the members inviting them to join and make comments as a show of support, unfortunately only 5 members have bothered to join and most of the photos loaded have been put there by me, we need to support these initiatives to build the club.
Last month we had a show of hands with 10 members agreeing to go to Phillip Island sprints, to promote the club and Corporate Motor Sport, result no one attended?.
Despite assurances from 17 members at the start of the year that they would be competing with us for the series, last meeting saw only 6 starters, I feel we need to look at what we want from this club, are we going to be serious racing car club, or a once a month dinner and beer club, the choice is yours.
If the current trend continues we will only be an add-on to the main game and running with mixed classes until we fizzle out as a class, all together.
Please make the effort to come to the AGM, choose your team wisely, and to be racing at Winton in November, the club needs you and the Under 2 Litre Sports Sedan class needs you.
Barry Megaw is having great year, and looks set to take the title this year in the 2Litre Class, if he wins it will richly deserved, Steve Howard is fighting hard to stop this happening and is improving his car each outing, Sam Speer was leading the 1600 class but Clive has now made a fight out of it after Sam's problems at Winton together with moving his home and business from Richmond to the country, but what it has done is make the Winton round a real fight to the finish good luck to you both, sadly the promoter at Phillip Island rescinded his approval for Mark to run as an invited car and Mark was forced to run as a Sports Car for the meeting, Jamie is following this problem up as he was assured that Mark would be running with us, more to follow on the matter.
Thanks for the chance to be your President this year, I gave it my best shot, and lastly a big thank you to Jamie for his very able support this year, it was very much appreciated
Presidents Report July 2009
Well, here we are, halfway through the year, 2 meetings down and 3 to go, Entries to Winton should be up to around 18, as Marcus Gordon, Max Peters, Craig Hill, Bob Hampson, Anthony Koch, Fred Menhere, Peter Lane and Clive Ablitt have all indicated they will be starters for the last 3 rounds, in addition to the guys already running, let's hope they can make it OK, because full fields will be a site to see.
Clive Ablitt has decided to present the Auto Smart Cup to the winner of the 1600 Class at Winton, this should add a bit of incentive to the 1600 guys as Clive has promised to put a surprise envelope inside the cup, to assist the winner, but he has warned he will be trying to win his own cup, so go for it guys.
Thanks Clive for making this generous offer to the Club.
Any members without the funds for a car can always see Ernie at Corporate Motor Sport, he will set you up for the weekend at a moderate cost, so go to his web site www.corporatemotorsport.com.au for more info.
For those requiring stickers for their cars, I have had all new stickers printed, including rear window www.2litress.com, and 2LITRESS Club stickers, and Andrew Clark has them all in his care and is responsible for their distribution.
Good and bad news! Jamie has sold his car (good news) but it is going to Tassie (bad news) the new owner has certainly bought a good bit of machinery, hope he has as much success as Jamie had with it. Jamie is now flat out building the new car.
Following a few enquiries regarding the wording of our rules, Tyrone is rewriting our rules and regs to make them less ambiguous, so they should be up on the web site very soon.
Jamie and I have put together a new Member info kit, which each Committee Members has, so anyone needing the kit can approach any of the Committee for a copy.
The ASSA is still looking for help at the next Sandown Meeting (including Friday practise) so anyone needing to do Flags for their CAMS licence can do it at this meeting, also any other members who just want to help out may do so, contact Anne Byers at firstname.lastname@example.org, they will appreciate the help.
Barry Megaw in 2ltr Class and Sam Speer in 1600 Class seem to be the men to beat this year, so let's get to Winton and give them a run for their money.
All the best
The Presidents Report (2009)
Hullo to our old and new club members, and welcome to the new year of Motor Racing, let us give it all we have got to make it successful.
Since Christmas we have gained several new members and that is encouraging.
New member Colin Laging has purchased Brad Toyes car, so it will be interesting to see how he enjoys it and how soon he match’s Brads times, it is a well sorted car and he should do well.
Brad has now moved to Queensland and from he tells me, is enjoying the new environment, close to the beach and much more relaxing is what he says.
Jamie has been working very hard to get the CAMS / AASA licence issue resolved, and it looks like he has succeeded, and several members were able to participate in the OLT held on Friday.
Jamie has also been involved in arranging the Targeted Scrutiny which is going to be held at Liams Riverside Racing Parts, and will occur on Saturday May 2nd, the Club will cover the cost of Scrutineering.
You may find that elusive part for your car while you are there.
Another change had to made to our Calendar, unfortunately a mistake was made by the organising body, and as a result the Committee has decided to include the Winton August 29th 30th Meeting into our year's calendar.
