If you have an interest in classic cars Motorclassica featured something for all at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from the 24th to the 26th of October 2014.
Motorclassica 2014 featured a special display celebrating 100 years of Maserati and 50 years of the iconic Ford Mustang. The contrast of American muscle cars and Italian supercars gives an insight into the celebration of the automobile as a whole in this brilliant event.
The Maserati exhibit showcased a 1966 Maserati Sebring Series II Coupe, one of only 22 right hand drive examples ever made and the last of only seven vehicles sent to Australia. This example was fully restored in November 2012 in Melbourne. Other Maserati that adorned the exhibit included a 1979 Khamsin Coupe, 1967 Mistral Coupe, 1970 Indy Coupe, 1957 Maserati 250F Formula 1 Monoposto (CM) and a 1956 A6G 54/2000 Coupe to mention a few.
1966 Maserati Sebring Series II Coupe
For the Ford Mustang enthusiasts a selection of cars from over the years made their presence clear across a tough-looking selection of Boss Mustangs and the famous ‘Eleanor’ Mustang well known in the modern re-make of Gone in 60 Seconds.
Ford Mustang BOSS 302
To understand what motivates somebody to organise and direct an event like Motorclassica, I spoke to Paul Mathers, Event Director of Motorclassica and classic car enthusiast. He describes his particular interest in classic Jaguars as being the result of his mother suggesting he drive a ‘solid and safe’ car like a Jaguar after being involved in an accident in a rental car with his mates on the way to a 21st birthday party. His passion for the marque was further influenced by his uncle, also a Jaguar enthusiast. He presented him with a book about Jaguars in which they used to decide on the car he would buy. The result would be a Jaguar Mark II, Mathers’ first classic car that he still owns today, 26 years later. Mathers’ explains that a “Mark II is not a particularly rare or collectible car” however he “…honestly believes it is one of the most beautiful British cars ever built”. Mathers’ also has a Triumph TR3 which he uses to race and describes it as a “…great fun car”. He explains, “You don’t need a million dollars to buy a Bentley, you can have $20,000 to buy an MGB and still be a part of it”. The ‘Club Sandwich’ exhibit of Motorclassica stays true to this philosophy where it successfully includes all people from various car clubs in the classic car movement ranging from European marques to classic Australian Holdens. Each individual has a unique story behind what has motivated their passion for a particular marque and it is interesting to see how they have become the custodian of their chosen car.
Paul Mathers, Motorclassica Event Director
Jaguar displayed a classic E-type parked in front of its predecessor as a reminder of the history and stark contrast of motor vehicles from the past to present. The sense of scale and variation in detail and technology demonstrated the progression of motor vehicles in the last 50 years.
Jaguar E-Type and the new F-Type
Theodore Bruce Auctions had a series of vehicles ready for auction including a fully-restored 1968 Holden Monaro Bathurst GTS 327 which sold for $140,000.
1968 Holden Monaro Bathurst GTS 327
Paul Mather’s explains the event as being “…the first step” for a younger demographic of future classic car enthusiasts who may visit the event with their parents or grandparents. Introducing classic cars to the younger generation ensures these vehicles remain of interest to future custodians who will keep the cars in Australia for another generation of enthusiasts to admire and enjoy. Motorclassica is an event for the car enthusiast and all those who appreciate beautiful design and remarkable engineering.
– Daniel Romano