2019 Is­land Clas­sic shapes up

Old Bike Australasia - - ON THE SHED -

Now in its 26th year, the Phillip Is­land Clas­sic will take place on the Aus­tralia Day long week­end from Fri­day to Sun­day Jan­uary 25-27, 2019, with 56 races on the agenda.

There are six his­toric cat­e­gories from preWW1 bikes through Vin­tage (1920-1945), Clas­sic and Post Clas­sic (from 1946 to 1972) and the more re­cent For­got­ten Era and New Era classes fight­ing for class honours and the Phil Irv­ing Per­pet­ual Tro­phy. As has been the case for the past 15 years, the fo­cus will be on the In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge which will see teams from Aus­tralia, the US and NZ fill the grid for four, six-lap races. Aus­tralian Cap­tain Rex Wolfenden has re­leased his team of star re­cruits in­clud­ing the squad’s ace per­former of 2018, Ade­laide’s David John­son, who led the Aussies back to the win­ner’s cir­cle af­ter three years lag­ging be­hind the Brits. John­son will be back on the Suzuki XR69, hop­ing to em­u­late his 2018 per­for­mance which in­cluded two wins and two sec­onds en-route to be­ing awarded the Ken Woot­ton Memo­rial Tro­phy for best in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance.

Also back in the sad­dle af­ter an Is­land Clas­sic hia­tus will be Isle of Man spe­cial­ist Cam Don­ald and Mel­bourne’s Jed Metcher on the T-Rex Rac­ing Honda. Metcher, who just took out the Aus­tralian His­toric Cham­pi­onship at Broad­ford in Novem­ber, will race the Honda he cam­paigned to vic­to­ries at the Is­land Clas­sic in 2016 and 2017. The Aus­tralian team boasts great depth and ex­pe­ri­ence with world en­durance cham­pion, Mel­bourne’s Steve Martin, three-time Aus­tralian su­per­bike cham­pion Shawn Giles, and Coffs Har­bour’s Beau Beaton who in 2018 won the Phil Irv­ing tro­phy. In ad­di­tion, there’s Dean Oughtred, Aaron Mor­ris, Paul Byrne, Craig Ditch­burn and long-time cam­paigner Scott Web­ster.

A three-day adult ticket for the Is­land Clas­sic, pur­chased in ad­vance, is just $82, and free for chil­dren 15 and un­der (ac­com­pa­nied by a full­pay­ing adult). You can camp at the cir­cuit for four nights for just over $20 per night (with kids once again free). Tick­ets for the 26th run­ning of the In­ter­na­tional Is­land Clas­sic, the largest his­toric bike meet in the south­ern hemi­sphere, are avail­able on is­land­clas­sic.com.au or at the gate.

*All prices quoted are ad­vance tick­ets. Ad­vance ticket sales end mid­day Wed­nes­day 23 Jan­uary 2019. Buy ad­vance and save. Gate ticket prices are ad­di­tional.

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