The 2019 historic racing season is already well underway with several Australians seen recently competing in the South Island of New Zealand, but for here in Australia our season officially kicks off with the Phillip Island Classic from 8 to 10 March.
The Phillip Island Classic over the past 30 years (yes, it’s a big party in 2019) has well and truly firmed itself as the premiere historic racing event in the Southern Hemisphere. With over 450 entries all enthusiasts are in for a treat.
Overseas entries are back this year, with a 289 Cobra, the Dulon Dino sports-racing car, and the incredible Cooper-Maserati T61. “It’s the only one” says John Gove, President of the Maserati Owners Club of Australia. The car was originally driven by Roy Salvadori and houses the 5.0 litre V8 Maserati powerplant in the rear. “Michael (O’Shea) is a well-known Maserati enthusiast in the UK and a good driver, so all are expected to witness some good racing from this car” said Gove.
The Cooper Maserati will be on track with other Cooper cars across the three days of competition; including two T51 single-seater cars, and a T53. For the T53 it will be the first time on the track in quite some years. The ex Lex Davison car will be driven by its new custodian, Flavio Puchinelli.
From pure bred racing and sports-racing cars there will also be some terrific Touring car racing, particularly in the Group C & A events ‘Heritage Touring Cars’. It’s the 40th anniversary IN 2019 SINCE Brock’s conquering victory in the Holden Torana A9X at Bathurst in 1979 and the 40th anniversary since Bob Morris won the 1979 ATCC in another A9X hatch. Both that car and Morris himself will be on hand (and the car demonstrated) at the Island. The sister Channel 7 A9X will be racing for the first time in many years. Another legend, Dick Johnson will be present as the Patron of the meeting.
With a fully-packed Production Sports Car grid from the 1960s and 1970s, pre-war & post-war racing, and 1970s-1980s sports-racing and racing cars, plus a huge field of historic Formula Ford, there will be heaps to see trackside for all historic racing enthusiasts.
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