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AMCN Island Classic January 22-24
AUSTRALIA will host the southern hemisphere’s
biggest historic motorcycle racing event, the AMCN
International Island Classic, at the Phillip Island
Grand Prix Circuit, this weekend, January 22-24.
In its 23rd year, over 340 racers from across the
globe, with more than 500 bikes in tow, will descend
on Victoria’s motorcycling island Mecca to race, ride
and retell tall tales and true about bikes.
It’s a celebration of all things vintage. Treasured
bikes over six eras of motorcycle racing - some man-
ufactured as far back as 1919 through to more re-
cent 1990 models - will race the Classic.
And it’s not only the bikes that are vintage!
Some of the competitors are classics too, boasting
classic careers and classic performances on tracks
worldwide over the past decades.
No matter their age, every rider is raring to go.
Many are retired international and national riders
desperate to satisfy their eternal need for speed with
an annual dose of intense Island Classic competi-
With a tonne of talent and experience, and old ri-
valries still bubbling, the riders always deliver sen-
sational, hard fought racing.
But in the paddock, the atmosphere is relaxed
with everyone keen to relish in a common love of
bikes, bike banter and island chatter.
And in good news for fans, the ticket pricing is
even vintage, with a three day pass purchased in ad-
vance an affordable $70; Sunday only purchased in
THE PGM V8 was conceived by Paul Ma-
loney an ex-MotoGP race engineer from the
desire to build an authentic V8 motorcycle
whose engineering integrity would not be
compromised by accountants.
With 2.0 litres and eight naturally aspirat-
ed cylinders, producing 334HP and 214Nm
of torque, the PGM V8 is the World’s Most
Powerful Production Motorcycle.
Components include: Akrapovic titani-
um exhaust, Motec M130 and dash, Mar-
chesini wheels, Brembo brakes, Ohlins
suspension, as well as full carbon fibre
Alan Cathcart the world’s leading motor-
cycle journalist had this to say:
“The PGM V8 is the single most impres-
sive piece of multi-cylinder madness I’ve
ever had the privilege of riding.
“It’s hard to over-emphasise how thor-
oughly practical and totally rideable the
PGM V8 is in real world conditions.”
The V8 will be on display in the paddock
on Saturday and Sunday and will be in the
Shannon’s Parade Lap on Sunday during
the Australian Motorcycling News Interna-
tional Island Classic at the Phillip Island
Grand Prix Circuit.
THE visitor centre at the Grand Prix
Circuit is open over the International Is-
land Classic weekend, so anyone visiting
Phillip Island can still move into the fast
lane with Go Karting on its 760 metre
scale replica Grand Prix Circuit.
Situated alongside the Circuit and
overlooking Bass Straight, your Go Kart
experience will be like no other.
Try and beat the fastest times of the
day, or just compete against your per-
sonal best with our lap time print outs.
There’s also Tandem Karts for the little
These matching tandem karts are
equipped with dual controls so the kids
don’t miss out and can participate in the
full interactive karting experience which
they haven’t been able to do before.
Beside the Go Karts there is plenty of
action and fun to be had on the Race
Simulators, Slot Car Track, History of
Motorsport , the picturesque gardens
overlooking Bass Straight, the Gift Shop
and the licensed Champions Café for re-
freshments and mouth-watering food.
Phone 5952 9400 or visit: www.phil-
NORMALLY it’s just one distinguished
visitor, but revellers at the 2016 AMCN
International Island Classic historic mo-
torcycle race meeting are in for a treat
with the chance to meet a trio of spe-
cial guests including former racer Paul
Smart and chassis gurus Steve and Les-
There’ll be several occasions to meet
the trio, with motorcycling guru Alan
Cathcart interviewing them at the Friday
night cocktail party for all teams on pit
roof, the autograph signing sessions in
the paddock and guest spots on com-
mentary across the weekend.
Seventy two year old Smart, the broth-
er-in-law of the late Barry Sheene, was
a GP rider in the early 70s on Yamahas,
with best results of second places in the
250 and 350cc classes, but undoubtedly
his most memorable body of work was
claiming victory in the 1972 Imola 200
on Ducati’s all-new 750cc racer, based
on the GT750 road bike.
The win crystallised Ducati’s appetite
for racing success, which continues to
this day, while Smart continued to com-
pete for about another six years before
retiring at 35 to concentrate on business
and indulging in his passion for sailing.
