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MOTORCLASSICA 2017 – WHAT TO EXPECT

This year Motorclassica will mark important commemorative milestones for automobile manufacturers that have had great significance throughout history.

The event will celebrate 70 years of Ferrari which is only one of a select few of the global events officially supported and sanctioned by the Ferrari Factory in Maranello, Italy. Over the years there has been a diverse display of rare classic Ferrari’s at Motorclassica. The Ferrari club will bring 70 of its cars to the Club Sandwich Event on the Saturday.

The other commemorative event will feature 100 years since the first Holden bodied car was made in Australia. This was decades before General Motors began manufacturing Holden branded cars. The first Holden Prototype 48/215 (FX) from 1948 will be displayed as well as concept cars throughout its history including the EFIJY and Hurricane. The eight generations of Commodore will be on display as well as the unveiling of the all-new fully-imported 2018 Holden Commodore.

If those significant events weren’t enough, Motorclassica will also be celebrating 110 years of Lancia featuring some of its iconic rally cars in original race livery. Rare models will be on display including one of two Lancia Aprila Spyder Gransport Ghia from 1947, a 1957 Lancia Appia GT Zagato and a Lancia Flaminia Supersport Zagato.

Furthermore, the highest-value car ever to go to auction will be held for a 1955 Jaguar D-Type expected to reach between $7 million to $8 million according to the auction house, Mossgreen.

Motorclassica is held for its eighth year at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from Friday 13 October to Sunday 15 October.

– Daniel Romano

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Image Source: Motorclassica – 1955 Jaguar D-Type

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RANGE ROVER VELAR

Ranger Rover have released their new ‘Velar’ which is a new addition to the company filling the space between the Evoque and Sport models. The mid-size luxury SUV will go on sale in Australia from September 22, 2017 with a large range of specifications for owners to create a personalised vehicle. Six petrol and diesel powertrains are available connected to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

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RENAULT MÉGANE R.S – FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW

The Frankfurt Motor Show saw the unveiling of the new Renault Mégane R.S. which will receive 4CONTROL four-wheel steering. The engine is claimed to have 280hp with 390Nm of torque connected to the option of either a 6 speed manual or 6 speed EDC automatic transmission. Two chassis are available named the Sport and Cup. The Cup will be available with a limited slip differential. Renault Mégane Sport will go on sale in the UK Spring of 2018 with a trophy version that claims to have 300hp and 400Nm of torque by the end of 2018. This release relates to European Specifications with Australian specifications to come later.

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SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT – FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW

Suzuki has released the new Swift Sport at the 67th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12. The new model is lower, wider in stance and more aggressive in appearance.

Swift Sport now gets the 1.4L Boosterjet turbo engine seen in the Vitara. Technology upgrades include a Bluetooth®- compatible Smartphone Linkage Display Audio Display unit with a multimedia 7-inch touchscreen and satellite navigation with advanced safety including lane departure warning, weaving alert, adaptive cruise and high beam assist.

For Australia, specifications, pricing and release dates have not been announced.

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GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Each year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is held at Goodwood House in West Sussex England. In 2017, it runs from June 29 to July 2 and if you are lucky enough to be in England, you will be presented with a symphony of celebratory events that showcase the beauty of speed. However, if you’re not there, you can still stream the coverage which is broadcast online throughout the event.

The Goodwood Festival is a hill climb that features historic race cars, rare supercars and motorbikes. The event began in 1993 and was founded by Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara. The event has increasingly become larger with new features and attractions being added each year.

One particular feature of the event is the central display. This attracts attention not only for the attendees but all around the world in the design community where extravagant displays push the limits of creativity. Since 1997, a car manufacturer has been honoured with these central displays to celebrate anniversaries and motorsport success. In 2017, the central display honoured a career for the first time, that of Bernie Ecclestone.

Honda have an interesting display this year called the Honda Challenge Lab. The display will showcase Honda technology and their vehicles through interactive activities and demonstrations.

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Porsche have launched their new 911 GT2 RS at Goodwood which has a top speed of 340km/h and a 0 to 100 time of 2.8 seconds. The engine is a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six providing a more than adequate 515kW of power and 750Nm of torque.

Source: Porsche

Furthermore, on display will be the new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series which is the luxury counterpart to the 911 GT2 RS.

Source: Porsche

For those who can’t be at the event, the website offers a fantastic livestream via YouTube which is a great way to see some of the spectacular machines on offer.

– Daniel Romano

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MOTORCLASSICA 2016

Motorclassica is the highlight of the year when it comes to automotive exhibitions with its atmosphere of prestige and class. It runs over three days in October from Friday to Sunday and is must-see event if you are a motoring enthusiast or general appreciator of excellent design.

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The event delivered and exhibited an exemplar level of quality vehicles. The Lamborghini stand featured this original Miura often considered the world’s ‘first supercar’ and stole the attention from the newer variants displayed nearby.

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The car that won the International Concours d’Elegance at Motorclassica in 2016, was a 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, receiving ‘Best of Show’ as well as the ‘Restoration of the Year’ trophy. This particular Monaro, restored by Re-creation Automotive, was the first Australian-made car to win an internationally recognised Concours d’Elegance and the first Australian car to win the event in the past 7 years of Motorclassica.

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Winners at Motorclassica 2016 are as follows:

VINTAGE & VETERAN – 1923 Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost

PRE-WAR CLASSIC UK & EURO – 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II

PRE-WAR CLASSIC USA – 1936 Auburn 852

POST-WAR CLASSIC CLOSED – 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint

POST-WAR CLASSIC OPEN – 1959 Mercedes Benz 190SL

MODERN CLASSIC UK & EURO – 1961 Volkswagen Micro Bus Deluxe 23 Window

MODERN CLASSIC AUST/USA/JAPAN – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

MODERN CLASSIC SP & PERFORMANCE UNDER 3 LITRE – 1971 Dino 246

MODERN CLASSIC SP & PERFORMANCE OVER 3 LITRE – Ferrari 512BB

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PRESERVATION CLASS – 1935 Rolls Royce 20/25

MOTORCYCLES PRE-WAR – 1938 Indian Chief

MOTORCYCLES POST WAR – 1965 BSA Lightning Clubman

This year Motorclassica celebrated a number of automotive milestones, with special Concourse classes awarded to cars in their respective categories.

130 YEARS OF MERCEDES-BENZ – 1955 Gullwing

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110 YEARS OF ROLLS-ROYCE – 1923 40/50 Silver Ghost

100 YEARS OF BMW – 1997 840Ci M-tech

90 YEARS OF TOURING SUPERLEGGRA – 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint

90 YEARS OF DUCATI – 1968 350/250 Desmo Twin

Auto Restorations based in New Zealand were at the event displaying their work representing a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 restored in 2015.

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The ‘Club Sandwich’ exhibited a diverse range of cars from various car clubs ranging from the Australian, General Motors Holden to rare European cars. The ‘Lions Pride Holden Car Club’ had an excellent showcase including an FJ, FC, EK Special and Statesman DeVille to mention a few. A 1990 Holden Commodore VN Executive V6, in like new condition, represented the modern era classics from the iconic brand.

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The diversity of marques and models makes it an interesting collaboration of car clubs that showcase design and engineering through the ages.

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Motorclassica is a credit to the organisers of the event and the people that dedicate their time to preserving and restoring these automotive masterpieces.

– Daniel Romano

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