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Australian vehicle premieres for Mercedes-Benz, McLaren and Ford along with the launch of the Alpine brand will be among the highlights of this year’s Motorclassica, to be staged at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from 12-14 October.
Motorclassica might be Australia’s premier event for classic and collectable cars and motorcycles, but as the country’s largest automotive exhibition it also annually attracts significant activity from modern manufacturers.
Now in its ninth year, Motorclassica 2018 will showcase the very latest sports and performance models from Lamborghini and Porsche, as well as Mercedes-Benz, McLaren and Ford. And on two wheels, the latest from Harley-Davidson, Royal Enfield and Indian Motorcycles.
“Motorclassica is the last major event on the 2018 calendar in the global collector car world, following the likes of the Pebble Beach Concours, Monterey Car Week, the London Concours of Elegance, Goodwood Revival and Salon Prive, ” Event Director Paul Mathers said.
“And as our popularity and International standing grows, we have an increasing involvement from modern manufacturers looking to engage with our educated and enthusiastic automotive audience.
“It’s going to be an exciting show with the Australian debut of several significant new models and even a new brand!” Motorclassica, Event Director, Paul Mathers said
As is now its tradition as a long-time supporter of Motorclassica, Mercedes-Benz will take the wraps off a new AMG performance model at this year’s official opening cocktail party.
Joining the new AMG model in the Motorclassica display will be both the AMG GT R and AMG G63 vehicles, as will a tribute marking 35 years since the G-Wagen went on sale in Australia.
Also on hand will be a display of three classic Mercedes-Benz cars, while outside the Royal Exhibition Building show goers will be given the opportunity to road test the very latest models.
“Motorclassica is the event classic car owners and fans love attending every year and it is our pleasure to be involved again as a brand. Of course, those who attend can expect some exciting cars on display as we will celebrate a number of milestones and an Australian premiere,” Mercedes-Benz Australia-Pacific Managing Director and CEO Horst van Sanden said.
In a major development for the industry, the Renault Group will take the opportunity to launch the Alpine brand onto the Australian market.
Originally founded in 1955 by Jean Rédélé, the Alpine name became legendary when the Alpine A110 ‘Berlinette’ won the 1971 and 1973 Monte Carlo Rallies. Never sold here in Australia, the production of Alpine models ceased in 1995. The brand was relaunched in 2017 and makes its Australian debut with the new A110, a sports car faithful to Alpine’s timeless principles of compactness, lightness and agility, with one promise: driving pleasure.
To celebrate the launch of the A110 in Australia, Alpine will be launching a limited Australian Premiere Edition to be displayed at Motorclassica.
Limited to just 60 examples, the Australian Premiere Edition is standard with Alpine Blue metallic paint and is designed to herald the launch of the Brand down under.
High-performance front and rear Brembo bi-material brakes are fitted as standard and devised to cool quickly even in dynamic conditions. The active-valve sports exhaust with engine noise tailored to the selected driving mode and speed is designed to enhance the driving experience in the cabin. The Sabelt one-piece bucket seats with lightweight design in leather and microfibre tip the scales at just 13.1kg each and enhance the A110’s lightweight design.
“Alpine has a rich heritage in Europe in building agile, lightweight sports cars that are in their element on twisty mountain roads. For the first time, the Alpine brand is being launched in Australia and Motorclassica represents the perfect opportunity to introduce Alpine to such an enthusiastic audience,” Emma Pinwill, Marketing Director Alpine Australia, said
“Through Motorclassica we are able to demonstrate the brand’s rich heritage with an iconic A110 from 1969 alongside our new Alpine A110 Australian Premiere Edition. We look forward to welcoming Australians to our stand to experience the Alpine for themselves.”
Global supercar powerhouse McLaren Automotive will stage the official public Australian debut of its most extreme road car ever, the McLaren Senna, alongside the recently unveiled McLaren 600LT at this year’s Motorclassica.
The star of this year’s Motorclassica has to be the McLaren Senna. Named after the legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, only 500 examples will be produced. The McLaren Senna has been designed, engineered and developed with single-minded purpose: to be the ultimate McLaren track-concentrated car for the road. Legalised for road use, but not sanitised to suit it, the new Ultimate Series deliberately compromises McLaren’s trademark breadth of supercar daily usability to deliver the most intense circuit experience of any road McLaren.
