By , 22 November, 2018

Australia’s premier automotive exhibition will celebrate its 10th year in 2019.

Creating its own history, Motorclassica will be staged once again at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building next year, from Friday 11 October to Sunday 13 October.

Motorclassica is Australasia’s largest and most important exhibition of classic and collectible, rare and exotic cars and motorcycles. It annually encompasses both the Australian International Concours d’Elegance and the very latest sports, performance and luxury models from the world’s leading manufacturers.

“In many ways it does not seem like 10 years since we embarked on this journey, taking what was then a big gamble, and yet over that decade Motorclassica has changed and matured enormously,” Motorclassica Event Director Paul Mathers said.

“Where once it might have been considered an event primarily for enthusiasts, today Motorclassica is an ‘event’ with broad mainstream appeal, a celebration if you like of the automotive lifestyle and all that it encompasses. It is now a globally-significant and recognised event in the classic and collector car world and we can be immensely proud of that.

“We could only hope a decade ago, for example, that Australia’s premier luxury brands would use Motorclassica annually as their primary platform for the launch of new sports and performance models.

“So in 2019 we will certainly celebrate our 10th birthday with some special exhibitions and we will also look to the future, as ever introducing new features that enhance the Motorclassica experience.”

The hallowed-halls of the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building provide the perfect setting for what can be considered the southern hemisphere’s most attended and significant classic car and motorcycle concours d’elegance.

In announcing the 2019 exhibition dates, Motorclassica organisers also confirmed the special celebration marques for next year’s event.

Motorclassica 2019 will celebrate 100 Years of the British staple Bentley, from the early years of the ‘Bentley Boys’ at Le Mans to more recent Concours successes at the event, including two Best in Shows and three class awards.

One hundred years of the slightly more obscure British brand Alvis will also be marked, telling the story of its success between the wars as a titan of the luxury sports car market, right through to the end of production in the early ‘60s.

Arguably one of the most recognised cars in the world, the BMC-built Mini celebrates 60 years in 2019. Motorclassica will pay tribute to this innovative and iconic car with a display that reflects its place in the pantheon of automotive design and popular culture, from its racing successes across the globe to the original The Italian Job movie.

Switching focus to the continent, the centenary of the quirky French brand Citroen will also be celebrated. An absolute automotive innovator, Citroen has pioneered a huge number of technological firsts, along with a cutting-edge design sensibility, and its DS model remains arguably the greatest car design of all time.

There will be recognition too for 70 years of Abarth, the Italian tuner with the Scorpion symbol that started out modifying various Fiat and Lancia models, before producing a series of low-volume sports models of its own. Abarth was also responsible for developing various performance and competition models for Porsche and Simca, providing a rich if rare catalogue of cars not often seen in this country.

Japan’s contribution to the evolution of the sports car will also be recognised with a special Motorclassica tribute. It’s hard to believe that the first Japanese sports car was produced over 60 years ago, and since then, the nation’s many manufacturers have been responsible for some of the most significant sports cars of our time.

To be celebrated at Motorclassica 2019 will be everything from the first Datsun DC-3 of 1952 through its early Fairlady and Z-cars, Honda’s S500, the Toyota 2000GT and later Celica and MR2, Mazda’s Cosmo and RX series, to Nissan’s Skyline.

Motorclassica 2019 will not only be about celebrations but also its events-within-an-event.

These will of course include the Australian International Concours d’Elegance contested by over 150 cars and motorcycles in the main building and the adjacent Club Sandwich club gatherings in the forecourt, plus more special features which will be confirmed closer to the 2019 showing.

And it will all be kicked off with the annual Tour Classica preview, which will see a number of the show’s exhibitors convoy through the Melbourne CBD to the Royal Exhibition Building on the Thursday morning (10 October) prior to the official opening.

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Source: Exhibitions and Trade Fairs