Past, fu­ture on show at big event

Albany Extra - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

Mo­tor­clas­sica, now in its ninth year, will again be staged at Melbourne’s Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing from Oc­to­ber 12-14.

As well as the usual mag­nif­i­cent dis­play of clas­sic cars, there are spe­cial fea­tures that in­clude a schools pro­gram and the Fu­ture Lab, both of which in­form young peo­ple about op­por­tu­ni­ties for careers and in­volve­ment in the au­to­mo­tive and restora­tion in­dus­tries.

Mo­tor­clas­sica’s Live Restora­tion Theatre will fea­ture five sep­a­rate work­shops, each demon­strat­ing var­i­ous stages of the ve­hi­cle restora­tion process un­der the watch­ful eye of Greg Maskell, of Shep­par­ton’s Maskell’s Cus­toms and Clas­sics.

Restora­tion and clas­sic car guru Brian Tanti will host the theatre, talk­ing show-go­ers through the work be­ing done live as they watch five cars in var­i­ous states of restora­tion.

Fu­ture Lab is aimed at ed­u­cat­ing show pa­trons about the lat­est in au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy and its role in the di­rec­tion of the au­to­mo­bile in the fu­ture.

A hands-on zone, with com­mu­nal and in­ter­ac­tive ar­eas, it will show­case reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies, and projects such as the For­mula SAE Univer­sity En­gi­neer­ing pro­gram. Along­side these fea­tures will be Mo­tor­clas­sica’s main­stay, the an­nual Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Con­cours d’El­e­gance, which this year will fea­ture 135 cars, 50 mo­tor­cy­cles and a col­lec­tion of 18 mi­cro­cars.

As al­ways, there will be spe­cial an­niver­sary ex­hi­bi­tions, as well as spe­cial guests on the main stage through­out all three days.

Tick­ets to 2018 Mo­tor­clas­sica are on sale now at mo­tor clas­sica.com.au.

Fu­ture Lab is aimed at ed­u­cat­ing show pa­trons about the lat­est in au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

Mo­tor­clas­sica’s dis­plays are a stun­ning fea­ture of the Aus­tralian­car scene.

There will be spe­cial an­niver­sary ex­hi­bi­tions.

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