Fan­tasy is­land for petrol­heads

Phillip Is­land has a treat for racing fans, writes NEIL McDON­ALD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

ARECORD-EQUALLING 15,000 mo­tor racing fans are ex­pected to turn out for this week­end’s Phillip Is­land Clas­sic Fes­ti­val of Motorsport. About 560 sports, racing and tour­ing cars will take part, with some cat­e­gories over­sub­scribed more than 50 per cent.

Among the high­lights are the com­bined Group C and Group A tour­ing car races, with two XJS Jaguars, two Nis­sans and a bat­tery of A9X To­ranas, VL Com­modores and Fal­cons.

Pro­duc­tion sports car races will fea­ture three De To­maso Pan­teras, two Chevro­let St­ingrays, Dat­sun Z-se­ries sports cars and Porsche 911s.

This year’s fes­ti­val toasts the 100th an­niver­sary of the Mor­gan car, 50th an­niver­sary of Elfin and Mini and the 40th year for For­mula Ford.

Leg­ends of motorsport such as Sir Jack Brab­ham, Bob Jane, Barry ‘‘Bo’’ Se­ton and Bob Holden will be sign­ing au­to­graphs.

A ‘hot laps’ auc­tion will be held, with money go­ing to­wards the Vic­to­rian Bush­fire Ap­peal.

‘‘Year af­ter year, the Phillip Is­land Clas­sic Fes­ti­val is a must-see event for car en­thu­si­asts,’’ VACC spokesman Tim O’Brien says.

The event kicks off to­day with all-day prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions for all cat­e­gories. Racing starts at 9am and fin­ishes at 5pm to­mor­row and Sun­day.

Wheel deal: many of Aus­tralia’s great­est tour­ing car names will be seen at this week­end’s Phillip Is­land Clas­sic Fes­ti­val of Motorsport.

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