Start your engines for the Adelaide Motorsport Festival

16 November 2016

The Adelaide Motorsport Festival - featuring Formula 1 Grand Prix cars, historic touring vehicles and classic motorbikes – roars into town from tomorrow.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell today met with renowned veteran drivers Pier Luigi Martini, Stefan Johansson and Ivan Capelli in Victoria Square to launch the event.

The festival has two main parts - the Classic Adelaide Rally and the Victoria Park Sprint. There is also a Prima Tour in the Barossa and McLaren Vale tomorrow.

The Classic Adelaide Rally features two days of rallying through the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula on Friday and Saturday and finishes with a twilight stage at Victoria Park on Saturday night.

The Victoria Park Sprint features two days of on-track competition on Saturday and Sunday using a section of the famous Australian Grand Prix circuit and Victoria Park.

A street party on Gouger Street will be held Friday night and is expected to attract more than 10,000 people.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell

The Adelaide Motorsport Festival has grown significantly with the 2015 event injecting more than $3.5 million into the State’s visitor economy.

This year there have been 150 entries received for the Classic Adelaide Rally and competitors will cover more than 550 kms. The rally is a tough test of driver’s skills and stamina, as well as mechanical reliability.

It’s been more than 30 years since the first Formula 1 Grand Prix was held on the streets of Adelaide and the sound of the cars roaring around the section of the former Grand Prix circuit inside Victoria Park will also be a massive highlight.

Not only will we have Formula 1 cars back on our streets, we will have the original drivers in their cars. It will be fantastic to see Pier Luigi Martini, Stefan Johansson and Ivan Capelli take to the track.

South Australia hosts some of the best motorsport events in the country – including the epic Clipsal 500 Adelaide. The Adelaide Motorsport Festival is an exciting part of our summer events calendar.

During the coming months our city will come alive with the Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Clipsal, WOMADelaide, the Women’s Australian Golf Open and more.
Recently, South Australia was named Australia’s Best Event State for the second year in a row. We were also named the fifth Best Region in the World to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet.

The State Government sees the visitor economy and our major events as an important part of the transformation of South Australia’s economy. That’s why we have invested an additional $70 million to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events.


The Adelaide Motorsport Festival draws upon South Australia’s rich motorsport history and celebrates and re-enacts motorsport competition of a by-gone era.

The Adelaide Motorsport Festival will take place from 17 – 20 November.

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