Battle royale expected for Tasman Revival honours

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A huge grid of nearly 50 1960s single-seaters will be the star turn at the three-day Tasman Revival meeting from 23-25 November.

Organisers of the Sydney Motor Sport Park event promise that the 15-lap showdown on the Sunday "will be the most fiercely contested race for single seat racing cars seen in this part of the world for more than 30 years".

Two-time event winner, Lotus 49 pilot John Smith, will not be adding to his tally in 2012, however, because he is recovering from spinal injuries sustained in a motorbike accident.

Even without Smith on the grid, there is a host of potential challengers preparing to line-up.

Peter Strauss' Brabham BT31 – Jack Brabham’s 2.5 litre V8 Repco-powered mount for the 1969 Tasman Series – is expected to be among them.

Kiwi Murray Sinclair is also expected to feature in his Cosworth FVC-packing Brabham BT29, and don't rule out the Aussie-built Elfins, including Bob Cracknell in his Elfin 600 (main image) and Richard Carter's Elfin Mono Twin Cam, Chris Farrell in the Brabham BT30 or hotshoe Damon Hancock in his BT23.

Fierce racing is also expected among the smaller, 12-car pre-'65 class where Ed Holley's BT6 has dominated, but should face a strong challenge from the Lotus 32 of Peter Studer and a trio of quick Coopers.

For other C&SC stories on the what you can expect at the event, click here and here.

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