Lakeside Speedfest
8th August 2010

It was Nigel Mansell’s birthday and Derek and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate it than to spend a day at the track checking out old cars.

We rolled in around about 0930. I had to take it easy as significant bits of the road in was gravel.

Along with the days racing, there was a sho’n’shine segment to attract those with some serious wheels. There were plenty of Mustangs.

The Lakeside control tower.

We crossed the track and headed towards the pits. The Group C/A section featured a bunch of the Bowdens’ cars. This is the Kev Bartlett Camaro.

I was more interested in the Group A cars and Sierras definitely were my favourite. This ex-Longhurst machine has the potential to make huge power,if they ever figure out how to get the engine management to work.

Gorgeous, isn’t she?

The RS500 was how a Group A car should have looked.

This VK never really had a successful career during late ’80s, but still looked the part.

The SVO mustang. This was built built by the Anderson brothers in New Zealand but is now owned by a Queenslander. It’s the next famous Mustang after the DJR version.

Soon it was time for the Group As to hit the track and the Nissans were at the head of the grid.

Believe it or not, this was the first TWR Group A Commodore. I can’t believe it has not rusted away already.

Glenn Seton’s 1987 DR30 looked quite sinister.

Once on the track, the two R32s dominated.

Jag straight six.

It was out of this MkII.

Derek and I followed this fixed head coupe all the way along Narangba Road at the start of the day.

Derek and the boy camped out at the end of the front ‘straight’ for the Clubman race.

The Trans-Ams were big. The cars were typical of most things American and featured more noise than speed.

And they didn’t handle all that well either. This Falcon Sprint lost balance under brakes before the end of the front straight, but momentum carried it all the way up and around the Carousel.

The Capri and the Torana were equally matched in the Group Ns.

From where we were standing you could tell that whilst the Toranas were slow, they were on the handling limit.

The Group A cars were lightning around the track. They’d take about a minute to go around.

This beautifully restored 1976 SS lives just down the road from me. It was restored 18 months ago.

Back in the pits, we headed back over to the Nissan end of the Group As.

They weren’t as cashed up as the Bowden lot, but had the more impressive pit set up. This tyre and wheel combo could have done with a bit of a clean though.

2.6L twin sequential turbo inline six.

The power that this engine can put out easily puts the current V8 Supercars to shame.

The car looks better now than it did in 1992.

The VL, on the other hand, was quite obviously being run by a lower budget operation. The engine was quite busy, but I guess Holden never built things with the right attention to detail one found on other works cars.

The rear brakes on the DR30 can only be described as tiny.

The fuel system on the DR30.

R32’s looked a little bit more involved.

The bits under the R32 looked like they were new.

Blistered fenders.

The Hoosiers has a very square edge to them before they went out on this Mustang.

The cleanest Mustang on the track that day.

Owner Ashwood talking to Jim Richards about his old car. Richards won the 1990 and 1991 Touring Car Championships with the R32 and the 1991 and 1992 Bathurst 1000s as well.

The GIO GT-R was also preserved quite well. This car won the Sandown 500 back in 1991.

The only thing missing here is the #2 car from the Linday Fox collection.

Motorsport fans.

The GT-Rs being shadowed by the RS500. Although faster over a single lap, the RS500s could not match the grip that the GT-Rs had.

Jim Richards’ 1985 Touring Car Championship winning 635CSi.

Jim Richard and Peter Brock’s 1978 Bathurst winning A9X Torana.

It’s a pity that Cosworth are now a mere shadow of their former selves. 25 years ago, the red Cosworth head on a Ford four-cylinder signified immense tuning potential.

We eventually waked over the crazy car paddocks and bumped into Dim and his bug looking toy- a ’60s Honda with a Suzuki Gti engine. Dim’s got a new toy and this is now on the market for those who want to have some trackday fun.

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