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The 18th running of the Phillip Island 'International Island Classic' witnessed some very competitive racing across a wide variety of classes, the Tahbilk International Challenge included entries from Irish Champion Ryan Farquhar, Isle of Man TT winner Cam Donald, MotoGP star Jeremy McWilliams, World Endurance Champions Steve Martin and Warwick Nowland, two times Australian Superbike Champion Malcolm Campbell and multiple Australian Champion Robbie Phillis.

The International flavour was clearly evident with riders from Australia, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the USA. The pre race media coverage specifically highlighted the return of the 2010 overall winning rider Australian Steve Martin and he certainly left nothing in the cupboard in 2011, again dictating terms in three of the four International Challenge races with a huge performance on a 1982 Suzuki Katana, sponsored by QBE Insurance.

Please click on the heading or associated image to be taken to the dedicated page covering the event.....

THE INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE:

The Tahbilk International Challenge was contested over four separate races and Suzuki XR69's in the hands of Ryan Farquhar, Jeremy McWilliams and Cam Donald featured prominently. Jeremy McWilliams won the individual championship from Cam Donald, the overall Team prize once again went to Australia.

The individual results could have been very different, the Historic Lap Record holder Steve Martin won three of the four races on a Suzuki Katana, unfortunately the Katana suffered an engine failure in race 2.

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts Steve Martin on the #99: Katana.

CLASSIC SIDECAR RACING:

A wide variety of sidecars contested the four separate heats however the final five lap race provided some of the best dicing between Doug Chivas/Matthew McKinnon (Yamaha TZ750 power) and Barry Horner/Chris Dinuzzo (Irving Vincent 1300 power).

The Chivo's Motorcycle Tyre entry won the overall Sidecar event, however the sound of that highly tuned Vincent attracted a lot of attention.

The 'clickable' image depicts the #12: Chivas/McKinnon Sidecar.

CLASSIC SUPPORT RACE CLASSES:

With support classes covering Period 1 Veteran, Period 2 Vintage, Period 3 Classic, Period 4 Post Classic and Period 5 Forgotten Era, there were forty events interspersed between the four International Challenge races.

I have recorded race images from a variety of solo races in this section to give some idea of the scope of machinery in action throughout the event.

The 'clickable' image depicts #86: Cam Donald on a 1962 Manx Norton.

CLASSIC PITS AND CLUB DISPLAYS:

With race entries for Historical Motorcycle classes covering the years 1919~1982 there was plenty of eye candy, the vast majority of bikes were active competition types but there were plenty of production and modified machines on show.

The Phillip Island Expo Building was the site for various club displays including the CBX Owners Club of Australia Inc. and the CB750 (Four) Owners Club.

The 'clickable' image depicts the magnificent #12: 1926 Indian 8V V-Twin.

CLASSIC PRESENTATION OF AWARDS:

The presentation of awards to the International Challenge winning team, individual winning rider and all support class winners were held directly after the final race.

I have recorded numerous images of the awards and images of some of the many riders I had the pleasure of meeting, including Graeme Crosby, Barry Smith and some of the stars of the Island Classic at the signature desk, strategically located in Croz's book sales outlet!

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts the winning Australian Team.

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Copyright 2013   Derek J. Hanbidge,  (aka Deejay51),  all rights reserved.
Revised: August 25, 2013.

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