Ernie Pikali's Company Corporate Motor Sport has generously supported our Club, in response I would ask the members to promote his cars to any prospective member, or friend who would like enter our meetings, but don't have a Car, well Ernie can provide that car, at a very reasonable cost.
Liams Company Riverside Racing Parts is now the Years round Sponsor, so you will all need to carry his Windscreen banner and the Corporate Motor Sport stickers on the front panels and rear of car to accrue Club Championship points, no Stickers no points, no exceptions.
Thankyou Corporate Motor Sport and Riverside Racing Parts, for your support.
Our next Meeting is Winton 4th-5th April and entries look very encouraging, let's have a great start to the year,
If you can't enter at least come and support the Club Members who are racing.
Our collection to aid the Spooner Family raised $1270.00 in a few days, thank you to those who dug deep in these troubled financial times to assist those less fortunate, and it was a good effort.
The Australian Sport Sedan Association is running the Sandown July 18th -19th meeting and desperately need help in doing so, if you can spare the time, email Anne Byers (secretary) email@example.com with your offer she will be please to advise what roles they have for you.
Remember John Barberi still has his car for sale at a very reasonable price, and let’s hope Clive gets his car finished soon, it will be very quick when it hits the track, and Max Peters car can’t be far away or Peter Lane, or Steve Frawley etc etc.
Come on guys get racing
See you all at Winton
The New Presidents Report (December 2008)
Welcome, at the Annual General Meeting held at Tower Hotel the new Committee for 2008-9 was elected.
President - Mike Kyval
Vice President - Jamie Augustine
Secretary - Craig Hill
Treasurer - Steve Howard
Membership Secretary - Shane Brown
Ordinary Members - Tyrone Smith, Alex Del Solar, Liam Hill
As the new President I thank you for the opportunity to serve the Club for the next 12 months, there is lot of work to do to increase our racing numbers and I hope to work with the new committee to achieve good results for next year.
I urge all of you who have cars to get them ready to fire up for 2009 and race them, the club needs competitors to survive as a viable entity without our members competing we will not get races in our own right, let's get the club back to where it was a happy motivated group of people wanting to race our cars at all the tracks we can.
As Victorians we are very fortunate because as a club we have 4 tracks to race on, no other State has this luxury of choice so let's make the most of it.
I would like to thank Jamie for his untiring efforts over the last 2 years as President and the help he gave and continues to give any member who needs assistance, this is often done at the detriment of his own projects.
I welcome any comments and ideas from you all that will make the club better stronger and more viable, feel free to email me at any time
The Presidents Report (April 2008)
Well, it has been an interesting start to the 2008 season. We have seen a few new cars arrive, Simon Oaten's Fiat and Mark DeFanis' Mazda MX5. Some old cars have also come out of the woodwork, with Sam Speer resurrecting the Ex Barnes Datsun 1200 coupe and Ernie Pikali finally making a good car out of the ex-Greer datsun 1600.
Many cars are still in repair/update mode, My Escort, Steve Howard's corolla, Craig Hill's Gemini, Andrew Clarke's 180sx, Nick Geitel's slightly charred Nissan EXA, John Camm's Corolla, Anthony Koch's Datsun 1600, Clive Ablitts Datsun 1200 coupe, Marcus Gordon's Alfa, Alex Del Solar's Stanza, Bob Hanpson's Escort, Peter Lanes datsun 1600 and many more. There really is quite a field of cars just a little way off competing again. Most, if not all of these cars are expected to race at Calder on the 21/22 of June, it's time to bring your cars out of the workshop.
It is time to improve our class numbers now. The under 2 litre sports sedan series wont be able to continue to compete as a separate entity without at least 10 cars per round, 15 would be better. We really need to turn a corner soon, else decisions on next season calendar will be taken out of our hands. State level field numbers are down across the board, so it is no surprise that we are also seeing low numbers, but we really have to make an effort from here on in.
Next, it is time to talk about Corporate Motorsport. You can see the photos on this page that show Corporate Motorsport's current fleet of lease cars, the SR20 powered Datsun 1600, and the beautifully prepared Alfa. Corporate Motorsport prepares and leases under 2 litre sports sedans to racers who want to come race with us, but don't have the time, knowledge or desire to prepare their own car. This is a great way to introduce people to racing under 2 litre sports sedans. Corporate Motorsport is a sponsor of the 2 litre and under sports sedan series, so it is a great way that we can work together for the best interests of both the club, and corporate motorsport. So next time you have a prospective member talk about wanting to race with us, recommend them to talk to Ernie about leasing one of his fine race cars.
