Phillip Island Classic preview

The world-famous Phillip Island Classic, a finalist in the Historic Motoring Awards is on from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 March.

The Patrons (yes, two) of the event this year are Christine & Fred Gibson. Along with them will come a mass celebration of Australian Touring Car racing.

Also on track will be 35 Formula 5000 cars from all across the world. F5000 cars on on their way from the UK, Africa, Monaco, USA, Canada, and of course, New Zealand. There will be 19 overseas entrants represented in this field alone.

A smaller, but quality contingent of other racing & sports-racing cars are on their way from abroad, including a Birdcage Maserati, a Ginetta & two Coopers – a Cooper Bristol & a 1958 Cooper-Climax T45.

The Cooper-Climax T45 is back in Australia for the meeting in the hands of owner Scotty Taylor. Taylor, 21 times Bathurst privateer, who now travels Europe each year competing in any of his four historic racing Coopers & Lotus. The T45 was restored in Sydney a few years back, but this will be the first time we get to see the car raced in Australia since period.

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