The Lakeside Classic, Bringing Folklore to Life
It’s a classic time of year, where Lakeside comes alive with touring car goodness. Not to say it’s void of touring cars throughout the year - that’s very far from the truth. But the Lakeside Classic is packed with touring cars of years gone past and present. From the Queensland Touring Car Championship to Heritage Touring Cars, Group C and A, and Historic Touring Cars, Group N. Let’s not forget about Australian Trans-Ams and the TA2 series who both provide quality racing in their mean, American cars.
The big drawcard for the Lakeside Classic is, of course, HeritageTouring Cars, Group C and A. With plenty of exciting cars already entered and ready to put a show. Tony Alford has registered his Nissan GTR R32, for the Lakeside Classic and is eager to get on the grid for the weekend. There are plenty of other entrants such as David Towe in his JPS BMW and Terry Lawlor in the Dick Johnson Shell Sierra. There’s a whole array of cars from years past who raced around Lakeside Park in their glory days that are now back to avenge themselves and rewrite a bit of history.
Of course none more so than a couple of unique entrants in Historic Touring Cars, Group N. David Wall is bringing both the Geoghegan Mustang and the Bob Jane Monaro, for himself and John Bowe to drive over the weekend. The incredible, formidable cars are ready to line up against the regular Group N competitors and prove themselves yet again, around the historic Lakeside circuit.
Meanwhile, Queensland Touring Car Championship, or QTCC, have two bumper-to-bumper grids lined up with 44 cars entered across the two of them. The category at Lakeside is split into Group A and B , divided by their lap times. This ensures there’s tight racing between each group, and these gentlemen always put on an epic show of skill and bravery, as they navigate the flowing nature of the Lakeside circuit. The category is joined yet again by Phil Brock in a Torana, in the Team Brock livery. Brock had a previous outing at the Ipswich Festival with QTCC but unfortunately wasn’t able to make the most of it with a few mechanical gremlins. QTCC first piqued Brock’s interest way back at the Lakeside Tribute, which he attended as a patron of the event. The category put on such a good show of gentlemanly racing that he was eager to jump in and get amongst it! The Lakeside Classic gives Brock an excellent opportunity to race against these seasoned QTCC competitors and have a bit of fun.
Australian Trans-Ams are back yet again after their weekend at QRDC Round 4, which provided an upset in the last round. Brett Curran was able to clean sweep the weekend after Shannon O’Brien managed to take an empathic pole position. However, O’Brien struck problems over the weekend, and Curran was able to stay ahead and take the round win. O’Brien is the current points leader in the championship, though Ian Palmer is keeping him in his sights.
August the 12th and 13th at the Lakeside Classic is set up as a weekend to remember, much like it was in the past. There are remarkable stories handed down across generations of the incredible racing that took place at the circuit; the Classic will be added to that folklore passed on to the next generation.