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SPORTS CAR REPORT #06.11
Well that's a bit more like it we had 4 sports cars at this meeting
but we still need to see more of you more often.
This was a Sunday only meeting, practice and four races in one
day was pretty good.
Attending this time were Steve Sharpe Brain and I and Bill Clarkson
who has purchased the Bill Stone Mk6 Mallock. Welcome Bill.
Bill had an excellent first day and after the obligatory spin
he was away, by the 3rd race he was well on his way to being very
competitive. Steve and Bill had a pretty trouble free day and
Steve was the front runner in the three races. Brian and I had
a fair bit of fun swapping places and generally enjoying the day.
Both our cars were getting pretty hot though. In the second race
I was having power loss problems which I put down to a loose ignition
wire so retired early. I repaired that, unfortunately that wasn't
the problem and as I pulled off the dummy grid for race three
the car died, turns out the problem was a faulty fuse to the fuel
pump I recon I should be able to fix that by Easter. Brian was
going well but spun at the hair pin in race three and then couldn't
get the car restarted so he finished on the tow rope. Steve had
to tighten the generator bolts at lunch time so he was having
big problems also. Bill was down in the covered pits but I think
he basically had a trouble free day. So practice and three races
in one day and no major problems makes for a good days racing
In the last newsletter I asked this question.
So think about this and let me know what you want.
At a 2 day meeting do we want to race all our races in one day?
Well the feedback was pretty conclusive, while we are happy with
one day meetings for two day meets the majority want to spread
the racing over the two days.
VCC/HRSCC Easter Hampton Downs.
Now it's time for a big THANKYOU a fabulous turn out in every
class and sports cars all over the places 9 in total with Bill
Clarkson Mallock Mk6, Steve Sharp Lotus, Tony Herbert Lotus, Richard
Wright Bowolf, Chris Havell Mallock Mk6, David Hawk MER, David
Heron Sadler, and Brian Mallock Mk8 and I McRaeU2. Good close
racing was had by all with the odd drama during the day.
David Hawk had his first outing in the MER and managed a few laps
in a car that was only just ready for the track, still at least
he had it there and will be back again with the car more complete
and reliable soon.
Tony Herbert was having great fun in the little Lotus until the
exhaust system came off in the sweeper leaving cars and exhaust
parts diving all over the place.
Chris Havell had starter problems which ended his weekend.
David Heron was away on Saturday afternoon and didn't return Sunday.
Steve Sharpe was the man to beat all weekend that is until the
Lotus engine made some of those terrible terminal noises Steve
thought it wasn't too bad until we noticed a crack in the block.
A sure sign that things inside are not pretty.
Richard Wright had a pretty trouble free weekend apart from the
normal English engine oil leaks which we eventually got to the
Bill Clarkson was going great guns, his first time at Hampton
Downs and he is well on the pace. Only Steve was able to beat
him and the rest of us couldn't get near him in the ex Bill stone
Mallock, it wasn't for a wont of trying either. Bill is going
to be a real contender for the championship next year. If there
was a prize from the biggest smile he would get that already as
he walks around with a permanent smile from ear to ear and recons
(and I quote) "this is the best thing I have ever done"
Brian spent the weekend chasing a miss which turned out to be
the distributor hitting the bonnet in the hairpin only.
I had a bit of an overheating problem that we cured with the replacement
of the head gasket. When the car just died by the pit entrance
a replaced fuel pump cured that problem. Bill Stone observed that
I was a bit loose in the rear and I pointed out the now slick
used FF Avon's on the car and said maybe two seasons on a used
set of tyre's was too much, still not bad value at the price (free)
so I recon another set is the go.
The latest points are attached, as we stopped counting points
at the TACCOC Puke round the season winner is
BILL STONE, well done Bill. Brian is second this year and Steve
Sharpe third. Congratulation's to you all.
Alan Service. Mc Rae U2. Sports Car coordinator
From our Australia corespondent:
A few months ago I received a call from my old (and I mean old)
mate Bill Stone, inviting me to drive his Mallock Mk6b Clubman
at the NZ Festival of Motor Racing celebrating Chris Amon.
Although delighted to be offered the drive in Bill's pride and
joy, I was a bit apprehensive about it, as although I do a bit
of hillclimbing, I hadn't raced on a track with other cars since
1985. Too good an opportunity to pass up though, I set about getting
my competition license and headed for Hampton Downs.
I have always had a soft spot for Clubman cars, having seen them
race at Amaroo and Oran Parks in Sydney, when I was a kid. Similar
in performance to a Formula Ford, but without the expense of a
racing transaxle. A really good, efficient, effective racing car.
And I had met Arthur Mallock in his home in the UK, where he quizzed
me at length about caster angles and scrub radius effects. I was
quite impressed that he was still keen to improve the Mallock
breed at the age of 78.
First visit to the track was on Thursday, where I was given the
chance to do a few familiarisation laps behind the pace car, in
Chris Havill's car. Thanks Chris; really worthwhile.
Fifteen minutes practise in Bill's car on Friday morning went
well, working my way down to a 1;20.8 without scaring anyone (I
hope). I was delighted to find that the car handled almost perfectly,
with a nice neutral balance that could be tweaked into oversteer
or understeer with suitable mismanagement of the controls.
Love the track, especially the two top gear corners, for the
Mallock Turn 1 and Turn 6, balancing the car up on entry before
carefully applying the power to find the apex and exit flat. I
found a bit more time in qualifying, managing a 1;19.5 before
running into traffic and packing it in. That was good enough (just)
for second on the grid, a tenth behind Russell Greer from Blenheim
in the Stanton Corvette and a tenth in front of Paul Madeley in
the Nerus Silhouette.