Meanwhile, there are probably no
more appropriate Island Classic visitors
than Steve and Lester Harris, as all the
UK front runners such as Jeremy McWil-
liams ride with chassis manufactured by
the company they founded in 1972, Har-
ris Performance Products (HPP).
Recently sold to Indian marque Royal
Enfield, HPP has manufactured road
and racing motorcycle chassis and frame
kits for 43 years, with the company’s cre-
ations having been used in both grand
prix and world superbike competition.
HPP even ran Suzuki’s world super-
bike team for a couple of years in the
90s, with late Aussie Kirk McCarthy one
of the riders.
HPP’s Magnum chassis range is among
its more iconic creations, while the
brothers have probably solved, secretly,
more handling woes for other manufac-
turers than they care to mention, and
they may just spill the beans at Phillip
THE headline event at this week-
end’s Island Classic, the Mitchel-
ton Wines International Challenge,
is a true global battle fought be-
tween Australia, the UK, new-
comer Ireland, New Zealand and
Teams of eight will race over
four six lap races on the 4.445km
circuit, as Australia attempts to
regain the trophy won for the first
time by the UK in 2015.
Until then, Australia had won ev-
ery International Challenge since
The UK and Australia will field
similar teams to last year, with the
former boasting Jeremy McWil-
liams, John McGuinness, Conor
Cummins, Glen Richards and
Ryan Farquhar, while Australia
has Cameron Donald, Steve Mar-
tin, Shawn Giles, Jed Metcher and
Paul Young, with multiple national
superbike champion Marty Crag-
gill making his International Chal-
Craggill has just passed the big
five-o. His birthday was on De-
cember 18, and he wanted to “do
something exciting” to commemo-
rate the half century.
“When I was offered the ride I
said ‘why not’, and the added mo-
tivation is that my children, now
aged 14 and 12, have never seen
me race, so this was the perfect op-
America and New Zealand will
also front with stronger teams in
2016, while Ireland is the fresh
face with a huge challenge ahead
of itself: only two of its squad have
past experience around Phillip Is-
America has drafted two AMA
regulars, Pat Mooney and Nick Ien-
atsch, into its squad, while New
Zealand captain Graeme Crosby,
still smarting from his team’s last
place finish in 2015, has told his
troops that that “peacekeeping
roles are out the back door this
year” and he “wants to see them
ride hard and bring home the ba-
New Zealand’s best performers
should be Damian Kavney, Pete
Byers and Vince Sharpe, and Ire-
land’s key trio look set to be Aus-
sie-based expatriate Paul Byrne,
Hilton Hincks and Cormac Conroy.
As well as the team component
of the International Challenge, the
rider who scores the most points is
awarded the Ken Wootton Perpet-
ual Trophy, won in 2015 by Ryan
Farquhar and before that Shawn
Giles and Jeremy McWilliams had
two wins to their names — includ-
ing a tie in 2014.
In addition, the Phil Irving Tro-
phy is awarded to the rider who ac-
cumulates the most points across
the multitude of other classes, and
past winners include Wayne Gard-
ner and Cam Donald.
There’ll be three special guests
at the Classic - former racer Paul
Smart and chassis gurus Steve and
Lester Harris - and the trio will be
interviewed across the weekend by
motorcycling historian, MC Alan
Cam Donald (pictured) a past winner of the Island Classic’s prestigious Phil Irving Trophy, which is
awarded to the rider who accumulates the most points across the multitude of classes, will be representing
Australia at this weekend on Phillip Island at the southern hemisphere’s biggest historic motorcycle meet.
Island Classic: A vintage celebration
Jeremy McWilliams, riding this year for the UK in
the team component of the Island Classic’s Inter-
national Challenge, has twice won the Ken Wootton
Perpetual Trophy, which is awarded to the rider who
scores the most points.
Last year’s UK team (pictured) will be back on the track at this weekend’s Island Classic event.
Global battle in international challenge
NEW Zealand has named an 11-rider International Challenge squad, which
includes riders like Pete Byers (Honda CB900) and Vince Sharpe (Suzuki
XR69) who were well-known figures in Aussie
production and superbike racing during the 1980s, and Damien Kavney
(XR69), who was fourth overall in the 2015 International Challenge individ-
The New Zealand team is pictured at the 2015 Island Classic last year.
$228,000 Aussie built motorcycle
Go Karts still running this weekend
Special guests galore
Those attending this weekend’s In-
ternational Island Classic historic mo-
torcycle race meeting are in for a treat
with the chance to meet a trio of spe-
cial guests; former racer Paul Smart
(pictured) and chassis gurus Steve and
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