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Cruise to the Phillip Island ‘Classic’ Historic Races on Saturday 10th March 2018

Phillip Island Classic 2018 Dedicated to Celebrate 50 Years of Formula 5000 Racing

Join Let’s Go Cruisin’ Cruise to the PI Classic on Saturday March 10th for discounted entry, reserved trackside parking, free event program and one of the best motorsport events in Australia.

Regarded as one of the largest historic racing events in the world, the 2018 Phillip Island Classic will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the spectacular Formula 5000 worldwide racing with a field of more than 30 cars from Australia and New Zealand.

Set for 9th to 11th March, 2018, at the highly acclaimed Phillip Island circuit, the event will create international interest with five legends of Formula 5000 racing confirmed as patrons for the 50th celebratory year event.

The patrons include Alfredo (Alfie) Constanzo retired Italian born Australian racing driver who competed in four Australian Grand Prix and won four Australian Drivers’ Championships, equalling the record set by Bib Stillwell.

Kevin Bartlett – often known as ‘KB’ is a former Australian open wheel and touring racing driver who won the Australian Drivers’ Championship in 1968 and in 1969, as well as the Bathurst 1000 in 1974 and was named in Wheels Magazine’s Annual Year Book in 2004 as one of Australia’s 50 greatest race drivers.

Alan Hamilton – Twice Australian Sports Car Drivers’ Champion, Porsche Importer and Team Owner and four times winner of the Gold Star Championship with Alfie Constanzo. Alan was third in the 1971 Australian Grand Prix and second at Bathurst in 1974 with Colin Bond.

Tasmanian, John McCormack became one of the leading Formula 5000 racers in the 1970’s winning the Australian Drivers’ Championship three times. John won the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1973/74 and as well as racing open wheelers he raced sport sedans and touring cars.

Ken Smith MBE from New Zealand won the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1976, 1990 and in 2004 and raced Formula Ford, Formula 5000, Formula Pacific, Formula Mondial and Toyota Racing Series. Ken has competed over 59 consecutive seasons on the motor racing circuit. He has won the Gold Star Drivers Award five times, Formula 5000 Revival three times, the Penang Grand Prix three times, the Selanger twice and the Malaysian Grand Prix once. In 1995 Ken was inducted into the New Zealand motorsport Hall of Fame.

VHRR Formula 5000 Group Representative Bob Harborow commented “We will witness some spectacular racing and no doubt some great Trans-Tasman rivalry in the International Challenge at Phillip Island in March as the Formula 5000 cars are currently faster than the V8 Supercars racing. To showcase this and celebrate the Formula 5000’s some of the races will be longer and patrons will witness cars such as the A50 Matich car which won the Australian Grand Prix and the MR8 Elfin 5000 of Garrrie Cooper and Vern Schuppan which raced at both Laguna Seca, and Watkins Glen, USA,” he said.

The Phillip Island Classic ‘Festival of Motor Sport’ is hosted by the Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR) under the direction of veteran leader Ian Tate and a dedicated committee of volunteers who jointly make this an outstanding motor sport event that is internationally acclaimed.

LGC’s Saturday Cruise

Requirements to participate in this cruise are that you:

  • pre register your car for the cruise on our registration form.
  • cruise in a pre ’75 chrome bumper, street rod, muscle or special interest car. If not sure your intended car qualifies just ask us.
  • collect your entry sticker in Tooradin from 7:45am and ready to cruise at 8:30am sharp!
  • are in our cruise convoy to gain entrance to the track as we do not enter via main gate.

Cruise Entry prices Pre pay for Car & Driver only with entry form

  • LGC Cruisers - Car & Driver $10
  • NON LGC Cruisers - Car & Driver $15
  • All adult passengers - $15 paid in cash at the track entry. The VHRR has requested that the correct money be tendered at the gate.
  • School age [U16] kids FREE

To register:

  • Register in person at any LGC event prior to the Classic.
  • Or download and complete the entry form, choose one of the payment options and then email a copy or mail your entry form to us. Details about payment options are on the entry form.

Starting in Tooradin not too convenient for you?
If you live in a location that makes Tooradin pretty inconvenient for you to start the cruise from, please let us know when registering and we may be able to help with a better option to join in the cruise to the track.

Doing your own thing!
Please note that if you arrive at the track and not in our cruise convoy and attempt to enter the track via the public entry gate, even if you’re pre registered for our cruise, the gate staff will not know of any details or arrangements we have in place with the VHRR for our cruise and you will be required to pay the $35 per adult day entry. OUCH!

Places in the cruise are limited to 80 cars by the size of the reserved parking area, so get your entry in early for another great day of historic motorsport.

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Last year’s LGC cruise entrants lining
up to enter the track
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LGC’s trackside reserved parking


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Lots of on track action


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Full grids are a feature of The Classic   


See the photos and report of our previous year’s cruises to wet your appetite!
(2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017)

You can get all the latest information about the Phillip Island Classic directly from the VHRR web site at www.vhrr.com/phillip_island.htm

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