Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit celebrates 60 years of racing

Island Magic comes to the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit this weekend, November 26-27, celebrating 60 years of racing at the world famous track, with cars from the past to cars of the future on and off track, and two days of thrilling racing.

Although there will be no bike racing this weekend, we were supplied images which we thought you would enjoy.

Some of the images include the winners of the feature motorcycle event, the Senior Classic, at the Grand Opening Meet held December 15 2016 featuring Frank Spiller on his Triumph 500 and Keith Campbell on a Moto Guzzi 350.

Campbell was later Australia’s very first Motorcycle World Champion in 1957 on a works Guzzi, but was sadly killed the following year at Cadours in central Southern France.

His nephew and namesake Keith Jnr. won the 350cc Post Classic and second in 500cc Classic Historic Championships at Simmons Plains Tasmania on November 19/20, 2016.

Named appropriately the “Grand Opening Meeting”, the first race on the Phillip Island circuit was staged on December 15, 1956.

This weekend’s Island Magic honours the past six decades with nine categories of cars racing, and special appearances from the 500 cc Cooper of Graeme Noonan and Chris Lambden’s car of the future, the FT 5000, to be driven by competitor of the year, Tim Macrow.

The two iconic cars will bookend race day and be on display outside the café during the weekend.

Big fields of production cars, historic touring cars, sports cars and open wheelers fill the agenda with 300 race machines entered and 27 races scheduled.

Tickets are available at the gate for $30 for a weekend pass; $25 for a Sunday only pass, and kids under 16 free. Gates open at 8am both days, with Saturday featuring qualifying and racing and Sunday back to back racing.

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