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With some­thing on of­fer for ev­ery type of mo­tor­ing fan, Aus­trala­sia’s premier au­to­mo­tive ex­hi­bi­tion — Mo­tor­clas­sica — is this year shap­ing up to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever be­fore.

En­ter­ing its sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year, Mo­tor­clas­sica will once again be staged in the mag­nif­i­cent halls of Mel­bourne’s 19th-cen­tury Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing over the Oc­to­ber 21–23 week­end.

Firmly es­tab­lished as Aus­trala­sia’s only in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized event for rare and ex­otic, his­toric, vin­tage, vet­eran, clas­sic and col­lectable cars and mo­tor­cy­cles, Mo­tor­clas­sica is rais­ing the bar again in 2016 with a num­ber of mar­ques mak­ing their show de­but, new vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­cit­ing spe­cial guests.

‘The Rally Pro­fes­sor’, Rauno Aal­to­nen, is one of a num­ber of high-pro­file guests who will make a spe­cial ap­pear­ance at this year’s Oc­to­ber ex­hi­bi­tion.

The In­ter­na­tional mo­tor-sport icon and orig­i­nal Fly­ing Finn, Aal­to­nen com­peted in rally and tour­ing car events through­out the 1960s and ’70s, earn­ing a fine rep­u­ta­tion be­hind the wheel and col­lect­ing a se­ries of re­mark­able anec­dotes and ac­co­lades.

Be­fore the for­ma­tion of the WRC, the Finn won the Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship along­side his co-driver, Tony Am­brose. In 1966, Aal­to­nen part­nered with Aus­tralian tour­ing-car legend Bob Holden, to fa­mously take dom­i­nant vic­tory at the Bathurst en­durance race in a Mini Cooper. The ac­com­plished racer is also renowned for his leg­endary win at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1967, af­ter in­ad­ver­tently tak­ing a short­cut dur­ing the fi­nal stage of the race, as well as his mo­men­tous vic­tory at the South­ern Cross Rally in 1977.

Sto­ries of mo­tor­ing glory will fill the his­toric halls of this year’s event when the Fin­nish rally star takes to the stage to share his tales on the 50th an­niver­sary of Mini’s Bathurst 500 dom­i­na­tion.

Five mar­ques not seen be­fore at the show will be amongst the plethora of over 100 stun­ning ex­am­ples of au­to­mo­tive his­tory pre­sented in­side the Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing, while an­other 200 ve­hi­cles will fill the sur­round­ing grounds each day in the ‘Club Sand­wich’ car-club dis­plays, sup­ported by Lor­bek Lux­ury Cars.

For the first time, a num­ber of pres­tige mar­ques will be set up out­side the halls, of­fer­ing en­thu­si­asts test drives in their new range of lux­ury ve­hi­cles. Mercedes-benz, Porsche, Jaguar and Mini will all be present.

This year’s event will also fea­ture a num­ber of spe­cial an­niver­sary

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