As you can see on our web site, we now have a new forum. It is a way to help keep out web site up to date, with forum members able to register themselves, then create their own thread in the our cars section. Here you can tell us about your cars current state, show us some pics of where it is up to, and discuss any problems/progress with your car. Feel free to answer any prospective club members questions, and use this as a place to discuss cordially, and promote our series.
We are still looking at running a CAMS round this year, although getting our normal numbers up is a higher priority. For people wishing to compete, we are suggesting running at either 18th-19th October 2008 or the 50k Plate, both at Phillip Island. I also recommend at this point that anyone able to, that they get the new cams state level licence when renewals come around. It lets you compete at any event, regardless of how we decide to run the calendar next year.
Ok, so that is all for now, see you at the next club meeting.
The Presidents Report (July 2007)
Hi everyone, and welcome to the second half of the 2007 season. The AGM was held at the start of this month and it was impressive to see a great turn out. the club is in quite a healthy state at present. I thank the outgoing committee for all the efforts they have put in to keep the club on track. Well done!!!
The committee has changed but not totally so we do have some carry over from last year and that I think will help to retain some consistency. I thank Jamie for being at the helm for the past year whist I was busy climbing the ladder within the police force.
Check out the contacts page to see who your new committee is and if you are looking for an engine sealer we now have four, so that should have Melbourne well and truly covered.
Winton is only just around the corner and I am told it is going to be our biggest turn out in a while. We have 18 entered at this stage so if you are considering running this would be a great round to enter to show our strength by numbers!!!
We have some great ideas in the pipeline, all of which are quite exciting and should lift the profile of our club. We are looking at ways to promote the club and thus get more people on the track. We want to see numbers in the healthy high teens and not in the single digits ever again.
That's all I have to mention at the moment, must return to the shed to get the car ready for winton. See you up there. Remember there is the one lap shootout qualifying and at least one pitstop race!!!!
The Presidents Report (June 2006)
The 2007 season has gotten off to an interesting start at Calder, with the first round being a one day event, ending up under lights. It was a great event, and looked fantastic, with glowing brakes good hard racing. It was encouraging to see three new cars come out on track, Paul Greer, Tyrone Smith and Alex Del Solar. Tyrone was the first car to start under the new turbo car rules, and it showed just how inexpensively a car can be made to run up the front of the field with a turbo. The car runs a standard engine with just external modifications. It has the restrictor in place and a whole load of lead in the passenger seat to get it up to minimum weight. This car is a great guide to show just how much cheaper we can get cars into our field under these rules.
At Winton we had another new/refurbished car with Barry Megaw bringing out the SR20 powered Datsun 1600. It is great for the club to see all these new cars coming on line. Unfortunately our numbers dropped at Winton, and we need to improve. All these new cars are great, but we need to make sure that we keep them, and our old members racing. Attached here is a list of current positions of our racers and their cars. I have taken some liberties on where I think these people are with their Vehicles. If you know someone on this list, give them a call and try to help them get their car finished. We need cars on track not names on a list. As club members, we should consider this.... Rather than working to improve my car this weekend, I could go around to insert name from list's house and help them finish their car We only need half of the people on the list to race, and we are in great shape. Now is the time to think of the other club members, help them get there. There is a lot of knowledge on building and racing 2 litre sports sedans in this club, we can share this information with our new members, help them get out there and have fun, then we can all move foreword as a club. If we can get you guys, our members to call someone on this list and get them out racing, we will again return to being a force in the Victorian Motor Racing Championship.
It has also been mentioned that we need to enter earlier. If the organizers get to the close of entries, and we have only a few entrants, then they will have no choice but to combine us with another field. So please, if you are going to race, even I you are not sure, enter early so that we have enough numbers to justify our own races. Finally, if you don't hire a garage at Calder, we have organized the place behind the fuel bowsers for the under 2 litre cars to pit. It is great to pit together, so we can all help one and other. If you get their early, make sure that you go over and set up under the shelter over there. If it overflows, make sure that you pit in the vicinity of the bowser area so that we all help each other to have a great time at the race meeting. The club will charge each competitor $20 for the use of the undercover area, so make sure that you book yourself a spot by emailing me or calling on 0421 931 864. I will keep a record of who is booked in, currently we have no bookings, so feel free to let me know, with a first in first served basis.
We should have at least another 3 new cars at Calder. Look out for these new guys, and help them come out to Calder and enjoy their racing. Try to think how you felt at your first race meeting, and remember all the little things people did for you to make it easier, you need to do that for our new guys. Most of all. When you come racing, enjoy yourself above all else. We need to keep our existing members happy, and bring on the new racers.
