Although I'm not a motorcycle enthusiast, my husband, his brother and a group of friends here at Phillip Island have a passion for old British motorcycles. Doug's pride and joy are his 1950 Norton Dominator and his 1949 Ariel Square Four, and other bikes that he rebuilds in his shed.
Competitors from all around Australia, as well as teams with motorcycles (25 years of age and older) from the UK and N Z compete over the next three days with classes for all sizes and ages of motorcycles and sidecars. Today Doug went with his brother to watch fellow enthusiasts practice and prepare for the races on Saturday and Sunday.
The Grand Prix Circuit at Phillip Island has a spectacular setting on the southern side of the island, overlooking the ocean. A large lake lies in the middle of the circuit, surrounded by lush green grass grazed by several pairs of Cape Barren geese. -- some with young. These wild birds graze the grasses, seemingly undisturbed by the roar of motorcycle engines.