Fourteen New Zealand Formula 5000 drivers line up in the opening round of the MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival historic racing series at Sandown Park, Melbourne, Australia, this weekend
Formula 5000s are open-wheeler single seater racing cars which ran in rivals series to Formula 1 in the 1970s, and contested the Tasman Cup international races in New Zealand and Australia.
Heading the Kiwi contingent is former series champion Ian Clements in his rebuilt Lola T332 which is finished in the Viceroy colours it wore in its heyday in the United States.
Napier’s Sefton Gibb will race Clements’ old T332 in which the Aucklander won an MSC title.
Also in Lola T332s at Sandown are New Zealanders Stan Redmond, Russell Greer and Tony Richards and Australians Andrew Robson and Richard Davison.
Kiwi F5000 stalwart David Abbott and New Zealand racing great Ken Smith, who raced T332s in the 1970s, will turn out in Lola T430s.
In older cars are Kiwis Poul Christie in the original Lola monocoque F5000, the T190, and Kerry Anderson in a spaceframed T142, Lola’s second-ever Formula 5000.
Australian Bob Harborow will drive the longer-wheelbase T192 development of the Lola T190, and fellow Aussie D'Arcy Russell will turn out in an extremely rare T300, Lola’s first side-radiatored V8 open-wheeler.
Other marques represented by members of the New Zealand contingent are McLaren (Tony Roberts and his very rare M22), McRae (Stuart Lush, McRae GM1), Talon (Aaron Burson, Talon MR1A) and Begg (Terry Rush, Begg FM4 and Lindsay O'Donnell, Begg FM5).
Australian-built F5000s racing at Sandown include Chris Hocking’s Matich Repco A52 and a trio of South Australian-built Elfins for Tony Floreani (Elfin-Repco MR5), Paul Trevethan (Elfin-Leyland MR6) and Ken James (Elfin-Chevrolet MR8).
The cars will race on Saturday and Sunday. The second MSC series round is the Tasman Revival meeting at Sydney's Eastern Creek circuit later this month.