Celebration of the Motorcar at Carrick Hill

CelebrationOfMotorcar (63)Adelaide witnessed something truly special when a completely new type of show, Celebration of the Motorcar, took to the immaculately manicured gardens of Carrick Hill one stunningly perfect late Autumn Sunday a few weeks ago.

CelebrationOfMotorcar (56)The lush grounds were overflowing with some of the finest classic and sports cars this state has to offer, and were merely supplemented by the expansive views of the metropolitan area as backdrop. Thousands of attendees enjoyed the cars to the accompaniment of champagne, oysters and a string quartet from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

CelebrationOfMotorcar (9)Celebration of the Motorcar represents somewhat of a departure from most traditional car shows, largely because emphasis is placed on the experience of the attendee. The cars are there to serve the viewer, rather than the viewer attending a show about the cars. It’s a small detail, but one that ensured an interesting, eclectic, and most importantly a high-quality collection of vehicles. Entry to display was by invite only, and the cars were individually selected by a committee of advisers aiming to build the best possible display.  Continue reading

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The Sporting Car Club’s 101 Years of Motoring Display

The Sporting Car Club of SA is one of the oldest motoring clubs in the world, and with over 1600 members it’s the largest in Australia. But what makes the Sporting Car Club great is its depth, and with dedicated sections of members devoted to all manners of motoring ranging from vintage, through classic, racing and modern, the Sporting Car Club has most of the motoring bases covered.

So the idea behind the 101 Years of Motoring display was to get the whole club together and put on a show like no other. And the venue? Probably the best you could pick for a show of this size – the Torrens Parade Ground in the heart of the Adelaide CBD.

And I guess the weather probably enhanced the experience somewhat. It was an absolutely stunning 23deg day, and the bright sunshine reminded us that summer is only just around the corner.

There’s actually a lot of really rare metal hiding in the sheds of Adelaide, and even though you hardly ever see these cars, chances are the owners are members of the Sporting Car Club. That’s how they get things like one of the few RHD BMW M1’s in the world at their shows.

Check the uber rare BMW Motorsport cam cover, and those extractors! This M1 was delivered new to an owner in Sydney, who ordered it from the factory in RHD. M1’s were only ever made LHD, and there was some confusion when it arrived in Sydney as a LHD car. I can only imagine what sort of argument ensued, as the car was then sent back to BMW in Germany where it was converted to RHD by the factory, before being sent back for delivery in Sydney.  Continue reading