Charles Caleb Colton is credited with first saying that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, later expanded by Oscar Wilde to “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness”.
John F. Kennedy popularised the saying that “success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan”, although the saying originated with Italian diplomat and son-in-law of Mussolini, Count Galeazzo Ciano.
It seems that both sayings are applicable to the tremendously successful Virgin Australia Supercars Red Rooster Sydney Supernight 300! Suddenly, everyone wants more night-time motorsport!
The ARDC is very proud to partner with Supercars Australia to produce an event of this level of popularity and acclaim. While all possible preparation and planning was carefully completed there’s no doubt we were all a tiny bit nervous (but optimistic!) about how the event would go “on the night”. Well, close racing, 30,000+ spectators, fireworks, good weather – what were we worrying about? The feedback from many and varied sources following the night Supercars racing at the beginning of last month has been almost universally positive (delays for some people exiting will need attention for next time). It is fair to say that there is a certain novelty appeal attached to any first-time event, but we plan to work with Supercars to build on the success of the first instalment and continue to make the event better in future years.
Recognition and congratulations needs to go to all involved in producing such a successful weekend, but for the purposes of this newsletter let me extend a special thank you to all of the volunteer ARDC officials and to the ARDC staff team for all of the work and effort they contributed to this success. Well done team, full credit to you all!
It was only a week between the night-time Supercar excitement to the annual Council of Motor Clubs annual display day, with the usual Morgan Owners’ Club supersprint on the same weekend. Almost 2,000 vehicles were on display at SMSP on Sunday 12th August, again blessed by fine weather, if a little windy. ARDC Director Terry Thompson and his team invest an enormous effort in making this event a success every year, and there’s no doubt this is appreciated by the many and varied clubs and associations presenting their cars and displays. The guest of honour this year was the Hon. Kevin Anderson MP, Member for Tamworth and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Transport. Mr Anderson was treated to ‘not-quite-a-hot-lap’ in a Leyland Force 7 coupe before he officiated at the day’s awards ceremony; he was a very enthusiastic official guest!
The feature event in September is the Shannons National Racing Series, to be held on the 22nd and 23rd. Categories including Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup, Australian Production Cars, CAMS Australian Formula 4, Aussie Racing Cars, Radicals Australian Prototypes and the Veloce Racing Association will be competing, continuing their respective battles for series or national championship points. The Shannons Nationals event, like Supercars, is supported by the NSW Government.
Other activities in September will include track, ride and experience days, bicycle racing, manufacturer promotional days, club supersprints, driver training and drifting. There’s pretty much something for everyone in another busy month.
See you there!