Re­liv­ing days of thun­der

Herald Sun - Motoring - - What’s On -

THE thun­der­ing tour­ing cars that had us on our feet in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s are back on track at His­toric Sandown in a se­ries of races this week­end cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of the Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship.

The high­light of the 35-event meet­ing will be Sun­day’s 15-lap Cool-Drive Chal­lenge for the po­tent Group C and Group A Hold­ens, Fal­cons and V12 Jaguars that raced from 1973-1993. It will in­clude a com­pul­sory pit-stop.

Other events will be held for nearca­pac­ity grids of Group N His­toric Tour­ing cars, such as the Mus­tangs, Monaros, Ca­maros and Minis that raced be­fore 1973.

Four cars from the Porsche Mu­seum in Stuttgart will also com­pete in the Reg­u­lar­ity events at the meet­ing, in­clud­ing the fire-spit­ting Porsche 935 that se­cured the World Cham­pi­onship of Makes for Porsche in 1976, as well as the only road-go­ing ver­sion of the Porsche 911 GT1 that won Le Mans in 1998.

A huge dis­play of clas­sic and mus­cle cars from a va­ri­ety of clubs will be an­other at­trac­tion of this year’s His­toric Sandown.

As in pre­vi­ous years, pad­dock en­try re­mains free to pa­trons. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion prices have also been capped at 2009 lev­els, with adult tick­ets for Satur­day cost­ing $25, Sun­day $35 and a week­end ticket $50.

Chil­dren un­der 15 ac­com­pa­nied by an adult are ad­mit­ted free.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit­mor. Phone 0402 224 133.

Fast and fu­ri­ous: a Porsche speed­ster will be one of the big at­trac­tions at His­toric Sandown this week­end.

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