45th Historic Winton is a Success with a Twist

Presented by the Austin 7 Club Inc in association with the HMRAV

29 May 2022

44th Historic Winton Car of the Meet: 1927 Alvis 12/50

The 45th Historic Winton, held this weekend at Winton Motor Raceway (Benalla), was a success but not without challenges.

Scammers trying to sell non-existent livestreaming through Facebook and morning fog were the biggest challenges on the weekend.

Organiser and Austin 7 Club President Len Kerwood said that they worked tirelessly over 48 hours to report, ban and block the scammers on Facebook who were using the event to phish for credit card details.

“Anyone who has been scammed should cancel their credit card immediately and report it to Scamwatch,” Len said. “We spread the word about the scam quickly, alerting everyone on social media and on the track regularly.  This is a problem that almost any event organiser could face these days.”

He said that in regards to foggy conditions, races did not commence until all points of the track were visible according to race rules.

 “It was fortunate that the fog cleared to fine conditions so only a couple of races were delayed each morning,” Len said.

Forty-eight car, motorcycle and sidecar events were held over two days with Historic Winton being the first historic race meet to combine all three race formats 46 years ago.

One highlight was the Sunday Parade that featured anniversary vehicles including 100 Years of Austin 7 and spectator-owned showcase vehicles that caught the eye of organisers.

“The Parade Lap is on the bucket list of many motoring and motorbike enthusiasts as it’s a rare chance to drive or ride the famous Winton Motor Raceway circuit,” Len said.

He said that the Austin 7 Club was proud to have presented its 50th motoring event at Winton Motor Raceway this year and looks forward to holding 46th Historic Winton on 27th and 28th May 2023 (tbc).


Photo by Andrew "Daysy" Day


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