Our state has a proud history of motorsport which stretches right back to the early days of Grand Prix racing at Victor Harbor in 1936 and Lobethal in 1939. Since then we’ve hosted famous rallies, staged races at circuits including Adelaide International Raceway and Mallala, and we were home to an enduringly popular round of the Formula One World Championship for a decade in the 80s and 90s.
It’s not all in the past, either. Today we have hundreds of small and medium motorsport companies pushing for success on a global stage. Brabham Automotive are manufacturing hypercars in our city for worldwide export, and the opening of The Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend is set to continue the South Australian motorsport story for decades to come.
It is all this and more that we celebrate at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival, proudly hosted by the Sporting Car Club of South Australia, the second-oldest continually running car club in the world.
There is an immense amount of history and intrigue lapping Victoria Park at speed this weekend, and every one of these cars deserves a second look. It’s only at an event like the Adelaide Motorsport Festival that you can meet the owners, ask the questions, and learn a little more about the cars that take your interest.
It’s in this spirit that we’ve collated this Event Journal. It’s not an exhaustive guide, nor is it a blow-by-blow account of everything you could see. We simply asked some questions, were surprised by what we learnt, and assembled it all here to aid in your discovery.
This Event Journal is intended as a starting point to help you get the most from the Adelaide Motorsport Festival.
Inside this issue:
// our first champion
// filming the impossible
// the mountain cat
// around the next corner
// the air racer
// first time around
// leyton house march cg891
// how to start an f1 car
// when racing cars rule the streets
// coming full circle
// The must-see cars of AMF