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Welcome to our first newsletter for 2019.

It’s hard to believe that the automotive year has already kicked off with two important events already past – Car of the Year and the Bathurst 12 Hour Race. While the Wheels Car of the Year backed a safe bet yet again this year in awarding the Volvo XC40, Motor’s Performance Car of the Year team went all out, presenting the top gong to the astonishing, $729K price tag Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Porsche dominated the 12 Hour too as Matt Campbell steered his No 912 Porsche to victory in a drama-fuelled contest. A fantastic weekend of racing was capped off as former-winner Luke Youlden set a new (unofficial) lap record of 1:58:670 behind the wheel of the new Brabham BT 62 supercar.

And with all that behind us there is still a whole year ahead of us, with some great events coming up over the next few weeks in Melbourne alone, including the Phillip Island Classic, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and Auto Italian Icons in inner-suburban Carlton. For car enthusiasts, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas all over again, and as we power through the next few months, we have more and more great Motorclassica news to share with you too. So buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride!

The Motorclassica team

We are pleased to announce that the winner entry for this year’s Motorclassica poster competition is Martin deLang, whose dynamic treatment features both Bentley and Citroen marques will now feature across all of our print and digital advertising. Some of you may recognise Martin’s unique style from 2015 poster which featured anniversaries for both the Dino and Bugatti Car Club of Australia.

Martin’s art was unveiled on our website and social media yesterday and as usual, will be on sale at Motorclassica in October.  Congratulations Martin. For more information about Martin and his work, click here.


Much like their track performances, Bentleys have always put in a good showing at Motorclassica, taking out two Best in Show and three class awards over the last nine years. This year, we give one of the most desirable marques in the World the celebration it deserves.

Bentley’s heritage speaks for itself - six Le Mans wins, five of which were achieved during the “Cricklewood” years, the legend of the Bentley Boys, connections to James Bond and The Avengers’, John Steed and a list of famous owners ranging from Queen Elizabeth II to Kim Kardashian. Australia too claims some pretty close ties – the first Australian to win Le Mans, Bernard Rubin, achieved victory alongside Woolf Barnato in 1928 in a Bentley 4 ½ litre and 75 years later, the last Australian to win at Le Mans, David Brabham, steered the Speed 8 to second place, making it a one-two finish for Team Bentley in its final year in the great race.  More than just a shiny bauble on the collector car tree, a rare example can gain an invitation to any concours event in the world.

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.
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A great story of fate and kismet comes to us from Steve Vassilopoulos in Victoria:

About 10 years ago on a sunny afternoon in summer I was washing my restored red 1969 VF Pacer at a service station car wash when I spotted a gentleman admiring my car. After thoroughly inspecting it he reveals to me that he has the exact model down to the same red colour, white stripes, and interior as mine.
We then begin a lengthy discussion about Pacers and other Valiants when he mentions his father’s passion was a blue 1969 Pacer to which I reply that my first car was a blue 1969 Pacer. I laughed and said wouldn’t it be funny if it was the same car. He asked me if I remembered the registration number and I immediately recited it off the top of my head as the car held a special place in my memories.  He seemed perplexed so he rang his father and told where he was and who he was talking to and asked him for the registration number to his old car, i could hear him through the phone and as he gave out the number  both our jaws dropped in disbelief …. the same car !!
We exchanged emails and in the following days he sent me pics of his red Pacer and my old Blue Pacer including a shot of him as a little boy posing in front of it, “small world "

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 Alana at  The first successful entry will be published in the next newsletter.

This year we are pleased to promote another Melbourne motoring event in the lead up to the Australian F1 Grand Prix. Italian Auto Icons will take place on Sunday 3 March, in Melbourne’s Italian heartland, the iconic Lygon Street, Carlton. Featuring 85 rare classic road and race cars from the six popular Italian marques ranging from late 1910s  to current models, the street display will also showcase an interesting range of Italian motorcycles and scooters. Special features include:

  •  A Tribute  to Maserati 250 F, Reg Hunt and the 1956 Australian Grand Prix
  • Zagato 100 year anniversary   
  • Abarth 70th anniversary
  • 'Three Dino Amigos: early 1970's  Original restored concourso standard, Fiat Spyder 2400, Lancia Stratos Stradale and Ferrari 246 GT

For more information click here

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 link.


Finished in stunning special order Austin Yellow Metallic with full soft touch Merino Black leather interior with distinctive double stitching throughout, full carbon fibre inlays with silver trim accessories and anthracite headlining.

Fastidiously maintained beautifully presented. An outstanding example of excellence. Only completed 11,980kms. This is a truly magnificent awesome performing machine. This will not last long, so please inquire through Lorbek Luxury Cars at 03 9646 7100. ASAP at ONLY $88,850.


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