If you’re a classic car enthusiast, Motorclassica is the one premier event this year that you should definitely attend.
Held in Melbourne from 13 – 15 October 2017, the classic motor show attracts over 20,000 people and focuses on showcasing vintage, classic and exotic cars in the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens. There is a range of events including Tour Classica, the Classic Motor Show and Concours d’Elegance. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect.
The Motorclassica program begins with a road rally through Melbourne CBD showcasing the vehicles that make up this year’s Concours d’Elégance (the competition of elegance). Heading en route to the Royal Exhibition Building, the convoy of over 70 cars and motorcycles starts at Alexandra Gardens on the south bank of the Yarra. This is an important part of the Concours judging as points are given to vehicles who complete the drive. It also presents good opportunities for photos by attendees and general onlookers.
The 1957 Mercedes 220SL (left) alongside its 2014 successor at Motorclassica 2014. Photo: Karon Photography.
Classic Motor Show
After entering the Royal Exhibition Building, the cars are displayed in the historic hall for viewing. Over 160 rare and classic vehicles selected from collections around Australia and overseas will be on show. Some of the world’s most prestigious carmakers, such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and Lamborghini will also have their latest models displayed, with some offering test drives. You can also buy apparel, watch historical movies and attend seminars. There will be a collector car auction at around 6 pm on the 14th October, run by Mossgreen, Australia’s leading auction house featuring up to 30 vehicles lots.
Aston Martin DB9 on display at Motorclassica 2013.
Concours d’Elégance translated from French means a ‘competition of elegance’ and dates back to the 17th century. Back then they paraded horse drawn carriages in Paris parks, but today it pertains to the Motorclassica competition between classic cars for the title of ‘‘Best in Show’’ award. Judges award points in a variety of show classes based on historic significance, condition, appearance and originality.
Visit the website to buy tickets for this prestigious event or if you wish to exhibit. Door to Door Car Carrying can transport your classic car to Motorclassica, or if you’re lucky enough to win one at auction, safely back home.