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Motorclassica 2017
ADDED BY:Webmaster, Monday October 16 2017 at 8:55:40 AM
EDITED BY:Webmaster, Monday October 16 2017 at 9:00:17 AM
It was 7am on Saturday the 14th of October and eight very tired Cobra, GT40 and Daytona owners descend on the McDonalds Restaurant in Collingwood. It's hard to be bright and awake at this time of day, but a hot coffee and the sound of big v8 engines and side pipes certainly woke everyone up.

We had secured a spot at the Motorclassic at the iconic Exhibition Buildings, a premier Melbourne event showcasing vintage, classic and the exotic - not to mention the most valuable vehicles all in one location.

Our display site on the northern plaza of the Exhibition building saw the Victorian Cobra Club displaying alongside Mercedes, Ferrari, Lamborghini and numerous other Marques and clubs.

Motorclassic certainly brought out the enthusiasts and Melbourne is renowned for its mix of gourmet food trucks and the finest meals on wheels were there plying their food options. With celebrity chef George Calombaris, Jimmy Grants, Sliders on Tyres, Twisted Fisherman, Custom Brew and Nuoc Muma to name a few options.

Motorclassic also brings the very best in motor services to one location and the upper level of the Exhibition buildings was there for those that enjoy the motoring lifestyle. With everything from memorabilia, art, parts to newly constructed bodies.

After wandering around the trade area we were left to make some tough decisions on the purchase of a new Lamborghini, a Ferrari or a Rolls but the interest in our cars convinced me we had the best option. Every little kid and big kid wanted a photo with the Club cars.

Good food, great people and even better cars made Motorclassic a fun day for us all and I'm sure this event will be on our calendar next year.

VHRR Petition to Preserve Historic Motor Vehicles
ADDED BY:Webmaster, Tuesday August 22 2017 at 8:09:19 PM
EDITED BY:Webmaster, Tuesday August 22 2017 at 8:11:01 PM
We are sharing the following received from VHRR;

The Australian Government intends to phase out lead in racing fuels from 1 July 2017. With the use of leaded fuel (Avgas) being prohibited from 1 July 2019.
This will impact Classic and Historic motor enthusiasts.

Not only will this affect Historic Racing and Sports Cars, as seen at Sandown. Winton and Philip Island Historic race meetings. Comparable events are conducted in each Australian State and Territory.

The link below will take you to our ePetition

In the “search” box enter EN0314

Every classic and historic motor enthusiast is encouraged to sign the ePetition to extend the approval that was granted to a number of ‘regulated persons’ in 2002, to use a leaded petrol for a particular event, or in preparation for such an event and other authorized uses.

Many factory-released high compression models require octane ratings higher than current unleaded fuels and the protection of tetraethyl lead (TEL) for internal engine components. These vehicles are, in the main, considered as "specialist interest groups" and "hobby vehicles" and they fall into the limited use category, and account for a very small portion of total nationwide petrol usage. A very small segment of the national motor fleet, albeit a very important part as witnessed by the ever increasing public attendance at Classic and Historic Motor Sport meetings and Parades, and other road-based events.

Many of the vehicles found in this category traditionally participate in events such as the ‘Bay-to-Birdwood’, ‘Classic Adelaide’ or similar. Comparable events are conducted in each Australian State and Territory.

Although a very small segment of the national motor fleet is in the affected category, its importance cannot be doubted.

If leaded fuel is not to be available, these cars will disappear from our roads and competition events. Apart from depriving members of the public the pleasure of seeing these vehicles in use, younger Australians and tourists will have no idea of this country’s rich and pioneering motoring heritage going back to the very beginnings of the industry around the turn of the twentieth century. The resultant loss of an industry heavily involved in the restoration and maintenance of old vehicles will decline. Skills still available in this country in parts manufacture, machining, wood and metal working, trimming and spray painting will be lost. How can all this be allowed to happen? The numbers of people involved in these crafts and the numbers of those who own vehicles requiring their expertise throughout Australia are large. The problems which will result from phasing-out leaded fuel will extend well beyond the motor and water sports competition sector.

There is a continuing and demonstrated need for leaded fuel to be supplied to users of some, but not all, veteran, vintage, post vintage and classic vehicles and certain types of racing vehicles.

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