Classics return in expanded Adelaide Motorsport Festival

13 February 2015

Classic car rallying will make a return to South Australia as part of the 2015 Adelaide Motorsport Festival to be held from October 16-18.

The Classic Adelaide Rally will be staged in Adelaide (Victoria Park), the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula and will utilise many of the stages and roads used by the original Classic Adelaide Rally held from 1997 to 2009.

The Adelaide Motorsport Festival, which will be held for the second time in 2015, will also include the Victoria Park Sprint and will celebrate 30 years since the first FIA Formula One World Championship Grand Prix was held on the streets of Adelaide in 1985.

The sound of former Formula 1 cars will be a highlight of the event as they compete on a section of the former Grand Prix circuit inside Victoria Park that is now part of the Clipsal 500 Adelaide layout.

In addition to the Formula 1 cars, the Victoria Park Sprint will also feature a diverse field of historic touring and sports cars, as well as classic motor cycles and a display of classic cars from by-gone eras.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said South Australia had a long motorsport history and the return of the Classic Adelaide Rally was fantastic news.

“Incorporating the Classic Adelaide Rally as part of the Adelaide Motorsport Festival is a major boost and will bring interstate participants to SA,” Mr Bignell said.

“The return of the traditional Gouger Street Party will provide a focus for the event right in the heart of the city. It is a great opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with some of the world’s most expensive and exotic classic competition cars.”

The Sporting Car Club of South Australia is responsible for managing the Australian Motorsport Festival. In its inaugural year it was named 2014 CAMS SA/NT State Event of the Year.

General Manager Richard Blanden said “the Sporting Car Club of South Australia was once again proud to present the Adelaide Motorsport Festival in 2015.”

“The expanded event will include even more great Formula 1 cars to recognise the 30th anniversary of the Grand Prix arriving in Adelaide, and will bring back the iconic Classic Adelaide Rally.

“The event would not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government, Events South Australia and many local councils, who we thank for their support.”

For more information contact the Sporting Car Club of South Australia 8373 4899 or via

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

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