Motorclassica 2018: Alan Jones to celebrate 90 years of AusGP

Australia's own 1980 Formula One world champion Alan Jones will celebrate 90 years of the Australian Grand Prix at this year's Motorclassica at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on 12-14 October.

Jones and his father Stan are the only Australian father-son combination to have both won the Australian Grand Prix in its nine-decade history.

"Not enough Australians realise the significance of our Grand Prix event, and its rich history," Motorclassica Event Director Paul Mathers said.

"It's the second oldest in the world and has been won by some of the most significant racing drivers of the last 100 years, including the likes of our own Jack Brabham and Alan Jones.

"I am delighted to be welcoming Alan Jones to Motorclassica and have no doubt his involvement will add real depth to our tribute to the Australian Grand Prix."

Motorclassica is Australia's premier collector and classic car and motorcycle event, incorporating the Australian International Concours d'Elegance and, in contrast, the very latest contemporary sports and performance models from the prestige manufacturers.

Among the special events planned for the 2018 event is a tribute to Australia's most historic motor race.

To celebrate his then recent win in the World Drivers' Championship, Jones brought his title-winning Williams-Cosworth FW07 Formula One car (pictured above) to Melbourne's Calder Park Raceway in November 1980 and dominated the Australian Grand Prix event.

Some 21 years earlier, his father Stan drove a Maserati to victory in the very same event at Longford, Tasmania.

"I am very proud of my achievements in winning the World Drivers' Championship of course, but winning the Australian Grand Prix is right up there too, because it's something my father also achieved, and that makes it very special to me," Alan Jones said.

"Motorclassica's recognition of the event's importance and history is much appreciated, and I am looking forward to being a part of it and sharing my memories."

Alan Jones will make regular appearances on the Motorclassica stage to talk about his father's 1959 Australian Grand Prix victory and his own success in 1980, and more broadly about his Formula One career.

Motorclassica 2018's tribute to the world's second oldest Grand Prix event, which has run almost continuously since its inception on the closed dirt roads of Phillip Island, in 1928, will include a display of significant cars from those nine decades.

Also celebrated at Motorclassica 2018 will be the fabulous cars of the Art Deco era with a display of these most extravagant of automotive designs. Click here for details.

Motorclassica 2018 tickets are on sale here. Use the code AGP2018 to save $9 on Adult General Admission tickets.

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