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Motorclassica 2015 is here!

Australia’s premier automotive lifestyle show starts this Friday at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.

Now in its sixth year, Motorclassica is the country’s biggest exhibition of all things automotive, from modern heritage brands to vintage, veteran and exotic cars and motorcycles of the past.

It’s the home of the annual Australian International Concours d’Elegance, with more than 100 cars and 40 motorcycles competing for the most coveted awards in classic collecting.

Outside, adjacent to the historic 19th century main hall, 200 cars and motorcycles per day across the 23-25 October weekend will be on show with their enthusiastic owners, in the ‘Club Sandwich’ club displays.

New this year will be the Motorclassica ‘Park & Sell’ feature, where owners of exotic and collectible cars will offer their vehicles for sale in an exclusive area beside the club displays, on this Friday only.

Inside, another new feature is the VIP Club Lounge where VIP ticketed guests will be able to chill out and relax in an exclusive enclosure that provides access to all-day hospitality including live entertainment, complimentary food and wine.

Nearby, the central stage will host a full program of entertainment throughout the three days of Motorclassica.

Among the on-stage discussions will be ‘Investing in Classic Cars’, ‘Photographing Classic Cars’, ‘Preservation versus Restoration’, ‘Historic Racing in Australia’, ‘Caring for your Classic Car’ and the ‘Evolution of Supercar Design’, among others.

Supercars are central to this year’s Motorclassica exhibition, the event marking ‘50 years of the Supercar’ with a tribute to the world’s most desirable, and expensive, sports cars.

Among the 20 vehicles on display will be a $10 million McLaren F1, a Pagani Zonda, a Ferrari F40 and a 288GTO, a Porsche 959 and Carrera GT, Jaguar XJ220 and Lamborghinis Muira, Countach and Diablo.

Ferrari’s legendary Dino is celebrated at Motorclassica too, along with its ultra-rare Fiat Dino brethren, with other dedicated displays including 70 years of the MV Agusta and 50 years of the Shelby Mustang.

Upstairs another new feature is ‘Motorclassica at the Movies’, where some of the most popular motoring films of all time will be screened throughout each day.

Also on the gallery level will be numerous retailers offering automotive memorabilia, artwork, books, clothing, photography and specialist services, to support the 20,000+ people expected across the Motorclassica weekend.

For those with money to spend, Saturday night will again feature the annual Motorclassica Auction, conducted by Australia’s oldest auction house, Theodore Bruce.

Going under the hammer this year is a 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost expected to fetch more than $1 million, a rare alloy-bodied Jaguar XK120 sports car thought lost for 40 years and a pair of Ferraris from 1973, a 365 GT4BB Berlinetta Boxer and a Ferrari Dino, both expected to sell for in excess of $500,000 each.

In all, a record 45 cars and 77 items of automotive memorabilia will go across the block.

Recognising the reach of Motorclassica, with its engaged and educated audience, more than 15 heritage car and motorcycles manufacturers will display their current wares at the event.

Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche, Maserati, Citroen, Morgan, Caterham and MINI will be joined by two-wheeled brands MV Agusta, Royal Enfield and BMW Motorad.

It all kicks off this Thursday morning with the annual Tour Classica, where select Motorclassica entrants will drive their vehicles in convoy from the New Quay Promenade at Docklands through Melbourne’s CBD to the Royal Exhibition Building.

Motorclassica ‘Club Sandwich’ is sponsored by Lorbek Luxury Cars and the VIP Club Lounge by Campbell Wines.

Tickets to Motorclassica can still be purchased from www.motorclassica.com.au and are also available on the door. Don’t miss out on visiting Australia’s premier exhibition of classic and collectable cars.

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