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Historic Winton returns for 2022

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HISTORIC Winton, the country’s longest-running and most popular all-historic motorsport event, will be held at Winton Motor Raceway near Benalla on Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29.

Organiser and President of the Austin 7 Club, Len Kerwood, said the Austin 7 Club was thrilled to be holding the race meet again in accordance with COVID requirements.

“This year, it is a Winton Motor Raceway policy that proof of vaccination (or exemption) is shown at the gate on entry,” he said.

“Spectators will see more than 40 historic car, motorcycle and sidecar races and the traditional Sunday Parade Lap of selected display vehicles.

“The 45th Historic Winton reintroduces official displays and organisers invite spectators to bring their historic cars, bikes, trucks, buses, caravans, and other vehicles for a massive car park display.

“The second big news for this year’s event is that it is the 50th year that the Austin 7 Club has been holding historic motorsport events at Winton Motor Raceway.

“Prior to Historic Winton, the Club ran sprints and time trial events at the venue,” he said.

“These lead to the bigger Historic Winton event being created, after competitors expressed a keen interest.

Historic Winton has been renowned for a special camaraderie for decades, with many ongoing interstate friendships made at the track.

It is one of the largest sporting events in rural Victoria and is unique for its great views of the entire track.

Along with the thrill of historic car, motorcycle and sidecar races, organisers will add to the spectacle of Historic Winton by re-introducing its special anniversary displays.

 

Len Kerwood said that people from all over Victoria and beyond traditionally filled the miles of Historic Winton carparks with their 'pride and joy' vehicles, so there would be just as much to see around the track as on it.

 

“It is a great opportunity for lovers of cars, motorbikes and other vehicles to enjoy the events living museum of the displays as well as the race action.”

 

“Meeting the original owners or those who have lovingly restored their prized hobby vehicles is something that the crowds enjoy every bit as much as the races,” he said.

 

“Race lovers can also wander the competition paddock, meet the entrants and marvel over their cars, motorbikes, and sidecars, which is all part of the entry ticket.

 

“The traditional Sunday Parade will feature anniversary vehicles along with some of the most outstanding vehicles in the car park, invited on the morning.”

 

Len said that grandparents and parents love to bring children along for free to see the novel and everyday transport beauties of yesteryear.

 

The anniversaries being celebrated in 2022 are:

120 years
Studebaker, Cadillac, Norton Motorcycles, Triumph Motorcycles

100 years
Austin Seven, Lancia Lambda, Swallow Side Car Company

90 years
Auto Union, Austin 10, Hudson Terraplane

70 years
B.M.C, Austin A30, Austin Healey 100

60 years
Ford Cortina, EJ Holden, Triumph Spitfire, Chrysler Valiant, Morris 1100, MGB, Ford Falcon XL,
Austin Freeway, AC Cobra, Renault 8, Lotus Elan.
 
Anyone with a shining example of one of these vehicles who would like to participate in the official displays, should contact Historic Winton organisers by email at historicwinton@gmail.com
 
Motorcycle legend Lindsay Urquhart, who has been involved in Historic Winton every year since it commenced in 1977, will again be at the track.

 

Urquhart,competed on all the great tracks of Europe and in 1956 returned home to win the Australian Racing Sidecar championship for the next seven years.

 

Overseas and in Australia, Urquhart was a leader in motorcycle design and now in retirement, prepares racing motorcycles for his family.

 

“My son Rob will race a 1924 Indian Altoona at Winton and my grandson Daniel is taking to the track on a 1922 Anzani,” Urquhart said.

 

“Even my great grandsons are into bikes now, but they ride the little ones still

 

“He said that the love for motorcycles has now spanned five generations in his family as his father was involved in racing and that’s where his passion began.

 

“I worked in the UK for a year at Associated Motorcycles, who owned Norton and AJS, which lead to me returning home and winning the national title on a Manx Norton.

 

“Competing in Europe set me up well, with the other sidecar racers expecting me to be faster, since I’d been well-practised after racing overseas,” he said.

 

“In one year, I competed in 16 race meetings across Europe.

 

“An important advantage was that I always had a reliable bike and the knowledge of how to fix it myself.”

 

Urquhart said that it was a bit rough touring around in an early campervan, having to keep the bike serviced, getting to the next country in time and sleeping in tiny booths in the van.

 

“Racing informed my engineering of motorcycles and was a big advantage in designing and improving form,” he said.

 

One thing is for sure, over the years Urquhart has raced or engineered the greatest variety of motorcycles imaginable, making him a true expert.

 

Spectators can meet Lindsay Urquhart and his family and see his flawless racing motorcycles in the in the competition paddock.

 

And there will be plenty of other characters like Lindsay to talk to.

 

As well as two days of historic motorbike racing action, 45th Historic Winton celebrates 120 years of Norton and Triumph Motorcycles with displays at the event.

Online ticket prices (from ticketebo.com.au/historicwinton): Adult $35 per day, kids17 and under free.

Programs: $10

Tickets at gate: Adult $45 per day, kids 17 and under free.

Camping is $50/person/weekend (max of four per site) when booking online. $55/person/weekend at the event gate.

Camping inquiries should be directed to Winton Motor Raceway.

For accommodation, contact Enjoy Benalla on (03) 5762 1749 or www.enjoybenalla.com.au, tourism@benalla.vic.gov.au.

More information at www.historicwinton.org, or on the Historic Winton Facebook page.

Picture: Neil Hammond