Motorclassica excites motoring enthusiasts

The 2012 RACV Motorclassica will be held at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building on October 26 to 28.
The 2012 RACV Motorclassica will be held at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building on October 26 to 28. Contributed

WITH a staggering 120 cars and 40 motorcycles already confirmed for the Australian International Concours d'Elegance, this year's RACV Motorclassica will include more vehicles than ever before.

Almost $100 million worth of rare, collectable and desirable cars will descend on Melbourne's iconic Royal Exhibition Building between 26 and 28 October.

Now in its third year, the award-winning event is set to attract over 20,000 visitors who will witness an unprecedented collection of classic, vintage and veteran vehicles, some of which will have travelled from as far as London to compete for the coveted title 'Best in Show'.

"This is the most exciting RACV Motorclassica yet. The applications to be involved have been of a higher standard than we have ever witnessed before," event Director Paul Mathers said.

"It has been a tough decision deciding which cars to include but it means we have been able to pick the absolute cream of classic vehicles. Attendees are in for a real treat."

This year's event will celebrate the centenary of the very first Victorian Motor Show, which was first held at the exact same venue back in 1912.

To mark the occasion a special collection of cars from that year will be on display, including a 1898 Thompson Steam Car which was, astoundingly, first displayed at the 1912 show as an automotive relic.

Some of RACV Motorclassica's most notable vehicles will include classic American muscle cars such as the Morgan family's impressive 1956 Chrysler 300B, Joe Calleja's faultless black 1969 Ford Mustang 429 Boss and a very rare Holden FJ Stationwagon which is one of only three known examples in the world.

Motorsport enthusiasts will be delighted by a special tribute to one of Australia's favourite sporting heroes, Sir Jack Brabham.

The event will feature over a dozen of Sir Jack's race cars including his very first Midget Speedcar and a selection of his important, race-winning BT cars.

Two additional highlights from the Brabham showcase will undoubtedly be his 1959 WDC-winning Cooper and his famous 1966 Repco Brabham.

As a special treat for enthusiasts, Sir Jack himself will make his way to RACV Motorclassica for the weekend where he will be joined by his chief collaborator Ron Tauranac and former Brabham MRD Formula One team driver, Tim Schenken.

Brabham is not the only star associated with Motorclassica this year. Featuring in the Collector Car Auction is a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S which used to belong to 1960s supermodel Lesley 'Twiggy' Lawson.

This outstanding vehicle was custom made and painted 'alien green' especially for the star.

The Collector Car Auction will see over $5m worth of world class cars go up for sale.

Other star cars include an array of pre-WW2 cars including a 1935 Bentley 3.5 litre, originally in the possession of former Australian Governor-General Lord Casey, a 1933 Coupe des Alpes-winning MG J3 Midget, as well as an imposing 1907 Fiat Brevetti Landaulet, once owned by American Grand Prix Champion, Phil Hill.

The post-war Auction collection will feature a stunning, Sleeping Beauties-restored Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Limousine, very few of which still exist today.

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