Photos: Philip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport

Bruce Moxon

Photos: Philip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport

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Photos: Philip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport

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Tom Tweedie had a perfect weekend in this Elfin MS7. Photo: Bruce Moxon

The Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR) Philip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport roared back to life last weekend to the delight of racers and fans alike at the famed Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. For over 30 years the circuit 125km south of Melbourne has played host to one of Australia’s premiere vintage racing events.

Aldo Di Paoli dominated the big-bore production tourers in his Chevrolet Camaro. Photo: Bruce Moxon

Traditionally, the weekend event was a precursor to the Australian GP and start of the Formula 1 season. Alas, that is not the case this year, but that did not deter droves of drivers and fans from flocking back to the island for a festival for the ages.

This ex-Ronnie Patterson 1977 BMW 320i is a beautifully restored original… and great to see on track. Photo: Bruce Moxon

With over 450 entries, organizers and fans deemed the return of the event an unequivocal success. VM contributor Bruce Moxon was on the island to take in and share the sights. Look for a full writeup along with more photos in the May/June issue of Vintage Motorsport.

Five years separate these two Commodores. Adrian Allisey’s 1987 model heads Mark Le Vaillant’s 82 version. Photo: Bruce Moxon

Keith Linnel’s ex-Peter Brock 1991 Holden VN Commodore is picturesque by the seaside. Photo: Bruce Moxon

Doug Barber heads a tight bunch. The MG is not being lapped! Photo: Bruce Moxon

Damien Tangey looks confident wheeling this 1968 Holden Monaro. Photo: Bruce Moxon

When in doubt, throttle out? On second thought, this may have been a celebratory send from Aldo Di Paoli after a win. Either way, it makes for a nice scene. Photo: Bruce Moxon

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