2011 Phillip Island Classic

Above: Lhe Tom Price (USA) Maserati 250F engine bay. This is one of a couple of "offset" versions of the 250F - the version with the transmission down one side, which resulted in the engine being offset to the car as shown above.

Above: The 1969 Porsche 908-02 that won the 1970 Targa Florio in Scily. Klaus Bishof, Director of the Porsche Museum drove the car in the weekend's regularity events.

Above: The 1979 Williams FW07 now owned by Victoria's Paul Faulkner. The car is one of two FW07s that took Alan Jones to be World Champion in the 1980 Formula One World Championship. Unfortunately, the newly re-built Cosworth DFV dropped a valve in the Friday demonstration, so sat as a static display car for the remainder of the weekend.

Above: The Sports Cars line up for Race 2 on Satuday afternoon on pit lane. Entry to the track was held up by a clean up from the previous event. In the background is the Veskanda of John Briggs, middle is the Lola T286 of Bert Skidmore, and the foreground is the Lola T610 of Wayne Park...

Above: The delay caused the drivers to switch off the engines, but upon Wayne Park pushing the ignition button in his Lola T610 the engine caught fire, throwing a flame over a metre out the back of the Lola, which caused minor burns to two of his crew (one shown in this photo) who had moved to the rear of the vehicle to help push start.

Above: A couple of minutes after the fire was dealt with, the Lola had being moved off the fast lane of the pit lane (to allow the remainder of the field to take to the track). The photo shows the main distruction point.

Above: Voted the most beautiful Formula One car of all time - the Gurney Eagle F1. The car that American Dan Gurney built to emulate Jack Brabham on winning a World Championship in a car of his own design, but did not succeed. The design of the car, with its beak, gills and four straight exhausts forming the tail was driven at the meeting by Bert Skidmore.

Above: The return of the Charles Rogers (Historic Racing Australia founder) MG BGT in the Sunday regularity event, following a re-build after falling victim to a spun car at the 2010 Historic Sandown.

Above: Sorry, but I guess I'm just proud to show off the car!

Above: A close up view of the V12 Weslake engine of the Gurney Eagle F1

Above: Kevin Nichollas drove the Porsche Museum's Porsche RS-60 in the regularity event.

Above: Rod Jolley's (UK) Lister Jaguar "Monzanapolous"....

Above: Great to have the Lister at Phillip Island again, but unfortunately the car was on static display as Rod could not make the journey downunder at the last minute.

Above: Jeff Brown (owner) and Charles Rogers (HRA) discuss the historiy of the 1983 Chevron B16 - No. 24, the last of the B16s built.

Above: Paul Maliman (NSW) falls victim of car contact in the first lap of the Sunday afternoon Formula Ford race at MG corner.

Above: A diverse array of vehicles in the Regularity events. The 1906 Darraq GO, Porsche 356A Coupe, MGB Roadster and Bugatti T37A all depart MG.

Above: Final shot og the MG! Bob Cutting, Datsun 240Z passes Charles Rogers, MG BGT into MG corner.

Above: The first of a series of photos showing the progress of Jamie Larner moving from rear of grid in the 20 lap race for Sports Cars. Jamie, driving the white RALT RT2Can-Am car passed more than half the field in the first lap, and is here passing the Elfin Repco ME5 of Trevor Lambert (SA), before taking the Graduate M8F of Phil Verwoert (VIC) on the exit of MG corner.

All this while Rusty French (VIC) Porsche 935 K3 loams in the background having re-built his car from Saturday morning's Race One when one of the 935s turbochargers caught fire on the run to Honda corner.

Above: The following lap and Larner is on the tail of Peter Harburg's (QLD) Porsche 962C - now in fifth.

Above: Now on lap three, the Larner RALT RT2moves into third place, now passing the Porsche 956 of Russell Kempdish (QLD) on the exit of MG corner.

Above: This Porsche 911 RSR lost first & Ssecond gear on approach to MG corner on the fifth lap, leading the driver to get the Porsche into third gear to enable him to return to the pits.

Above: On the sixth lap coming down to MG corner from Lukey Heights, Larner took second place off Bert Skidmore (USA - Lola T286) on the exit.

Larner's great run through the field in the weekend's feature race eventually got him to within a few seconds of leader John Briggs in the Chevrolet engine powered Veskanda, but problems in the final three laps ensued, making him content with second.




Updated: 28 March, 2011


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