First race on Saturday, and plenty of nervous concentration.
I followed Bill's instructions and made a reasonable start, but
not reasonable enough to match the Stanton to the first corner.
With the Stanton driving a defensive line and taking a while to
get going through the corners, and me following suit, I was soon
overtaken by Steve Sharp in his Lotus 7 and Paul in the Silhouette.
All nice clean stuff, thanks guys.
I have no recollection of what happened in the next few laps,
but I found myself back in second, 5 seconds or so adrift of the
Stanton Corvette, and managed a couple of 1;18.9s before running
out of fuel with two laps to go. Bit of confusion about which
dipstick belongs to which car! Made me feel like one as well.
Not to worry, it was all good fun while it lasted. You should
have seen the look on Bill's face when he came back to the tent
after the race and I told him that we'd thrown a rod! (Rather
bizarrely, in my last race back in 1985, I ran out of fuel while
in second place with two laps to go).
Second race on Saturday, we were greeted by a nice wet track.
The grip in the wet seemed really good on the lap to the grid,
especially under brakes, so I figured those Michelin tyres must
be a good thing.
I was still P2 on the grid, this time alongside Paul who had
done a rather impressive 1;18.2 in the morning race. The only
drama awaiting me was a delayed start sign at the starter's tower.
Not knowing for how long the start would be delayed, I rather
stupidly switched the car off, necessitating a bit of a panic
when the first red light lit up! As a consequence I moved the
car forward about a foot as I put it into gear. My start was OK
again, but the Corvette blasted through from the second row, and
set about his business. This time, however, with a bigger grip
advantage, I managed to pass him at the first hairpin, and was
pleasantly surprised not to have him pass me again on the run
to the last corner.
Pretty much plane sailing from there, the car handling almost
exactly the same in the wet as in the dry, but about 7 seconds
per lap slower. The only hiccough was being shown a time penalty
notice at the start line, no doubt for starting out of position.
So I pressed on, figuring that if it was a 10-second penalty,
I still had a chance of winning the race.
And so it was.
Rained off on Sunday, as you're all aware, but with a win in
the Mallock and Bill storming through to second in his first Formula
Ford meeting in 40 years, and on the basis that you're only as
good as your last result, it wasn't a bad time to quit.
So thanks Bill and crew, Jim Barclay, Tony Roberts and Chris
Watson of NZFMR and the friendly guys from HRSCC for having me.
The event, the facility, the people and the atmosphere were fabulous.
It's lovely to see so many people taking the right approach to
their motor racing and having some fun.
Malcolm Oastler was Chief Designer at Reynard, Jaguar F1 and
British American Racing F1.
||Malcom Oastler seated behind Bill Stones U2. Standing L
to R; Brian Service, Steve Sharp and Dewar Thomas.
SPORTS CAR REPORT #04.11
HRSCC Taupo, 4/5 December 2010
Another great event held on the club circuit beautiful weather
good friends and great racing. Also the Vintage Car Club attending
again and what I site it's great to see those guys racing. 6 races
and practice over two days and off home by 3pm Sunday not a bad
effort I recon.
Well the drama started before the racing with Steve Sharpe's
tow vehicle breaking down in Hamilton. (Steve recons it's his
wife's tow vehicle) anyway he ended up driving his Buckler from
Hamilton to Taupo in the pouring rain in the middle of the night.
Have you seen a Buckler head lights? Any way Steve's a bit of
a legion I recon drove through the night and then raced two cars
all weekend and then had to drive the Buckler home. I think he
might have slept today.
Anyway 7 sports cars for the Historic grid Steve Sharpe Lotus
7, Bill Stone Mallock Mk6, Brian Service Mallock Mk8, Gavin Bateman
Mallock Mk4, Roger Greene Buckler DD1, Me McRae U2 and the Toyota
powered Mistral (not rarely historic) Practice went well for all
except me with a gearbox locked in second by the end, so my weekend
was over. Racing was good and close with only a few minor incidents.
Roger lost the hose on his Acue sump after the flag in race 1
which sent him into a spin on the sweeper. A few had trouble keeper
in a straight line and by race six, some of those that were flaging
were taking bets as to which corner Brian would spin on this time.
Hero to zero was the order of the day for him. Still he earned
the booby prize at the end of the meeting so not all was lost.
COME IN SPINNER was the call of the day. Bill even removed the
brand new nose from the Mallock and put the old one back on. Couldn't
be sure were people were going he said and I need the new nose
for Adrian Raynard and the festival meetings. Now there is something
to put some pressure on about when the time comes.
Gavin, Bill and Steve seemed to run pretty flawless all weekend,
although I did spot Gavin and Errol doing some brake work in the
pits. The Mk4 is running extremely well now. At the end of the
meeting it was Steve that topped the points table, Steve and the
Lotus are a force to be reckoned with. Well that's about it Next
meeting is HRC Taupo 15/16 January. See you there. MERRY XMAS
Alan Service, Mc Rae U2, Sports Car coordinator
Clockwise from L- Brian service U2 Mk8,
Bill Stone U2 Mk6B, Gavin Bateman U2Mk4
and Steve Sharp Lotus 7
Bill Stone and wife Susan Stone
Bill's U2 after Brian clipped its
nose hairs short
Steve Sharp in the Buckler 90
(Mk 2 De Joux body)
Graeme brayshaw Buckler DD1 with
Mk 2 De Joux body
Hopeful future Tiga driver, Steve Sharp
and wife Dennis (nee Ganley,
Alan Service (Sports racing car
Co-ordinator) and big brother,
|Alan Service in his not so happy McRae U2
SPORTS CAR REPORT #3.11
By Bill Stone
The 25th MG Classic. Manfeild, 13/14 November 2010
Seven Historic Sports Cars turned out for this two-day event.
