Mo­tor­clas­sica 2015

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New Zealand will play an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in the ex­pan­sion of Mo­tor­clas­sica — Aus­trala­sia’s most im­por­tant au­to­mo­tive ex­hi­bi­tion. That’s the pre­dic­tion of Event Di­rec­tor Paul Mathers, who has watched the an­nual event grow sig­nif­i­cantly over its six-year his­tory.

“There’s no ques­tion that New Zealand is go­ing to play a larger role in Mo­tor­clas­sica in 2016 and be­yond,” Mathers con­firmed. “We’ve seen sig­nif­i­cant en­quiry this year from car and mo­tor­cy­cle own­ers want­ing to ex­hibit their ma­chines in 2016, and we know anec­do­tally that there’s in­creased in­ter­est from en­thu­si­asts across the Tas­man — and thanks to the sup­port of NZ Clas­sic Car mag­a­zine, I ex­pect we’ll have a larger vis­i­tor at­ten­dance from New Zealand this year than ever be­fore, and that’s go­ing to grow year on year.”

Mo­tor­clas­sica — Aus­trala­sia’s premier ex­hi­bi­tion of unique, clas­sic, col­lectable, vin­tage, vet­eran and his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant cars and mo­tor­cy­cles — will be held again this year at Aus­tralia’s world-her­itage listed Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing, in Mel­bourne, on Oc­to­ber 23-25.

“Mo­tor­clas­sica is a cel­e­bra­tion of the au­to­mo­tive life­style, a must-at­tend event in the cal­en­dar of au­to­mo­tive en­thu­si­asts, and in our view bril­liantly melds an his­toric per­spec­tive with a mod­ern out­look,” Mathers said.

That’s re­flected in the high man­u­fac­turer at­ten­dance ex­pected this year — with Fer­rari, Porsche, BMW, Citroën and Mini join­ing other clas­sic mar­ques which have at­tended pre­vi­ously, in­clud­ing MercedesBenz, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Lotus, Mor­gan and Cater­ham.

Cen­tre­piece of this year’s show will be a ‘50 Years of the Supercar’ trib­ute, the global au­to­mo­tive genre that be­gan with the leg­endary Lam­borgh­ini Miura of the mid ’60s. Mo­tor­clas­sica has as­sem­bled an ex­tra­or­di­nary line-up of su­per­cars from around the globe, the high­light for many be­ing the ap­pear­ance of a Mclaren F1 sim­i­lar to that re­cently sold by ac­tor Rowan Atkin­son for $16 mil­lion.

The Mclaren will be joined by a Pa­gani Zonda, for a long time the fastest pro­duc­tion road car ever built, and an equally ex­clu­sive Koenigsegg CCX.

Fer­rari fans will be ex­cited to see an F40 on dis­play, but it’s not as rare as the Fer­rari 288 GTO that will park be­side it — not to men­tion a 365 GTB/4 Day­tona, surely one of the most beau­ti­ful cars ever made.

The car that is cred­ited with start­ing off the mod­ern supercar trend, the Lam­borgh­ini Muira, will be part­nered by the most fu­tur­is­tic de­sign ever to make it into pro­duc­tion, a Lam­borgh­ini Countach LP400.

Con­firmed too is a Porsche 959, the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced car of its time, and a Car­rera GT, not so much a sports car as a rac­ing car for the road.

The supercar line-up will also in­clude the only Jaguar ca­pa­ble of earn­ing that tag — the mighty XJ220. Also on dis­play will be a Jaguar XJR-15 — the lim­ited-re­lease, road-go­ing ver­sion of the 1988 Le Mans cham­pion.

Bu­gatti at Mo­tor­clas­sica

Bu­gatti own­ers and en­thu­si­asts will also mark 50 years of their club in Aus­tralia with an un­prece­dented dis­play of the clas­sic French cars — a gath­er­ing of mouth-wa­ter­ing clas­sics worth more than A$15 mil­lion. No fewer than seven Bu­gatti Grand Prix ma­chines will sit in a rac­ingth­emed dis­play, along with a rare Type 43 ex Hope Bartlett and Bill Thomp­son racer that has not been seen in pub­lic for 40 years. There’ll also be a Bu­gatti Type 37 in as-found barn-find con­di­tion, and even a Holden-en­gined Bu­gatti that was con­verted in the 1950s, quickly earn­ing an en­vi­able Grand Prix record. How­ever, the un­doubted high­light of the Bu­gatti dis­play will be the art deco–styled Type 57C Ata­lante, its stun­ning lines sure to make it a con­tender for the most pop­u­lar car of the show.

