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

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In the beginning….

In 1984 a discussion took place between Peter Briggs & James Harwood segmenting the problem of continuing on the annual running of the York Flying 50 in the absence of the WASCC. ‘In it’s then current guise the York Flying Fifty had been running since 1980’
It was suggested to form a new club calling itself the Vintage Sports Car Club or the ‘VSCC’. A meeting was called by Peter & James’s with the inclusion of their motoring friends to form this inaugural steering committee.
The committee was formed consisting of James Harwood as chairman, John Keenan - secretary, Arthur Collett – minute’s secretary, Neville Jones – treasurer, as well as committee members consisting of 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 original garage of one of W.A.'s earliest mining entrepreneur's, 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 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 vehicle club in Western Australia with a membership base spilling over into the various other marquee clubs throughout the region.
These club original objectives haven’t change since it’s inception in 1984 but has grown to be 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 30's, 40's and 50's".

The first of these events was the Albany event in 1936, proposed to emulate the Monaco style events held in Europe and they were eventually held in towns in W.A. such as Pingelly, Bunbury, Dowerin, Narrogin and Northam. There was even an Australian Grand Prix event 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 though-out the year, giving owners of historic cars and racing cars, plus 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 your own historic car. Many of the 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, or 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 Appendix J’s plus specials from the 1920’s to the 1980’s. Some of these cars were and even still are driven by well-known racing identities still 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 hold regularity trials at Barbagallo Raceway and race/regularity events at the  Collie Motorplex. The club also runs a competitive hill climb series.

The VSCC club's event calendar is complimented by a number of social events throughout the year. These events allow member 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.
Please enjoy your time at our web site browsing on our current events & news items, information about becoming a member, an official or just finding out more about the rich racing history that is in Western Australia

The future is , without doubt , exciting and challenging.

The Vintage Sports Car Club of Western Australia (inc)