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