Despite a name change and ominous weather the 2017 Internation Festival of Speed once again exceeded expectations. Words: Kris Hodgson Images: Kris, David Hodgson

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

The 2017 International Festival of Speed has been and gone and once again proved how strong the interest in classic motorcycling and racing remains in Australia.

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – The Laverda display which included several endurance machines

This year InterFoS concentrated on Italian machinery, with an amazing collection of Laverdas brought over by the Laverda Family, with Piero Laverda also present alongside the infamous Laverda V6.

2017 International Festival of Speed - Piero Laverda and the V6 Laverda 1000

2017 International Festival of Speed – Piero Laverda and the V6 Laverda 1000

Local Australian Laverda aficionados from around the country also turned up to proudly display local machinery from the same manufacturer, with Piero reportedly proud to see such loyalty to his family’s marque, visiting the Australian Laverda display.

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – Australian Laverda stand

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – Laverda garage

The Laverda V6 1000

The Laverda V6 1000

Giacomo Agostini was also present, with a host of MV Agusta classic racers and Cagiva GP machines, with a huge variety of motorcycling names present.

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – Agostini led the GP Legends laps in a more relaxed manner, letting the rest of the field take a more spirited approach

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – Cagiva and MV Agusta GP machines

Names such as Pierfrancesco Chili, Jeremy McWilliams, Maria Costello, Steve Parrish, Graeme Crosby, Troy Bayliss and Kevin Magee were all present, not only out on the track for the Legends Laps, but also giving fans an opportunity to meet them and have memorabilia signed in autographing sessions over the weekend.

2017 International Festival of Speed - Steve Parrish

2017 International Festival of Speed – Steve Parrish

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed -Pierfrancesco Chili

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – Pierfrancesco Chili

2017 International Festival of Speed - Giacomo Agostini

2017 International Festival of Speed – Giacomo Agostini signing autographs

2017 International Festival of Speed - Kevin Magee

2017 International Festival of Speed – Aussie legend Kevin Magee

2017 International Festival of Speed - Cam Donald

2017 International Festival of Speed – Cam Donald

InterFoS certainly stands out as an event where you are well and truly able to rub shoulders with legends, with plenty of access into the pits to gawk at amazing machinery and legendary riders.

2017 International Festival of Speed - Maria Costello

2017 International Festival of Speed – Maria Costello

2017 International Festival of Speed - Jeremy McWilliams

2017 International Festival of Speed – Jeremy McWilliams

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Weather was no less than appalling leading up to the 2017 International Festival of Speed, with clouds looming and sporadic showers across the early part of the weekend, only for Sunday to prove the perfect day.

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – The sun finally came out in force on Sunday

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – Redax Laverdas

And with over 50 races scheduled across six categories it was always sure to be a big weekend, with almost the whole schedule completed over the three days of racing, an impressive feat to say the least.

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Off the track there was plenty to keep punters happy with a massive Italian marquee holding the GP machines and Laverdas brought over from Italy, along with some famous local machinery like the Bob Brown Ducati.

2017 International Festival of Speed - Kenma Australia stand

2017 International Festival of Speed – Kenma Australia stand

There was also tradestands from MV Agusta, Kenma, BMW and many more, offering a variety of bikes, and accessories, with a Swap Meet also included in the schedule.

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – Show & Shine

Sunday saw a Show & Shine held, in the area normally dedicated to motorcycling parking on the inside of the circuit, which left the space looking particularly bare in comparison to the hundreds of bikes parked there on Friday and Saturday.

The MV Agusta F3 800 won by Andy Warburton

The MV Agusta F3 800 won by Andy Warburton

A very lucky Andy Warburton also went from with the keys to the MV Agusta F3 800, signed by Agostini, while the online ticket competition saw a AGV K5 Roadracer helmet, Five RFX Race gloves and a Motul Bike Care Pack won.

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – Parade Lap line-up

A Spectator Parade Lap also gave everyday punters a chance to get out on track and show their pride and joy, with quite the eclectic mix of machinery out on track.

2017 International Festival of Speed - Pit lane with the legends heading out

2017 International Festival of Speed – Pit lane with the legends heading out

The weekend certainly delivered on it’s reputation, with the name change from the Barry Sheene Festival of Speed to the International Festival of Speed necessitated to help ensure the events viability and independence, and obviously not phasing the Australian public in the slightest with a great turn up.

