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Classic F1 cars run at night in Adelaide – Filmed to promote Motorsport Festival

Classic F1 cars run at night in Adelaide – Filmed to promote Motorsport Festival Classic and Performance Car

Two Arrows and a Benetton F1 car followed by Holden touring car and 2015 Ducati Superbike at night to promote the Adelaide Motorsport Festival. Video here

A new video promoting the Adelaide Motorsport Festival sees a trio of classic Formula 1 cars, a classic Holden touring car as well as a 2015 Ducati superbike run through the Australian city’s streets at night. Called ‘Race to the City, the five-minute film celebrates Adelaide’s motorsport history on semi-closed city streets, promoting the 7-10 December festival. 
Some big Australian motorsport names were involved in the making of the film, including three times world superbike champion Troy Bayliss, two times Bathurst 1000 winner John Bowe, as well as current Super 2 driver and V8 Supercars drivers Josh Kean, Cam Waters and Tim Slade.

Race to the City

Three classic F1 cars took part, the most recent of which was the 2000 Arrows A21. This ex-Jos Verstappen car is fitted with a HART V10 Engine, and comes fromt the era when carbon was used just as extensively as today. That means a carbon tub, wishbones, gearbox casing and much more, just as it raced in 2000. 
The 1994 Footwork FA15 car used in the film was driven by Christian Fittipaldi in Adelaide, back in period. The oldest of the trio, a 1986 Benetton B186, was putting out 1350hp in qualifying trim back in the day – although is running considerably less boost today. Gerhard Berger piloted it originally, and it was driven by Sandown 500 winner and Prodrive Racing Australia Supercars driver Cam Waters for the film. 
Following the pack was something of an Australian icon. The 1977 Holden A9X Torana, one of just four “K” Code built for the season, was the press and demonstration car owned by the Holden Dealer Team. The hand painted livery changed year on year until 1979, and it remains completely original. 
Catching up at the rear was Troy Bayliss on his 2015 Ducati Superbike, which he used during his final year of World Championship Superbike Racing. 
Event director, Tim Possingham, explained what was involved in the stunt: ‘We really only had one shot at this, it’s not like we could keep running back and forth over the same piece of road, so everything had to be right. It had to be kept under wraps to a great degree as well so that we maintained complete control along with police and other regulatory bodies. 
‘These cars are spectacular, but also very complex and cantankerous, which means that behind the scenes there are teams of mechanics with starter mechanisms, oil heaters, radiator air blowers and a myriad of other things to fire them up and keep them going. 
The Adelaide Motorsport Festival runs from 7-10 December in Victoria Park, Adelaide.
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