Citroen, Bentley and Mini amongst the marques honoured at 10th Anniversary concours event
Motorclassica, Australia’s premier automobile concours event, turns ten in 2019, and the tenth anniversary event this 11 – 13 October is set to be something special.
Since the first Motorclassica was held in 2010, the show and its main drawcard, the Australian International Concours d’Elegance, has grown and evolved, but more importantly, it’s also been embraced by the car enthusiast community within Victoria and beyond.
Held in the heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Motorclassica is much more than just a car show, with interactive features and crowd- and enthusiast-friendly elements added since that first event including the ‘Club Sandwich’ outdoor car club display, the ‘After Five’ ticketing initiative for CBD workers and the ‘Live Restoration Theatre’ with demonstrations of different aspects of vehicle restoration.
Themed displays at the concours have proven popular, too, including marque gatherings of Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Maserati, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lamborghini, to name a few, as well as broader group displays of micro cars, US muscle cars, supercars, Australian Grand Prix racers and more. Each year’s themes are also incorporated into the concours judging categories.
Beyond the cars, Motorclassica also presents a motorcycle display with similar themes and anniversary celebrations.
This year, the popular concours will feature Mini, Bentley, Alvis, Citroen and Japanese sports cars as the featured themes.
Both Bentley and Citroen are celebrating their centenaries in 2019, so expect a diverse range of vehicles from both these marques’ long histories.
While Bentley will present a feast of the sort of luxury performance machines the brand is best known for, Citroen will be a particular highlight. A healthy selection of these innovative French cars will be on show, including the front-wheel drive Traction Avant, stylish DS and the 2CV.
Citroen’s story in Australia is significant, as a 1923 Citroen 5CV was the first automobile to circumnavigate Australia. An example of this model will be one of the highlights amongst the Citroens on show.
More to See, More to Do
Beyond the concours cars and bikes, there’s much more to see and experience at Motorclassica. More than 80 trade stalls are expected, covering a broad array of auto-related businesses, with plenty to see, learn and buy, while ‘Motorclassica at the Movies’ presents iconic car films – and a great chance to kick back and relax!
Other returning attractions include:
Club Sandwich - presented by Lorbek Luxury Cars
A rotating display of car clubs will be on show in the outdoor grounds each day, alongside highly desirable modern performance and supercars from Lorbek Luxury Cars.
Live Restoration Theatre - presented by Maskell Custom & Classics
The five key stages of restoration are presented and demonstrated by the experienced, award-winning team from Maskell Custom & Classics, with staffers on hand to answer your resto questions.
Embracing what’s over the horizon for the automotive industry, Futurelab will see selected educational institutions present their predictions for what the future on four wheels (and two!) holds.
Featuring a rotating programme of speakers, the main stage will see special guests interviewed and industry experts share their knowledge on everything from restoration and auctions to photography and investing in classics.
Excursions for high school students allow them to not only experience cars, but also elements of the auto industry to try and find the next generation of Australian automobile industry identities.
A part of the event since the very beginning, the ever-popular Tour Classica kicks off this year’s Motorclassica with a parade of concours entrants through the Melbourne CBD to the Royal Exhibition Building on Thursday, 10 October.
Held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building, Motorclassica wil be held over three big days – 11 to 13 October – with open times from 9:00am to 9:00pm on Friday, 11 October, 9:00am to 9:00pm on Saturday, 12 October and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday, 13 October.
Motorclassica’s always a big show, but you can expect something special for its tenth anniversary year. For event updates and further details, go to: https://motorclassica.com.au/
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