FESTIVAL of MOTORSPORT 2019

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2019 PI Classic

VHRR, will again present the annual Phillip Island Classic "Festival of Motorsport" in 2019.

To be held on the 8, 9 & 10 March 2019

Once again these dates fall one week prior to the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park which makes it truly an exceptional week of Motor Sport in Melbourne with two of Victoria’s major sporting events.

Recognised as one of the world’s largest historic motor racing events on the international calendar by the number of entries and races held over the three days, the Phillip Island Classic is expected to once again draw more than 500 entries with vehicles from around the world.

2019 marks the 30th Phillip Island Classic event along with other significant anniversaries such as the 60th anniversary of Formula Ford, the 60th anniversary of the Mini, the 50thanniversary of the Holden Dealer Team which first raced at Sandown in 1969, the 50thanniversary of the Alfa Romeo Car Club, 50 years of Formula Ford and 51st year of Porsche and it’s also the 50th year of the Bolwell Nagari.

Of significance, 1979 was the last year in which the Holden Torana Hatchback A9X raced with Peter Brock and Jim Richards in their outstanding win in the James Hardie 1000 Bathurst followed by Peter Jansen and Larry Perkins in 2nd place.  It was also this year also that Bob Morris won the Touring Car Championship driving a Holden Torana A9X. This special car, now owned by Andrew Cannon, will be racing at Phillip Island over the weekend with Andrew at the wheel.

To mark the anniversary, Formula Ford racing will be highlighted at this event along with Group C & A Touring cars, with feature races on both Saturday and Sunday.

More than 1,000 classic, veteran and vintage cars are also expected to be on display the weekend in March and the Bolwell Car Club will hold its national meeting at Phillip Island over this period.

The Phillip Island Classic is proudly sponsored by Burson Auto Parts with long term support from leading automotive company brands such as Penrite, Shannons, Cooldrive and Ryco Group.

 

The patron for 2019 is yet to be named

The 2018 patrons were.

  

Alfredo (Alfie) Constanzo retired Italian born Australian racing driver who competed in four Australian Grand Prix and won four Australian Drivers’ Championships, equalling the record set by Bib Stillwell.

     

Kevin Bartlett – often known as ‘KB’ is a former Australian open wheel and touring racing driver who won the Australian Drivers’ Championship in 1968 and in 1969, as well as the Bathurst 1000 in 1974 and was named in Wheels Magazine’s Annual Year Book in 2004 as one of Australia’s 50 greatest race drivers.

            

Alan Hamilton – Twice Australian Sports Car Drivers’ Champion, Porsche Importer and Team Owner and four times winner of the Gold Star Championship with Alfie Constanzo. Alan was third in the 1971 Australian Grand Prix and second at Bathurst in 1974 with Colin Bond.

          

Tasmanian, John McCormack became one of the leading Formula 5000 racers in the 1970’s winning the Australian Drivers’ Championship three times. John won the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1973/74 and as well as racing open wheelers he raced sport sedans and touring cars.

        

Ken Smith MBE from New Zealand won the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1976, 1990 and in 2004 and raced Formula Ford, Formula 5000, Formula Pacific, Formula Mondial and Toyota Racing Series. Ken has competed over 59 consecutive seasons on the motor racing circuit. He has won the Gold Star Drivers Award five times, Formula 5000 Revival three times, the Penang Grand Prix three times, the Selanger twice and the Malaysian Grand Prix once. In 1995 Ken was inducted into the New Zealand motorsport Hall of Fame.

                                                                              

 

 

Officials Required

The Classic Race Committee are again looking for officials for the event.

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