Motorclassica ready to take over Melbourne

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Melbourne's historic Royal Exhibition Building will host the Antipodes' biggest and glitziest concours when AUS$100 million worth of classics gather in the Victorian state capital from 21-23 October.

In only its second year, Motorclassica has already received more than 200 concours applications, almost twice as many as for the inaugural event last year.

Highlights of the 2011 show are set to be:

  • 125 years of Mercedes-Benz including the oldest Benz in Australia, an 1896 Velo.
  • 60 years of Porsche in Australia
  • 50 E-types to mark 50 years of Jaguar's great tourer
  • Picnic with the classics: 140 cars in the Museum Plaza.
  • The Bonhams auction (for details click here)
  • Constantine Mandylas (below) kicking off his epic adventure to try and travel the 20,000km from Melbourne to Moscow in a Ford Model T.

Guests of honour will be two Le Mans heroes, Aussie great Vern Schuppan and five-times winner Derek Bell, the pair particularly apt because the event is celebrating 60 years of Porsche in Australia, including the famous 935 Moby Dick (below).

Bell will be reunited with his 1987 winning 962 which is on loan to the show from the Porsche museum in Stuttgart. Schuppan won Le Mans in 1983 and both drivers will be taking part in the Tour Classica (below), a parade through Melbourne from Albert Park – home of the Australian GP – to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton where Motorclassica takes place. They will also conduct interviews and be among the concours judges.

Event director Paul Mathers said: "We are delighted to have two of the world's most respected sports car racers attending our even. With Sir Stirling Moss as our guess last year, it just goes to show what a fantastic reputation Motorclassica is quickly establishing."

Peter Brock's first Holden Torana XU-1 Touring Car in which he won the 1974 championship

A 1932 Chrysler Imperial Sedan once owned by infamous US gangster Legs Diamond

A 1914 Australian-built Victor motorcyle and sidecar

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