Pre-pandemic crowds pack the Historic Winton

RED HOT... Tony Hubbard's Chevrolet Camero. Photo: Deanne Jeffers

By Deanne Jeffers

SOUPED up historic race vehicles and sunshine made for a hugely successful 47th Historic Winton. Presented by the Austin 7 Club in association with Historic Motorcycle Racing Association Victoria (HMRAV), Winton Raceway near Benalla welcomed pre-COVID-level crowds across the last weekend of May.

“About 5,000 people enjoyed the buzz and spectacle of car, motorcycle and sidecar racing across 48 events,” said event director and president of the Austin 7 Club, Len Kerwood.

ATTENDANCE… The 47th Historic Winton pulled huge crowds to Benalla Raceway. Photo: Deanne Jeffers

Highlights included the Cortina Challenge won by Nick Gascone (Melbourne) in his 1963 Ford Cortina, the Harley vs Indian Hand Shift Battle, the Sunday Parade featuring the best of the Shannons car park display, and the almost gymnastic racing of the sidecars.

The ‘Best Presented’ and other car trophies were presented at a post-race event on Saturday night. Winners included:

Best Presented Car – “Mr Juicy” 1977 Ralt RT1 – driver Malcom Oastler of Candelo, NSW

Best Presented Sports Car -1970 MG Midget – driver Warren Hotz of Blaxland, NSW

Best Presented Sedan – 1963 Mini Morris Cooper S – driver Tom Tweedie of Darlinghurst, NSW

Best Presented Regularity Car – 1960 Aljon Special – driver Angelo Di Donato of Spring Gully, Vic.