Thanks must go to Craig Hill and Club X for sponsoring the Calder rounds of the series again. It is an invaluable assistance. The Winton round was supported by Auto Smart, with all entrants getting a pack of Auto Smart cleaning products. Come see me if you have missed out on your pack. Thanks for your help Clive... If I can be of assistance to you in getting ready for Calder, you know where to find me.
See you at the track. Jamie Augustine
The New Presidents Report (August 2006)
Hello to all, and welcome to the second half of 2006. For those unable to attend the Annual General Meeting, there was a surprise when John Camm decided not to stand again for the top job. On that note, I would like to thank, and congratulate John on all the wonderful work that he has done for the club during his time as president. It was a difficult time for the club, but not of its own making. There we were, being split as a club by decisions that we had no control over, merely a change in organisation of club race meetings. We were very lucky to have such a strong group of people leading the club, as indecision at this time may have led to a much worse outcome. Throughout his time, John has always been available to members, and really pushed forward with some initiatives that have undoubtedly improved the racing. The introduction of one lap qualifying, reverse grid racing, and pit stops at Winton have really helped renew interest in 2 litre racing. So from all of us in the club, thanks John for all that you have done for the club.
So, here I am, Jamie Augustine, new club president, looking forward with 2 litres to the rest of 2006 and beyond. After stopping racing for a gig in V8 Supercars, I gained a whole new outlook on our racing and where we do and should fit in the Motorsport scene. I have a few points for discussion that I would like to have people consider for the future.
1) - I would like us to encourage previous members and competitors to join our club and compete with us. A lot of things have happened over the past few years, many of them not of the clubs making, but forced upon us by the changes with CAMS and AAA. We need to leave the past back there, and work towards a better-united future for the club. On this, we are going to reintroduce the grace period for unsealed engines, a try before you buy approach, to show new members what we can do for them before we expect them to pull their engines apart for us. We are also allowing and encouraging non 2 litre members to run with us on a race weekend, they start from their allotted grid positions, but do not attain points in our club points system, so they will not affect your point score either.
2) - Reorganize the class structure with a lap time based class system for next year. You are in a class based on the fastest time in your car at our two tracks. If you beat the class time at both tracks, then for the next season you will be promoted to the next class. This should produce cars with similar lap times battling for class honors, and give people the opportunity to push their cars to climb the class ladder.
3) - Re-engage with the Open Sports Sedan series. In Reality, our destinies are in part in their hands, as our rules are written by the Open Sports Sedan Series. If we aren't talking to them, we have no input in our own rules, which could in the future lead to problems. Running our own separate rules is unrealistic, so we need to work together with them for the benefit of our club. There are going to be substantial changes to the Sports Sedan regulations for next year, but the new rules are not going to cause any existing cars to become ineligible, I know this for certain. More on this important topic as information becomes available
4) - Although the Calder and Winton VMRC are great events, It would be great to run again at more tracks than just two. I doubt that there would be a 2-litre member here that didn't agree with that. But due to the number of members with AAA licenses, it isn't reasonable for us to run a round at tracks other than these at present. We will not be promoting a round for 2 litres where half of the field cannot attend, so until a race meeting is held that we are ALL eligible to enter, we will be running just Calder and Winton as a club.
So that is the first look at where to go next with the club. What are your thoughts? Feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
to let me know. Finally thanks to all of the members who have agreed to take on committee positions for this year. Without you, there would be no club, so I for one thank you for your efforts.
On a side note, there is going to be a new Motorsport show in 2007 9-11 Feb at Jeff s Shed, run by showtime. After some discussions, I now have agreement that we will be allocated some space to promote our class at the event. This is a big opportunity for the club, so be prepared to have your car available to show. We will try to have an interactive stand, with brochures, stickers, magazines and alike for prospective racers. We are also going to hold a raffle for the Dorian timers at the show; More info on the show as it becomes available.
- Jamie Augustine.
Presidents Report May 2006
We are already a third the way through this season and boy have we done our fair share of racing. With 10 races already completed that equates to over half a seasons’ racing of a few years ago. No wonder our tyres are wearing out??!! I think most members will agree that even though we are only competing on two tracks the racing has been exciting. We have introduced many new racing formats for this year and so far most of them have worked. The one lap qualifying that debuted at round one has been very popular. I must admit at winton I was watching from the pre grid at the first group out to see how they went, knowing that the one lap counted for their grid. This new format has generated great interest from the rest of the paddock. With talk that other categories are considering taking on this idea.
