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History of the Vintage Sports Car Club of W.A. inc



Competition Events 2019 

6 April 
Minson Ave Motorkhana 
Northam

7 April 
Northam Flying Fifty 
Northam

1 June 
Mt Clarence Hillclimb 
Albany

2 June 
Albany Classic Round the Houses

12 – 16 Sept 
Red Dust Revival 
Lake Perkolilli

19 – 20 Oct 
Coalfields 500 
Collie Motorplex

30 Nov 
Jack’s Hillclimb 
Jack’s Hill, Barbagallo Raceway

1 Dec 
Vintage Stampede 
Barbagallo Raceway


In the beginning….

In 1984 a discussion took place between Peter Briggs & James Harwood on the problem of continuing the annual running 
of the York Flying 50 in the absence of the WASCC.  In its then-current guise, the York Flying Fifty had been running since 1980.
Formation of a new club was suggested, calling itself the Vintage Sports Car Club or the ‘VSCC’.  A meeting 
of their motoring friends was called by Peter & James to form an inaugural steering committee.

The committee was formed consisting of James Harwood as chairman, John Keenan - secretary, Arthur Collett – minutes secretary, 
Neville Jones – treasurer, as well as committee members comprising Don Hall, Clem Dwyer, Roy Caldwell, Christine Ferrucci, 
Andy Whyte and Richard Sandover.

“Let it be a classy club where everyone is amicable, build it on a solid foundation, enjoy a good time and then the club will last”
James explicated.

The first public meeting was in the garage of one of WA's earliest mining entrepreneurs, Claude de Bernales.  This was an appropriate venue, as de Bernales' enthusiasm for motor vehicles was so great that his garage was large enough to become the "lesser hall" of the Cottesloe Civic Centre, which his enormous home overlooking the ocean later became.

Enthusiast, Harry Pyle asked the chairman ‘How does one get into this club?’  Upon the chairman’s answer, Harry promptly signed up 
and so did 50 or so others; from here on the club was born.

The VSCC W.A.(inc) was officially incorporated  August 1986.  Today the VSCC is the largest historic motor sport club in Western Australia with a membership base spilling over into the various other marque clubs throughout the region.

The club's original objectives haven’t change since its inception in 1984, but have grown to include the object of catering for "The organisation of events for older sports and racing cars and to ‘Especially Celebrate and Preserve’ the original 'Round the Houses' racing which were held on street circuits in the many country towns of Western Australia in the 30s, 40s and 50s".

The first of these events was the Albany event in 1936, proposed to emulate the Monaco-style events held in Europe.  They were eventually held in various WA towns such as Pingelly, Bunbury, Dowerin, Narrogin and Northam. There was even an Australian Grand Prix race held in the country town of Narrogin, the Jubilee Grand Prix, in 1951.
The 'York Flying Fifty' was a regular fixture on the club calendar for many years and was instrumental in bringing out of hiding 
numerous historic vehicles that had not been seen for many years.

Regularity speed trials, hill climbs & other club events are held throughout the year, giving owners of historic cars and racing cars and those interested in such vehicles, the opportunity to exercise these cars and feel the exhilaration of running such fine machinery, or
just to be involved close-by.

It is not necessary to own an historic car. Many VSCC members join the club to be just involved in the historic movement. They can assist if they wish, or they may merely enjoy the vicarious pleasures of historic racing.

The VSCC typically caters for historic cars meeting the requirements of the CAMS 5th Category group of cars in Australia and other invited classes of cars.  At various meetings you may see open-wheeled racing cars, flashy racing sports cars, Formula Ford, Formula Junior, Touring Cars and  specials from the 1920s to the 1980s.  Some of these cars were, and even still are, driven by well-known racing identities intent on keeping their hand and eye in.
The VSCC has successfully managed and run more than 30 'round the houses' re-enactment events in Albany, Northam, Narrogin, York and Midland.  In addition to 'round the houses' events, the club holds regularity trials at Barbagallo Raceway and race/regularity events at the Collie Motorplex. The club also runs a competitive hill climb series.

The club's event calendar is complemented by a number of social events throughout the year.  These events allow members the opportunity to get their classic, vintage or even modern cars out for a social run with other enthusiasts.

So whether you time trial, race or just would like to watch, the VSCC has events and meetings to cater for you.

The future is, without doubt, exciting and challenging.


Regards,
The Vintage Sports Car Club of Western Australia (Inc)



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