Historic Touring Cars – HQ Holdens – MG’s & Invited British – Sports Sedans – Hyundai Excels – Formula Vee – Formula Ford – Improved Production Cars – Porsche 944 Challenge – Production Sports Cars – Saloon Cars
Historic Touring Cars (Group N) are older style touring cars which have been manufactured or raced in up to the year of 1972.
Historic Touring Cars consist of 3 classes, Na (pre 1958), Nb (pre 1965) and Nc (1965-1972) depending on the age of the vehicle and modifications of the vehicle. Modifications are mostly limited to the technologies that were available at the time of the cars manufacture. For more information on Historic Touring Cars, see www.htcav.com.au
The HQ Holden category (group 3H) consists of 4 door HQ Holdens with the 202ci Holden 6 cylinder red motor of the period. Limited modifications are permitted to make the vehicles more suitable for competition and to facilitate close and affordable racing. Large fields and close racing ensures the popularity of the category. For more information on HQ Holdens, see www.hqracingvic.org
The MG category is restricted to MG’s only. A fair degree of modification is permissible such as the addition of mild rear spoilers and large flares. The MG’s often run with other selected British marques. For more information on MG’s, see www.mgcc.com.au
Sports Sedans (group 3D) start out as normal road cars and end up vastly different beasts. Many modifications are allowed to maximise performance. Engine and transmission are basically free provided the engine originated from an eligible car for the category. Large aerodynamic aids are permitted and wheels and tyres are free, provided that they are no more than 14.5 inches
wide. The racing tends to be very fast and spectacular, with some cars putting more than 600hp of power into action. For more information on Sports Sendans see www.sportssedans.com.au There is also a Under 2 Litre class – for more information on Under 2 Litre Sports Sedans, see www.2litress.com.
New to the VSCRC, the unbreakable Hundai Excels provide good racing. Excels made between 1994 and 2000 are eligible, with very strict modifications. For more information on Hyundai Excel Racing, see hyundaiexcelracing.com.au/
Formula Vees are single seater open wheeler cars using the Volkswagen 1200cc or 1600cc engine and drivetrain as well as steering and suspension components. The Formula Vee category is designed to emphasise driver ability rather than design and preparation of the car. Modifications are strictly controlled to ensure even racing. The racing is always close with some spectacular last corner drafting at tracks such as Phillip Island in order to lead across the finish line. For more information on Formula Vees, see www.fvee.org.au website.
Formula Fords are single-seater open wheeler cars with an open coachwork. They are powered by either the classic Kent 1600cc crossflow engine or the modern Duratec engine. Formula Ford provides a stepping stone for drivers on to higher levels such as V8 Supercars. Many V8 Supercar drivers started out in Formula Ford. For more information see www.formulaford.com.au.
Improved Production cars (group 3J, formerly called Club Cars) are race vehicles derived from production cars. Vehicles must have been mass produced and commercially sold in Australia. One of the features of Improved Production is the varied mix of cars, anything from Suzuki Swifts to Holden Commodores. For more information see www.ipravic.com.au.
An offshoot from Sports Cars, the Porsche 944 Challenge is run for 944 Porsches only. The Challenge is for 2.5 litre 944’s, which run a single cam non-turbo fuel injected engine. There is usually a mix of left and right hand drive cars, some with spectacular paint jobs. For more information see www.944challenge.com.
Production Sports Cars, (formerly Marque Sports) are derived from two wheel drive sports cars such as the Datsun 240Z or Porsche GT3. Significant modifications are allowed to improve performance and reliability of the cars. Common cars include MGB V8’s, Westfields, Pythons, Ferraris and Porsches. For more information see www.pscrv.com.au.
Saloon cars are VN/VP/VT Holden Commodores and EA/EB/AU Ford Falcons. Each run 6 cylinder engines only with 5 speed manual transmissions. Modifications are strictly limited to ensure close racing. For more information on Saloon Cars, see vicsalooncars.com.au
An occasional category with the VSCRC, Superkarts have been racing on full sized circuits for over thirty years. At Phillip Island you will witness the 250 International, 250 National, and 125 Gearbox karts.
These machines are powered by either a 250cc or 125cc GP bike engine and via their six speed gearboxes obtain speed well in excess of 200 KPH. Superkarts are a great economical way to get into motorsport. For more information on Superkarts see www.superkartsvictoria.com