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PROUDLY Present The
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The Victorian Historic Racing Register
LEADING automotive wholesale company
Burson Auto Parts and its associated retail
arm, the autObarn group, has announced a ma-
jor sponsorship and naming rights agreement
with the VHRR to proudly present the 2017
Phillip Island Classic ‘Festival of Motor Sport’
Announcing the agreement VHRR Chairman
Ian Tate also announced the continuing sup-
port of key long-time major sponsors of the
event, Penrite, Shannons and CoolDrive who all
combine to make the event one of the world’s
largest and most recognised historic racing
events in the world.
Such is the prestige of this event that other
sponsors names include Bosch, Mercedes-Benz
Melbourne, VACC, Holden HSV, Mustang Motor
Sport, Dutton Garage, Cope Williams Winery,
Splitrock and Tiro.
Confirming its place in the world of historic
motor racing, the event, to be staged at Phillip
Island on March 17 to 19, will host a large field
of international cars with 15 from United King-
dom, six from USA plus a number from New
Zealand including the Mark Petch Turbo Volvo
which will be driven by event Patron John Bowe
and Jim Richards driving Peter Sturgeon’s JPS
The C & A category for touring cars from
1973 to 1992 will be keenly contested with a
large entry list, not only including John Bowe
and Jim Richards but Glen Seaton driving
Rusty French’s Ford Sierra.
International cars include the fully restored
Monzanapolis Lister Jaguar built by Ecuri
Ecosse to contest the ‘Race of Two Worlds’ on
the banked oval track at Monza against Stirling
Moss driving the Maserati ‘Eldorado Special’
and the all American Indy cars.
Amongst the field of the pre-61 Grand Prix cars
will be the rare front engine Scarab of Julian
Bronson, a driver with an enviable racing record.
Others include two ERAs, one - ERA R108B
built in 1938 and raced in Britain, France and
Italy and notably the winner of the 1938 Aus-
tralian Grand Prix and the Rob Roy Hill Climb
and a second – the ERA B known as ‘Remus’
previously owned by Prince Birabongse (gener-
ally known as Prince Bira of Thailand), driven
by Charles McCabe.
The GT111 racing at Phillip Island is one of
four roadsters built by FAV in 1965 and raced
in the 1965 Targa Florio. Rebuilt to its original
specifications it is today the only example in the
world and is often seen racing in high profile
races throughout Europe.
It is expected that there will be eight Coopers
racing in the pre-60s race including the Grand
Prix Cooper 51, #F2-1 -59 with the Coventry
Climax FPF 2500cc engine, restored by John
Harper in 2000-2002 which has been success-
fully and consistently campaigned in the UK
and across Europe including many HGPCA
events throughout Europe and at the Good-
wood Revival and Members meetings.
VHRR UK Ambassador, Andy Newell will be
racing the 622 Elfin of Geoff Brown at the event.
Sydney’s Guido Belgiorno -Nettis will race the
ex-Michelle Alboreto F1 Turbo Ferrari from the
1985 season and ex-Allan Jones Lola/Hart will
be driven by Ian Ross, John Bowe will drive the
1974 F1 March Cosworth and John Gale will
race the 1973 F1 BRM.
With many international and leading Aus-
tralian drivers competing, this will truly be a
festival of Motor Sport bringing back history in
Record entries and crowds expected over the
three days of racing.
For more information on this major historic
motor sport event visit www.vhrr.com or phone
A festival of motorsport
RISING Wonthaggi boxer Charles Joma is off
to the national championships after a number
of strong results recently.
After booking a spot in the Victorian team,
the 17 year-old came up against his fellow state
representative Mitch King at Brunswick.
He consolidated his form with a win over
King, and is primed for the nationals in April in
the 69kg Youth division.
A win at the Golden Gloves in August has
spurred Joma on and he is looking forward to
fighting at the nationals for the first time, after
narrowly missing selection last year.
“I ’m pretty pumped about it and excited, ”
“I’ve got to put in hard work before I get there
Wonthaggi Boxing Club coach Scott Wil-
liamson said it was a strategic move to place
him in the 69kg division.
“He could still make 64kg, but we looked at
the opponents and sussed things out, and there
was less in the 69kg and over Christmas he’s
grown in height so we don’t want to deprive him
of his strength,” he said.
