Steane Klose | Nov 3, 2008

November 7th-9th will see more than 100,000hp unleashed at the VACC Historic Sandown race meet as more than 350 'old-school' rides battle it out for track supremacy. The 41-race programme includes events for thundering Formula 5000 open-wheelers, Group A and C touring cars, historic race cars, monstrous V8-engined sports sedans and exotic production sports cars.

The VACC Formula 5000 Trophy race has attracted a record-equaling 23 national and international entrants, while the Group A and C races have attracted a full grid of 70s and 80s Bathurst warriors: with the famous cars of Brock, Johnston, Moffat and Bond - Torana XU1s and A9Xs versus GTHOs, E38 Chargers, Mustangs, Camaros, Nissan HR 31, Jaguar XJS, Ford Sierra RS500 and BMWs - gridded up side by side.

Mini Coopers, Ford Escorts, and Cortinas will battle it out in separate races for the sub-3000cc class.

As always, the Group Sb and Sc races for production sports cars are oversubscribed, with 41 cars vying for 40 grid places. In what is tipped to be one of the most exciting duels of the weekend, nine Porsche 911s will face off against three De Tomaso Panteras and three Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays.

The regularity (average speed) events also boast an exciting and exotic entry list, with nine Porsches, three Mustangs, a GTS 327 Monaro, two replica D-type Jaguars, a Jaguar E-type, an Aston Martin DB4 and a Renault Alpine A110 coupe taking part.

In addition to the no-holds-barred racing action, There will be a unique Speed Comparison pitting an MGB, the Peter Brock/Doug Chivas Bathurst Torana XU-1 and Andrew Robson’s Formula 5000 against each other, and the clock.

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Spectators can also enjoy the massive Shannons Show & Shine and a fly-over by aircraft from the RAAF’s Point Cook Museum. There's grandstand seating and free paddock entry (so you can get up-close and personal with the cars), free parking and vehicle access to popular viewing areas close to the action around the circuit.

Patrons this year can also purchase a special VACC Historic Sandown ‘Gold Pass’ that entitles holders to weekend admission, a gourmet lunch overlooking the circuit, a shuttle bus to the popular Red Hill (Dandenong Road) viewing area, exclusive merchandise and a programme. Gold Pass members also go into the draw to win a ride in a Group N Tourer.

The action kicks off at 9:00am both days with qualifying and racing Saturday, and racing on Sunday. Admission is $20 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday, or $40 for a weekend pass. $5 concession is offered for Seniors/Pensioners/Students and free entry for children 15 and under.

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