- Richard Wright. Beowulf Mk 1. 1700cc. Now running well again.
- Alan Hyndman. Triford. Falcon power, 2850cc. Reliable and
- Gavin Bateman. Mallock Mk 4. 1650cc. A tidy car that is for
- Brian Service. Mallock Mk 8. 1598cc. This 2009 Championship
winning car is also for sale. He has his original Mallock U2
- Roger Greaney. Buckler DD11. 1600cc pre cross flow. This nicely
prep-ed 1956 car is startlingly quick with a very competent
Roger at the wheel.
- Bill Roughan. Mogul Sport Mk 1. Bill has had some handling
issues but is hopefully getting then sorted.
- Bill Stone. Mallock Mk6B. 1500cc. So far my car has been very
reliable and is handling well.
For this meeting the Sports Cars were grouped with the Formula
Fords and the Formula Juniors. The FF's were quicker than us and
mostly ran in a group at the front. The Juniors ran at the back
of the field and were lapped by the front-runners. All the races
were 6 laps. Saturday was overcast but the track was dry. Sunday
started wet but was dry by race 5, though very windy.
Alan Hyndman was the class of the field and could run 2 or 3
sec's quicker that the rest of us. He won all four races. Richard
Wright and I could run the same times and we had a great time.
Close and safe.
I managed to take four 2nd places but twice he finished under
½ a sec behind. Just as well the start line was not further
up the straight. He did have a spin and DNF in our third race
but more on that race later. Bill Roughan and Gavin Bateman ran
consistently close. Brian Service's weekend wasn't great. Snap
oversteer and a dropped plug lead meant DNF's in his Saturday
races and he decided not to start Sunday morning's wet race three,
in hindsight a wise decision. By the final race he was back on
track and finished a whisker behind Bill Roughan. Roger Greaney
ran well in the first race but returning to the pits the clutch
hose made contact with the exhaust and popped. He missed the 2nd
race but run in that dramatic 3rd race and finished between Bill
Roughan and Gavin Bateman.
The third race on Sunday morning was our third race of the weekend.
It had rained and the big Classic saloons, out first, took a battering.
The track was still damp for our start. We arrived at the dummy
grid and found we would be starting in reverse order. The lights
went out and the pack arrived at turn one to find a spinning FF
that I think everyone managed to avoid. I was second across the
line at the end of that lap. There were yellow flags waving everywhere
and at the beginning of the back straight there was a tangle of
badly damaged FF's. Safety Car for a couple of laps, a red flag
and a lengthy stop on the grid, another safety car lap, a rolling
restart and a couple more laps racing to the flag. I felt that
the reverse grid race was potentially very dangerous and after
the race I saw the stewards and voiced my opinion.
So the overall Sports Car results:
SPORTS CAR REPORT #2.11
TACCOC at Hampton Downs 7th November 5 sports car in the historic
grid a good turn out for a day's racing. Practice was full over
drama for Brian and I. Brian's front wheel nuts came off but he
managed to keep the wheel on with only one nut and returned to
the pit on the back of the tow truck. I had a plug lead come out
of the distributor cap (twice) so had a couple of visits to the
pits during practice, but other than that the new engine seemed
to be ok. However I was having trouble with gear selection. Bill
Stone, Steve Sharpe and Ray Hawke all seemed to have a good practice
with Bill setting the pace closely followed by Steve.
Race 1 was won by Bill with a very exciting battle with Steve
for the first place the lead swapped a couple of times but Bill
managed to take out the win at the line. Brian's race was pretty
good also but he was off the pace of the first two. Ray seemed
to be enjoying himself in the MER and finished the race with no
problems. I however noticed a bit of clutch slip on the warm up
lap and when the flag dropped I left the clutch on the start finish
line and my day was done a shame as I was looking forward to seeing
how the new engine went.
Race two saw Bill and Steve once again in a battle for the lead
with Brian catching until his engine went off. Ray came in on
the tow rope after the engine just stopped so it was on the trailer
for him. Turns out Brian's problem was one of the carb floats
had fallen off so his day was also done.
Race three saw only two sports cars left Bill and Steve continuing
the battle for the sports car and race win honors in what seemed
to be a very entertaining and reliable days racing from the two
Bill has certainly made his intention clear with regards to the
sports car championship this year and its starting to look like
we may have a new name on the trophy by the end of the season.
Still it is early days yet so who Know's.
MG Manfield next but I won't be there so someone else will have
to write the report. Brian recons it's down to the winner on the
Well that's about it HRSCC Taupo is on the 4 & 5th December
get your entries in now
See you all there.
Sports Car Co-ordinator, McRae U2. Albo@woosh.co.nz
SPORTS CAR REPORT
TACCOC Meeting Pukekohe Sunday 11th April 2010
As this was a one day only meeting we (Brian & Enid Service)
decided to `amble' out to Pukekohe on Saturday and stay the night
with the other motor vanners trackside. Arrived late afternoon
in time to set up while it was still light and then had drinks
& nibbles with the Clarkes, Walkers & Bruce McCoy. Phil
Foulkes had been out earlier in the day but sadly due to the coming
together of a car & a wall they had departed before we even
got to the track.
Sunday was a really nice day weather wise, warm (not hot), dry
& no wind, perfect conditions for the last race of the season.
With Brian Service & Bill Stone the only ones racing in their
class it was guaranteed from the start that a BS was going to
be the winner on the day. Alan Service was away overseas (apart
from having his car in pieces) and all the rest were `no shows.
Despite the small field the competition was `hot' as Brian &
Bill were around 30 points apart for the season. The race for
the Chocolate Fish was on.