“A lot of the 69kg boys around Australia be-
sides WA, we’ve fought most of them. So even
though he was at 64kg we still took on a few
69kg fights and beat them, so we sort of know
who we’ll be up against in the nationals.”
Joma has ambitions to turn professional
when he turns 21, and has his eye on the 2020
Olympics. Williamson is confident he can make
the leap into professional fighting.
“By the time he turns 21, hopefully he’ll have
50 or so amateur fights under his belt,” he said.
“He’s had 18 fights with a 12 wins and six
losses, so he’s going along nicely.”
GIPPSLAND League’s member clubs have
unanimously voted to outsource governance of
the competition to AFL Gippsland for the next
The historic decision was taken at a special
general meeting at Morwell Football Netball
Club on Wednesday night, which was called
via a letter signed by three member clubs,
as per section 32 of the Gippsland League
A motion to outsource governance, adminis-
tration and financial decision making for sea-
sons 2017 and 2018 was moved by Drouin
Football Club and seconded by Warragul Foot-
ball Netball Club, with all 10 clubs voting in fa-
vour of the proposal.
AFL Gippsland, which has administered the
TRFM Gippsland League since 2014, will now
serve as the league’s governing body. Under the
new model, AFL Gippsland will appoint an ad-
visory committee to provide guidance and sup-
port to the governing body and member clubs.
The Gippsland League constitution will re-
main unchanged and member clubs will retain
their rights as outlined in the constitution.
The structure is similar to that of the newly-
formed West Gippsland Football Netball Com-
petition, as well as the Geelong and Ballarat
football netball leagues.
Speaking on behalf of the outgoing board,
former Gippsland League chair Greg Maidment
said the move was “inevitable” and while he
would have liked one more year at the helm, he
respected the clubs’ decision.
“At the end of the day the league belongs to
the clubs and they clearly felt like the time was
right to make a change,” Maidment said.
“We had been struggling to attract people to
join the board and maybe that showed it was
time to try a different approach.
“We have been working with AFL Gippsland
for quite a while to transition this way and
we wish them and the clubs all the best mov-
AFL Gippsland region general manager Tra-
vis Switzer thanked the outgoing board mem-
bers for their service to the league.
“The board has done a fantastic job and some
of them have been longstanding volunteers of
this league,” Switzer said.
“This hasn’t been a snap decision and I would
like to thank Greg and the board for support-
ing the transition to AFL Gippsland which has
been an ongoing discussion.
“The Gippsland League is among the first
leagues in the state to go down this path which
shows how progressive thinking and invested
its member clubs are in the future of the league.
“It’s our goal to ensure the clubs feel they have
an opportunity to provide us with feedback on
the key decisions of the league and this will be
our approach with all leagues we govern and
Leongatha Football Netball Club president
Mal Mackie said greater opportunity for consul-
tation was a key factor for the Parrots.
“It’s no disrespect to the current board
but we’ve been asking for more meetings for
a few years now and it hasn’t happened, ”
“I would rather have to go to more meetings
and learn and make sure the league is on the
right track and ahead of other leagues than not
have to go to meetings and not hear anything.”
Switzer said the next steps were to appoint
an advisory committee and get the member
clubs together for a workshop to develop a
Gippsland League passes
governance to AFL Gippsland
GIPPSLAND League senior football teams will
be permitted to run with an additional inter-
change player this season.
Member clubs voted to increase the maxi-
mum number of interchange players for senior
teams from three to four earlier this year, with
the move officially ratified at a special general
meeting at the Morwell Football Netball Club on
The league was one of only four of the 17 AFL Vic-
toria Premier Community Competitions not to per-
mit the use of 22 players for senior football in 2016.
The move will bring the league in line with
the majority of AFL Victoria’s premier football
competitions and give players more opportu-
nity to play at the highest level in Gippsland.
The motion was put forward in 2016 but was
It was raised again at the AGM last December,
but at the request of the clubs was sent back to
the league for rewording before being passed by
a simple majority vote.
Extended benches for
Wonthaggi boxer Charles Joma is put through his paces by coach Scott Williamson in
preparation for the upcoming national titles. Rg221017
Joma off to nationals
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