Alan Jones 🏆, Art Deco 🎨, 60 Years of Triumph Bonneville 💥 and more

It might be cold outside, but things are really starting to heat up here at Motorclassica central as we start to lock away the details of this year’s show. Entries for the Australian International Concours d’Elegance have been flooding in and we now have more than 300 cars from which to choose the lucky final 140 which will grace the highly-polished floors of the Royal Exhibition Building in October. Looking at the list, I don’t think we have ever had such a strong list of entrants from which to choose, which although it makes our job all the more difficult, ensures that our fans will get to see the very best Australia has to offer in 2018. 

Of course, we don’t want to give it all away too soon, but this month’s newsletter touches on two more of our special celebration classes – Art Deco and Triumph Bonneville.

Entries for the Australian International Concours d’Elegance close on Saturday 30 June for cars and Tuesday 31 July for motorcycles.  For more information and to download entry forms visit

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Australia has always produced courageous, competitive drivers who punched well above their weight. In doing so, we have produced two World F1 champions known for their no-nonsense, take no prisoners approach. If it was Jack Brabham who dominated the 1960s and put Australia on the World Championship map then Alan Jones, son of fellow Australian Grand Prix winner, Stan Jones, well and truly planted the flag on it.

Williams was a fledgling team when Jones took the wheel in 1978 as their sole driver and by the second half of 1979 they started to emerge as a real contender with the new FW07 ground effects car.  In 1980, with five race wins, Jones became the first of seven Williams drivers to win the World Championship, and along with Carlos Reutemann, won their first Constructors Championship.

Alan Jones joins us for the first time at Motorclassica in 2018, accompanied by his 1979/80 FW07 F1 – the car that helped him win the World Championship as part of our celebration of 90 years of the Australian Grand Prix.

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.

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 USA 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.

For the last eight years, Club Sandwich has been the important hub of Motorclassica, bringing together clubs from around Victoria and Australia to celebrate the grassroots of the car collecting movement. This year, Club Sandwich, proudly presented by Lorbek Luxury Cars takes an exciting turn.

This year, a record 210 cars will fill Museum Plaza for a full three days, with displays from a range of more “traditional” clubs through to those from some newer exotic car clubs who will make their Club Sandwich debut.  For the first time, classic MGs and Fiats will merge bumper to bumper with modern day sports and exotics from Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche, celebrating the theme “Today’s exotics and their origins”.  Creating a genuine festival hub will be the new Targa Florio bar with food, wine and entertainment all weekend, proving Motorclassica truly has something for everyone.

John Spencer answered our latest call for stories of personal motoring experiences. He writes:
My wife and I have not long returned from a 19 month, 72,000Km, 43 country European tour by motorcycle. Our wildest dreams could not of predicted the roads travelled, wonderfully random people taking us in and unique places we some how end up at.
Our no thrills 2012 Suzuki Vstrom 650 had us lost in Turkey, visiting old Soviet nuclear missile silo's, riding in the midnight sun, high speed laps of the Isle of Man TT coarse with 100+ European mountain passes and everything in between.
Weeks were spent riding illegally within the Schengen Countries not without nervousness until granted a 12 month Polish Residency visa. (another story in itself..) Warsaw became a wonderful winter home, a 6 month Eastern European history lesson which money couldn't buy.
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  The next successful entry will be published in the July newsletter.

Each year we are pleased to showcase a selection of the most interesting, quality automotive businesses at Motorclassica’s Classic Motor Show and this year it seems we may have a record number of participating companies. In the 2018, we are please to welcome the following companies and encourage you to do business with them:      


Home Concrete Solutions:

Magic Hand Car Wash:              

Mercure Ballarat Hotel:

Northside Harley Davidson:

Spirit of Tasmania:

Tourism Barossa:

Trovan Microchips:

Visit Ballarat:              

Finished in special order AML Viridian Green metallic exterior with soft touch Obsidian Black leather interior with green stitching throughout, this 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S has travelled only 14,900km and is still in as new condition.  With too many special order elements to mention, this car has been fastidiously maintained and sparingly driven and comes complete with full and up-to-date service history, qualifying for our Australia-wide 10 year warranty.

At literally half the new car price, first to see and drive this stunning exotic will buy for only $139,990.  For more details visit

Patiently have you waited and we are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for Motorclassica 2018.  For the first time ever we are offering 2-day passes for those who want to make the most of their weekend at Motorclassica, but don’t want to take advantage of the VIP experience.

VIP experience tickets have been limited to improve the comfort of the VIP Lounge and have been capped at 100 tickets daily, so be sure to get in and book early.

You will also notice the new “Motorclassica After Five” ticket, a new package available for entry from 5pm to 9pm which includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. If you are short on time and want to fit in an entree to your dinner arrangements, this new option should fit the bill!

To book your ticket now, visit the website at for details.

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