SUMMARY OF THE MEETING
After a very chilly beginning – 1oC at 6.00am – we were fortunate to enjoy a clear, sunny day, with close competition and no major incidents.
Five categories participated in Practice/Qualifying, plus three to four events: Historic Touring Cars (PAYCE HTCA Championship); All British & Invited Sports Cars; Historic & Invited Touring Cars and two fields of Regularity. There was also a special HTCA Regularity event – a tribute to the late HTCA driver, Mark Broadhead, to allow his son Luke to compete.
Scrutineering kicked off at 6.30am, where entrants and pit crew were greeted by FoSC and Meguiars flags and banners, before having their licences, logbooks, cars and equipment checked by the ever-willing team of volunteer scrutineers – including HTCA stalwart and photographer, Daniel Walters (orange hi-vis vest).
Meguiars MotorActive branding was also evident in and around the Tower and Office – where Programmes and event Posters were displayed – and branded pens were used by volunteers, Officials and Photographers to complete their relevant Sign-on sheets.
Following the customary Track Walk at 7.30am – conducted by FoSC Masters, Bruce Stewart and Mike Dyer – Race and Regularity entrants were summoned to the Hinxman Room for the mandatory Drivers Briefing and Sign-on. Here, we distributed 108 Meguiars MotorActive showbags, containing branded pens (and some car wash samples from previous meeting), and branded Programmes to drivers. We also put out a number of the branded pens for drivers to use on the Drivers Sign-on Sheets.
Then it was time to get on track…
During the day, the prized Meguiars MotorActive Gift packs were presented to valued contributors and volunteers, including the 3-member Commentary Team, the FoSC Masters, the Starter, Race Secretary, Assistant Clerk of Course and Senior Scrutineers; all of whom expressed their appreciation at being recognised with these gifts – especially the Starter and Assistant Clerk of Course, who had driven their beautifully restored vehicles to the meeting.
Up in the Commentary Box, our three volunteer Commentators made numerous live announcements throughout the day, promoting the brand and thanking Meguiars MotorActive for their continuing support.
After a full morning of Racing and Regularity, Practice and Competition, it was lunchtime, and time to give the Flaggies a break. This is also when we hold our traditional Partners Parade, where drivers give their partners, mates or pit crew a run on the black stuff – at road speed only – as a treat.
The Parade also attracts non-competition cars, like the rare Iso Lele driven by Commentator John Murn, here giving fellow Commentator Rick Marks a ride.
After lunch, it was back for more Race and Regularity events…
We wrapped up the day with a very welcome BBQ, prepared by the ARDC caterers, in the Scrutineering HQ, with everyone as FoSC’s guests – to thank all our officials and volunteers for their contribution and allow drivers and pit crews to relax after their day.
Post-event, visitors to the FoSC website will also be exposed to the MotorActive brand’s ongoing presence on the Sponsors Page. (Yes, we will use the new logo.)
During the Drivers Briefing on Saturday, FoSC President, Mr David Roberts, announced some important changes for the future of FoSC – which we also believe will benefit our sponsors and supporters.
In the last couple of years we have had to cope with the sad loss of two of our founding members, some committee retirements and the need to update our online entry system and social media. If left unresolved, these issues would have left FoSC, and our entrants, volunteers, officials and supporters with a very uncertain future – a prospect the executives found most distressing.
As Mr Roberts announced to the assembled drivers and officials:
We are therefore delighted to be able to announce that we are joining forces with a gentleman that many of our competitors may already know, Terry Denovan, who runs MRA or Motor Racing Australia! Like FoSC, MRA runs AASA-sanctioned events. Terry shares the same vision as both Charlie and the current Committee of FoSC in being passionate about promoting grassroots motor sport… to keep you guys able to compete and enjoy your sport in a safe and affordable manner.
There will be some changes, with a new look website and entry system!
We feel Terry’s fresh approach and obvious enthusiasm will ensure that the “Deerstsalker” tradition continues well into the future.
Watch the website and your inboxes for information as it comes available! I want to thank you all for your continuing support! See you at FoSC’s next meeting on Amaroo Circuit Sunday 1st October.