Classics back on track again

BASKERVILLE Raceway played host to one of the biggest events on its calendar over the weekend, with the Baskerville Historics returning for the first time since 2019.

Held across three days which included practice on Friday, qualifying Saturday morning and racing through until Sunday afternoon, the event made it’s return after cancellation of the 2020 event.

Event organiser Mike Ellis said he was extremely pleased with the number of entrants considering the vast majority were Tasmanian.

“We are looking are about 170 entrants, which considering we had 210 two years ago, pre-Covid, and with barely any mainland competitors, it’s a brilliant effort,” Mr Ellis said.

“Everyone is champing at the bit to have large open events and we took a bit of a risk getting this event going, but we thought it was important for the public and important for the event going forward, to keep the momentum of the Baskerville Historics going.”

As a tribute to Mr Ellis’s father, Greg, who passed away earlier this month, Mike took out his father’s 1960 MGA.

Greg first raced at Baskerville in 1959, and had previously raced the British Racing Green MGA at Symmons Plains and at Longford before being stored for three decades before last weekend’s return to the track.