Fantasy island for petrolheads
Phillip Island has a treat for racing fans, writes NEIL McDONALD
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.