Australia’s biggest classic car show will feature a huge Australian Grand Prix celebration within the halls of the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne
Motorclassica is set to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Australian Grand Prix with a tribute including winning and place-getting cars through the various ages of the event. Now in its ninth year at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, Motorclassica will mix a strong focus on automotive history with the very newest supercars and sports cars on 12-14 October.
Australian former F1 World Champion and Australian Grand Prix winner Alan Jones will be Motorclassica’s special guest, sharing stories of his own experiences and memories of his father’s win in the same race.
Other highlights include Arthur Waite’s 1928-winning Austin, through the post-war Australian specials including early F1, Tasman series and Formula 5000 cars. The cars of seven former World Drivers’ Championship winners Include Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, James Hunt, Alan Jones and Nelson Piquet, alongside the cars of local heroes such as Bib Stillwell, Doug Whiteford, Stan Jones, Lex Davison, Les Murphy and Bill Thompson.
Mercedes Benz plan to unveil a new special model at the show, where it will be joined by other machinery from Porsche, McLaren, Lamborghini and the Australasian debuts of the new Alpine A110, and Ford Bullit Mustang, among others.
The world heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building will host a display of cars and motorcycles from the Art Deco era of design, including the show-stopping 1936 Delage D6/70S coupe with Figoni & Falaschi-styled coachwork, and a trio of special Cords, featuring the ex-Amelia Earhart 812 Sportsman, and a matching Custom Beverly ex- actor Bing Crosby.
The Hollywood flavour continues with a special class dedicated to pre-1960 Cadillac models down through the years. A brand new Live Restoration Theatre will feature five separate workshops set up inside the Royal Exhibition Building, each demonstrating various stages of the vehicle restoration process, performed live across the three day event.
Core of Motorclassica will, of course, be the Australian International Concours d’Elegance, which will see 145 significant and historical cars and more than 35 motorcycles competing across a record 25 classes.
Club Sandwich, supported by Lorbek Luxury Cars, also seems some important changes with the addition of two new public hospitality areas, including a Whiskey Bar, featuring a range of local and international drams, and the Targa Florio Bar which will present the best of Italy in a celebration of food and wine. 23 car clubs round out the Sandwich’s filling, with a full display across all three days for the first time in the show’s history.
Motorclassica will kick off with its annual Tour Classica, which will see many of the key entrants’ parade through the Melbourne CBD on the morning of Thursday 11 October.
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