Concours d’élé­gance & Tour Clas­sica

Mo­tor­clas­sica has many other strings to its bow. The Aus­tralian Concours d’élé­gance at­tracts around 150 en­trants an­nu­ally, there’s a col­lec­tor car and mem­o­ra­bilia auc­tion, plus an ex­ter­nal car club dis­play — pleas­ingly called the ‘Club Sand­wich’ — which draws 200 cars per day over the Satur­day and Sun­day of the event. Then there’s the an­nual Tour Clas­sica that sees se­lect en­trants con­voy through Mel­bourne’s CBD to the Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing to of­fi­cially kick start the Mo­tor­clas­sica fes­tiv­i­ties. Mo­tor­clas­sica also en­ter­tains with spe­cial guest speak­ers on cen­tre stage, ven­dors of­fer­ing mo­tor­ing para­pher­na­lia, col­lectibles, au­to­mo­tive art­work and books, and spe­cial­ists pro­vid­ing restora­tion sup­port ser­vices. “New Zealand’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in Mo­tor­clas­sica is im­por­tant to us, and we’d en­cour­age own­ers and en­thu­si­asts to join us for the event, we never have peo­ple dis­ap­pointed or re­gret­ting mak­ing the trip,” Paul Mathers said. “Im­por­tantly, New Zealand has a raft of cars and mo­tor­cy­cles sim­ply not seen in Aus­tralia, so we’d be keen to have them here so they can be en­joyed, I know they’d be warmly wel­comed.”

What hap­pens when the team be­hind your favourite mo­tor­ing mag­a­zines get the call to make a show about what they know and love best? To find out, set your­self a re­minder to com­man­deer the couch and tune in to the mo­tor­sport-friendly net­work, TV3, at 2pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 18, when we’ll be pre­mier­ing the first episode of our brand-new mo­tor­ing mag­a­zine show NAC Car Cul­ture! An ex­plo­ration of the lo­cal mo­tor­ing scene across the length and breadth and of the coun­try, NAC Car Cul­ture prom­ises to be the salve for view­ers starved of big-screen cov­er­age of grass­roots event and show cov­er­age, and spe­cial in­ter­est mo­tor sport. Even bet­ter, the show takes a look in­side some of the best pri­vate garages in the land to in­ves­ti­gate build projects big, small, and in-be­tween. From ob­ses­sive, money-isno-ob­ject spenders, through to the su­per-keen DIY con­jurors cre­at­ing mo­tor­ing magic on a shoe­string, we meet the na­tion’s most pas­sion­ate petrol­heads and their cars and cur­rent projects. It’s been a long time be­tween drinks for a lo­cally pro­duced au­to­mo­tive mag­a­zine-style pro­gramme on free-to-air TV, and given the great re­sponse to our sis­ter ti­tle NZV8’S Repco

one-off TV3 spe­cial this year, the ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion to fill the gap was ex­pand­ing that con­cept into a se­ries for­mat fo­cus­ing on the wider scene. Equally as straight for­ward a step was find­ing a part­ner who was as pas­sion­ate about the lo­cal mo­tor­ing scene as di­rec­tor Cal Thor­ley and the crew here at Park­side Me­dia. NAC In­sur­ance have been a loyal sup­porter of the New Zealand mo­tor­ing com­mu­nity for more than 18 years and were thrilled to come on board to help bring the pro­ject to life. The se­ries is a good fit for NAC’S in­volve­ment in sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives that grow and de­velop the scene — as well as pro­vid­ing some­thing great to watch on a Sun­day af­ter­noon! Keep an eye on the­mo­, where we’ll be post­ing more de­tails closer to the broad­cast date. Brought to you by the cre­ators of New Zealand’s big­gest and best mo­tor­ing mag­a­zines — New Zealand Clas­sic Car, NZV8, NZ Per­for­mance Car — and sup­port­ing spon­sor Teng Tools, NAC Car Cul­ture has got us more than a mite ex­cited; make sure you’re tuned in weekly from Oc­to­ber 18 to get your fix.

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