The reverse grid at Calder in round one didn't work as good as we had hoped. The positions were all sorted on lap one and then business as usual. We actually wanted to spice it up during the race and for that point we are modifying the reverse grid for the next round. It will still be a reverse grid for race 3 but it will be a staggered start. The grid will be determined by your fastest lap of qualifying, race 1 and 2. The grid will then be reversed and split into 3 to 4 groups depending on the size of the grid. The first group will take off, and then the second will with a 10sec delay and so on. This format is used in other categories with great success; hopefully it will be successful next round.
The pitstops at Winton were nothing short of sensational. I think you will agree it was a great way to get everyone involved. The feed back I have received is all positive. People from other categories have commented how exciting the race was compared to a regular 10 lapper when in the middle stages can get a bit mundane.
It's great to see that everyone is enjoying this years racing. Even though we are only venturing to two tracks at least we are getting treated extremely well by the promoters and are able to introduce our own race formats. I brought up, at he last general meeting some discussion on what we want in the future. The thought of travelling interstate to Wakefield is one option but it need only be done if it is to the approval to the majority of the competitors. In the past we have travelled interstate not by choice but by necessity, I think if we go by choice it could be a chance to expand our appeal and competitor base. One thing that I think is important is not be complacent with what we have but always think for future improvement. One area that we are focused on is ways to increase our grid numbers.
You will probably have noticed our focus has shifted from the traditional sports sedan thinking to one which greater resembles what we are about. Most of our cars are essentially hotted up; club cars and I think that is the market share that we need to focus on. I believe that the racing that our cars provide for the cost and freedoms allowed is unsurpassed by any other category. That is why we have our new logo and title to try to focus on our unique type of cars.
You will notice that we have 2 different round sponsors for the year, that being for the Calder rounds we have Club X and for the winton rounds we have Dorian. The club appreciates the support from both these companies and hope we can provide them with the exposure that they are hoping for.
See you at Calder...
Presidents Report January 2006
Happy New Year to all. The year is travelling faster than ever with January almost over already. We have round 1 at Calder on the 24 to 26th Feb. Entry forms are out so make sure you get one and enter!!!!!! This year is hotting up to be one of our best ever. I think you will find that there is an even bigger group of front running cars on the pace. We have also made some fine tuning adjustments to make the racing even better. Expect to have reverse grid races, split grid reverse grids, top 10 shootout type of qualifying, draw for grid position and pit stops in the longer Winton races. All this plus a slightly tweaked points system should add up to a more even competition where everyone has a chance to win!!!!!!!
The trophy presentation was held last Saturday night. Speaking of the year hotting up, 42 degrees at Bells hotel was sure hot enough. What a great night we all had. Plenty of free drinks from the bar to help quench ones thirst. We were graced by a guest presenter for the trophy presentation. Yes Boris Slabovic himself came all the way from not so sunny Russia in, of all things the Lada. His only gripe was that the air con packed it in halfway here. I think everyone was impressed to finally meet the great man and he did a wonderful job of presenting the trophies
Boris has confirmed that he will be back this year supporting the SLABOVIC awards. For those who aren't sure of the points system for this, Boris tells me he subtracts the qualifying position from the round points and also factors in previous winners to come up with each round winner. Expect to see Boris at the rounds giving out the awards on the Saturday evening.
Round 1 will be sponsored by Club X, so everyone is free to remove last year's window sticker in preparation for the new one. We still have sponsorship vacancies for the Winton rounds so if anyone is interested or has a mate who wants to sponsor these rounds let us know at the next club meeting. Check out the meeting dates elsewhere on the web site. You will also notice that the November meeting has been scheduled for the Winton race round, Same as last year. The first Tuesday in November is Cup Day and there is little point having a meeting then, so it will be on the sat arvo at Winton.
See you at Calder...
Presidents Report December 2005
The season is over and what a year it has been. I think everyone is looking for a good break before the season kicks off again next year.
You'll see that the X Mas / trophy function has been rescheduled for the 21st of Jan at Bells Hotel. It kicks off at 7 pm with pre dinner drinks provided.
This years racing was pretty full on, to say the least. With 30 races over 6 rounds I think everyone got some good race miles in their cars. I think the cost for the year would be similar to other years but your money has gone on race consumables instead of entry fee etc.
Check out the web site to see the wrap up of the points for the year. You will see that quite a few were in the running even till the last race, although it was a slight mathematical chance. Well next year is looking like being an even better year for every competitor. We are looking at changing the format for the weekends to shake up the results somewhat and give the average guy a chance. We will probably have some of the following;
Reverse grid races, top 10 shoot out style qualifying, pit stops, random grid draws, some shorter races and even maybe more races per weekend! All this is still to be sorted, I'll be meeting with the officials from Winton next week( 12th to 17th Dec) to have a chat and float some of these ideas. It can't hurt to try some things to see how they work.
