FERRARI 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS TO HEADLINE MOTORCLASSICA 2017
Australia’s premier classic and collector car exhibition, Motorclassica, is set to shine in its eighth year with its largest array of special features yet, when the doors open at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from Friday 13 October to Sunday 15 October.
Motorclassica is Australia’s most prestigious automotive event, uniquely mixing rare, exotic and collectable cars and motorcycles from around the world with the latest contemporary high-end sports and performance models.
“Eight years on it feels like Motorclassica is now firmly established on the annual Australian events calendar and is the go-to event for automotive enthusiasts,” Motorclassica, Event Director Paul Mathers said.
“For Motorclassica attendees, we annually assemble the very best entries for the Concours, we are over-subscribed with cars for display both inside the venue and outside in the Club Sandwich arena, and we have a number of key automotive manufacturers revealing new product or celebrating significant milestones.
“Motorclassica 2017 is going to be hugely exciting because it will combine the very best of all of these elements. It’s already clear this is going to be a very special and memorable show.”
Motorclassica 2017 will again play host to ever-popular features such as the Australian International Concours D’Elegance, the daily Club Sandwich car club displays, the VIP Lounge for entrants and special guests, and the Saturday evening Classic Car Auction, conducted this year for the first time by Mossgreen.
It all begins with the annual Tour Classica, which will see Motorclassica cars convoy from Alexandra Gardens on the banks of the Yarra River, through the Melbourne CBD to the world-heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building on Thursday 12 October.
A major highlight of Motorclassica 2017 will be a celebration of Ferrari’s 70th birthday, one of only a select number of events officially supported and sanctioned by the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.
In addition to a tribute display inside the Exhibition Building as the featured marque in the Concours d’Elegance, the Ferrari Club will also bring 70 cars to mark this very special anniversary for display in the Club Sandwich on the Saturday.
Another major feature of Motorclassica 2017 will be marking 100 years since the first Holden-bodied car was made in Australia, decades before General Motors started making Holden branded cars here.
The bitter-sweet celebration, coincides with the closure of Holden’s local manufacturing facility.
Along with showcasing Holden car making and design, the very first Australian-built Holden 48/215 (FX) prototype from 1948 will be shown, along with three significant concept cars from its history, including the EFIJY and Hurricane, plus a unique display of all eight generations of Australian-made Commodores, the first time such a tribute has been assembled.
And to put it all into perspective, Holden has chosen Motorclassica to reveal to the public for the very first time its first fully-imported 2018 Commodore model.
Tying in perfectly with the national Lancia Rally, Motorclassica will also pay tribute to 110 years of this innovative Italian marque with a number of iconic Lancia rally cars in original race livery, accompanied by a display of very rare models including one of just two 1947 Lancia Aprila Spyder Gransport Ghia that exist in the world, a limited 1957 Lancia Appia GT Zagato and a Lancia Flaminia Supersport Zagato.
And in something a little different, Motorclassica will recognise Australia’s status as the first country outside the USA to race speedway and celebrate these vintage years with a display of speedway midgets from the 1930s to 1960s.
The Australian International Concours d’Elegance will see the country’s premier classic and collector cars and motorcycles competing in multiple classes for the most prestigious show awards on the calendar, while more than 30 collector cars will go under the hammer when Mossgreen conducts the annual Motorclassica auction.
Ever popular, the Lorbek Luxury Cars supported Club Sandwich will see more than 200 car and motorcycle club members attend to display and talk about their vehicles in the areas adjacent to the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building.
Motorclassica’s official charity for 2017 is the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.
Tickets for Motorclassica 2017 are on sale at: www.motorclassica.com.au