Historics take centre stage at Queensland

There's been little time to rest for Queensland Raceway staff who after a highly successful BigPond 300 last weekend, are gearing up for yet another major event, when the Shannon's Historic and Classic Car Festival is showcased at the Queensland...

There's been little time to rest for Queensland Raceway staff who after a highly successful BigPond 300 last weekend, are gearing up for yet another major event, when the Shannon's Historic and Classic Car Festival is showcased at the Queensland Raceway this weekend.

A contingent of 280 racing entries will guarantee a swathe of enthusiasm and excitement as the legends of yesteryear roar into action on a packed program of motoring entertainment.

"The response to last weekend's BigPond 300 is testament to the growing culture of motorsport in Queensland and we're sure the trend will continue when the historics are set loose on the track," said Queensland Raceway Chairman John Tetley.

"Not only will there be the traditional motoring icons humming around the track but a strong 200 car field will contest a show and shine so this is a must-see event for motoring buffs.

"Dick Johnson returns to the track in his XC Falcon for demonstration laps, while Kevin Bartlett will race Alan Moffat's championship winning Mazda RX7.

"You really have the best of both Worlds with an assortment of cars that have withstood the test of time and continue to maintain interest among motoring fans.

"That variable is coupled with witnessing driving legends prove that the competitive edge that comes from jumping behind the wheel is far from being lost even with age."

The Shannons Historic and Classic Car festival will also feature a Mustang owner's club display and Warren Webb's 1926 Lea Francis Special will have the distinction of being the oldest racing car entered on the three-day program.

Fast Facts -- Shannons Historic and Classic Car Festival

Friday- practice day, great opportunity to get access to cars and drivers
- Saturday- qualifying in the morning from 9am, racing from midday
- Sunday- full day of racing from 8.30am, includes grand parade, and Shelby Parade

Where - Queensland Raceway
Location- Queensland Raceway is at the end of Champions Way, Willowbank, adjacent to the Willowbank Drag Strip, and off the Cunningham Highway (just south of the Amberley RAAF Base).

Admission- Saturday $15, Sunday $25, under 14 free

-www.qrda.asn.au

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