Posted on September 28, 2018
If you’ve seen some of my previous blog posts about this event then you’ll know that it’s all about the Mini for me. To watch those little crackers pfffftting around Baskerville Raceway in their very own ‘Mini Only’ race is my highlight of the day. I honestly can’t explain my attachment to them, they’re just… yeah, let’s move on before this turns into another Mini adoration post! …in fact, how about we send some of that adoration onto another subject? …like, let’s say a certain Bathurst and ATCC winning Ford Sierra raced by Australian motorsport legend Dick Johnson?
Yes… welcome to my world people! The Dick Johnson and John Bowe racing partnership that started in 1988 and continued for 11 years is when I really got interested in motorsport. The DJR Ford Sierra Cosworths decked out in their red Shell livery is the image I identify with Australian Touring Car Championships and to get the opportunity to see (and hear) Johnsons’ famous No.17 Sierra race again was super exciting for me!
As I was firing off shots of the Sierra doing the laps of Baskerville Raceway during the Heritage Touring Cars event, I couldn’t help but compare it to the last time I’d tried to capture the car through my camera. It was at Symmons Plains Raceway and I think it was 1992… I remember stumbling around the track with only 2 rolls of Fujifilm 400 (yep film folks, film!), crossing my fingers that my panning shots of the Sierras had worked (they hadn’t …ohhh the disappointment!) and having a fan girl moment over seeing Dick Johnson for real. Ahh yes, all those memories resurfaced over seeing one car! Fortunately the shots I took this time around made up for my failure of ’92. Finally …after 26 years …closure!
…and just as a bonus, I actually found my film negatives from ye olde 1992! So here you go, the real deal.
Anyway, I had a great daysoooot! I ran into the Willson family, out in force and ready to drive their Minis in the Baskerville Classic Sprints, plus (thanks to Gary Willson) had the pleasure of meeting former BMC Australia race driver and winner of the 1966 Bathurst 500 Mr. Bob Holden – what a gentleman, 85 years of age and still racing! The Willsons are the owners of a replica of Bob and co-driver Rauno Aaltonen’s Bathurst winning Mini Cooper S. The car was on show at Baskerville for the weekend, so when Gary asked for some photo’s of Bob with the car I was happy to oblige – love it when chance meetings turn into opportunities! …ANNND on that note I think it’s time to stop writing and let the photo’s tell the rest of the days story.
As always, thanks for looking!
Posted on October 16, 2017
I was fortunate to catch a few minutes chat with Mr. Wayne Double, the owner of this beautifully restored (by Wayne himself!) 1962 Mk2 Jaguar during this years Baskerville Historics event. Even though our conversation was brief his admiration for the Jag was evident and he was happy to accommodate me snapping off some shots before he headed out onto the racetrack.
My Dad and Mom owned a Mk2 for a short time in the 1960’s and they both list the car as one of their favourites, so I would’ve loved to have had more time to look over this one. As it was though …I was pretty taken with it!
So, thanks so much for your time Wayne …hope you like the shots!
Posted on October 8, 2017
On yer marks …Mini’s!
Get set …5 laps of Baskerville Raceway
GO! …Winner takes home the Chris ‘ Kit’ Ellis Memorial Trophy
But guess what? Amid all my excitement of watching, listening and trying to catch them through my lens, I don’t actually know who won …ahhh well. They’re all winners in my book – little fire crackers, bless’em! Watching the Mini’s race is my favourite part of the Baskerville Historics weekend …my favourite by far!
Here’s some pics…
Posted on October 1, 2017
Held over the weekend of the 23rd & 24th of September, this years Baskerville Historics event was something I’d been looking forward to for ages …because, as I’d said in my blog post from 2016, “…next year I’m serious!”
I headed out to Baskerville Raceway on the Sunday. The weather on the day was great and I was looking forward to (hopefully) catching some neat race shots. As per last year the atmosphere in and around the pits was buzzing. I stumbled across lots of friendlies, all happy to share their stories (for example check out Waynes’ MK2 Jag), plus was stoked that this year I was in the right place to see the Mini Cooper’s get ready for their 5 laps of awesome! (…of which you can marvel at their awesomeness in a separate blog post here!)
Anyway, here’s some of my favourite shots from the event – the photos communicate the day waaaay better than I can describe it …hope you enjoy and thanks for looking!
Posted on October 2, 2016
In brief, it’s the Mini’s fault. Basically, I love them and to see (and hear) them race was an opportunity I wasn’t going to miss out on.
Multiple races spread over three days out at Baskerville Raceway? …sounds like an interesting and varied weekend of racing to me! Run and maintained by Motorsports Tasmania, the raceway is great for spectators. It’s nestled in a ‘natural amphitheatre’ – which means you can park your car on the hill and enjoy a full view of the entire track. As this was the first time I’d been to the event I got a bit (make that very) caught up in the racing atmosphere. I spent way too much time chattin’ and not enough time snappin’! …but next year? Well, next year I’m serious.
So until then (when I’ll do a more detailed blog about this event), have some Minis.
Posted on August 24, 2015
See more photos from Baskerville Historics… here!