With 500 entries, Phillip Island classic is getting bigger by the year

DRIVERS and spectators at next month’s Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motor Sport will get a bigger bang for their buck.

The Victorian Historic Racing Register has extended the program to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the popular classic event.

There will be 44 events over the Saturday and Sunday of the meeting, March 8 and 9.

Practice and qualifying sessions for all categories will be held on Friday, leaving the weekend free for four separate races for most categories — two each day. The gives the drivers up to 25 per cent more racing.

The change further cements the Phillip Island festival as one of the world’s great historic motor sport events.

The classic for the past three years has been a shortlisted finalist in the international historic motoring awards — competing against such prestigious events as Britain’s Goodwood Revival and Silverstone Classic, Belgium’s Spa six-hour historic festival and the US’s Rolex Monterey motorsports reunion at Laguna Seca in California.

This year’s classic will again attract the largest entry of any historic car racing event in the southern hemisphere.

Up to 500 racing, sports and touring cars spanning 100 years of racing are expected to be on the entry list when nominations close this month.

Admission prices this year are: Friday $30, Saturday $35, Sunday $45. A two-day (Saturday-Sunday) pass will cost you $70 and a three-day weekend pass $90. Children under 16 free, concession $5. Paddock entry is free.