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This year’s Aeromil Pacific Classic Adelaide ushers in a second decade of success for the internationally renowned tarmac rally when the flag drops this November.

The 2007 Aeromil Pacific Classic Adelaide was launched in Adelaide by Australian LeMans winner and legendary racer Vern Schuppan.

Following its tenth birthday celebrations last year, Classic Adelaide enters its second decade by welcoming the addition of a major naming rights sponsor.

Specialist aviation company Aeromil Pacific, adds its name to the already prestigious Classic Adelaide, enabling the five-day classic tarmac event fly to new heights.

Aeromil Pacific is the exclusive Cessna Authorised Sales Representative for the Citation family of corporate jets and the Caravan turboprop utility aircraft and is a Cessna Authorised Service Facility for maintenance of piston, Caravan and Citation aircraft.

Steve Padgett, the executive chairman of Aeromil Pacific, a self-confessed car enthusiast, views Classic Adelaide as a real avenue for sales and brand growth for Aeromil Pacific.

“In the past we have relied on promotional activity primarily within our own industry but the relationship between motorsport and aviation has natural synergies and I believe the Classic Adelaide is the perfect way for us to introduce the passion we have for aviation to a whole new group of enthusiasts,” said Steve Padgett.

Silverstone Events chairman, David Edwards was thrilled to have a company like Aeromil Pacific join the team for Classic Adelaide.

“I have had a very long relationship with Steve Padgett and Aeromil throughout my years in aviation and to secure its support as naming rights sponsor is a huge addition to the Classic Adelaide,” said David Edwards.

“Classic Adelaide and Aeromil Pacific both have very important clients who expect a high level of professionalism and the two joining together is a huge benefit for both organisations,” said Edwards.

International motor racing legend Vern Schuppan is also joining the Aeromil Pacific Classic Adelaide team in 2007, as one of its official ambassadors.  

A native of South Australia, Schuppan has been a regular at Classic Adelaide for many years and this year has taken on official ambassador duties for his hometown event.

Schuppan remains the only Australian to win the legendary Le Mans 24 hour race, taking victory in 1983. He has also raced in Formula One between 1972 and 1977, and also in Indy Cars including three attempts at the famous Indy 500 race where he finished on the podium in third place in 1981.

“It will be my seventh year of involvement in Classic Adelaide and I just love getting back out on those great roads up in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa region,” said Vern Schuppan.

“David Edward invited me to in 2000 and I have really enjoyed doing the event every year since,” said Vern.

“I have been very lucky to enjoy a brand new Mercedes Benz from BEA, the local Adelaide dealer for the event each year and its great to spend some time behind the wheel of the latest car,” Schuppan said.

“Great thing about Classic Adelaide and particularly the thoroughbred touring category is the relaxed attitude and the chance catch up with old friends each year,” added Schuppan.  

The Aeromil Pacific Classic Adelaide kicks off a second decade of success on Wednesday 21st November with the prologue on a shortened version of the old Adelaide Grand Prix circuit around Victoria Park.

The Prologue consists of just over two laps totalling 3.1 km with the time providing the seeding for the event proper, which gets underway on Thursday morning.

Day one of the rally will take crews into the Barossa Valley with day two heading down the Fleurieu Peninsula, day three around the Adelaide Hills and the final day on Sunday heading into the picturesque McLaren Vales, before finishing in central Adelaide on Sunday afternoon.

The rally covers just over 1000 kilometres in total with more than 250 competitive kilometres over 33 closed road special stages.
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