The turn out for the `one dayer' was not huge so the days program
gave the boys a practice and three 8 lap races. The racing between
the two BS's was very even and although Brian spent more time
in the lead Bill was never out of touch and from time time the
pressure showed. In race one Bill got a little keen and touched
Brian while attempting to pass and for the second race meeting
in a row sustained a broken nose cone.
Not only has Bill got a good supply of race tape he has it in
RED. Brian just got red paint on his tire - lucky, lucky and he
went on to win the race. Race two passed without incident with
Brian again the first over the line. Third race was again good
close racing but the pressure must have finally got to Brian.
On the final lap he carried too much speed in to the SSSS's, spun
out & had a very near miss with the tyre wall. No damage but
the car would not restart, Bill went on to take the flag and Brian
managed to restart after the race was finished and head back in
without being towed.
All in all it was a great day and as pre agreed the winner was
to write up the report. Being rather spelling challenged I elected
Enid to do the writing - oh the joy of delegation.
||1st Brian Service
||2nd Bill Stone
||1st Brian Service
||2nd Bill Stone
||1st Bill Stone
||DNF Brian Service
SPORTS CAR REPORT
Taupo. Feb 2010
It was a busy week at Hampton Downs, followed by some adverse
weather at an equally busy few days at Pukekohe. The three days
off in between, to catch up on mowing lawns etc, were used up
getting my Mallock repaired for Taupo. The rear axle taken out
and stripped; a new Panhard rod mount fabricate and welded on
and then all put back together. Three days gone just like that.
With a set-up on Thursday morning we were at last away to Taupo.
The containers arrived late on the Thursday afternoon, so the
visitors were well set up in garages by Friday. All the ones Susanne
spoke to had had a great visit to New Zealand and were very complimentary
about NZ hospitality. Barbara Manning and her crew still had a
smile on their faces after three very hectic Festival weekends.
Well done them.
Never having run on the long circuit at Taupo before, I took
advantage of the Friday test and got in three sessions. I found
the infield a bit tight and narrow, challenging yes. For this
meeting the Sports Cars ran with the Formula Fords and Juniors,
probably because there were only two Sports Cars entered. Nev
McKay with his Mallock Mk 8 and myself. This was disappointing
after such strong fields at both Hampton Downs and Pukekohe. So
there were some easy points available, all I had to do was finish
the three races. Friday was exceedingly hot and Saturday and Sunday
would be even hotter.
Qualifying on Saturday morning was a struggle for newcomers to
the circuit and a lot of the overseas Junior drivers were scratching
their heads wondering where to find some extra time. For the first
race I was 15th on the grid and Nev just in front on 13th spot
but at turn one on the 2nd lap he did a 360 and we all got by.
A couple of laps later he came steaming by and that was the last
I saw of him as he marched through the field with the bit between
his teeth. For race three he would start on grid 5.
For race two I was on grid 21, as a number Formula Fords had
by then found the fast line. But by mid race my brake pedal went
away when a rear brake shoe adjuster unwound and let the shoe
back from the drum. The problem was fixed with a couple of turns
of lock wire. The third race was going well until a rear wheel
came off a FJ in turn 3. The wheel bounced across the gravel trap,
over the armco barrier and ended up in the middle of the main
straight at about the 300yd board. It was hard to see and I only
just managed to swerve in time to miss it. The yellow flags came
out and the last half of the race was run behind the pace car.
A disappointing end to a good weekend racing.
My lap times had improved with each run and there is still more
time to come, maybe a second. One of the stars of the weekend
was Martin Lucas, historic FF who, by the last race had worked
his way up to 6th on the grid beside Nev McKay. Earlier this season
Martin and I used to run at about the same pace but he finished
the day 7 sec faster! Youth over experience I say.
SPORTS CAR REPORT
by Bill Stone.
Hampton Downs 13th Dec 2009
Our first run on New Zealands newest race circuit.
Five Sports Cars contested this round of the championship and
we joined the Formula Juniors for a combined group entry of 19.
Roger Munns, Buckler 90; Craig Laing, Buckler DD2; Brian Grant,
Lotus 11 Consul; Brian Service, Mallock U2 Mk 8 and me, Mallock
Brian Service and I were the fastest of the combined group, with
times around 1.20. The Brabham FJ, the fastest Junior, was right
there doing 1.21s. The Bucklers and Lotus ran comfortably
with the other Juniors. So this was probably the best place for
us, although the earlier cars were lapped once which I think is
I took advantage of the Saturday test day and although it was
showery, it gave me a definite advantage for practice and the
first race. I was on pole with Brian along side on number two
spot. The remaining three were mixed in with the Juniors, so with
the near perfect weather, there was some good racing in prospect.
Brian beat me off the line and held the lead for the first lap
but I was able to put my Saturday laps to good use and snuck past,
then continued to pull out a little on each lap. As I started
my last lap I saw my water temp gauge had dropped to zero so I
eased back a bit intending to cruise to the flag but I over did
the cruise bit and Brian caught and passed me on the line. But
the result sheet gave me the win! Brian had taken the flag on
lap 9 but I had crossed the line in front on lap 8, the race distance.
The flag had gone out one lap late. So Brian and I have agreed
to split the points for this race.
After race 1, Brian Grants Lotus and Craigs Buckler
had lap times within a second and were working hard with the Juniors
doing simular times. Roger also had cars to dice with.
I managed to win the final two races though Brian Service did
not make it easy and our lap times ending up about equal. Brian
Grant enjoyed the circuit and was able to use the torque of that
big four cylinder engine, he did not start race 3 as a small oil
leak had developed. Craig had the Climax engine buzzing but found
the drum brakes fading and had to extend his braking points. He
finished the day with two 4ths and a 3rd. Roger had a great time
and was looking for a little more speed and, like Craig, found
the Bucklers brakes a handicap.
