Is­land Clas­sic gears up

Old Bike Australasia - - • ISLAND CLASSIC • STAMPS • PEUGEOT • -

The south­ern hemi­sphere’s largest his­toric mo­tor­cy­cle meet, the In­ter­na­tional Is­land Clas­sic, is set to re­turn to Vic­to­ria’s Phillip Is­land Grand Prix Cir­cuit on the Aus­tralia Day long week­end, Jan­uary 25-27, 2019. Fea­tur­ing a cen­tury of mo­tor­cy­cles from pre-war ma­chines through to the New Era makes, the 26th In­ter­na­tional Is­land Clas­sic will see an ex­pected 500 his­toric bikes and 300 rid­ers com­pete in 56 races over three days. The head­line event, the In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge, re­turns with teams from Aus­tralia, the USA and New Zea­land con­firmed for bat­tle. Cur­rent cham­pion, Aus­tralia, is set to de­fend their pre­cious In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge ti­tle – won back from the UK last Jan­uary af­ter an out­stand­ing per­for­mance led by David John­son. John­son has told team cap­tain Rex Wolfenden he’s keen to re­turn, as are stal­warts Beau Beaton, Steve Martin, Shaun Giles and Cam Don­ald.

In­ter­na­tional line-ups are tak­ing shape with the USA promis­ing the re­turn of Ja­son Prid­more, Jake Zemke and Bar­rett Long with the squad al­ready im­mersed in test­ing. New Zea­land has Damien Kavney and Glenn Hin­dle back on board to head the Kiwi ef­fort. At this stage, the UK team, man­aged by Roger Winfield is un­able to com­mit to a 2019 UK squad due to bud­get re­stric­tions and new Aus­tralian leg­is­la­tion ban­ning avi­a­tion fuel in motorsport from Jan­uary 2019. The UK squad has al­ways run avi­a­tion fuel, and is un­will­ing to mod­ify en­gines for the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment man­dated, su­per un­leaded fuel. Ac­cord­ing to Fer­gus Cameron, manag­ing direc­tor of the Phillip Is­land Grand Prix cir­cuit, other UK team op­tions are be­ing ex­plored. Tick­ets for the 26th run­ning of the In­ter­na­tional Is­land Clas­sic, the largest his­toric bike meet in the south­ern hemi­sphere, will go on sale Oc­to­ber 2018. For more in­for­ma­tion visit is­land­clas­sic.com.au

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