Classic Group A & C take on HRCC Historic Queensland


We were at the HRCC Historic Queensland over the weekend.  Here we take a look at the Group A and Group C Touring Car action with this photo feature.

According to, Group A is

This group caters for vehicles with a competition history established in Australia and elsewhere in the period 1 January 1984 to 31 December 1992 in events run to regulations promulgated by FISA and or as adopted by CAMS for Group A Touring Cars.

Group C is

This group caters for vehicles with a competition history established in the period 1 January 1973 to 31 December 1984, in events run to regulations promulgated by CAMS for Group C Touring Cars in the period.


It was a nervous race 1 with a spin for the Ford Sierra at the first corner and a family of kangaroos causing havoc for the leader. Fortunately all came off unscathed


The Nissan was certainly controversial in Australian motorsport.  The all wheel drive and sophisticated electronics and suspension left the local V8s without a chance.  Mark Gibbs was the original driver of this car and it had success in 1991, taking out the Australian Endurance Trophy after winning the Sandown 500.  The car with Gibbs and Rohan Onslow took an unexpected win, taking a six lap win over ex F1- Champ Alan Jones.


This was the first time the ex-Glenn Seton Ford Sierra RS500 made an appearance at the rural Morgan Park track – Seton is a legend in Australian motorsport with two Australian V8 Supercar Championships but bad luck prevented a Bathurst win.  Seton didn’t have a lot of success in the car but did take the 1990 Australian Endurance Championship highlighted by a win at the Sandown 500.


1966 Bathurst winner Bob Holden is the oldest racing driver still actively racing in Australia.  At 81 he won the Lloyd Box Trophy – in a handicap race on the Sunday.  He is the one owner of his 1987 Toyota Corolla AE82GT that he originally raced in the Australian Touring Car Championship in the late ’80s and early ’90s.


Tony Dowe has been a regular in the ex Jim Richard BMW M3.  The 1987 JPS car won the 1987 Australian Touring Car Championship with four wins

There was a good crowd at Morgan Park, with the spectator stands all full over the weekend


Last year’s Lloyd Box Trophy winner, Greg Keam was again strong in his 1976 Ford Escort RS2000

Wayne Clift was in a car that he raced in 1987.  His relationship with the 1986 VK Commodore goes back to the 1987 ATCC where he made two appearance, taking a top 10 in round three at Lakeside


Frank Binding’s 1980 XD Falcon was raced in 1981 with Bob Muir behind the wheel.  It is perhaps most famous for the 1981 Bathrust 1000 where Muir shared the car with five times ATCC Champion Ian Geoghegan.  The car suffered some problems that year and was last of the classified runners in 28th


Results of the weekend’s racing can be found here


The interior of the ex Jim Richards 1987 BMW M3 driven by David Towe


Godzilla – or the R32 Nissan Skyline has a relatively sparse dash when compared to the other Group A cars like the BMW above or Ford Sierra below.


The ex Glen Seton Ford Sierra RS500 – a very complex dash for Anthony Compton to get used to, particularly at speed


(c) Sam Tickell,  July 2014

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