Alfa Romeo Centenary To Be Celebrated at Phillip Island

The 21st Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motor Sport to be held March 19-21, 2010, will be celebrating the Alfa Romeo Centenary, with more than 100 examples of the Italian marque taken to the Grand Prix circuit to be a part of several events.

Various important Alfa Romeo race cars will be featured at the event, including Alfa’s first genuine single-seater Grand Prix car, the 1931 P3 Tipo B monoposto, a 1932 model Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, as well as a 1963 TZ1 (Tubolare Zagato) racing coupe and a 1967 Tipo 33 Spyder sports car.

The meeting will also feature a record number of Formula 5000 racing cars on the grid, with over 40 of these V8-engined vehicles expected to line up.

Two Touring Car milestones will additionally be celebrated at the 2010 Classic. The 50th anniversaries of the Armstrong 500, the predecessor of today’s Bathurst 1000, and the 50th anniversary of the Australian Touring Car Championship, both to be marked with displays and parades of historic touring cars and their drivers.

Kevin Bartlett, who won the Australian Drivers’ Championship (CAMS Gold Star) in 1968 and 1969 driving an Alfa-Romeo powered Brabham and Mildren open wheeler, has been honoured as the Phillip Island Classic’s Patron.

Other well-known Australian drivers with noted Alfa Romeo racing histories, including Alan Jones, Colin Bond, Tim Schenken, Bryan Thomson, Jim McKeown and Frank Porter, are being invited to join him at the meeting.
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