NORTHERN Tasmanian motorcycle racers will later this week be part of a 400-strong invasion force to descend on Victoria's Phillip Island.
More than a dozen Tasmanian Motorcycle Club historic racers will be part of the 20th annual Phillip Island Classic and many were at Symmons Plains yesterday. Former Australian Superbike Champion Malcolm Campbell and his son, Scott, will race at Phillip Island, but in separate categories.
Scott said he hoped to win on the 750cc RC30 Honda, similar to one his father rode in the late 1980s and early 1990s, while Campbell snr will be part of the International Challenge, for bikes built between 1973-82, on an XR69 Suzuki.
"The level of competition is absolutely huge, with the likes of Tom Phillis, Cam Donald and Isle of Man specialists Jeremy McWilliams, and Brian Farquhar and top New Zealand and US riders," the elder Campbell said.
"I've been training and am the fittest I've been in six years, so hopefully, I can keep up with them - I think it will be quite tight."
Beauty Point's Val Rautner will step up from a 1976 500cc single-cylinder Yamaha, to a 1990 four- cylinder Suzuki.
"I'm probably too old to be really competitive, but I reckon I'll just enjoy the experience," he said.
Club president Cary McMahon will compete in the 1965-1972 Unlimited class. Peter Booth, Grant Boxhall, Mick Damon, Michael Dobson, Mark Holman, Chris McCausland, Tony Oliver, Dean von Bibra and Karen Webb round out the Northern Tasmanian contingent.