I hope that this modern, smooth and exciting circuit will encourage
more earlier Sports Cars to come and join the fun.
We all had a great days racing.
1716 Dummy grid at Hampton Downs.
Historics and Sports racing cars practice.
9545 Craig Laing buckler DD2
SPORTS CAR REPORT #03.10
Well it was time for our annual picnic meet again and due to
a booking mix up we were down to racing on Sunday only. However
we did documentation on Saturday afternoon followed by a BBQ for
dinner so all very social. Racing started at 9am on Sunday. We
had 5 grids so everyone got practice and 5 races plus we ran a
couple of flying fair wells. Not bad for 1 day. It was good to
see the vintage cars there this year and hopefully we will see
them again next year. 7 sports cars entered the historic grid
which was a good turnout. Everyone had a good day on a slippery
track. It was good to see Ray Hawke out on the track in the MER
for the first time. Also Craig laing was there with his lovely
Cooper Climax powered Buckler which I hadn't seen before. The
Buckler just went all day with no problems Gavin Bateman came
all the way from Wellington to run his MK4 Mallock which was once
again in top condition and fitted with a 1650 consol engine as
was the case originally. His day went pretty well with no real
problems and as the day progressed he was climbing up the field.
Ray Hawke had a couple of small problems with the MER a water
hose came off and an on track incident saw the MER without a nose.
But no real damage, Ray was improving all day. Bill Stone came
in after one race with the gear lever in his hand rushed into
town fixed it and was back racing and only missed one race. Bill
Roghan had a oil pressure issue with the Mogal and the way the
flywheel moves we think it may have broken a crank. Still I'm
sure Bill will have it fixed in no time. Brian Service had a bit
of an oil leak in the Mallock easily fixed and a good days racing.
I had no problem all day and aside from some slip and slid, which
we all had, I enjoyed the day.
Next meeting Is TACCOC Hampton Downs the long awaited first historic
meet on the new track.
Sports Car Co-ordinator
Alan and Brian service. Mallock
U2 and McCrae U2
Bill Stone relaxing in the pits
Bill Stone Mallock U2
Bill Stone leads Allan and Brian at the
Craig Laing Buckler DD2 retiring
after coming together with the
BatemanU2 and resulting spin.
Ray Hawke; M.E.R sports car sans
nose after avoiding the crash but
not the cones
Craig Laing Buckler DD2
M.E.R sports car
SPORTS CAR REPORT #2.10
The MG Classic race meeting at Manfield (14/11/09) was once again
superb. There was some pre meeting email traffic about the unfair
treatment of Historic's at this event but on the day all was sorted
and once again the Historic's were given 5 races and practice.
The last race on Sunday was mid program so we could all be gone
by 4pm. WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR. So if you are one of those
Historic racer's that thinks' MG car club treat us bad. GET OVER
IT come and give it a go, it's a fantastic meeting well organized
and we ARE being looked after. The weather was horrible, cold
and windy but no rain. A good turnout of 29 historic race cars
including 8 sports cars with Richard Wright, (Beowolf) Roger Greaney,
(Buckler) Alan Hydman (H & C Triford) Bill Roughan (Mogal)
Bill Stone (Mallock) John Mines (JRM Mallock) Brian Service (Mallock)
and myself all lining up for the practice.
Once again Richard's practice was marred by mechanical problems
which were very frustrating for him as he had a great test day
on Friday. Richard retired with a suspected broken cam follower
in his brand new engine which made him as grumpy as I have ever
The racing was incident free though, with good close racing amongst
the sports cars. John Mines with the JRM, sporting brand new Toyo
road tires to make it Historic legal, was the exception though.
The new tires also gave it the ground clearance of a small truck
but that didn't worry John, who said it would handle like a pig
but he was on the front grid row most times. When one race was
over he could be seen jumping straight into the JRM2 to compete
in the Sports Car Class. The rest of us competed with great vigor
swapping places blocking and generally harassing each other for
two days. Roger Greaney dropped a crank pulley which ended his
weekend and Alan Hayman broke a rear axle but still the fun continued
with the sports car field all within a half second of each other
all weekend. Bill Stone turned out to be the big mover of the
weekend and with a constant round of fine tuning by the last race
was totally on top of the entire sports car field except for John
Mines. Bill defiantly has his eye on the trophy this year.
Well that's about it HRSCC Taupo is next on the 6th December
get your entries in now!!!
See you all there.
Sports Car Co-ordinator. McRae U2. Albo@woosh.co.nz
Alan Service #26 McRae U2, Brian Service
#127 Mallock U2 Mk 8, Colin Grant #39 Beattie, Bill Roughan
Mogal Sports in the pits.
Alan and Brian Service discussing the
merits of double sink plugs with Tinky Winky and Dippsy
(out of view) Alan is our esteemed Sports Car Co-ordinator
and HRSCC Committee member
Historic Racer, Bill Stone Mallock U2
Mk6b, with race engineer John Steenson. Bill Roughan #333
in the Mogal Sport. Dummy grid at Manfeild.
Roger Greaney, Rootes group powered Buckler
Steve Beale photo
Bill Stone, Mallock U2 Mk6b.
Steve Beale photo
Sports Car Report #1 /10
Well the racing season is back and with that the Icebreaker meeting
at Puke was held last weekend.
The weather was fine but the days cold and with a reasonably dry
pit things weren't to bad. The historic grid was 23 cars strong
so a good season start.7 sports cars at this meeting, with a couple
of cars returning from a long absence.
First back was Brian Grant with the Lotus Consol as usual the
car looks great and was running strong with no real problems.
