AUSTRALIAN racing legends Jim Richards and John Bowe head a star and car-studded entry for the 25th Anniversary Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motor Sport to be staged from March 7 and 9.
The pair, who between them can boast nine Bathurst victories, five Australian Touring Car titles, plus Australian Sports Car, GT and Australian Drivers’ Championship crowns, will be amongst a near-record 500 drivers competing at what is now the largest historic racing event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Richards will race his former 1990 Australian Touring Car Championship-winning Nissan Skyline HR31 turbo in the Group C and Group A feature races at the meeting for the first time since he acquired it about 15 months ago.
John Bowe meanwhile will race in both the high-profile Group Q and R races for Formula 1, Formula 5000 and Indy Cars in a very rapid 1974 Formula 1 March 741, while also taking the wheel of a Brabham 23B for the Groups M and O events for pre-1970 sports and racing cars.
The Ford and Holden V8 Supercars that had us on the edge of our armchairs from 1993-2002 will also be back on track at the 2014 Phillip Island Classic.
A field of more than 20 cars from this golden era is expected to grid up for several rolling-start demonstrations at the meeting, reviving memories of one of the greatest eras of Australian Touring Car racing.
More good news for both drivers and spectators attending this year’s ‘Classic’ is the expanded track program that will see a record 44 races staged across the March 8-9 weekend.
Practice and qualifying for all categories is now being held on the Friday (March 7), with all categories enjoying two races on each the Saturday and Sunday.
With its extended programme, this year’s event will represent even better value for spectators.
Admission prices for the 2014 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motor Sport from March 7 to 9 are: Friday, March 7, $30; Saturday, March 8, $35; Sunday, March 9, $45; Two-day (Sat-Sun) pass, $70; Three-day weekend pass, $90; Children Under 16, free.