On 12–14 October, the ninth annual Motorclassica will take place at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. The event brings together arguably the greatest collection of classic cars and motorcycles in the Southern Hemisphere, combining the best of automotive history with the newest supercars and sports cars from the world’s premium automotive manufacturers. Mercedes-benz will unveil a special new model at the show, and it will be joined by Porsche, Mclaren, Lamborghini, and the Australasian debuts of the new Alpine A110, and Ford-built Mustang, among others.
The event director has high hopes for this year’s event, stating, “I feel like I say this every year but it’s true — Motorclassica 2018 will be our best ever.
“There are going to be several new aspects to Motorclassica this year, as well as a strengthening of our traditional offering, because we are keen to keep the event fresh and new, and recognize the opportunity to appeal to a broader audience.”
New this year will be the Live Restoration Theatre, which will demonstrate various stages of the vehicle restoration process. As usual, central to the event is the Australian International Concours d’elegance, which will see more than 135 significant and historical cars and motorcycles competing across a record 14 classes.
The Royal Exhibition Building will host a display of cars and motorcycles from the art-deco era, including three special Cords, an 812 Sportsman once owned by American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, and a matching Custom Beverly formerly owned by actor Bing Crosby. Motorcycle fans will enjoy the celebrations of 70 years of the legendary Harley-davidson Panhead and 60 years of the Triumph Bonneville.
American automotive icons will be honoured with an exhibition of significant Cadillac models down through the years, and the legendary muscle cars of the late ’60s and early ’ 70s. Motorclassica will also celebrate 90 years of the Australian Grand Prix with an exhibition of significant racers from down through the decades, including the very first winning car from 1928.
The list of famous drivers whose cars are on show is almost as impressive as the display itself. Of particular interest to the New Zealand audience is the display of the 1963 Cooper T70 that Bruce Mclaren took to victory in the 1964 New Zealand Grand Prix. Australian former Formula 1 World Champion and Australian Grand Prix winner Alan Jones will be Motorclassica’s special guest, sharing stories of his own experiences and memories of his father’s win in the same race.
The event will kick off with the annual Tour Classica, which will see many of the key entrants parade through the Melbourne CBD on the morning of Thursday, 11 October.
Visit motorclassica.com.au for more information and to purchase tickets.