2013 Ballarat Festival of Motoring

Featuring an Exhibition of Unique Cars, Motorcycles & Models from Yesteryear to Today

History Lives in Ballarat - Ballarat's historic motor sport significance includes recognition as the venue where motor racing re-commenced after World War II in Victoria; and the only airfield based motor racing circuit in Australia to host an International motor racing meeting.

The 2013 festival commenced in Buninyong on Melbourne Cup day with a free entry "Show and Shine" in the grounds of the historic Uniting Church, followed by the "Tour de Ballarat" -  a leisurely drive to Ballarat's Historic Mining Exchange via scenic routes that feature Ballarat's historic land marks,  in time for a 1pm arrival at the Mining Exchange in Lydiard Street,  for the official Launch of the Festival  Motor Show and the presentation of awards to the "Show and Shine" Class and Outright Winners. Sponsor REPCO and their Retail Concept Manager - David Jones awarded high quality automotive products for a fun based Q & A activity that was part of the awards presentations.

This year's Motor Show focused on an "Exhibition of unique cars and motorcycles from Yesteryear to Today" and the exhibits were chosen with the objective of providing maximum appeal for every interest group. Vehicles included examples from Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Peugeot and Volvo.  Rare and special interest vehicles included Scott Squirrel water cooled 3 cylinder motorcycles; a  vintage Salt Flat racer; an historic Porsche racer; a display of big Austin-Healey's featuring two extremes - unrestored and fully restored examples; and a 1960's Volvo P1800 fitted when new with a Repco Hi-Power head that was designed and constructed by the late Frank Hallam (who was known as "Mr. Repco-Brabham" in recognition of his role as the  Repco project manager for the successful 1960's Formula One Repco Brabham engine world championship achievements.

The Motor Show included a Model Expo of some 1000 rare high quality die-cast model cars; vintage Tether Cars; model aero planes; and miniature working engines dating from the 1930's.

A large group of motoring enthusiast's travelled from beyond Ballarat to participate.

The festival is a family friendly community event primarily conducted by volunteers in the interests of giving the community an insight into Ballarat's motoring heritage; an opportunity for motoring enthusiasts to participate in inexpensive motoring activities; and giving those invited local car and service clubs involved an opportunity to generate funding for their community work.

Ballarat is the Host City for the festival which is organized in conjunction with Ballarat Regional Tourism and a consortium of motor sporting administration and event specialists; participating local car clubs and community service organizations.


For accommodation options and  for information on any Ballarat tourism related matter call the Ballarat  Visitor Information Centre  at 43 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350 on 1800 44 66 33 (Freecall within Australia) /


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Last updated 3/12/2013