All Historic Racing Newsletter

All Historic Racing Newsletter

February 2023

Well it is 2023, and in spite of all the warnings and naysayers, our world is still here and we get an enormous amount of satisfaction and sheer joy from hearing and seeing our old machines run!

Our unique contribution to Australian culture is to demonstrate and race, bikes and cars from before the early 1960s era; the very machines that created motorsport history.

Racing bikes, sidecars and sports and racing cars raced by local heroes and future champions on circuits that entertained and thrilled crowds of spectators all around Australia for decades.

Many of those circuits have gone now so we will be racing again this year at Pheasant Wood on the weekend 9th-10th September.

Pheasant Wood is a great circuit with good facilities, super smooth surface and no machine killing straights.

We will also be having a “Play Day” “Test and Tune” “Practice and Polish” on Saturday 11th March. Timed sessions for cars, bikes, sidecars slow and faster sidecars: $175.00 for the day including timing transponder and garages. If you do not hold a current Motorsport Australia (CAMS), AASA or Motorcycling Australia licence you can purchase a Pheasant Wood day licence for $30.00 (which will also be valid for the September event).

You can pay your entry fee by following the link below:

All Historic Racing Play Day 11th March

You can complete the online entry form by following the link below:

All Historic Racing Track Day Online Entry Form

Email or phone your entry in now:

Email: Phone: 02 4841 1422

Hit the button below to download entry form.

Download Entry Form

If you would like to book accommodation for the March Play Day or the September event check out the links below, September can be a busy time in the area so you may want to get in early and get your accommodation booked.

Accommodation Guide – Goulburn

Accommodation Guide – Southern Highlands

If you wish to leave your car, bike and trailer at the track on the Friday afternoon you are more than welcome to do so.

There will also be a Food and Coffee truck on the day.

A message from Scott Hill, All Historic Racing Committee member and Pheasant Wood Circuit Track Manager:

Pheasant Wood is proud to become the home of All Historic Racing and looks forward to these events growing year on year. As most of you are probably aware there are plans to extend the circuit from its current length of 1.6km to around 3.2km in the very near future. These plans have been in the pipeline for almost 3 years now, with Covid delaying proceedings for just over 2 years. Rest assured the Pheasant Wood team is now full steam ahead to make these plans a reality, so hopefully 2024 will see the All Historic Racing event run on the longer track.

Along with planned circuit extension there are plans for a pit building with garages, driver amenities and viewing areas.

I look forward to exciting times ahead for All Historic Racing and Pheasant Wood.

In this newsletter we will feature one of the All Historic Racing committee members.

John Lackey

John is an MG man from way back – his first MG was 1949 ex Paul Hamilton. It was a sports racer complete with fat rear wheels and tyres, compression was 12:1 running a full race camshaft, extractor exhaust and twin SU carbies.

John’s one claim to fame came at Winton when his team won the 6 Hour Relay race of 1972. John became involved in the Historic Racing scene as the Secretary of the Meeting at the first Historic Race Meeting at Amaroo Park in 1976. John was Secretary for many years and organised many other events including a series of Bol d’Or events at Catalina.

John competed in many events including Oran Park, Hume Weir, Warwick Farm, Sandown, Mallala, Collingrove, Rob Roy, Wakefield Park, Winton and Pheasant Wood.

A major effort was made to build a replica of the Tomlinson MG TA. Rob Rowe made it all possible. John and Robert made a run to Lobethal in 2008 in John’s MG TC to check out what the fuss was about and determined that they would be there in 2009, 70 years after Alan Tomlinson won the Australian Grand Prix.

John and Robert worked day and night to build the Replica MG TA, calling in all sorts of favours, most, probably fictitious at best.

Alan Tomlinson was there and at 92 years of age he drove the Replica! A magic moment in time, one most of us will never forget. John considers he has made some wonderful friends and has had some incredible times in the Historic Racing scene.


Mark Hemeter of Barouche Photography has come on board as official photographer, Mark will be at all the All Historic Racing events moving forward.

Mark can provide individual A3 or A4 photo prints on museum quality photo paper, framed or unframed. If you want to promote your team or business with his on track or track side photos, larger prints up to banner size can be provided. All photos can also be printed on canvas, glass, mugs, stubby holders, t-shirts, mouse pads and more.

With a no obligation expression of interest, your pictures can be combined into a digital slide show or photo book.

A USB containing a selection of high quality photos from the 2022 track days and September event are also available.

Below are some examples of Mark’s work, more can be found on his website You can also catch him trackside.

#23 Neil Murdoch 1928 Lombard AL3
#210 Robert Cavanagh CD Jaguar Special
#6 Rees Mackay 1933 9/14 Riley Special
#147 John Murn 1960 Decca Major
#169 Grant Cowie 1955 Cooper Mk 9
#210 Robert Cavanagh CD Jaguar Special
#49 Ross Hodgson 1949 MG TC
#50 Gregg Freeman 1962 Triumph Tiger 110
Passenger Kayla Dodds

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