Motorclassica 2016 will be staged once again at Melbourne’s magnificent 19th century Royal Exhibition Building over the 21-23 October weekend, celebrating enthusiasm for all things automotive and the automotive lifestyle.
The historic halls of Australia’s original parliament house will see hundreds of exquisite cars and motorcycles displayed, with an additional 200 or more vehicles on show each day in the ‘Club Sandwich’ car club displays alongside the main hall, supported by Lorbek Luxury Cars.
Celebrations will kick off on the Thursday evening of Motorclassica with the exclusive opening night party, at which Mercedes-Benz will launch its newest luxury car model. This year marks 130 years of Mercedes-Benz, a milestone that will be recognised with a curated display of more than fifteen exceptionally rare and collectible vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz will showcase a wide variety of models, from the 1896 Benz Velocipede – the world’s first production car – through the pre-war models, to the 300SLs of the 1950s and the highly desirable Ponton and Pagoda models of the modern era.
Key to the display will be George Hetrel’s stunning 540K, said to be Australia’s first “million dollar car” when imported into Melbourne in the 1980s, and now worth far more than that.
BMW also celebrates a significant milestone at Motorclassica this year, reaching its centenary in 2016. To mark this occasion, joining the concours line-up will be a collection of BMWs ranging from the beautiful art deco-inspired 326, 327 and 328, through to several rare models from the 80s and 90s, including Jim Richards’ famous ATC-winning JPS-sponsored cars from 1985 and 1987.
Motorclassica 2016 will also showcase displays honouring Rolls-Royce, Ducati, Carrozeria Touring Superleggera and 50 years of Mini Cooper’s domination of Mount Panorama in the 1966 Bathurst 500 – the Gallaher 500 at the time.
Motorclassica will also host the annual Australian International Concours d’Elegance. As one of only two Australian events nominated in the prestigious International Historic Motoring Awards, the Australian International Concours d’Elegance brings extraordinary, rare, desirable and valuable collector cars and motorcycles from around Australia and the World in a three-day celebration of classic motoring. The Concours recognises the best of the best in a number of event categories, with a trophy that’s a highly coveted prize in the collector car and motorcycle world.
Motorclassica 2016 will kick off with another unique aspect of this automotive event: Tour Classica.
Tour Classica will see select Motorclassica exhibits drive in convoy through the streets of Melbourne’s CBD on Thursday morning (20 October) prior to taking up residence at the Royal Exhibition Building, a spectacular and unique start to this amazing event.
Also on the Motorclassica program will be the annual Collector Car & Memorabilia Auction, conducted by Theodore Bruce, which is expected to feature over 100 lots of automotive ephemera and around 30 classic cars and motorcycles.
The Auction has already consigned a number very special, hand-picked collector cars and motorcycles, including a one-owner, 1935 Lagonda M45 Rapide – once the car of choice for World Land Speed record holder, Sir Malcolm Campbell.
“Motorclassica celebrates the automotive lifestyle, the passion of those who participate and the amazing histories behind these magnificent cars and motorcycles,” Event Director, Paul Mathers said.
“Every year we seek out the rarest, most exceptional and significant cars and motorcycles to showcase in the halls of the Royal Exhibition Building, as the premier automotive event for Australia.
“In 2016 we are pleased to have the opportunity to host a new collection of cars and motorcycles, including marques never seen before in Motorclassica history.
“We have already received entries into Motorclassica for some exceptional and significant cars and we look forward to sharing our fantastic display with car enthusiasts from across the country.”
Don’t miss out on the premier automotive event for 2016. For further information about Motorclassica or to purchase tickets visit www.motorclassica.com.au