Also back on the track for the first time in ages was Roger Munns
with his immaculate Buckler 90.The only problem that Roger had
as I understand it was with officidom. In a time when we are trying
to get his type of car back on the track I understand he was stopped
from competing after the first race due to no cage or seatbelts.
Now this is a pre 60's car so I, as did all of us thought that
pre 60's doesn't require those. So it would be interesting to
hear what that's all about. Surely if we want to encourage Rodger
and the likes to bring their cars to that track (AND WE DO) we
need a proper ruling so everyone knows where we are at.
Good to see Bill Roughan at Puke all the way from Napier and
as usual no problems for Bill, with the Mogal well prepared for
racing in the off season.
Steve's Lotus 7 is still going great and he says he's done nothing
to it of the winter except wipe it down.
Bill Stone's Mallock was immaculate as usual and as the weekend
progressed he became quicker and quicker.
Brian's Mallock was also looking pretty sharp with its new bonnet
and paint job. As usual Brian has done heaps of work lifting the
engine, dropping the ride height and making new panels and a paint
job. Brian was suffering from overheating and a miss which we
think is a blown head gasket. Water on the rear wheels seem to
cause a lack of traction and a spin in "Death Valley"
(the area by the pit entrance and named by Racing Ray) resulted
in a minor altercation with the Armco and a major dent in the
I didn't do much work over the winter but I did rebuild the rear
shocks and raise the ride height a bit. My weekend was going great
on Saturday and with Steve, Brian S and myself cross entered into
the sports car races we were having a great time. Everyone's lap
times continued to drop all weekend. Sunday the McRae U2 had a
small oil leak that turned into a major oil leak when we tried
to fix it so a new front engine mount is now required to make
that go away, so unfortunately there was no racing for me on Sunday.
The season is looking pretty good this year with the Bruce McLaren
festival meetings at Hampton Downs promising some large grids
with sports car only races. The next point's race is the MG Classic
at Manfield in November so get your entries in for that one. After
that HRSCC Taupo, first weekend of December. A 1 day event this
year due to a booking mix up but there will be a social thing
Saturday afternoon which will include documentation and a full
days racing on Sunday.
See you at Manfield
Sports Car Coordinator
Brian Service Mallock U2 Mk 8 follows
Ben Field, Elden Mk 8 FF over the Hill
Steve Sharp lotus 7 series 2 follows
Grant Campbell, FF over the Hill
Brian Grant 1959 Lotus Consul
Bill Roughan leads the field in his
SPORTS CAR REPORT #05.09
HRC Puke Summer 2009
Once again Puke was fine and hot. Only 3 sports car on the historic
grid this time which was a bit disappointing and it was a bit
of a we came we raced we broke we went home weekend. All 3 of
us cross entered into the sports car grid to get some extra racing
in and this seems to be working ok, even if we were with the Super
Historic's at this meeting. You just have to keep an eye out and
it's all good. Steve Sharp had the best run of the weekend managing
to complete the 2 practice sessions and the all the races even
if he did have to take the Lotus home on Saturday night to change
the generator. Brian's weekend started off bad with no first and
second but the replacement of a roll pin in the selector fork
soon fixed that. His starter also went to lunch so we had to push
start him all weekend. His Puke times are now in the 11s and high
10s so he's getting pretty hard to catch. However in the 3rd race
of the weekend the driveshaft flew apart and that made it a bit
easier if not a little scary for him.
My weekend started good with the 2 practice seasons but in race
one the car moved a few meters of the grid and that was the end
of my weekend. We thought it was the gearbox but it turned out
to be a broken axle. There was a broken syncro in the gearbox
as well though. Still no worries it's all fixed now as is Brian's
drive shaft and starter problem. So the entries are in for next
Sunday. Hopefully we may see a few more of you at this meeting.
What we do need is some way of getting the slower cars out. There
seems to be heaps of Bucklers and Mistrals etc around but no one
will bring them out racing. If we had one or two that came regularly
then I'm sure more would follow.
Next meeting is Pukekohe 5th April
Sports Car Coordinator
SPORTS CAR REPORT #04.09
HRC Puke & TAUPO Summer 2009
Two weekends in a row at this time of year is becoming the norm
It's a pity the Puke meet clashed with the A1GP but it was a terrific
meeting anyway. Puke was FINE and hot 350 odd entries with 40
or so in the historic grid including 11 formula Vee's from Australia
was great. Another large field of 5000s made for an entertaining
weekend of motorsport.
4 sports car on the historic grid and we all had a reasonably
trouble free weekend in the sun. Perhaps the biggest incident
for the sports cars was Bill Stone losing part of his nose to
the rear wheel of a Vee that came down on him at the hairpin in
the handicap race. A rare racing incident in historic racing but
I suspect that Bill was in a bit of a blind spot and just hadn't
been seen. We all double entered into New Zealand Sports Car Grid
and practiced with them but when they combined that with the Super
Historic's our cunning plan for more racing for the same price
was put on hold.
A repeat of Puke really but on the big track at Taupo. Once again
huge fields, lots of entries, lots of heat and lots of fun. The
organization once again was superb. Again over 40 on the Historic
grid and 4 sports cars but this time Bill Stone stayed at home
and Steve Sharpe took his place. No real problems for the four
of us and as we all got used to the track lap times dropped and
lead places swapped. Bill Roughan had a few minor overheating
problems and a broken throttle cable both easily fixed. Brian
had minor oil leak in the diff once again an easy fix and Steve
lost the clutch in the Historic handicap race. Not quite so easily
fixed but he completed the race and I'm sure will have it fixed
in no time. This time the cunning plan to race with the NZ Sports
cars worked so we had 2 practices and 6 races. Although some of
those sports cars are seriously quick the Historic's often weren't
last and we weren't unwelcome on the grid so I guess we will be
doing that again.
