In its 23rd year, the AMCN International Island Classic features the International challenge between Australia, the UK, USA, New Zealand and in 2016 we see Ireland as well. The event also includes a points score challenge for the perpetual Phil Irving trophy.
2016 International Island Classic
With Ireland now in the mix, five national squads will contest the 2016 International Challenge. The Irish, famous for their road racing, will love the event as they take on the four experienced teams including the UK who are defending their win in 2015 and previous winners Australia.
The AMCN International Island Classic is Australia’s largest historic motorcycle race and the third largest motorcycling event on the Australian calendar behind the MotoGP and World Superbike events.
Solo classes will be held for bikes dating back to pre-WWI, right through to Vintage (1920-1945), Classic (1946-1962), Post Classic (1963-1972), Forgotten Era (1973-1982) and New Era (1983-1990) division.
Champions from past and present converge on the Famous Phillip Island Circuit from all over the world for the classic, and with full pit access for spectators you never know who you might bump into.
Event Dates: 22-24 January 2016
The UK Team Ruled in 2015
In 2015 the UK pulled of a stunning upset at Phillip Island to defeat the 10-time defending champion Australia in the International Challenge. Race legend Jeremy McWilliams expressed the team’s elation at taking out the 2015 event.
We just loved beating the Aussies! To be honest I thought we were never going to beat Australia on home soil, as their riders always seemed to have that little bit extra over us: circuit knowledge, the ability to test when we couldn’t, a very tough line up and great machinery.
When we eventually won it was a sweet victory; the whole team and our sponsors Rog and Pat Winfield were all over the moon.
Tickets can be obtained from the International Island Classic website here.