Sunday, January 29, 2012
Classic Motorcycle Races: Phillip Is.
The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit -- owned by the Lindsay Fox Group (Lindsay Fox is a well-known Australian trucking magnate) -- was busy this past weekend with a three-day International Classic Motorcycle Race meeting. From vintage to 1983 motorcycles and side-cars raced, with teams from the UK, France and New Zealand competing against Australian motorcycles.
A large crowd attended on the Sunday, which was the main day. Friday and Saturday were practice days, with many of the spectators arriving on old motorcycles, having travelled from all over Australia.
My husband, Doug, rode his friend's 1960 Norton Dominator 99 in 2 parade laps of the Grand Prix Circuit, at lunchtime, on the Sunday. The Norton Club put on a display of motorcycles manufactured between 1940 to 1970.
All spectators had access to the pits area to speak with and watch the competitors preparing their bikes.
For enthusiasts, a day at the races is a real buzz, especially since the Grand Prix Circuit is beautified by several lakes, has views overlooking Bass Strait and is bordered by majestic golden cypresses.