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

The InterFoS weekend had it’s fair share of delays, with some serious incidents on track early in the weekend, with two helicopters transporting injured riders to hospital, however the professional marshals and support staff did a great job in running the track.

The marshals at the 2017 International Festival of Speed did an exceptional jobThe marshals at the 2017 International Festival of Speed did an exceptional job

The marshals at the 2017 International Festival of Speed did an exceptional job

You can find below the full results by category from the weekend and more of the on track action.

2017 International Festival of Speed Race Results

On track images in no particular order!

2017 International Festival of Speed - Beau Beaton

2017 International Festival of Speed – Beau Beaton

QBE Top 50 – Period 5

2017 InterFoS QBE Top 50 P5 Results

2017 InterFoS QBE Top 50 P5 Results

2017 International Festival of Speed - Dean Oughtred

2017 International Festival of Speed – Dean Oughtred

QBE Top 50 – Period 6

2017 InterFoS QBE Top 50 P6 Results

2017 InterFoS QBE Top 50 P6 Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 3 250cc

2017 InterFoS Period 3 250cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 3 250cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed - Phil Paton2017 International Festival of Speed - Phil Paton

2017 International Festival of Speed – Phil Paton

Period 3 350cc

2017 InterFoS Period 3 350cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 3 350cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 3 500cc

2017 InterFoS Period 3 500cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 3 500cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 3 Unlimited

2017 InterFoS Period 3 Unlimited Results

2017 InterFoS Period 3 Unlimited Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 4 125cc

2017 InterFoS Period 4 125cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 4 125cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 4 250cc

2017 InterFoS Period 4 250cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 4 250cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 4 350cc

2017 InterFoS Period 4 350cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 4 350cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 4 500cc

2017 InterFoS Period 4 500cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 4 500cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 4 750cc

2017 InterFoS Period 4 750cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 4 750cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 4 Unlimited

2017 InterFoS Period 4 Unlimited Results

2017 InterFoS Period 4 Unlimited Results

2017 International Festival of Speed - Cam Donald

2017 International Festival of Speed – Cam Donald

Period 5 125cc

2017 InterFoS Period 5 125cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 5 125cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 5 250cc

2017 InterFoS Period 5 250cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 5 250cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 5 350cc

2017 InterFoS Period 5 350cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 5 350cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 5 500cc

2017 InterFoS Period 5 500cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 5 500cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 5 750cc

2017 InterFoS Period 5 750cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 5 750cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 5 Unlimited

2017 InterFoS Period 5 Unlimited Results

2017 InterFoS Period 5 Unlimited Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 6 125cc

2017 InterFoS Period 6 125cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 6 125cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 6 250cc GP

2017 InterFoS Period 6 250cc GP Results

2017 InterFoS Period 6 250cc GP Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 6 250cc

2017 InterFoS Period 6 250cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 6 250cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 6 500cc

2017 InterFoS Period 6 500cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 6 500cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 6 750cc

2017 InterFoS Period 6 750cc Results

2017 InterFoS Period 6 750cc Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Period 6 Unlimited

2017 InterFoS Period 6 Unlimited Results

2017 InterFoS Period 6 Unlimited Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – Troy Bayliss

Pre-Modern 250cc GP

2017 InterFoS Pre-Modern 250cc GP Results

2017 InterFoS Pre-Modern 250cc GP Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Pre-Modern F1

2017 InterFoS Pre-Modern F1 Results

2017 InterFoS Pre-Modern F1 Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Pre-Modern F2

2017 InterFoS Pre-Modern F2 Results

2017 InterFoS Pre-Modern F2 Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Pre-Modern F3

2017 InterFoS Pre-Modern F3 Results

2017 InterFoS Pre-Modern F3 Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Sidecars F1

2017 InterFoS Sidecars F1 Results

2017 InterFoS Sidecars F1 Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

Sidecars F2

2017 InterFoS Sidecars F2 Results

2017 InterFoS Sidecars F2 Results

2017-International-Festival-Speed-DH-DeWith-10-sidecarSidecars Period 4

2017 InterFoS Sidecars Period 4 Results

2017 InterFoS Sidecars Period 4 Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed – Irving Vincent sidecar

Sidecars Period 5

2017 InterFoS Sidecars Period 5 Results

2017 InterFoS Sidecars Period 5 Results

2017 International Festival of Speed

2017 International Festival of Speed

 

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