The in­au­gu­ral Aus­tralian Mo­tor­ing Fes­ti­val has ev­ery­thing that moves,es, plus mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Australian Motoring Festival -

GET ready for the mo­tor show that will get you mov­ing. The all-new Aus­tralian Mo­tor­ing Fes­ti­val at the Mel­bourne Show­grounds is set to be the event of the year.

A VACC and RACV joint ini­tia­tive, the fes­ti­val will fea­ture four ac­tion-packed days of au­to­mo­tive show­cases, driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties un­like any­thing seen be­fore in Australia.

“The Aus­tralian Mo­tor­ing Fes­ti­val dif­fers from the tra­di­tional dis­play-style mo­tor show by pro­vid­ing vis­i­tors with mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­ter­act with ve­hi­cles and ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy through test drives and sim­u­la­tion,” Vic­to­rian Au­to­mo­bile Cham­ber of Com­merce ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Ge­off Gwilym says.

“The Aus­tralian Mo­tor­ing Fes­ti­val will be an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence that pro­vides mem­bers, their fam­i­lies and vis­i­tors with a vast ar­ray of mem­o­rable and in­for­ma­tive mo­tor­ing ac­tiv­i­ties,” RACV mo­tor­ing and mo­bil­ity gen­eral manager Gor­don Oak­ley says.

“This event is de­signed for ev­ery­one,” he says.

The hands-on as­pect of the event will in­clude two test drive tracks for vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence some of the ve­hi­cles on dis­play.

Show­go­ers will also be able to see the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and mod­els from global brands in­clud­ing Fer­rari, Mercedes-Benz, Toy­ota, Volvo, and Isuzu Ute Australia.

Fes­ti­val am­bas­sador Shane Ja­cob­son, who can be found be­hind the wheel of a race car in­dulging his pas­sion for ev­ery­thing mo­tor­ing when not in front of the cam­era, is dis­play­ing some of his cars in the New Car Pav­il­ion in­clud­ing the HJ Kingswood seen in

En­thu­si­asts will love the His­tory that Moves ex­hibit that will have 150 ve­hi­cles and bikes from vet­eran, vin­tage, clas­sic and spe­cial in­ter­est groups on show; high­lights in­clude the seven-seate 1934 Cadil­lac owned by Sid­ney Myer, the late founder of the Mye depart­ment stores.

Aus­tralian mus­cle cars and Shelby Mus­tangs will be on show to cel­e­brate the 60th an­niver­sary of the mus­cle ma­chines.

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