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CH Robinson completes Formula 5000 car logistics challenge

CH Robinson recently completed a unique vintage car logistics task, shipping some classic vehicles across the ditch for upcoming events

Global logistics company CH Robinson has undertaken a unique challenge recently, transporting 15 vintage race cars to Melbourne following a Trans-Tasman shipment.

The Formula 5000 cars from the 1960s and 1970s came from New Zealand to Australia, with the cars set to compete in the upcoming 2024 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport and be part of a historic showcase at the upcoming Grand Prix.

CH Robinson says shipping vintage cars across international borders includes managing multiple intricacies, such as fragility, rare parts and regulatory compliance. The logistics company had to complete meticulous planning, coordination and attention to detail when ensuring the safe and secure transport of these valuable vehicles.

C.H. Robinson’s expertise was once again sought after by the Historic Racing Society due to the company’s strong background in automotive logistics.

In 2023, C.H. Robinson transported six F1 cars from England to Australia, a specialist challenge that needed administrative skills and logistical expertise.

“Preserving their original condition is essential in keeping their historical significance and we understand the emotional value the cars have on their owners,” CH Robinson Oceania and Southeast Asia regional head of the automotive vertical Paul Morcom says.

“Having seen the impressive work done last year, it was an easy decision to work with C.H. Robinson again,” Phillip Island Classic international cars coordinator Bob Harborow says.

The cars left Auckland, New Zealand on February 20 and arrived in Melbourne on February 29. They were shipped immediately to Phillip Island, with eight of the cars to be on show at the Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park later this month.

The Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsports is happening on March 6 to March 10 and the Australian Grand Prix will take place from March 24 to 26.

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