The sonorous sound of a full grid of five-litre V8 F5000s will fill and thrill fans at Sydney Motorsport Park this Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Set to be one of the largest gatherings of Australian-owned F5000 vehicles since their heyday in the late 1960s and 1970s, these amazing aero monsters, which were akin to the Formula 1 cars of the day in speed and sound and capable of speeds up to and 300km/h, will line up once more at the new Sydney Classic Speed Festival event on June 11 – 12.
Makes such as Lola, Chevron, Elfin, March, Matich and McLaren will line up on the grid, and with seventeen cars already registered, it will be the largest single Australian F5000 field in many years.
These are original masterpieces – not replicas – and each vehicle has its own place in motorsport history, competing around the world at various events throughout the last half-century.
The large field will be racing for line honours over the weekend’s racing, and for the top spot in the feature race named after Alfredo ‘Alfie’ Costanzo, a famous F5000 driver who won four CAMS Gold Stars as Australia’s National racing champion. Costanzo himself, who is still racing for his original mentor and Melbourne car owner Alan Hamilton in a McLaren M10B, will be competing in the Sydney Classic Speed Festival, and aiming to win his own namesake race!
A static display of four iconic vehicles will also be on hand over the weekend for all to enjoy, and their owners on hand to answer questions and talk about their car’s history.
The brand new event promises to showcase the best of classic racing cars with a fun, 60’s/70’s themed festival atmosphere, with eight race categories featured through the weekend’s racing; Heritage Touring Cars, Group S Production Sports Cars, Group N Historic Touring Cars, Historic Sports Racing Cars, Holden HQ Racing Cars, Modern Regularity (-1992) and Formula Ford celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
There will be new and exciting race formats including scratch, handicap and also split-grid starts; and Car Club displays, and Sydney’s newest Concourse event, which should attract hundreds of the best display vehicles Sydney has ever seen!
For more information or to buy tickets in advance and save, head to speedfestival.com.au or call the ARDC on (02) 9672 1000.