Beautiful weather, big crowd, interesting cars and the chance to run the curved quarter mile at Geelong’s spectacular Eastern Beach. For the uninitiated the Revival is like a two-day Breakfast Club with noise and speed added. There are numerous static displays from various clubs and industry groups, but the focus for most spectators and participants is on the quarter mile sprints. Modern cars run on Saturday with Historic cars and bikes featured on Sunday.
The Sporting Register was represented by four competitors in Sunday’s sprints, Jane Vollebregt drove her road-going 1974 MGB GT and recorded consistent times over her four runs, the best being a 17.16 second run to earn her a 4th in Class. Dave Anderson left his MGs at home, opting instead to run the 350ci Pontiac Firebird muscle car. His first pass was the quickest, stopping the clock at a very quick 14.22 seconds. Ross McConnell brought along his recently purchased 1965 Renmax 23b racing sportscar and improved from a 16.1 on his first run to a blistering 13.76 on his third run to place second in class. Ross was still learning how to get the most from the little racer and there’s probably still a few tenths to be gained yet. Steve Schmidt’s 1967 Mini Marcos put down 3 consistent runs in the high 15s, but stuffed the final run with a missed gearchange. A best time of 15.76 happened to be the same as that achieved at this event over the past 3 years.
Our thanks to the organisers of this event for the very efficient way in which they manage such a large and multi-faceted event. It certainly showcases Geelong and the historic car movement in a favourable light.