2020 must be the most disastrous year in the Club’s history! Not only did the global Covid-19 pandemic hit Australia hard in March which saw events and activities cancelled or postponed throughout the year, but General Motors announced that the Holden Brand would cease at the end of 2020. The performance brand would then become GM Special Vehicles. The HSV Club’s throughout Australia decided not to include GMSV vehicles and to stay true to the Holden Heritage started back in 1980 by Peter Brock. This will also mean that other HSV plated vehicles such as Camaro’s will no longer be eligible for club membership once they start receiving GMSV build plates. The sad end to a 40 year era.
Social Events: Runs to Southern Highlands Winery -Joadja Estate (January), Annual Peter Brock Memorial Run to Mount Panorama Bathurst (February) happened before Covid-19 restrictions came into place in March which saw the Steamfest Club Display at Maitland (April), HSV Fest long weekend in Albury Wodonga (June) and the Coffs Harbour Weekend Away (October) all cancelled. A Covid-19 friendly Glenorie Bakery and historic Ebenezer Church was able to be held in March
Special Events: The Gala Dinner Presentation Night at La Montage function center, Lilyfield had to postponed to 2021 due to Government Covid-19 restrictions and only one Muscle Car Show was able to be held, and that had to wait until after October 1st for restrictions to lift sufficiently to make it viable. Even so, the general public was not allowed and social distancing had to be maintained.
2020 Club Motorsport Championship Winners:
2020 CAMS NSW Supersprint Championship Results:
Motorsport: Motorsport NSW Supersprint Championships were reduced from 6 Rounds to 5 when Round 2 had to be cancelled due to Government Covid-19 restrictions. Motorsport Australia introduced a “Return to Race” plan that allowed events to be run with reduced numbers and restrictions designed to comply with Government requirements. The Australian National Supersprint Championship which was to be run in November at SMSP was postponed to 2021 due to border closures. The NSW 6 Hour regularity at SMSP in May had to be cancelled, as were the “No Speed Limits” Drive Days at Pheasants Wood and the Targa High Country event. Ian Luff closed his operations at Eastern Creek and Roll Racing at Sydney Motorsport Park restarted later in 2020 after the Covid-19 restrictions became less onerous.
2020 Muscle Car Show Championship Winners:
2020 saw a surge in Historic and Classic conditional registration with our club as more vehicles became eligible for this scheme becoming 30 years old, with Club registrations exceeding 20.
2020 Committee: President Joe Garzaniti, VP David Sultana, Secretary Karin Ross, Treasurer Carlo Disaro, Public Officer Ian Williams, Membership Secretary Andi Willelson, Social Secretary Louise Davey, Special Events Frank Vivoda, Motorsport Director Paul Van Neijenhoff, Motorsport Australia Delegate Ian Williams, Magazine Editor Karin Ross, Webmaster Ian Williams, Media Director Brett Davey, Historic & Classic Plate Registrar Michael Benton, Merchandise Officers Louise Davey & Andi Willelson.
Patrons: Peter Brock, Ryan Walkinshaw; Foundation Life Members: Warren Jenkins (Pres.), Jeff Kelly (VP), Brian Cassell (Sec.), Mark Hitchinson (Treas.), Tricia Campbell (Social Sec.), Les McClelland (Member); Life Members: Gary Benson, Robert Heard, Brett Gilles, Brian Crawford, Barry Wright, Mike Chapman, Joe Garzaniti, Karin Ross; Honorary Members: Ian Luff, Warren Luff, Betty Klimenko, Petar Sabados.
2020 Club Magazines:
The significantly reduced number of meetings, activities and events in 2020 meant that for the first time in 20 years the Club magazine was unable to be published every two months. Only 4 editions of the Club Magazine were published in 2020: