Relive the best of the past at the Phillip Island ‘Festival of Motorsport’

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

From open-wheelers, to Touring cars, to Group C & A racers of old; if you love classic motorsports, this isn’t an event to miss


The 31st annual Phillip Island Classic ‘Festival of Motorsport’ takes place over three days, on March 6 – 8, and features some of the greatest classic racing cars from all over Australia as well as travellers from New Zealand, the UK and America; at the picturesque FIA-Grade 3 seaside location of Phillip Island circuit.

Close racing is expected, with many past champions and legends of motorsport piloting some of the great racers of bygone eras.


Upwards of 500 entries are expected, headlined by the UK Chevron B6 Sports Car of Andy Newall, USA Paddins Dowling’s 1939 Maserati 4CL Grand Prix car, and the Porsche 356 from USA-based Earnest Nagamatsu. Some New Zealand neighbours will be making the trip across, with the JPS BMW 635 set to be driven by Aussie legend Jim Richards, and the famous BMW M3 driven by Greg Murphy.

Close friend of Unique Cars, and two-time Bathurst 1000 winner, John Bowe will piloting an ex-Jack Brabham Formula 1 BT31 – one of many ex-Brabham racers that will be gracing the grid.


The Patron of the 2020 event has been announced as Motorsport legend Larry Perkins; inaugural European Formula 3 Champion, Touring Car Champion and multiple Bathurst 1000 winner with Peter Brock in 1982 to 1984, with the famous Holden Commodore. Perkin’s son Jack will race the fully restored Commodore raced in the 2003 Bathurst even by his father.

Adding to the festivities will be numerous anniversary celebrations, including: the 60th anniversary of Frank Coad’s win at the Armstrong 500 (later becoming the Bathurst 1000), the 40th anniversary of Alan Jones’ World Championship win, and Peter Brock will also be remembered on the 40th anniversary of his first Bathurst win.


Beyond all the on track action, there will be over 1,000 cars on display, bolstered by local car clubs of all varieties.

Best of all, perhaps, is that kids under the age of 18 get free entry at the gate!

If you and the family are after some action this upcoming long weekend, be sure to get down to the Phillip Island Classic ‘Festival of Motorsport’!


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