JUDGEMENT TIME AT MOTORCLASSICA

By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, 29 July, 2015


The Australian International Concours d’Elegance will be hotly contested again this year, with a capacity entry set to compete at Motorclassica 2015, to be held over the 23-25 October weekend.

Staged in the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens, Motorclassica is Australia’s premier exhibition of rare and exotic, historic, vintage, veteran, classic and collectable cars and motorcycles.

An annual highlight of Motorclassica is the Australian International Concours d’Elegance, which this year will see more than 100 cars and around 40 motorcycles competing in eight classes for the most prestigious Awards in automotive exhibiting.

“The Concours d’Elegance is truly an event-within-an-event at Motorclassica, and this year has drawn an even stronger, higher quality entry than in previous years,” Motorclassica Event Director Paul Mathers said.

“We have some spectacular cars entered and the competition will be extremely hard-fought … the Judges will genuinely have a very difficult time selecting the best of the best.

“Our owners are very passionate about their cars and motorcycles, and take the competition very seriously … winning an Australian International Concours d’Elegance Award is extremely prestigious for the vehicle involved and no doubt adds to its value.”

With Concours classes covering Veteran, Vintage, Pre-War, Post-War, Modern Classic and Preservation categories, there will be plenty of work for the Judging Panel headed by Chief Judge John Virgo.

As is always the case with Australia’s premier automotive exhibition, Motorclassica will play host to a heady mix of motoring icons which this year will include no fewer than 17 Bugattis, celebrating 50 years of the local owners club.

‘Supercars’, those ultimate automotive extravagances, will also celebrate half a century with a special display that includes such rarities as a Pagani Zonda, a Koenigsegg CCX, a Jaguar XJ200 and XJR-15, a BMW M1, a Porsche 959 and a Carrera GT, a McLaren F1, Lamborginis Muria, Countach and Diablo, and no fewer than 11 Ferraris.

Among them, there will be a super-rare 288 GTO, an F40 and an Enzo.

From the sublime to the faintly ridiculous, Motorclassica this year will also feature an Amphicar – half car, half boat – and a pair of Peel micro cars …

For lovers of truly beautiful vintage and veteran models the Concours will feature a Derby Bentley with Park Ward body from 1934, a ‘Blower’ Bentley from the same year, a 1935 coffin-nosed Cord, two Ballots from the early ‘20s, a Cadillac 30 from 1912, and a myriad of other automotive antiques.

Fifty years of the Shelby Mustang will be marked with a special display of eight cars, while demonstrating the contrasting approaches to prestige motoring in 1959 will be a Bristol 406 Zagato and a Cadillac Coup de Ville.

Other cars of interest include a Lancia Stratos and a Fulvia Zagato Sport, a trio of Fiat Dinos, four early Rolls Royce of various configurations and even a Stranguellini Formula Junior race car.

Motorclassica’s Australian International Concours d’Elegance has attracted entries from across the country, almost a third of them from outside Victoria.

In stark contrast to the Concours entries, a record 12 car manufacturers will display their very latest wares, together with some heritage models that reflect the history of their brands.

“That’s the beauty of Motorclassica … it truly is a celebration of everything automotive and the automotive lifestyle,” Paul Mathers said.

Additional information on the 2015 Motorclassica, to be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from October 23-25, is available on www.motorclassica.com.au.

 

Source: Media Communications Services for Exhibitions and Trade Fairs