Next year kicks off on the 25th of Feb at Calder, being the first round of the year and so early, we need to make sure we have a good turn out to start the year. Hopefully people don't have much to do to get read y or aren't taking on too much over the summer break. Most rounds throughout the year sneak up on us a bit quick and I think this one with come around before we know it.
The club put on a good display at the recent Sexpo with many thanks going to Craig Hill who arranged for it to happen and also many thank s to the members who gave their time to man the stand and help promote the club. Craig tells me that we will do a bigger an better display for next year. I think a few people thought why is the club bothering with being seen at such an event... but I think that Sexpo has plenty of you average rev heads attend and lets face it any exposure it better than none. Check out the web site for some shots of the event.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year.
Hope to see all of you on the 21st of January at Bells Hotel.
Presidents Report August 2005
The AGM was held last month and what a turn out we had, some 22 members showed up, Kochy even dropped in from sunny Mildura. I think the turn out represents the state of the club at the moment. Things have seemed to sort themselves out in the recent past and most would have to agree that everything is moving along nicely at the moment. Touch wood.?!
If you look at the contacts page you'll see that pretty much the same committee if at the helm. The current calendar (i.e. VMRC) appears to be lo the liking of most members. At least the value for money and the good close racing and friendly atmosphere appeals to most. I hear that the VMRC is planning a round at either Sandown or Phillip Island for next year. They are also talking about going to Wakefield park around April if categories such as us and HQ's are interested. SO far I have only heard positive feedback for Wakefield. So if it happens it should be at round 2 of next years calendar after a calder round to kick the year off.
We have been formally asked by the organisers of the VMRC for any ideas to enhance next years racing. I suggested that we have some short track rounds , whether for the entire round or just one day and they seem keen to try and accommodate. If anyone has any ideas please let me know and I will pass them on to the VMRC. Any idea is welcome, so don't be afraid of thinking outside the square! We have contemplated bringing back reverse grids but are a bit worried about increasing damage and potentially losing cars unnecessarily , buy we may need to give it a go to see how things pan out. Some of us had a taste at Winton coming from the back and it seemed to work ok, but with the whole grid reversed it could get a bit ugly.
Next round is at Calder in mid September, hopefully we'll have even a bigger field than at Winton. Remember that at Calder Friday is included for free. It was good to see a few new cars and competitors out at the last round. Robert Evans campaigned Barnesy's old Datsun 1000 and Dave had his new 1200 out and about ironing out some bugs. Shane, the capitalist, had the T car at Winton and the ex Newing machine performed better than most would have thought, given its absence for the racing scene. I thing it goes to prove you don't need to spend years making the fastest machine in the shed, but rather get something that can do the job and just it out there and race.
See you all at Calder
Presidents Report June/July 2005
Wow!!!!!!!!! How good has the racing been so far this year??!! Round 3 was held at Calder a few weeks ago and I must say it was a fantastic effort on behalf of everyone from the club. We had 20 entries and as Bruce Robertson said it was the best racing of the weekend. I think we surprised a few with how good our category is. Brett Ramsay rang me Sunday night after the race meeting to have a chat and he also passed on how close and interesting the racing was. The club meeting on the Tuesday was a testimony to the quality of the racing with most of the field at Bells Hotel and plenty of lively chat about the weekend. We followed this up with a video of the round which was kindly done by Jon Ellis from Toyota car club. Thanks Jon!
Last year I vowed never to bring up the topic that members need to get their car out there and show that we a force within any state championship. Well I'm not going to change my stance and if anything I would have to say the opposite is occurring at the moment. It appears that there aren't enough cars to go around! I heard of at least 3 cars that are being eagerly chased by members and one car changed hands in less than a week after being bought at a recent fire sale. So racing wise I think I can safely say at the moment that all's good, let's keep it that way.
The on track action between the competitors is fast and close, very close in fact, but I must say that the standard is very good with only the slightest of touches in close 5 way battles. I'm just hoping more of this will continue at Winton for the next round. Maybe we can have 10 cars fighting it out at the front.
It's almost the end of the financial year and that means that the elections are just around the corner. July 5th is the clubs annual general meeting at Bells Hotel. It should be a big meeting by all accounts with many eager members vying for a spot on the committee. You will see elsewhere in this mag that there is a voting form so if you want to have a large say in how the club is run that's the way to do it. My understanding is that a large part of the committee is restanding at the elections but that doesn't preclude anyone from nominating for any position.
