Leading automotive parts supplier Burson Auto Parts has taken up the major sponsorship and naming rights of Australia's largest historic motor race event, the Phillip Island Classic 'Festival of Motor Sport' to be held 9 -11 March 2018.

In announcing the major sponsorship agreement, Executive General Manager – Burson Trade, Craig McGill commented that the Phillip Island Classic was not only Australia's largest historic motor race event but was recognised as one of the largest in the world by the number of entries and races over the three day event. "Many of the 400+ competitors and support crews have a strong motor trade connection making it a perfect fit for Burson Auto Parts and the event is well established on the international motor racing calendar" he said.

Organised by the Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR) the prestigious event has been placed in the top ten historic race events in the world over the last five years against renowned events such as the Goodwood Revival and Laguna Seca.

The 2018 event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Formula 5000 and will feature Trans-Tasman rivalry at its best in the International Challenge with more than 30 Formula 5000 racing over three days. VHRR Formula 5000 Group Representative Bob Harborow commented that it was not generally known that the Formula 5000 race cars are faster than the current V8 Supercars and there will be longer races showcasing such vehicles as the A50 Matich and the MR8 Elfin 5000.

Proudly presented by Burson Auto Parts, the event also attracts a host of other long term sponsors including Shannons, Penrite, Cooldrive among other leading names.

Strong support is being provided by leading motor vehicle marques with the supply of safety and course cars plus display vehicles from Mustang Motorsport, Porsche and Mercedes Benz.

Of significant interest to many visitors to the Phillip Island Classic this year will be the launch of the latest RS3 Roush Mustang by Mustang Motorsport. Such is the importance of the launch of the legendary USA marque's new model that Roush Performance will be represented at Phillip Island by President - Gary Jurick, International Manager - Tony Marzelak and Chief Production Manager - Kevin Mcloughlin supporting the team from Mustang Motorsport,

Also at the Phillip Island event the VHRR is supporting the 'Hear for You' charity which provides aid to children with hearing disabilities. The charity will have a 392 HP Dodge Charger on display in the Expo Centre with raffle tickets available for purchase over the weekend of racing, to win this highly sought after vehicle.


For further information:

Ian Tate
VHRR Phillip Island Classic Management Committee
Phone: (03) 9877 2317

Graeme McLean
Graeme McLean & Associates Pty Ltd
Phone: (03) 9583 6694
Mobile: 0438 806 090
Email: graeme@mcleanassoc.com.au