2019 dates set for Phillip Island ‘Festival of Motor Sport’ Historic Racing.
Dates for Australia’s largest historic motor racing event, The Phillip Island Classic, have been set down for Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 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 50th anniversary of the Holden Dealer Team which first raced at Sandown in 1969, the 50th anniversary 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.