Hot wheels

By Georgia Smith

Historic Winton proved to be a huge hit during the weekend for its 42nd year, with more than 10000 people checking out what Winton had to offer.

Race-goers enjoyed the historic car, motorbike and sidecar races as they sped around the raceway, as well as heritage displays set up around the track.

Historic Winton organising committee member Paul Goethel said spectators enjoyed the action.

‘‘We had perfect weather, the crowds piled in and the riders and drivers enjoyed the great competition and camaraderie that Historic Winton is famous for,’’ Goethel said.

Some of the more notable race cars to be seen out on the track were a 1957 Morris Minor Special, Formula Junior 1962 Lynx, 1963 Toron, 1953 Allard J2X and 1937 DKW F7 Special.

The event on Sunday saw a Parade Lap, which showed off antique fire engines, retro police cars and Austin Healey Bugeyed Sprites.

Crowds also flocked to the competition paddock to view heritage display vehicles, where strong support was given by the Vintage Drivers Club, Ford Model T and A Clubs and the Veteran Car Club of Australia.

The fastest car of the meeting was won by David Hardman who clocked a time of 56 seconds in his Hardman JH-1, while a trophy for the fastest Austin Seven was awarded to Stuart Steinfort with a lap time of one minute and 22 seconds.

The winner of the Meeting Award and Best Presented Regularity Car was taken out by Kathrynna Barnes in her 1933 Barnes three-wheeler special.

Accommodation around the region was also busy, with cafes and eateries also befitting from the crowds flocking to the area.