Leading automotive wholesale company Burson Auto Parts and its associated retail arm, the autObarn group, has announced a major sponsorship and naming rights agreement with the VHRR to proudly present the 2017 Phillip Island Classic ‘Festival of Motor Sport’ Historic Racing.
Announcing the agreement VHRR Chairman Ian Tate also announced the continuing support of key long-time major sponsors of the event, Penrite, Shannons and CoolDrive who all combine to make the event one of the world’s largest and most recognised historic racing events in the world.
Such is the prestige of this event that other sponsors names include Bosch, Mercedes-Benz Melbourne, VACC, Holden HSV, Mustang Motor Sport, Dutton Garage. Cope Williams Winery, Splitrock and Tiro.
Confirming its place in the world of historic motor racing, the event to be staged at Phillip Island on 17 – 19 March 2017, will host a large field of international cars with 15 from United Kingdom, 6 from USA plus a number from New Zealand including the Mark Petch Turbo Volvo which will be driven by event Patron John Bowe and Jim Richards driving Peter Sturgeon’s JPS 635 BMW.
The C & A category for touring cars from 1973 to 1992 will be keenly contested with a large entry list, not only including John Bowe and Jim Richards but Glen Seaton driving Rusty French’s Ford Sierra.
International cars include the fully restored Monzanapolis Lister Jaguar built by Ecuri Ecosse to contest the ‘Race of Two Worlds’ on the banked oval track at Monza against Stirling Moss driving the Maserati “Eldorado Special’ and the all American Indy cars.
Amongst the field of the pre-61 Grand Prix cars will be the rare front engine Scarab of Julian Bronson, a driver with an enviable racing record.
Others include two ERA’s, one – ERA R108B built in 1938 and raced in Britain, France and Italy and notably the winner of the 1938 Australian Grand Prix and the Rob Roy Hill Climb and a second – the ERA B known as ‘Remus’ previously owned by Prince Birabongse (generally known as Prince Bira of Thailand), driven by Charles McCabe. The GT111 racing at Phillip Island is one of four roadsters built by FAV in 1965 and raced in the 1965 Targa Florio. Rebuilt to its original specifications it is today the only example in the world and is often seen racing in high profile races throughout Europe.
It is expected that there will be eight Coopers racing in the pre-60’s race including the Grand Prix Cooper 51,#F2-1-59 with the Coventry Climax FPF 2500cc engine, restored by John Harper in 2000-2002 which has been successfully and consistently campaigned in the UK and across Europe including many HGPCA events throughout Europe and at the Goodwood Revival and Members meetings.
VHRR UK Ambassador, Andy Newell will be racing the Elfin 622 of Jeff Brown at the event.
Sydney’s Guido Belgiorno-Nettis will race the ex Michelle Alboreto F1 Turbo Ferrari from the 1985 season and ex Allan Jones Lola/Hart will be driven by Ian Ross, John Bowe will drive the 1974 F1 March Cosworth and John Gale will race the 1973 F1 BRM.
With many international and leading Australian drivers competing, this will truly be a festival of Motor Sport bringing back history in Motor Sport.
Entries are closing for the event on 3 February with record entries and crowds expected over the three days of racing.
For more information on this major historic motor sport event visit www.vhrr.com or phone (03) 9877 2317.