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Celebration Marques 2018
Art Deco Cars & Motorcycles
With origins from the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris, Art Deco was the first truly international design movement, and was at the very heart of early automotive Concours d’Elegance. Influenced by bold geometric forms, bright colours, rare Asiatic materials such as ebony and ivory, chrome plating and the very latest technologies, it was a movement that gave birth to one of the great eras of motoring, “streamline” design and some of the most beautiful and collectable cars in the World from brands like Bugatti, Delage and Delahaye.
This year, Motorclassica celebrates this era of grand design with calls for entries from both automobiles and motorcycles which typify the luxury, glamour and optimism of Paris and New York in the 1920s and 30s.
90 Years of the Australian Grand Prix
From humble beginnings at Phillip Island as the 100 Miles Road Race, the Australian Grand Prix has gone on to become one of the highlights of the international Formula 1 racing calendar. Despite only becoming part of the FIA Formula One World Championship in 1985, the Grand Prix has hosted a multitude of famous names and winners including Whiteford, Davison, Jones, Moss, Brabham, McLaren, Hill, Stewart, Clark, Amon, Prost, Senna, Berger, Mansell, Schumacher and more.
Now more than 300, 000 fans attend the 4-day racing festival which showcases Melbourne and Australia to millions of viewers around the globe. There will be no greater display of Australian Grand Prix cars anywhere in the World than at this year’s Motorclassica!
A Tribute to Cadillac
Often referred to as America’s Rolls-Royce, Cadillac was founded in 1902 from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company. Although produced on a mass-scale, Cadillac’s notable success was in being able to do so with precision engineering, reliability and commitment to stylish luxury finishes. Since 1908 it has sat as the jewel in the GM crown and has proven a bastion of American prestige motoring, outliving other early prestige marques including Packard, Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg, Pierce Arrow and Stutz.
Cadillac has enjoyed a loyal following in Australia, particularly on the back of strong imports into this country during the 1960s and early 1970s and Motorclassica welcomes cars from all over Australia, particularly early vintage and pre-WWII examples.
The Last Days of the American Supercar
The OPEC oil crisis in 1973 brought to an end the era of muscle – the American, “drag strip-bred”, rear-wheel drive cars equipped with powerful V8 engines and robust body design. At a time when capturing this market with a heart-stopping Supercar was a virtual industry trend, the “Big 4” made constant attempts to outdo one another, both on the road and on the track producing cars with names like Charger, Barracuda, Road Runner, Machine and Super Bird. However as oil prices soared from USD 3.00 to almost USD 12 a barrel in 1974, the Supercar lost its shine and a more “practical” era of motoring began.
This year we celebrate the colour, the brashness and the power of American muscle in a display with added grunt!
Micro Cars - the Practical Runabout
“G, O... G, G, O...”. Definitions might vary, but the words of the famous old Yellow Pages ad make it clear. That’s right, in this 60th anniversary of the legendary Dart. But not only that, we are celebrating all those little legends that were cut from the same cloth – Isetta, Messerschmitt, Peel, Heinkel Kabine and more. The perfect foil for the aforementioned American Supercars, these tiny motors were as frugal as muscle cars were gluttonous and creatively answered the problems of a changing environment in much the same way as manufacturers are currently striving to overcome the challenges of the 21st century.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s Speedway display, micro cars will take centre stage on the gallery level of Motorclassica.
70 Years of Harley-Davidson Panhead
For the motorcycle enthusiasts, not one but two big celebrations this year, commencing with the anniversary of the legendary Panhead engine of Harley-Davidson, featuring a timeline of these historic machines dating back to 1948 and running through 1965. Our curators tell us that this is likely to be the most important collection of Panheads displayed in Australia this year, so if you are a Harley fan, you won’t want to miss it.
60 Years of Triumph Bonneville
Few motorcycles can boast of the history, prestige and pure performance of the Triumph Bonneville. Named for its victories on the famous Salt Flats in the USA, the “Bonnie”, based on the Triumph Tiger T110 was introduced in 1959 and was the fastest motorcycle in the World. Poor styling stalled sales in the US market but by 1960, the look was right and by 1967 Triumph had sold an estimated 28,000 in the USD alone. Unlike any other model from any manufacturer, the Bonneville has weathered the Japanese motorcycle invasion, bad management, change in ownership and rebirth and survived to become a symbol of all that is great about British industry. A true icon, Motorclassica celebrates 60 years of the best in British.
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Tour Classica - Venue TBC
Thursday 11th October
Starts from 10am
Motorclassica - Royal Exhibition Building
Friday 12th October
9am - 9pm
Saturday 13th October
9am - 9pm
Sunday 14th October
9am - 5pm