In Australia we are gifted with plenty of activities and events across the country to suit a variety of motoring enthusiasts. Some events are more well-known while others are catered to local communities, however is worth a day out. Australia has its fair share of automotive enthusiasts that range from classic and vintage lovers to prestige and luxury flaunts, not only does the appreciations revolve around shiny fast cars but also extends to boats, motorcycles and phenomenal jets scouring through the air.
Automotive enthusiasts in Australia are spoilt for choice when it comes to all things motoring, regardless of the weather you don’t have to travel far in search for an event to meet any rev head’s needs.
Australian Grand Prix
The Australian Grand Prix was first held in 1928, it consists of 58 laps with teams racing over a gruelling 300 km. Held in Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne and is one of Australia’s premium sporting events held in the calendar year. Held in March, it is the first Formula 1 Grand Prix race track to start of the F1 season and is the ultimate playground for the world’s biggest stars. More information at www.grandprix.com.au.
Australian Targa Championship
Targa Australia is the world’s largest and longest tarmac rally event with a high degree of difficulty known as Targa Tasmania. This genuine motorsport competition attracts competitors all over Australian and around the world, all competing against the clock to see who has the fastest car in their category. Three other Targa events include Targa North West, Targa Great Barrier Reef and Targa High Country bring together a field of sports cars, grand touring cars and classic sporting automobiles from 1900 right through to the present. More information at targa.org.au.
The Bathurst 1000 held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales is a top motor racing event for Supercars. The race began in 1960 was originally hosted at Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit before being located to Bathurst in 1963. It consists of 161 lap circuit with a total distance of 1000 km for drivers to complete. Winners of the race are awarded the Peter Brock Trophy to commemorate the 9 time winning champion. More information at supercars.com/bathurst1000.
Barbagallo Raceway Perth
Barbagallo Raceway in Perth is home to a variety of driving experiences catered for motoring enthusiasts. V8 hot laps with options to ride in the front seat with a professional racing driver, ride in the back seat with a racing driver, driving laps with your own personal CAMS experienced in-car coach. This experience is sure to excite any V8 supercar fan. More information at fastrackv8race.com.au/experiences/barbagallo.
Motorclassica Car Show
Motorclassica is Australasia’s largest and most prestigious exhibition of classic, exotic, prestige cars and motorcycles. In celebration of the history in motoring and automobiles, it is held at the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne and hosts over 500 vehicles mixed with fine food and wine along with more than 100 trade exhibitors. More information at motorclassica.com.au.