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Farewell to another year, and welcome to our tenth anniversary.

It seems like only yesterday that we closed the door on yet another Motorclassica, an event so full of highs one could be forgiven for feeling just a little hungover. Congratulations must once again go to our Best In Show winner, Lawrence Southward’s beautiful 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sports Spider with Zagato body, the subject of a long-term restoration by his father and sister, then finished by Lawrence after their passing. It was a fitting tribute to a car with a colourful racing past, and a unanimous choice for our judges.

Looking forward though, 2019 is set to be a big year as Motorclassica celebrates its 10th show. And if it’s been a while since you paid us a visit at the Royal Exhibition Building, then this one is already shaping up as the one you want to come back for. Next year we celebrate Bentley, Alvis, Citroën, Abarth, Mini and Japanese sports cars in our special classes and the entries have already begun rolling in. We see the return of our Live Restoration Theatre presented by Maskells Customs & Classics, a revamped Club Sandwich presented by Lorbek Luxury Cars and we welcome to our shores the leading lady of the international concours circuit and Director of the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Sandra Button, as our special guest.

2019 is shaping up as our biggest milestone yet and we can’t wait to share our plans with you over the coming year. In the meantime, from all of us at Motorclassica central, we wish you a very happy Christmas.

The Motorclassica team

Presented on the 5th December, 2018, at the Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia’s, Awards for Excellence at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, the Best Consumer Show Award recognised the record-breaking success of Motorclassica’s 2017 event.
 
Significantly, Motorclassica was judged the best event in the Over 10,000m category ahead of a host of strong mainstream show finalists that included the Oz Comic-Con Sydney 2018, the Good Food & Wine Show Sydney 2018 and PAX Australia 2017. Motorclassica first won the award back in 2014, when the show team also won the award for Best Show Team.

At speeds of over 300 kilometres an hour, the world’s fastest cars and their drivers will take on the exhilarating turns of Albert Park.
 
Soak up the electric atmosphere and don’t miss any of the entertainment on and off the track. As a Motorclassica member, the Australian Grand Prix is giving you this special offer* to enjoy the biggest racing event in Australia.
 
Save up to 10% on General Admission* tickets when you buy at Grandprix.com.au.
 
Check out using the offer code: MC18
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2018 was a great year for restorations, and Motorclassica saw the very best of them in the 9th annual Australian International Concours d’Elegance. If you missed it (and even if you didn’t), be sure to check out our gallery of photos and videos below: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Motorclassica/photos/?tab=albums 

 

Are you scheduled to finish a restoration in 2019? Have you recently purchased a concours-worth car or motorcycle? Have you got a special auto celebrating an anniversary this year? Or have you only recently heard of Motorclassica, and want to share you pride and joy with the world?

Motorclassica is now searching for unique, rare and fascinating classic, vintage and veteran cars which have a special story to tell. With 10 regular classes and six special classes for both restored and preservation vehicles, there is always a place for something extraordinary. For more information or to enter online now click here.

The first of our headline marque celebrations for 2019 was both the giant slayer of Bathurst and the grooviest little motor in Carnaby Street. Yep, we are talking about Mini.

Arguably few other cars are as instantly recognizable and adored as the Mini, simultaneously released under both Austin and Morris badges. It took John Cooper to turn it into a racing icon in 1964 with the Cooper S achieving multiple wins in the Monte Carlo Rally, and locally a clean sweep in the 1966 Gallaher 500 (now Bathurst 1000). Today they represent one of the most popular “entry level” collectables in the world, and in conjunction with BMW MINI, we have some exciting plans to reunite our concours examples with their original owners. There won’t be a dry eye in the house!

Award winning actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in Green Book, a film inspired by a true friendship. In need of a driver for his 1962 concert tour, world-class black pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Ali) recruits Tony Lip (Mortensen), a tough-talking Italian-American from the Bronx. As this mismatched pair set out on their journey, they must rely on the “Green Book” to guide them to safe establishments in America’s segregated south – but they’ll need more than a book to understand each other. Winner of the Audience Award at Toronto International Film Festival, Mortenson and Ali make a winning double act in this humorous and heart-warming film. In Cinemas January 24.

Official trailer can be viewed here.

Keep an eye out on Facebook page in January to win tickets to see this movie.

So you’re a motoring enthusiast. Maybe you own a classic car or motorcycle, or maybe you know someone who does. If so, then chances are you have a story you tell about those classics – something you share around the bar, at club meets or at family get togethers. Perhaps you have a story about your own collection, a recent restoration, an exciting barn find or a treasure that has been in your garage for half of your life. Perhaps you have recently completed a major tour, a great rally or a targa event. In any case, we would love you to share your story and your photos with us.

Prizes are up for grabs for every story published, so grab your keyboard and start writing. To be in the mix, send your 70 – 100 word short story to Cathy at chammond@etf.com.au. The first successful entry will be published in the next newsletter.

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