Five reasons not to miss this year’s Motorclassica event

Moving Well | Tim Nicholson | Posted on 06 October 2019

Motorclassica’s 10th anniversary event is set to be its biggest and best show yet.

Lovers of classic, rare and significant cars and motorcycles are in for a treat as Motorclassica celebrates its 10th anniversary with what organisers say will be the biggest and best show yet. 

The festival of cars kicks off on Thursday morning with the annual Tour Classica, a convoy of classic cars driving through Melbourne’s CBD to Carlton, with the main event running from Friday to Sunday at the Royal Exhibition Building.

Expect a packed program of expert talks, demonstrations, new product and technology displays and, of course, an eye-popping array of rare and extraordinary vehicles.    

Scenes from Motorclassica’s 2018 event. The 2019 10th anniversary show is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Five reasons to go to Motorclassica next weekend

Try to pick the best in show

An estimated 140 exotic and collectible cars and motorcycles will line up to vie for the coveted Best in Show award at Motorclassica’s drawcard Australian International Concours d’Elegance. The prestigious event, one of two held in Australia, is inspired by the legendary Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held on the Californian coast north of San Francisco.

Gorge on some classics – and some delicious food at Club Sandwich

Just outside the historic doors of the Exhibition Building, 200 more cars and motorcycles will be on show as part of ‘Club Sandwich’, the club-based display. They will share forecourt space with 30 exotic modern supercars supplied by Lorbek Luxury Cars, as well as a selection of food trucks to feed hungry punters. On Sunday, the Club Sandwich Beer Garden will host a live screening of the Bathurst 1000 race. 

Celebrate some automotive milestones 

Motorclassica will celebrate the centenary of two famed automotive brands this year – British marque Bentley and French car-maker Citroen. While the brands are yet to reveal what will be on show, expect some surprising classics and exciting new models. There’ll be a special display to honour BMW-owned Mini’s 60th anniversary, while Italian tuning brand Abarth – now part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles stable – will be celebrated for turning 70. There’s also a curated tribute to Nissan’s long sportscar history.

Bid on a rare number plate 

Can’t make it along during business hours? Head along to the After Five program to  check out the main display, take in the evening entertainment and receive a complimentary drink. Saturday night features the return of the Rare Heritage Number Plate Auction. Last year 30 rare number plates were auctioned for more than $3.5 million, including the sought-after Victorian “911” plate which fell under the hammer for $525,000.

Learn something new 

Want to fix up a classic or pre-loved vehicle? The Live Restoration Theatre will present five live demonstrations of different aspects of vehicle restoration. Meanwhile, on the central stage, a series of special guests and industry experts will share their wisdom and humour. Upstairs, on the gallery level, more than 80 exhibitors will showcase a range of automotive products, services and experiences, alongside the interactive Future Lab zone which highlights courses and future technology produced by some of the state’s universities and TAFEs. On Friday, Year 8 to 10 students can get an introduction to motoring as a vocation and a hobby, with displays on restoration, racing and new technologies as part of the special school's program. 

Motorclassica runs from Friday 11 October to Sunday 13 October at the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building.