As most are probably well aware the web site has taken on a new look and I think Kochy has been burning some midnight oil to get things up and firing. The drivers profile page is fantastic and there are a heap more pics on the site and it's far more entertaining. Some will see that the forum has gone. It wasn't the way that the club had wanted it from the beginning and with the recent anonymous chat that was on there we decided to remove it for a while and maybe it will return in a format more appropriate for our club. In the mean time it doesn't stop anyone with an interesting topic to place it on the notice board or send it to the editor for inclusion in the magazine.
Speaking of the magazine, we are contemplating the idea of making it a bi annual event full of relevant club info, one to come out like this one in June and the other at the end of the year. The plan is to do a magazine of sorts but have on the web so that members can download it at their leisure. This will save the club considerable money and time and prevent duplication of information that we have at the moment. For those members without internet access we will still send them a hard copy of the mag.
Like I said we are planning to trial this, if it works (and I think it might) we will stick to the idea, if it doesn't we will revert to the current style of mag.
That's all I have for the moment.
Hope to see many at the AGM.
PS. The general meeting will be starting at 8pm on the dot!!!!
Sandown... No Reasonable Reason
MEMO TO ALL MEMBERS.
At present we are competing in the Victorian Motor Racing Championships which is conducted at Calder and Winton. Last year we competed in both the Victorian Motor Racing Championships (VMRC) and The Victorian State Circuit Racing Series. (SRS).
Why the change? Well it's a complex issue. When our category first started we competed a lot of the time at Winton but also supported events such as the 2lt Super Tourers and Truck Racing. Times changed and we moved into the SRS, as a stand alone category. We competed solely with SRS for several years with varying degrees of satisfaction as a category. When SRS and VMRC had a split therefore losing Calder and Winton we fully supported SRS, following the series to Mallala (bringing 15 competitors interstate). We supported their calendar but also competed in some VMRC events allowing our category to race at all four tracks in Vic.
For the 2005 season we asked SRS that we compete at the four main Vic events to allow our numbers at these events to improve. SRS thought competing at only four rounds was unacceptable and with very little notice informed us that we would be combined with the open sports sedans. This is something the opens have wanted since our inception. We told SRS, that was unacceptable and we wouldn't support the SRS unless we were offered our own races. We then altered our calendar to include more of the VMRC rounds to offer our members our own races to form a championship for 2litre Sports Sedans.
We have not entirely left SRS and still have our delegate attend their meetings. We have however made a decision not to compete with them this year and they are aware of this. One of our members is competing in both our championship and SRS. There are a couple of other 2 litre cars running at SRS but they are not our members and don't follow our club rules.
SRS have waved a carrot to our members to get them to compete at the second Sandown for this year. This event is organised by the Open Sports Sedans and hence there is the opportunity to offer 2 litre's a stand alone, and even a feature race. They have even offered to chase sponsorship for us for this event. This is not one of our calendered events nor will it be. The offer may appear to be attractive, but we see it as a way of driving a wedge through our club and an attempt to justify a 2 litre series title within SRS for this year. This is done to compete against our current championship calendar.
Whilst this offer may appear attractive on an individual's basis, the committee of your club urge you to carefully consider the ramifications of entering this round (July 23/24 Rd 4 SRS). It is not in the best interests of your club for future championships. We feel that we have a healthy cohesive category and if we all work together our future will be a positive one.
Presidents Report March 2005
Its started already!!!! That's right summer is just gone and so has round one. Feb19 and 20 saw the first round of our championship and what a round. The round was a tribute to Peter Ruyg who sadly passed away at the start of the year. It was full of action from the start. 14 entrants wasn't too bad considering the time of the year and I hear we will have well over 20 for round 2.
The practice session before qualifying made for a less stressful way for everyone to ease into the season, prior to a rather greasy qualifying. The five race format made the going tough in terms of reliability, although quite a few had bitten the dust before the end of Saturdays events.
Ken Jnr battled the wall in qualifying and his own oil in race 1 but otherwise was out in front all weekend. Kochy was Mr Reliable taking the round win. I think only him and Kev Roberts were the only reliable runners for the whole event. Brad Toye showed good speed all weekend even with the square extractors that were hastily fitted Sunday morning. Brendan Woods broke yet another set of axles, Mike Kyvall bent some valves, Derek Dentry had the clutch fall off, I blew a head gasket, both Dave Skilton and Barry Magaw did their gearbox and new guy on the block Craig Hill forgot to put the fuel cap on for the last race and was a DNS. Oh and Stevo's boot lid fell off yet again. That was just the dramas for the weekend but it didn't dampen the racing which I got to see plenty of it in pink bits on the Sunday. Getting lapped in every race. Talk about consistency!
I hope Winton proves to be a little more kind to our machines, but Its probably just a case of the old saying TO FINISH FIRST, FIRST YOU MUST FINISH,Â preparing pink bits as back up for the next round, even as slow as it is some points are still better than none.
