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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.

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