The Phillip Island Classic ‘Festival of Motor Sport’ is shaping up to be something special, not only celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Formula 5000 but also with classic sports cars racing with some of Australia’s most accomplished past and present drivers with what will be youth challenging experience.
Sunday morning the Phillip Island track will come alive with VHRR Ambassador and Club member, eight times national champion, John Bowe in a 1974 Formula one March along with Guido Belgiorno-Nettis racing in the ex Michele Alboreta Formula One Ferrari Tipo 156/85, against the two current fastest Formula 5000 drivers in Australia, Tom Tweedie and Tim Berryman.
Fresh from a massive 2017 racing season with Erebus Motorsport and winner of the 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with Luke Youlden, Dave Reynolds will be competing in an historic Trans Am Mustang. The 29 year old Reynolds is also a proud VHRR Club member and is sponsored by a major sponsor of the event, Penrite Oil.
Those attending Phillip Island will witness the Carroll Shelby’s Allard JX2 Chassis No. 3146, racing for the first time in Australia. The Joe Calleja owned Allard under its original racing colours and number 11 will be driven by John Bowe over the weekend.
Originally delivered to Roy Cherryholmes in Texas in 1952 the car was raced by legendary Carroll Shelby in SCCA races on airfields in Texas and the Midwest winning four and a second place out of five races and also raced in the Bruenos Aires 1000km in 1954 with a 10th placing. This drew the attention of Aston Martin leading to a full time ride for Shelby in 1954 through to the end of his racing career which culminated with a LeMans win in 1959. The 1952 Cadillac 331 engine was fully rebuilt in 2015, balanced and blueprinted.
Also from the Calleja collection is the 1973 Formula One March 3 in its original colours as raced by Niki Lauda, a 1966 Corvette and a 1969 Mustang.
Adding to the list of high profile automotive sponsors for the event such as Burson Auto Parts, Shannons, Penrite Oil and CoolDrive is the market leader in filters, the Ryco Filters Group Pty Ltd whose sponsorship has just been announced. In making the announcement, Ryco Group Chief Executive Officer Guy Nicholls commented, “This is just such a high profile outstanding event attracting large crowds and outstanding historic cars and drivers, that the company is proud to be involved in supporting classic motor sport racing with the classic Ryco name”.
For further information:
VHRR Phillip Island Classic Management Committee
Phone: (03) 9877 2317
Graeme McLean & Associates Pty Ltd
Phone: (03) 9583 6694
Mobile: 0438 806 090