You'll see by the point score that the year is still wide open; guys starting at round 2 are still in with a chance. Remember that you need to enter from now on if you want to be eligible for the clubs most generous offer of buy four get the last round free. That's right if you enter the next four rounds you get the last round paid for by the club!!!!!!!!!!Conditions apply, see in store for details!
We had the raffle for the round sponsorship (windscreen stickers) for the remainder of the year. It was totally above board with Irene drawing out the names.
Round 2 Lightning Locksmiths
Round 3 Lightning Locksmiths
Round 4 Mister Mazda Wrecker
Round 5 Mortgage Solutions
Round 6 Island Performance
I wont be at the next general meeting, so I hope to see as many as possible at Winton.
Presidents Report Jan 2005
Congratulations to Dave Bienvenu for taking out the inaugural 2 litre sports sedans nationals. Dave Bienvenu was the best on the day amongst a close group of fast cars. The front 3 of Bienvenu, Ken jnr and Dave Skilton put on some good close racing throughout the weekend. I was out of action on lap one of the first race after a 10 cent resistor put us out of action. Thanks to a sacrificial clock radio (where else do you find a supply of resistors at Winton on a Sunday morning) and a lot of patience and determination from my crew, we were able to get going for the Sunday and join in some of the action at the front of the field. You will find the full point score in this edition of the magazine.
It was good to see a healthy grid for such a meeting, in hot conditions and at the end of quite a busy season. This year we have combined the nationals with the final state round. It's on at Winton in early November, so if by chance you're out of the points in the state title at that stage, there's still a good incentive to enter the final round for the one round nationals. Should make for a huge final round!!!
A lot can happen in a short period of time. Since the last magazine our whole series has been turned around. If you notice in this edition that the confirmed calendar is vastly different to the proposed one in the last magazine.
It seems that the powers to be at the State Race Series decided that are numbers were too low in 04 and that we should be combined with the open sports sedans for this year.
The idea for this was to offer everyone longer races. But with us mixed in with the opens, a lot of us will get lapped effectively ending up with shorter races??!!
Your committee decided that in the best interests of our club and our series, that we should compete at events that guarantee, are identity as a stand alone category. That's why we are running in the VMRC rather than in a combination of VMRC and SRS.
We apologize to the members that are wanting to run at Sandown and the Island, we too would have liked to as we did in 04, have at least one round at each track in Vic.
For those who do want to compete at Sandown, the Island or even Mallala, you are quite welcome to run with the opens, but please bear in mind that by doing so you are helping yourself and not necessarily the club. The better numbers the open sports sedans have in 05 ads credibility to the argument of combining the classes. This is something we have held off from happening ever since entering the SRS, but with our numbers on average of 19 and the opens quite similar it was inevitable that the SRS would want to combine us both to create a full grid.
It seems the only way we will get our own races in SRS in the future is to show to them that we can get good grids (over 20) at race meetings. This is hard to accomplish given that we aren't even mentioned on the entry form for this year. Most of our members have shown a desire not to compete in combined races so I think the best thing that we can do as a club is have good grids at the rounds calendared for this year and show that we are a healthy viable category on our own.
In the mean time enjoy 6 rounds this year with a total of 30 races and all for $200 per round!!!!!!!!!
This year we have a new sponsor ship idea for the series. We are offering round sponsorship for $100 yes that's right your company name on the windscreen for $100. Well sort of. What we are doing is offering a total of 30 business card spaces for advertising in the magazine; with this you go into a draw to be the windscreen sponsor at a round. We have 5 rounds available so the odds are pretty good. Tickets are selling fast so I suggest you contact me or turn up at the next general meeting get a ticket. They are advertising which is tax detectable!
Unfortunately we received some bad news earlier this month. The passing of one of our members, Peter Ruyg. It came to a shock to all of us. He was only 30 and passed away suddenly in the early hours of new years day. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. The club sent a wreath on behalf of the members to the funeral.
In Pete's honor we have arranged that round one with be in his memory. We will be leaving the front row of the grid vacant for the entire weekend and have arranged for his brother Gerard to bring Peter's race car along and lead the field on the warm up lap for the first race. Also the windscreen sticker for this round is to be in memory of Ruygy
I apologize for the state of the web site. With every thing else we are trying to do/fix at the moment it has been a bit neglected. We will get to it shortly and have it better than ever.
That's about all the goss for now. I hope everyone had a restful x mas break and are busily getting ready for what appears to the a pretty exciting year.
See you at Calder!
Membership Sec. Report Jan 2005
Calder Rd 1 pre-grid