The Royal Exhibition Building is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and what better way to honour this iconic building than to have the RACV Motorclassica transform the space over three wonderful days in October? Event Director Paul Mathers is tremendously excited as the big day looms ahead and he strongly believes that RACV Motorclassica is a gap in the city’s market: “I’ve been running events for about ten years and I do think there is a market for a classic car enthusiast. Now we made a choice not to just put on another expo but create more of an event focused experience culminating in a car show.”
Last year’s inaugural event was the launch of an unprecedented movement in the motoring industry and with a massive audience (and an expected 40% increase this year) the event is certainly shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated events of the year.
With Australia’s big cities vying for attention Mathers says, “We looked for the right venue and the right city and there was a combination of factors that led us to decide on Melbourne. This is the centre of the classic car movement here in Australia and we’re also the hosts of the Australian Grand Prix, so now with the support of the RACV we really are making Victoria the place to be!”
If you are wondering whether the RACV Motorclassica is just about satisfying people who are into classic cars and classic motoring – think again. There are plenty of fun filled activities for all ages, including watching these grand icons roll down the streets of Melbourne in convoy. If you’re looking to take your family it’s a perfect opportunity to ‘picnic with the classics’ and allows everyone a chance to experience these rare and beautiful cars.
“Classic cars are not just functional ‘rolling art’ objects,” explains Mathers, “They are beautifully designed examples of automotive architecture. For some of these cars this may be the First and last time this year they’re on the road but on the other hand we have cars coming from Victoria, from Queensland, Brisbane as well as South Australia and we’ve had interest from all over the world.”
This year’s special features include 60 Years of Porsche, 125 Years of Mercedes Benz as well as Cars of 1961, a year that many will remember as the birth of a number of important cars, especially the Jaguar XKE or E-Type, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year.
And don’t forget to check out the International Concourse D’Elegance which is guaranteed to have some real beauties judging by the exceptional standard from last year. And if you want action and excitement, don’t forget Bonham’s Auction where comedian and radio personality Merrick Watts is selling his iconic Aussie muscle car, a Ford Falcon XAGT.
“Beautiful cars don’t just belong in museums,” says Mathers, “And this is a wonderful chance for people to immerse themselves in a culture where there are plenty of activities, exhibitions, art and memorabilia and have a wonderful time along the way!”