The Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport is the largest historic automotive meeting of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and provided a thrilling weekend of sights and sounds for entrants and enthusiasts alike.
The annual event took place March 5-8 at its home, the iconic Phillip Island circuit, about 90 minutes south of Melbourne and was the 26th instalment of the now famous festival.
Every year the event attracts many of the most awe-inspiring, collectable and historic cars from around the world and in 2015, over 500 entries were received for the three day festival, including 17 cars and drivers from overseas.
Crowds were slightly down on last year, due to the wet conditions on Friday and cold temperatures on Saturday, however that didn’t affect the quality of the weekend.
Over the three days, 49 races were scheduled to cater to the various categories and classes of vehicles present, including open wheelers, sports and touring cars.
“Overall everyone enjoyed the weekend, despite some trying conditions on the Friday with some harsh weather and rain. Driver behaviour was fantastic and very few incidents on track,” said event organiser Ian Tate.
“One of the special cars attending was a 1936 ERA, built in England. The car won the 1938 Australian GP with Peter Whitehead.”
The fiftieth anniversary of the Ford Mustang also coincided with event, providing the opportunity for celebrations around the milestone, which included Allan Moffat’s game changing Coca-Cola Mustang Trans-Am, a huge turnout of Mustangs and celebrity drivers. There was also a Mustang Parade on Saturday and Sunday.
Brian Thomson was the patron of the meeting this year.
“We also want to thank Rare Spares for their support they provided to the event, it was appreciated.”
Rare Spares is a proud supporter of the event, and had a marquee with staff on hand to field enquiries from enthusiasts about parts throughout the weekend.
Rare Spares also ran a $200 voucher promotion and hundreds of attendees entered for the chance to win.
For more information on upcoming Rare Spares supported events head to www.rarespres.net.au