Event Coverage: All Toyota Winterfest Part 1 – Track Day



There were plenty of members that were very excited to hit the track at Winterfest whether they were seasoned competitors or they were hitting the track for the very first time.

While the running of the day was handled by the great members at the Ford Four Car Club our own president and seasoned racer Frank Ferrantino took on the role of chief instructor and developed a learning course for those hitting the track for the first time with a CAMS day licence for the event. This was a big opportunity that was strongly supported by CAMS who were also extremely happy with the day seeing new club members exposed to motor sport and leaving the event very keen for more.

GSrace8 The opportunity to take to one of Australia’s best race tracks right in the heart of suburban Melbourne is always a treat with most tracks within this proximity to cities being closed down throughout the years.


With long straights along both sides of Sandown it’s definitely a power track, something SUPRAT had no shortage of, turning heads all day long.


At the end of the day SUPRAT owner John Mackenzie donated several rides in the passenger seat which were quickly auctioned off to raise extra funds for the events charity partner Children’s Protection Society. The look on the faces of the passengers as they stepped out of the car was amazing. Huge smiles and disbelief at just how quick John and his car are.

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One of the great things about a track day is the variety of cars that take part. Everything from full time racecars to daily drivers were out cutting laps all day and the driving standards of all involved should be commended.

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Thanks to everyone who took part in the track day, the Ford Four Car Club for their expertise in running the day and Gripseekers for the fantastic photos.

Read Next: All Toyota Winterfest Coverage Part 2 – Car Show

The countdown has begun!

Final preparations for the Toyota Car Club of Australia’s Winterfest car show, and driver training day at Sandown raceway are well underway, and we hope you’re coming!

Driver training for Come and Try entrants will be provided, as well as theory workshops on cornering, safe overtaking, identifying the racing line, and participating at other CAMS events.

Make sure you get your entries in. They can be downloaded from the Motorsport Entry Forms tab above.

Winterfest. All Lexus and Toyota Car Show and track day.

Winterfest is fast approaching! This is our annual Winter car show, that has a huge twist this year. Along with our friends at Four Four Car Club, we will be hosting a driver tuition day at Sandown Raceway. Cars of all makes and models are invited to come along and have a great day out on the track with instruction from some of the most experienced drivers around. All the while, a huge display of much loved Lexus and Toyota vehicles will be on display just behind the pit area.

Entry forms can be downloaded here, and I look forward to seeing you all on the day.