Cruise to the 2013 Phillip Island ‘Classic’ Historic Race Meeting
Date: March 9th 2013.
The Phillip Island Classic just gets bigger every year, attracting many overseas historic racing enthusiasts who bring some famous & exotic cars to race at this event. The last two years Classic hosting more than 500 historic race cars from the 1920’ to 1985. Featured this year is a full grid of F5000’s and ‘Can Am’ type big cubic inch sports cars from the 60’s, ‘70’s and ‘80’s Muscle car fans of 60’s, ‘70’s & ‘80’s touring cars won’t miss out as full grids are entered, reliving the classic sounds of V8’s at full noise.
One of the great advantages of attending Historic Racing on a Saturday is that you’re free to walk around the cars in the less crowded pit garages and chat to the owners and drivers. There’s also lots of classic cars to check out in the spectator paddocks as well.
We recommend this as one of the best motorsport events held in Australia and we kick it off with a pleasant early morning cruise down to the Island. Great cars racing, rare and historic cars on display in both the EXPO building and the pits as well as trade stands, good food vendors and facilities make this an outstanding event to attend.
See the photos and report of our previous year’s cruises to wet your appetite!
(2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011)
Our Saturday Cruise
With the support of the organizers, the Victorian Historic Racing Register and the event’s major sponsors Shannons, we are again hosting a cruise for owners of pre ’75 chrome bumper and special interest cars to the 2013 Classic. We’re able to offer pre registered entrants discounted entry for both driver and all passengers, a free program with reserved parking trackside adjacent the EXPO building and direct access to the pits.
Cruise Entry Costs
Note: Normal adult gate entry for Saturday is $30.
LGC Cruisers - $5
Cruise Entrants - $10
All adult passengers in the entrant’s car - $15
School aged kids - Free.
Requirements to enter this cruise are that:
- You pre register your car for the cruise.
- You cruise in a pre ’75 chrome bumper or special interest car.
- You collect your entry sticker in Tooradin and ready to cruise at the new time for this year of 8:45am. This change from previous years allows the cruise to arrive at the track in time for a feature race scheduled for 10:00am.
- You are in our cruise convoy when you enter the track.
Pre registered cruise entrants were not required to pre purchase tickets for themselves or for any passengers in their car. Drivers gain entry with their cruise window sticker affixed to their windscreen. Any passengers will need to have $15 in cash ready, to obtain the discounted entry at the gate.
The savings gained by being an entrant in this cruise are considerable and we have the best location trackside reserved for our use along with a free program saving a further $5!
To secure a place in this year’s cruise, see Chris at the LGC tables at any LGC event or download the registration form, fill out the information requested and then mail it in to us with a cheque or money order made out to Let’s Go Cruisin’. Places in the cruise are limited by the size of the reserved parking area, so get your entry in early.
You can get all the latest information about this event directly from the VHRR web site at www.vhrr.com/phillip_island.htm
The Phillip Island Circuit
The Phillip Island circuit is situated in a spectacular coastal location approximately 130km south of Melbourne city. The drive, once you get on to the South Eastern freeway, takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. The Phillip Island circuit contains an excellent mixture of fast and tight sections over undulating countryside. Large sections of the track can be viewed from virtually all spectator areas. http://www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au/
About the Shannons Phillip Island Classic
HISTORIC Racing is one of Australia's, if not the world's, best kept secrets. But only to the press, as those 'in the know' attend these historic race meetings in ever increasing droves. Historic racing is in fact the fastest growing form of motor sport in the world. Anyone who has been to The Phillip Island Classic, Tattersall's Sandown or Historic Winton will recognise the popularity of these events. Literally thousands of fans & enthusiasts take the opportunity to attend all these events, many more than almost any other form of circuit racing (except V8 Supercars & the AGP). Entry levels are always extremely high, with many 'Captains of Industry' among the competitors.
This internationally popular and highly prestigious race meeting draws competitors and their rare and unique cars from across Australasia, Europe and America.
There are classes for
Historic Touring cars, where you can see cars which competed against the like of Brock, Moffat and Harvey. Both large and smaller engined classes.
Sports racing cars. The colour, the sound and oh! - those bodies! No wheels wagging in the breeze for these lovelies. Always close racing in this class.
Formula Fords which surely give some of the closest racing seen in motor sport anywhere in the world, and where even today it is the stepping stone class for young drivers wishing to show their driving talents.
MG class cars from one of the proudest British marques. Date back to the earliest days of motor racing, not only in Australia but overseas as well.
Regularity trials. Where some of the most enchanting cars are exercised. Though not strictly a racing class, it is most surely one of the most important and interesting of classes. Cars date back to the vintage era and forward to the mid 1970’s. These are cars, which you would not normally get to see on the racetrack. Many cars of this type could only be seen in museums. This is probably one of the proudest classes of all, though it takes nothing away from any other historic racing class. Usually boasting the highest number of entrants, it is a rare sight where the enthusiasts can trace, in visual terms, the history of motor racing.
Driving Directions from TOORADIN to PHILLIP ISLAND