Show and Tell
Hopefully you have a little time off over during the Christmas/New Year period so this weeks SHOW AND TELL is a little more lengthy than usual.
It comes from Jason, who worked with us at Armchair Racer for many years. In the past we have written about Jason as he created his own job at Armchair Racer as our first birthday party host. He worked for us during his high school years and while he was at University and Jason is now the Operations and Events Coordinator at Phillip Island Circuit.
When Jason visited us some weeks ago, we asked him to let us know about the circuit and slot car track on the island, so we hand it over to him:
As Australia’s premier permanent, Phillip Island Circuit is a 4.448km (2.7 mile) thrill ride of a race track situated on an island just off the southern coast near Melbourne. The 12-turn circuit features a long main straightaway, hair-raisingly fast turns, tight hairpins and dramatic elevation changes, including a precipitous drop from Lukey Heights to the tight Turn Ten (MG Corner).
The facility is open all year round and regularly hosts world class auto and motorcycle racing including; the Australian V8 Supercar Championship as well as the Australian MotoGP and a round of the World Superbike Championship.
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre is your chance to experience the iconic venue in the flesh. This is where you can get behind the controls and experience the fun of racing on Australia’s largest four lane Grand Prix Slot Car Track.
Our original track built was a proper 4 lane 1/32 scale replica of the Grand Prix Circuit, equating to a running lane length of 139 metres. However due to the expansion of our History of Motorsport Museum, we had to part ways with this track back in 2014.
Fear not though the slot car circuit has been replaced by a new and smaller version built in Melbourne. This high quality 4 lane CNC routed timber track is fully equipped for racing including; race management software and overhead screens for timing and lap scoring, adjustable variable power supply to match user skill levels, as well as infield landscaping which adds a realistic touch, providing guests the ultimate slot car racing experience.
The track is available for hire with prices starting from $8 per person or $22 for families per session. For more information please visit Phillip Island Circuit.
Below are some photos of both the old (pre 2014) and new (2014 to current) tracks plus an aerial view of the circuit.