Historic Sandown’s major milestone

Friday 28th October, 2016 - 2:16pm

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thumbMEDIA RELEASE: The 2016 Historic Sandown meeting on November 4-6, 2016 marks a major milestone in the story of Sandown Park.

Established in the 1960s, Sandown has hosted major international motor race meetings including the Tasman Series, Australian Grands Prix and rounds of the World Endurance Sports Car Championship.

At national and local levels the popular Melbourne circuit continues to conduct rounds of the V8 Supercar Championship and State Series events.

Sandown Park is also home to one of Australia’s best and most popular Historic race meetings, and the Victorian Historic Racing Register’s 2016 event will celebrate 25 years of motor sport the way it used to be in the good old days.

Heading the bill will be the thundering Formula 5000s, and like the Tasman Series days of old, a top line contingent of Kiwis will be crossing ‘the ditch’ to take on Australia’s best. More than 20 cars are expected to stir up the Australia versus New Zealand traditional rivalry.

Also on the program is a world championship round for the smaller, but very nimble Formula Junior open wheelers, and the meeting has attracted strong interest from overseas, especially England.

This is an important first for Sandown Park.

Touring car fans are also in for a treat, and the Group N ‘tin top’ action promises to be fast and furious. Up to 80 cars, including Mustangs, Chargers, Camaros, Nissans, BMWs and many others will be out in force on November 4-6.

Display cars have become a feature of the Historic Sandown program, and this year hundreds of desirable classics will be driven to the meeting and showcased for the public to admire.

Special admission rates will apply for owners, and parade laps of the famous circuit will be available for participants.

2016 also marks 50 years since Australia’s Jack Brabham won the World Driver’s Championship in a car bearing his own name – the only driver ever to achieve this feat, and the famous 1966 Brabham Repco BT19 will take centre stage at this year’s Historic Sandown meeting.

Also, many of the ‘greats’ of yesteryear will be on hand as VHRR Ambassadors. Come and meet these famous drivers – and grab an autograph!

Admission charges: Saturday ($35), Sunday ($40), weekend pass ($70), children under 15 free if accompanied by an adult.

It’s the “Return of the Thunder” at Sandown on November 4-6, 2016.

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