Historics at Phillip Island 2007
Just like in 2006, we again enjoyed perfect weather, great historic racing, and lots of cars to check out in the spectator's car park as well as the pits. A big thank you to the VHRR and Shannons Insurance for allowing us to participate in this great event. We were invited to park in the Shannons Cavalcade area right on the start/finish line. A great spectating spot and the convenience of being right along side the bridge over the track to the pit area.
The 2007 event was themed ' A Tribute to Porsche' and with eight pedigreed race cars shipped out from the Porsche museum in Germany. Add some Australian and USA based cars and it was a unique opportunity to get up close to some incredible machines. They included some Le Mans 24 hour winning cars and can they still motor! The pits were brimming with other top local and overseas entrants including F5000's, 10 from NZ, 60's touring cars and Group 'A' touring cars. In all, over 500 historic race cars from the 1920' to 1985 taking to the track.
Patron for the event was the one and only Norm Beechey. Norm was busy getting writers cramp signing posters but as always had time to spin a story or two at the same time. Before Norm was allowed out on to the track in his '409' powered '62 Impala, it seemed like every marshall, steward and course controller gave him a 'keep off the load pedal' chat! Unfortunately, he did as he was told. Still great to see Norm in that big Chev leading out the later model tourers before their race.
Cruising down to the track on Saturday meant that the day was less crowded than on a Sunday which made it very easy to wander the pit garages and move around generally. With virtually no queues, and a full program of practice and racing, our 40 plus cruisers all gave going on the Saturday a big thumbs up!
We attend a lot of car events, but this is one of the best around. If we can gain the same support from the organizers we enjoyed this year, we'll definitely be cruising to the Phillip Island Classic again in 2007.
Still photos hardly do the day justice, but here's our attempt any way.
Thanks to all our entrants and we trust you had a great day out.