Phillip Island Classic

Historic Tasman formula cars racing at the Phillip Island Classic
Photo | Neil Hammond

The annual Phillip Island Classic organized by the Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR) is one of the largest and most spectacular historic racing events in the southern hemisphere.

Events

VHRR racing comprises the following categories:

GROUP A – TOURING CARS

This group caters for vehicles with a competition history established in Australia and elsewhere in the period 1 January 1984 to 31 December 1992 in events run to regulations promulgated by FISA and or as adopted by CAMS for Group A Touring Cars.

GROUP C – TOURING CARS

This group caters for vehicles with a competition history established in the period 1 January 1973 to 31 December 1984, in events run to regulations promulgated by CAMS for Group C Touring Cars in the period.

GROUP F – FORMULA FORD RACING CARS

This group is intended to cater for Formula Ford racing cars powered by the 1600 “Kent” engine.

FORMULA 5000

This group caters for Formula 5000 racing cars, being factory cars which must have been constructed before 31st October 1977 or, if an Australian built car constructed specifically for F5000 and raced in F5000 events, must have been raced before 31st December, 1977.

GROUP J – VINTAGE CARS

This group is intended to depict early racing design and development to include the important field of significant excellence in design and workmanship defined as the “vintage period”. Vehicles eligible are racing and sports cars with a competition history established before 31st December 1930. One-off special type vehicles constructed at any time using major components manufactured prior to the end of 1930 are catered for in Group Jb

GROUP K – POST VINTAGE THOROUGHBRED CARS

This group is intended to cater for the pre and early post World War 2 period, including classically engineered factory constructed cars, local specials constructed on a one-off basis using production car components from the pre-war period, and some factory constructed cars which were modified during the group period, and fitted with engines from pre-war production cars.

Vehicles eligible will be racing and sports cars with a competition history established between 1st January 1931 and 31st December 1949, using major components manufactured prior to 31st December 1940. One-off special type vehicles constructed at any time using major components manufactured prior to the end of 1940 are catered for in Group Kb

GROUP L – HISTORIC RACING AND SPORTS RACING CARS

This group caters for cars with a competition history established between 1st January 1941 and the 31st December 1960.

GROUP M – HISTORIC RACING AND SPORTS RACING CARS

This group is intended to cater for racing, sports racing and clubman sports cars with a competition history established between 1st January 1961 and 31st December 1965.

GROUP N – TOURING CARS

This group caters for production touring and touring cars built before 31st December 1972. The group is divided into three time periods defined as Na, Nb and Nc, and is unique in that individual cars are not required to have a competition history in order to be eligible.

GROUP O – HISTORIC RACING AND SPORTS RACING CARS

This group is intended to cater for racing and sports racing cars with a competition history established between 1st January 1966 and 31st December 1969, but specifically excluding cars fitted with the early forms of aerodynamic devices which appeared towards the end of this period.

GROUP P – HISTORIC RACING AND SPORTS RACING CARS

This group caters for racing and sports racing cars with a competition history established between 1 Jan 1968 and 31 December 1972, which competed with the combination of early aerodynamic devices and treaded racing tyres.

GROUP Q – HISTORIC RACING AND SPORTS RACING CARS

This group caters for racing and sports racing cars with a competition history established between 1st January 1970 and 31st December 1977, and for cars excluded from classification in earlier historic groups because of the nature of the aerodynamic devices with which they are fitted.

GROUP R – HISTORIC RACING AND SPORTS RACING CARS

This group caters for racing, sports racing, and clubman sports cars complying with period rules for specific racing formulae, with a competition history established between 1st January 1978 and the various end dates as detailed in the CAMS Manual.

GROUP S – PRODUCTION SPORTS CARS

This group caters for production sports cars which were manufactured between 1st January 1941 and 31st December 1977. The group is divided into three time periods defined as Sa, Sb and Sc.

GROUP T – PRODUCTION SPORTS CARS

This group caters for production sports cars with a competition history established after 1 January 1941 and before 31 December 1981 and for factory competition variants either built, or with a competition history established between 1st January 1941 and 31st December 1977.

GROUP U – SPORTS SEDANS

This group caters for vehicles with a competition history established in the period pre-1986 in events run to regulations promulgated by CAMS for Sports Sedans – Group B (including Sports Racing Car Closed and GT Performance Cars – Group D).

GROUP V – FORMULA VEE RACING CARS

This group is intended to cater for Formula Vee 1200 racing cars.

 

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