Photos from past runnings by Neil Hammond, courtesy Historic Winton.
Australia is a driver’s paradise. Its population is just as crazed by cars as ours is. So it makes perfect sense that vintage automobiling and racing are warmly embraced Down Under, in a manner very similar to here. That’s why we’re passing on the news about Historic Winton, the 41st edition of Australia’s biggest all-historic motor racing meet. It takes place May 26-28 at Winton Motor Raceway, located near Benalla in the state of Victoria.
The action gets underway on Friday, May 26, with the Benalla & District Classic Car and Motorbike Tour, and then moves right into racing with more than 400 vintage race cars airing it out on the track. In addition to the historic races, heritage displays will honor the anniversaries of specific marques and racing sites in Australia.
These will include 110 years of Douglas and Excelsior motorcycles; 90 years for the Ford Model A, Volvo and Austin 16; 80 years for the Lancia Aprilia, Vauxhall 10-4, Austin 18 and the Rob Roy Hill Climb; 70 years for the Ford Pilot, Austin Princess, Austin Sheerline, Peugeot 203, Standard Vanguard, Austin A40, Jowett Javelin and Lambretta; 60 years for the Jaguar XK150, Fiat 500 Nuova, Lotus Elite, Lotus Seven, Nissan Skyline, Wolseley 1500, Toyota Corona, Vauxhall Victor and Wahgunyah Speedway; and 50 years for the Aston Martin DBS, Chrysler VE Valiant, Fiat 125, Ford Falcon GT, Holden Torana and the Simca 1100.