CLASSIC touring cars are set to shake Lakeside Park motor racing circuit this weekend.
The Lakeside Classic Speed Fest is a multi-category event featuring racing, sprints, regularity, a mini hill climb and the Shannons Show and Shine. But the showstoppers will be the Group C and Group A cars from the Australian Touring Car Championship featuring XD Falcons, VK Commodores, BMWM3 and the mighty R31 and R32 Nissan Skylines.
Highlights are Jim Richards’ black and gold JPSBMWM3, Mark Skaife’s R31 Skyline, the Gibson Racing R32 Skyline, Bob Morris’s Channel 7 A9X Torana, Dick Johnson’s #17 Ford Sierra and Bo Seaton’s Capri.
Entry is $20 a day or $30 for the weekend, family passes $40, concessions $10 and children under 13 free. Lakeside Park, Lakeside Road, Kurwongbah. Gates open 9am-4pm.
Italians ride again
OWNERS of Italian motorcycles will participate in the inaugural Moto Giro Australia this weekend.
The untimed cross country touring road rally features road-registered Italian motorcycles in various age and engine classes and is run by the Ducati Club of Queensland.
Based at Woodford, the event starts this morning with a display and demonstration laps around the newly reopened Lakeside circuit, in conjunction with the Lakeside Classic Speed Fest.
There is a road ride in the afternoon with a lunch stop at Maialla Restaurant, Mt Glorious for lunch and public viewing.
Among the highlights will be Ducati single-cylinder bike collector Trevor Fryer’s rare 1975 175cc Turismo and Sport.
There are more road loops tomorrow. Participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and a rally souvenir.
Best of British
MORE than 500 British-made cars will be on show at the 30th annual All British Day tomorrow at St Joseph’s College sportsgrounds, Vivian St, Tennyson. Participants need not be a member of a car club to display their vehicle.
Proceeds go to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and RACQ CareFlight.
Spectator entry is $2 or $5 a car, which includes parking.
The cost to display vehicles is $15 a car. Gates open at 8.30am.
MOTORING fans should head south over the border to Drake on the glorious Bruxner Highway for the annual Big Day Out.
Apart from the classic and racing cars displays and unique motorbike showcase, there will entertainment by guitar hero Phil Emmanuel, a golden oldies rugby match and loads of motoring memorabilia.
Accommodation and campsites are available. Proceeds go to the Westpac LifeSaver Rescue Helicopter. www.drakehotelmotel.com.au
Superbike on tour
BMW’S first superbike is touring the country ahead of its public launch.
You can see the production version of the S 1200 RR that Australian Troy Corser has been campaigning in the World Superbike championship this year at Morgan & Wacker in Newstead on Tuesday, Morgan & Wacker at Southport on Wednesday, CoastlineBMWon Thursday, Mackay Motorcycles on September 28, Euro Cycles in Townsville on October 3 and Westco Motors in Cairns on October 5.
The bike then heads to the MotoGP on October 16-18 at Phillip Island before continuing its tour.
NORTH Brisbane Speedway is on again today at Raubers Rd, Nudgee from noon.
Racing includes 65cc, 125cc, 350cc junior speedway, senior solos, sidecars and go-karts. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for concessions and under 12 free.
RACING AHEAD: Jim Richards’ BMW and Trevor Fryer (above) with one of his Ducatis.