Next meeting is Pukekohe in March entries online now see you
Sports Car Coordinator
SPORTS CAR REPORT #03.09
HRSCC TAUPO 6th and 7th December 2008
Another great meeting at Taupo, the ussall laid back affair with
plenty of racing, plenty of sun and lots of good humor A good
turn out of sports cars with some new cars out for the Mallock
50th anniversary. For the first time I don't really have a handle
on what went on all weekend, there was so much happening. 5 races
per day is a lot to remember so I'm not going to try.
10 Mallock's for the anniversary was a good turn out with a good
range of models, plus Steve Sharp's Lotus 7, Roger Greaneys Buckler.
Chris Havill brought the Mallock (for display) and the Monza Fait
(for play) a couple of MG'S and a Frazer made up the sports car
grid along with two Minis that had nowhere else to go. Plenty
of action in the pits too with everyone's car being worked on
at some stage. Bill Stone had the Reynard works team on board
to help with his brake issues I had my own brake issue with a
broken galiper mount, while Bill Roughan was still struggling
to get masses of house power onto the track until we replaced
the clutch plate.
Roger dropped the Buckler off the edge of the track and bent
an axle Brian run at of gears in the Mallock/Avenger gearbox Steve's
Lotus dropped oil pressure but that came back for the next race.
Gavin & Errol Bateman were working constantly on their two
cars I'm not sure what the problems were but the Mk4 Mallock that's
just had a rebuild looks great and goes real well. Jaimie Aislabie
was over from Rotorua with two Mallocks that needed a bit of attention
but nothing major it seemed. Nevelle McKay came in from Malaysia
and brought an Aussie pit grew for his Mallock with him so they
were doing Aussie stuff to that car all weekend and John Mines
brought the JRM up from Wellington. He seemed to be the only one
sitting around without much to do. So as you can see it was all
I've got no idea who came where in the races so email me back
with what you know so I can work out the points otherwise we will
all get none!!!
The next meetings on the calendar are the HRC Tasman meetings
at Puke and Taupo (long track), last weekend of Jan and first
weekend of FEB. Enter online NOW or we won't get a grid. In the
mean time have a great Xmas and New Year and thanks for the comradeship
and fun times we have all had so far this season.
See you at Puke.
Sports Car Co-ordinator, McRae U2
Lining up for the U.2. Parade lap. Gavin
Bateman, Mallock U.2. Mk 4, Adrian Reynard (UK), Mallock
U.2. Mk 6b (24), Alan Service, McRae U2, Brian Service Mallock
U.2. Mk 6.
Bill Stone (24) Mallock U.2. Mk 6b on
pole. Brian Service (27) Mallock U.2. Mk 6. Keeley Pudney,(78)
Concept U.2. Mk 29; Nev Mckay (88) Mallock U.2. Mk 18; Bill
Rohan (333) U2, Alan Service (red) McRae U2. Morrie Hogan
(blue) Mallock U.2. Mk 11b. John Mines (orange) JRM Sports.
Ray Stone photo
Susanne Stone (nee Mallock) with Umbrella.
Bill Stone Mallock U.2. Mk 6b on pole; Keeley Pudney, this
year competing in the Toyota Racing series, in Jamie Aislabie's
Concept U.2. Mk 29; (behind) Nev Mckay Mallock U.2. Mk 18;
John Mines JRM Sports, Morrie Hogan Mallock U.2. Mk 11b.
Ray Stone photographer.
Adrian Reynard in Bill Stones U2 Mk6.
Noel Martin Smith photo
Bill Stone. Noel Martin Smith photo
SPORTS CAR REPORT #02.09
The MG Classic race meeting at Manfield was once again a superb
race meeting. Excellent weather and a good turn out of historic
racecars. This year the organizers once again gave us and extra
race on the Sunday. So five races was fantastic.
A good turn out of sports cars as well with Richard Wright, (Beowolf)
Roger Greaney, (Buckler) Alan Hydman (H & C Triford) Bill
Roughan (Mogal) Brian Service (Mallock) and myself all lining
up for the practice. Brian putting the Mallock into the wall at
the hairpin and bending the diff while Bill and Richard were having
trouble with over heating marred practice.
The racing was incident free though, although the overheating
problems continued for Richard and Bill. Eventually Richard retired
with a suspected blown head gasket in his new engine while Bill
managed to cure his problem.
We whipped the bent diff out of Brian's car and took it to town
where a engineer straightened it for free. Banged it back in with
a replacement axle and away he went. Of course the wheel came
loose because I didn't tighten the spacer properly but other than
that all was ok.
After a bit of a night at the event dinner Sunday dawned bright
and cool but the rest of the day was fantastic. Good racing within
the historic field and no real problems. Alan forgot to refuel
the Triford so didn't get to complete the last race but other
than that we all managed to complete a fantastic weekend of racing.
Over the years there has been some chatter about the way Historic's
are treated at this meeting but obviously the organizers have
made a huge effort to look after us. Practice and 5 races over
a 2 day weekend is exceptional and on top of that the last race
on Sunday was early afternoon so everyone that wanted too could
pack up and head home early. Maybe next year we will see a return
of some more Juniors to boost the fields even more.
Well that's about it HRSCC Taupo is next with the Mallock 50th
get your entries in now!!!
See you all there.
Sports Car Co-ordinator
SPORTS CAR REPORT #07.08
TACCOC Pukekohe May 2008
And so another season of racing draws to a close with this meeting.