George Biggs, Managing Director of McLaren Automotive, Asia Pacific, said: “The McLaren Senna was inspired and named after one of McLaren’s greatest racers, Aryton Senna. Aggressive and uncompromising, it is the ultimate road-legal track car. The McLaren Senna is the strongest expression yet of McLaren’s ‘form follows function’ philosophy. With only 500 units produced globally, they have all been spoken for. I am delighted for the McLaren Senna to make its first public debut at the upcoming Motorclassica show, the Australian car enthusiasts and McLaren fans will definitely appreciate the opportunity to see it up close.”
McLaren 600LT is the newest track focussed addition to the Sports Series range, characterised by increased power, reduced weight, optimised aerodynamics, and absolute driver engagement. Featuring a unique exhaust system with top-exit pipes and enhanced carbon fibre bodywork, the 600LT redefines expectations of a super-sports car delivering astonishing acceleration, outstanding track cornering speeds and a truly dynamic connection between driver and car. Priced from AUD $455,000 excluding on-road costs, deliveries of the McLaren 600LT will commence later this year.
George Biggs added: “Inspired by a historic pedigree, the LT redefines expectations of super-sportscar performance and pays homage to McLaren’s rich racing history. Exclusivity is key to the 600LT as the production for this model will only run for 12 months. To date, we’ve already received an incredible amount of interest from the Australian market and I am looking forward to seeing it on Australian roads.
Ford has also announced that it will host the reveal of another legendary nameplate at Motorclassica, with the covers to come off the Ford Mustang BULLITT.
In an exclusive for visitors to the Show, the first ever Mustang BULLITT to be sold by Ford in Australia, will be unveiled.
The vehicle which pays homage to the 1968 Mustang GT Fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the original motion picture, will be displayed in time for the film Bullitt’s 50th anniversary.
“We’re so pleased that enthusiasts will be able to see Mustang BULLITT in the metal for the very first time at Motorclassica,” said Kay Hart, President and CEO, Ford Australia.
“The event is a must-see, and we’re delighted to be part of what’s a cornerstone event on the automotive calendar, and a great way to introduce Mustang BULLITT to Australia.”
With just 700 being offered in Australia, Mustang BULLITT is the most powerful Mustang ever offered in this country, with a 345kW/556Nm 5.0-litre V8 and six-speed manual transmission with Rev-Matching. True to the 1968 original from the film, each BULLITT is finished exclusively in Dark Highland Green, with a Fastback body.
Ford will also give show goers the chance to test drive the legend that is the 2018 Ford Mustang as part of the Motorclassica Ultimate Mustang Road Trip.
The Motorclassica Ultimate Mustang Road Trip presents a unique opportunity to get behind the wheel of a 2018 GT Mustang for a 90-minute cruise around Melbourne.
Any Motorclassica ticket holders over the age of 25 carrying a full unrestricted driver’s licence is able to reserve a Mustang drive when they arrive at this year’s event, and take up to three passengers along for the ride*. Places will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so visitors are encouraged to arrive early to the test drive area to confirm your drive, as places are strictly limited.
Lamborghini returns to Motorclassica and for 2018, will undoubtedly impress visitors with the stylish Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster and the new Lamborghini Urus Super Sport Utility Vehicle.
The world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle, the Lamborghini Urus, creates a new niche in the luxury segment with benchmarking power, performance and driving dynamics, unparalleled design, luxury, and daily usability.
The Urus is as much a luxury SUV as it is the most powerful performance vehicle, with a super sports car dynamism to be enjoyed by both driver and passengers.
Its low-line coupé styling and commanding road position belie the very comfortable ride, higher ground clearance, and luxurious space within, together with the latest technologies.
In addition to the latest reveals, Motorclassica 2018 will 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 world-heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building will also house a Motorclassica display of cars and motorcycles from the Art Deco era of design, from 1910 to 1940, including a Cord 812 Sportsman once owned by American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.
For motorcycle fans, there will be a celebration of 70 years of the legendary Harley-Davidson Panhead and 60 years of the Triumph Bonneville, while in stark contrast there will be a display of quirky Micro Cars.
American automotive icons will be honoured with an exhibition of significant Cadillac models, and of the legendary Super Cars of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.
More than 140 cars and motorcycles will compete for the Australian International Concours d’Elegance across multiple classes.
Motorclassica 2018 will again be staged at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from 12-14 October for tickets and further information, visit: www.motorclassica.com.au
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