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by Tim Beissmann

More than 500 competing vehicles have been confirmed to start at next month’s 21st anniversary Victorian Historic Racing Register’s Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motor Sport.

The 48-event weekend program (March 19-21) includes capacity fields in most categories, headlined by almost 100 entries in the Group Sa, Sb and Sc Production Sports Car race categories.

Following long reserve lists at recent meetings, the VHRR this year decided to create separate races for more modern Sc cars built between 1970 and 1977, and was instantly rewarded with a full grid of Alfa Romeos, Datsuns, Panteras and Porsches.

Among the main attractions will be Alfa Romeo’s ex-Giuseppe Farina 1951 World Championship-winning 158 Alfetta GP car, in what will be only the second time the car has ventured down to the southern hemisphere.

The 158 won all 11 races in the inaugural Formula One series 60 years ago in 1950 and will kick off the Italian manufacturer’s Australian celebrations of its 100th anniversary in its first Phillip Island appearance.

Other Alfas at the show will include the 1931 P3 Tipo B monoposto of expatriate Briton Peter Giddings, American enthusiast Tom Price’s 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, a 1963 TZ1 racing coupe and a 1967 Tipo 33 Spyder.

They will be joined by a Shelby Maserati 200S 2.5 litre four cylinder, an Aston Martin DB3S and a 1951 Ferrari 212 Export among others.

Other milestones to be celebrated at the 2010 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motor Sport include 40 years of the Holden Torana and the 60th year in motor sport of 1966 Bathurst winner, Bob Holden.




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