20 Feb Viva Auto Repair: MSCA Trophy Presentation Day
Last weekend was busy with presentation of awards for both forms of motorsport that Marque is involved in. Friday night saw a get together at the Sporting Car Club of SA’s clubrooms at Unley where over a hundred people gathered to celebrate another year at the Collingrove Hillclimb complex. After some socialising in the Reg Sparks room, the night started with a rundown regarding the new season before presentations got underway for the Collingrove Challenge Cup. This competition is fought out over 3 rounds and is open to members of any CAMS affiliated car club. Marque won the trophy for the 2F-Production Sports 1601-3000cc class in the Viva Auto Repairs MX5, with the outright award going to Kurt Krasnitzer in his Pro Sport. An interview was then presented with Norm Goodall, who has been a long time competitor in his Porsche. Norm has had an extremely interesting life spending most of his life flying combat aircraft for the RAAF, before sailing a yacht around the world on his retirement. Following this interview the trophies were handed out for the prestigious Winter Cup which is only open to Sporting Car Club of SA members, and battled over 4 rounds. Marque was beaten in his class by a few hundreths of a second by Graham Rix in a Toyota MR2, but was surprised to be called up to receive the trophy for third outright in this competition. The overall winner of the Wintercup was Frank Chessell in a Formula Vee VW open wheeler. The evening finished with a pizza supper before we made our way home.
On Sunday 15th February 11 Mazda MX5 made the journey to the Mount Barker Showgrounds to help the competition section of the club celebrate another successful year of entry level motorsport in the M.S.C.A supersprint series, that was contested over 5 events at Mallala Motorsport Park in 2014. Many of the cars attending were driven by members that are interested more in the social side of the club that meets generally twice a month for cruises around our wonderful roads, culminating in a gathering for a meal and chat. It was wonderful to see these members showing an interest in those that drive these great cars a little harder around a race track. The morning started with a meeting at the Harvest Cafe in Mylor where we enjoyed a tasty breakfast and a caffeine boost, before a sedate drive up to Mount Barker where the cars were on display at the presentation function. All three generations of this iconic sports car, that celebrated 25years on the market last year, were represented. Examples ranged from the standard version up to some that, although still used regularly on the road, have been modified to perform better in competitive situations, like Marque Le Maistre’s stripped out silver Viva Auto Repairs sponsored car and Fletcher Bolton’s extremely quick black beauty.
Once again MX5 drivers had a great year enjoying themselves with Ian Duncan in his early 1.6 winning the overall award for 2014 Sprint Driver of the Year, which is awarded to the most consistent driver throughout the season.
The following drivers taking out class wins in their MX5
Class C – Garren Harrell
Class G – Ian Duncan
Class I – Andy Wortmeyer
Class M – Andrew Wald