Adelaide celebrates rich motorsport history

13 October 2015

Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith

Two of the formula 1 cars that set Adelaide alight have returned to celebrate 30 years since the first street circuit Adelaide Grand Prix, ahead of the 2015 Adelaide Motorsport Festival.

Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith said it will recognise Adelaide’s rich motorsport history and coincides with the 2015 Adelaide Motorsport Festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday.

“Two Formula 1 cars have been shipped to Adelaide from Switzerland, including Ayrton Senna’s JPS Lotus, for this celebration and both cars raced on the Adelaide track in 1985 and 1987 respectively,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.

“It is fantastic that a further nine Formula 1 cars will be involved in the Festival over the weekend, all of which have raced on the Adelaide track.

“The city will again be saturated with the sights and sounds of the former Grand Prix when the Formula 1 cars take to Victoria Park on a section of the original circuit during the Festival.

The 2015 Adelaide Motorsport Festival will include the return of the Classic Adelaide Rally – which will wind its way through the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and the city.

Mr Hamilton-Smith said the Classic Adelaide Rally’s return is fantastic news and offers fans plenty to look forward to on top of the Victoria Park Sprint and Gouger Street Party.

“The event is only in its’ second year, but has already produced great results including being named the 2014 CAMS SA/NT State Event of the Year,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.

“The festival promises a revved up weekend for South Australians and tourists, who are expected to spend more than $1.4 million during their visit.”

With close to 1000 vehicles competing or on display in this year’s festival, there will be many opportunities to get close to the cars and soak up the atmosphere.

The Adelaide Motorsport Festival is managed by the Sporting Car Club of South Australia and supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission.

Club President Peter Whelan said the Club is extremely excited to present the 2015 Adelaide Motorsport Festival as a tribute to the Adelaide era of Formula one and in particular the 30 year anniversary of Formula One coming to Adelaide.

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