Two of Australia's premier automotive events will combine forces this month to celebrate an important milestone.
Motorclassica and the Australian Grand Prix will mark the 90th anniversary of the race's first ever running, with a special tribute display at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building on 12-14 October.
Australia's most prestigious motor race, the Australian Grand Prix is also the world's second oldest, having been staged for the very first time on the dusty closed roads of Phillip Island in 1928 (pictured above).
Today, the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix is the opening round of the FIA Formula One World Championship™ and is raced annually just a few kilometres away from the historic Motorclassica venue, around the picturesque Albert Park Lake.
"Australia's Grand Prix has such a rich and interesting history, and its role in the development of the sport here has been significant, so we are delighted to be able to stage a special tribute to its 90 years of history," Motorclassica Event Director Paul Mathers said.
"In partnership with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, we are creating a display of important cars from throughout the event's nine decades of history, including the very first winner from 1928.
"We'll also have on hand Australia's own 1980 World Champion Alan Jones, who will share his memories of winning the race in 1980 and of his father's success in the same event in 1959."
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott added: "The Australian Grand Prix Corporation is thrilled to be partnering with Motorclassica to celebrate this significant milestone in Australian motorsport history.
"The Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix has become part of Melbourne's fabric, attracting people from around the globe not only to see the world's best motorsport competitors fight for the chequered flag, but to enjoy all that our great city has to offer."
Visitors to Motorclassica will also have the chance to win the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2019 experience door prize, which includes a three-day Grandstand pass for two people, a Paddock Tour and Pit Canopy Session, valued at more than $5000.
Motorclassica is Australia's premier annual celebration of the collector and classic car and motorcycle lifestyle, showcasing many aspects of the enthusiast hobby and interest.
For the serious collectors, the Australian International Concours d'Elegance is a multi-class independently-judged contest that recognises the very best examples of rare, exotic and priceless vehicles.
There will also be a display of cars and motorcycles from the outrageous Art Deco era, from 1910 to 1940, and a celebration of 70 years of the legendary Harley-Davidson Panhead and 60 years of the Triumph Bonneville.
Motorclassica 2018 will pay tribute to the American muscle cars of the late '60s, the tiny, quirky automotive "fad" of Micro Cars, and an exhibition of significant Cadillac models.
In contrast, a select group of modern manufacturers will use the event to display a mix of sports and performance models, several of them making their official Australian debuts.
On the Saturday night of Motorclassica the traditional auction will not feature cars or motorcycles this year, instead some of Australia's rarest and most valuable number plates will be on offer to collectors and investors.
With projected prices ranging from $10,000 to more than $500,000, these rare plates are expected to generate a great deal of interest.
So too will the annual Club Sandwich-themed display of enthusiast-owned cars and motorcycles staged adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building, accompanied by an array of Melbourne's finest gourmet food trucks.
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