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Winton prepares for the Festival of Speed


The eighth running of the historic Winton Festival of Speed hits Winton Motor Raceway next month.

A 300-plus field of historic cars from the '40s through to the '90s are set to raceat the Winton long track for the Winton Festival of Speed, on 5-6 August.

The Festival of Speed first appeared on the Winton calendar in 2010 and has since grown into one of the best-attended historic events of the year.

Organised as a joint venture between Winton Motor Raceway and the Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR), the Festival of Speed is growing in competitor and spectator numbers year on year.

At the top of the events is the Just Cars Touring Car Cup for Group N Historic Touring Cars, a 50km feature race that sees iconic V8 muscle cars of the 1970s (Ford Mustangs Falcon GTHOs, Chevrolet Camaros, Valiant Chargers and Holden Monaros) competing against smaller and more nimble cars of the era such as Holden Torana XU1s, Ford Escorts and Alfa Romeo GTVs.

The powerful tin top V8s are expected to lead the way early, but will also be harder on their brakes and tyres over the 17-lap journey so the lighter vehicles will be at their heels towards the end, setting up the prospect of an exciting finish.

Festival of Speed race director Peter Donald said the Just Cars Cup was an exciting addition to the program in 2016. 

“Fans who attend historic race meetings always enjoy the spectacle and sound of muscle cars being hustled around a technical racetrack like Winton, and Historic Touring cars appeal to fans of all ages," Donald said.

“There are the people who grew up with those sorts of cars, but there are also the younger generations who are fascinated by the older vehicles.”

The Festival of Speed will again include a feature race- the 15-lap Rose City Sports Car Trophy-, for Group S historic production sports cars including Porsche 911s, various MG models, Corvettes and De Tomaso Panteras.

A new addition is a special speed event for Bathurst era Group C tribute and muscle cars from the 70’s and 80’s, otherwise known as classic tin tops. Also on the schedule will be the Victorian MG Racing Series, Group P, Q and R Sports and Racing, Group M and O Sports and Racing, Group J,K and Lb races, and historic Formula Ford and Formula Vee.

A number of high-profile drivers are set to compete in the event, with further news to be released in the coming weeks.