Historical race meet at Mallala

REPORT & PHOTOS: Lesley Little

The All Historic Mallala Race Meet – a celebration of classic racing cars and the largest historic racing event in South Australia – was a two-day festival held at Mallala Motorsport Park over April 17-18.

As expected, the weekend flowed magnificently.

Saturday was filled with many beauties from the past with 120 entries nominated for the event.

The line-up ranged from vintage through to the classics with, Formula Ford, Formula Vee, Junior and Regularity. As a result, the grounds were full of fascinating machines from far and wide.

To everyone’s delight, a display of nostalgic drag-cars performed their ear-piercing start-ups.

A large collection of vintage and classic motorcycles thrilled the spectators with a few hot laps during the lunch break.

The Gawler Machinery Restorers Club had 11 stationary engines and pumps on display.

Even Batman decided to drop in with his Batmobile.

Additionally, Spencer Martin made an appearance as a guest speaker at the dinner on Saturday evening and he relived his glory days as one of Australia’s most aggressive open wheeler racers of the 1960s.

He is best known for becoming the two-time Australian Drivers’ Champion, having won it back-to-back in 1966 and ‘67.

Martin drove many cars over his career but the most memorable were the Ferrari Testarossa, a Maserati and the ex-Stirling Moss C-Type Jaguar that put him in second place at Le Mans.

Sunday opened with an ANZAC memorial service and led into the second full day of racing.

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