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Abarth 750 & Fiat Dino Spider

The second Celebration of the Motorcar show held in the grounds of Carrick Hill saw a wonderful array of cars displayed.

Members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra entertained visitors and gourmet BMW i8 rearfood, the art exhibition and magnificent grounds all added to a unique event.

Unfortunately inclement weather brought a couple of light showers and meant a cold afternoon, but when the sun shone, the magnificent cars absolutely glowed.

There was many a comment of “I didn’t know there was one of those in Adelaide” as some of the rarest of cars came out of the woodwork for the day. Feedback from visitors, sponsors, volunteer and exhibitors has been universally positive. That’s not to say the organizers haven’t already identified some areas to make next year’s Celebration of the Motorcar even better. Stay tuned for details.

A big Thank You to all involved in the organisation, running and support of the event.

Our Judging Team selected cars on style, rather than condition or level of restoration. The judges this year were Award winners were: Peter Neal, President Rotary Club of Adelaide, Marianne Norman, Director of the National Motor Museum, Paul Murrell, noted classic car motoring writer Paul Blank, the Event Director was the Chief Judge. Congratulations to the award winners:

Classic Sports Cars – Maserati Sebring – Con Caracoussis Maserati Sebring

 Classic Non-Sports Cars – Rolls-Royce Phantom ll Sedanca De Ville – Andrew Millar

Rolls-Royce Phantom lll

Modern Sports Cars – De Tomaso Mangusta – John DalCallo

De Tomaso Mangusta

Modern Non-Sports Cars – Citroen DS23 Pallas – Gemma West

Citroen DS23 Pallas

 Shannons Peoples’ Choice Award – 1931 Packard Roadster – Peter Whelan

Packard Roadster

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Go to our Photo Gallery page to see how the cars looked…

Toyota 2000GT

Carrick Hill standAston Martin DB4
Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost & Wraith

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Corvette Sting Ray 1963

COTMA15 Rolls-Royce Doctors Coupe

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The inaugural Celebration of the Motorcar held in Adelaide in April 2014 was a tremendous success in all respects. Read about it below.

Mclaren 650S Packard People's Choice Rolls-Royce Corniche Corvette 1963 Split Window

2014 Celebration of the Motorcar report

An incredible variety of prestige, exotic and classic cars were laid out in the grounds presenting a mouth-watering display of $20million worth of the most desirable automobiles, spanning over 100 years. Displays of the latest exotic and prestige cars gained as much attention as the classics.

As the cars came into the lovely grounds of Carrick Hill in Springfield, it quickly became apparent that the display was going to live up to the highest expectations. The weather was perfect, the grounds looked beautiful and as the cars were laid out, the many magnificent designs stood out. Without doubt, the finest collection of cars ever seen in Adelaide.

A huge team of officials and marshals from the Rotary Club of Adelaide, assisted by a team from the National Motor Museum worked to get everything in place and when the gates opened to the public at 10.00am, visitors flooded in. Soon, there were crowds around many of the displays with many visitors saying the exhibits were beyond their expectations.

The musicians performed lovely classical music, visitors enjoyed champagne and gourmet food as they relaxed, taking in the beauty of the whole scene – quite unlike anything that’s been seen before in Adelaide.

Carrick Hill’s historic home was open for tours and their special exhibition ‘Art & Travel’ received a lot of positive comments. The area in front of the house featured some wonderful cars from the National Motor Museum, including the ‘poster car’ for the event, the unique Vanvooren-bodied 1925 Rolls-Royce.

Without national publicity it’s encouraging that a few interstate visitors attended the show, and eagle-eyed visitors would have noticed a few interstate number plates on display cars…

As many visitors and exhibitors acclaimed the event, a lot of positive comments referred to the show making a big impact and being set to become the prime elite event for Adelaide’s motoring fraternity in the future. So many rare vehicles, displayed in such a beautiful environment, made such classy entertainment enjoyed by everyone involved, was the feeling expressed by so many.

A team of Judges wandered through the displays and selected cars in four categories which exuded the greatest style – not judgement of condition or quality of restoration. Our judges were: Margaret Anderson, CEO of History SA, renowned motoring journalist Paul Murrell, Frank O’Neill, President of the Rotary Club of Adelaide, and Event Director Paul Blank, who was Chief Judge. The People’s Choice winner was a magnificent yellow 1929 Packard Roadster, owned by Peter Whelan.

Benficiary charities were Meals on Wheels SA, Huntington’s Disease Research & Trojan’s Trek.

Event Director and creator of Celebration of the Motorcar, Paul Blank from Automotive Events Management was thrilled with the outcome, saying “It has been a lot of work, but with the support of the National Motor Museum from the very start and the amazing group of people in the Rotary Club of Adelaide, we’ve achieved an outstanding result. I’m so pleased with the comments we’ve been getting about how well the inaugural Adelaide event has worked out. I’m excited for next year’s event already.” 

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Lancia Flaminia Rolls-Royce Vanvooren

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