The Hobart Sporting Car Club celebrated Baskerville’s 50th anniversary in style with a 2 day race meeting for Cars and Bikes on the 1st and 2nd of March 2008.

The 1st round of the Tasmanian Super Series for 2008 was held for Formula Vee, Sports Sedan, HQ Holden, Historic Touring Cars, Improved Production and Targa Class. As part of the 50th celebrations events were held for Historic Regularity and also Modern and Historic Bikes. Bike racing had been held in conjunction with the first race meeting and for many years after that but regulation changes meant a 2+4 meeting had not been seen for approximately 20 years. With 101 cars and 20 bikes some close racing was held over the 2 days of celebrations.

A fine display of old race cars was on hand with some of them turning in some spirited laps, while others sat statically, some in an unfinished part of restoration others to nice to be thrashing around a race track these days.

 

A large display of memorabilia including pictures, old programs, advertising posters, trophies and some old film footage of the first days of race track construction had every one reminiscing and telling stories late into the evening.

Former racer and team owner Don Elliott was bestowed with the honor of Grand Marshall for the 50th celebrations, Don had been involved in the formation of the HSCC and the construction of the Baskerville circuit (see story elsewhere on Don’s history). A special presentation was made to Don before he completed a slow lap in the immaculately restored Mustang that he formally owned. The Mustang now owned by former Tasmanian Speedway Champion Chas Kelly was raced by Robin Pare out of the Elliott racing stable, Chas has also restored one of the old trucks that used to transport the Elliott cars around the state.

Cams made a presentation to the Baskerville circuit for being the Longest continually licensed race track in Australia.

The HSCC will continue Baskerville’s 50th year celebrations through out the year when it holds the 20th Anniversary HQ Nationals on the 27th and 28th of September. As many as 60 HQ Holdens are expected to converge on Baskerville which was the birth place of the class 20 years ago. The Brainchild of a few Tasmanian’s this class has grown to be 500 strong Australia wide with about 100 cars registered for racing in New Zealand as well.


Robin Pare trying the outside line in the Don Elliott owned Ford Anglia - 1966