Record crowds flock to Melbourne's showpiece classic event


A record 20,000 people descended on Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building last weekend (25-27 October) for the fourth running of the RACV Motorclassica.

Attendance was up over 40% on 2012 and visitors were treated to a wonderful selection of cars as well as guest appearances from the likes of Valentino Balboni, Vern Schuppan and Mick Doohan.

The event kicked off with the Tour Classica in which more than 70 cars and 'bikes drove through the city's Central Business District to the venue.

At the end of the first day of the event in the exhibition halls, there was a 30-car auction including the sale of the last-surviving Holden prototype.

The impressive AUS$668,750 paid for the Holden couldn't quite grab the headlines, however, after a 1968 Lamborghini Miura was bid to AUS$757,550 including premiums.

The concours element of the event was competed for by 21 cars with best of show being awarded to Frank Kuulkers' 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost that used in the film The Great Gatsby.

Other major awards included the Spirit of Motorclassica, which was scooped by Andrew Cannon's Ferrari 275 GTB Coupe, while People's Choice was won by another Ferrari, a 246 Dino owned by John Matthies.

Event director Paul Mathers said: "Everyone at Motorclassica is delighted with the attendance on the weekend, with numbers surpassing even our wildest dreams.

"Motorclassica's unique format of classic and collectible vehicles inside, the brilliant 'Club Sandwich' car club displays outside and, for the first time, participation from contemporary manufacturers has proved to be a big hit."

Click the links for previous stories on Motorclasica:

World's seventh oldest car at Motorclassica

Aussie motoring history to go under the hammer

Incredible Isotta barnfind for Motorclassica

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I went on Friday morning and it was as thrilling as ever to see so many rare and beautifully maintained cars.

The Aston Martin line-up for the centenary was very impressive with models going all the way back to a pre-war 1 1/2 litre. The David Brown period cars were very beautiful.

The Corvette line up wonderful with lots of these American sports cars.

I was amazed to see who the winners were... but they certainly were beautiful cars.

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