A bit different to the usual TACCOC affair with only seventy odd
entries for the entire meeting. This made up 4 grids which meant
that we all got 4 races and practice in1 day. FABULOUS.
20 cars in the historic field is a good turn out for this time
of year but only 4 sports cars. The good news however is that
Phillip Adamson brought out his lovely little Lotus 7 S1. What
a beautiful car, hopefully we will see some more of that and if
we could get a couple of Bucklers to come along as well we could
have another nice little sports car section there.
Steve Sharp, Brian and myself made up the rest of the sports
car field. Practice times of 1.14 ?? for Steve and Brian and 1.16.??
for me meant that we were all going fairly well. All 4 sports
cars completed the days racing without any problems and the cars
were all put on the trailers in one piece and still running well
which was very good to see.
Race one was won buy Steve with a best lap of 1.13.54 with Brian
a close second me third and Phillip bringing up the rear. This
pretty much set the trend for the day.
Race two and three were marred by safety car interventions and
the finish order didn't change from race one although there was
some overtaking under yellow (Brian) which effected final placing.
These two races were also interesting as half the track was wet
and half dry so you had to tip toe around the hairpin and up the
hill and them go like stink around the rest of the track.
Fortunately the last race of the season was on a nice dry track.
Well at least a track with a dry line. Steve once again leapt
to the front to mixed it with the Formula Fords while Brian decided
that Steve couldn't be left to that fun by himself and set off
in hot pursuit. However I had other plans for Brian, after a bit
of inspiration was kindly imparted to me by Enid (Brian's wife).
So I was after him and a nice little battle developed with Brain
and I passing each other a couple of times. In the end it was
victory once again to the fabulous Ford power of Steve's Lotus,
followed by me in the McRae U2 and Brian in third. (Phillip didn't
do the last race). Best times of the day, Steve 1.13.15, Me 1.13.77,
Brian 1.13.81 and Phillip 1.25.41.
After that, all that was left to do was pack up, have a drink
and say our goodbye's until the new season starts again in September.
As for the points, see the chart-attached prize giving at the
HRSCC dinner Ill let you know when.
See you all there
Sports Car Coordinator
MARCH 2008 PUKEKOHE HISTORIC MEETING
They say that your car always goes extra well just before it
blows up. I have no reason to doubt that.
A large meeting with lots and lots of BMWs. That class has certainly
taken off. Forty entries, close racing and relatively cheap to
build and maintain. As long as you don't hit anything or anyone!
There were around 250 entries altogether, so large and varied
fields, some close racing and unfortunately quite a lot of damage,
both mechanical and panel. After the double tragedy the week before
there was a rather sombre atmosphere.
As a lot of the normal hard chargers were missing. Condolences
to Alan. Competing in the Bash, or in Australia at the Melbourne
GP after competing at Philip island in the Formula Junior races,
it was decided to open the field up to higher horsepower, more
modern single seaters. There was some concern amongst the slower
cars (all of us) about this but it worked out alright.
Practise was practise. Beowulf dropped a spark lead. Chris Havill
found that new tyres need running in, and untill they are the
handling is interesting. He should have kept the old air and used
it again. Everyone else had no problems that I heard about. New
Lotus 7 driver Steve Sharpe was gpoing extra well, his car looks
great and is well driven. A bit more experience and sorting and
he will be seriously quick.
For the first time we had rolling starts as some of the more
modern cars and drivers were concerned about getting away cleanly.
Warm up lap, form up behind the pace car who pulls into the pits
after a lap, over the top of the hill in formation, 70kph over
the start line and away. I was doing 5000rpm in third over the
start line, about 70mph and struggling to hold position. Passed
a couple in the sweeper and Rodin Wooten in the Brabham up the
back straight. A slipping clutch causing his withdrawal from the
meeting. When did Rodin last have a DNF? (answers on a fish and
chip wrapper to Alan). Steve gave me a hard time for a couple
of laps but I was able to ease away and harass a couple of Formula
Fords for the rest of the race. Brian Service and Chris Havills
U2s gave no problems. I had upped the tyre pressures in Beowulf
which improved the handling enormously and got down to 1.14.1
best time ever apart from an obvious mis-time several years ago.
Second race, and first race for us on Sunday. The rolling start
was even faster this time, about 5000rpm in top, around 170kph!
All went well untill the third or fourth lap. Just before the
kink in the back straight there was an ominous rattle and as I
switched it off a bang and a cloud of smoke. I was hard over on
the left so pulled onto the grass and coasted to a stop opposite
the hairpin. I hate being towed in. A small consolation was a
lap time in the high 13s.
A quick look under the bonnet, the hole in the block that was
too big to Araldite, so it was onto the trailer and back to Cambridge.
I missed the last two races so cannot comment on them. I did see
the Melbourne GP though. Go McLaren. Thinking about it I would
rather have missed Melbourne and had the motor in one piece.
The damage? A hole in the block, a broken number 4 con. rod and
a cracked piston. A 3 piece camshaft and a damaged crankshaft.
- 4 Twin Cam or similiar pistons.
- Dry sump pump, sump and tank.
- 4 forged con rods to fit a crossflow crankshaft.
I have always had a problem with low oil pressure in the corners
so dry sumping it will solve that problem. I have a spare block
and crankshaft and am chasing a camshaft on Trade me. Two hours
to go and my bid.
That is it for my season, not a good way to finish but thats
motor sport. Target is Manfeild in November.
Summer 2008 (PDF file)
Taupo December 2007
Manfeild November 2007
Pukekohe May 2007
Pukekohe April 2007
Taupo March 2007 (PDF
Pukekohe January 2007
Taupo December 2006
TACCOC Taupo October 2006
16/17 September 2006 (PDF file)
Lemans Pukekohe May 2006