2014 Ballarat Festival of Motoring
Tuesday November 4 (Melbourne Cup
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 at the
Ballarat Airfield - which remains recognized as the only airfield
based motor racing circuit in Australia to host an International
motor racing meeting.
If you enjoy the old world charm of regional Victoria and an
opportunity to show and drive your prized historic vehicle with a
group of like-minded enthusiasts, then we invite you to join us at
this year's Ballarat Festival of Motoring on Melbourne Cup Day.
In keeping with the festivals ongoing objective of showcasing
Ballarat's iconic locations, this year's event will be based at the
Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.), Stawell St
Ballarat East. The event will focus on an "Exhibition of unique
cars and motorcycles from yesteryear" and will cater for anyone
wanting to enter a pre 1990 car, commercial vehicle or motorcycle.
Entry Forms for the Show & Shine and Tour de Ballarat will be
available on arrival.
Participants must arrive by 11am in time to participate in a
tour of Ballarat's iconic locations. Coffee/morning tea can be
purchased from the MADE canteen from 10am and
their outdoor barbeque will also be operating on the day.
Awards in the form of Ballarat Festival of Motoring
Commemorative Lapel Badges and
Medallions will be presented to the best vehicles
as identified by the Judging Team on the day. The Entry Fee for the
day which includes the Tour de Ballarat and the
Show & Shine will be $10/car.
The Mini Minor and its derivatives will be the celebrated marque
The Tour de Ballarat on good country roads will involve a
general knowledge Question and Answer component to recognise an
award recipient at the end of the day.
Tour participants to return to MADE from midday onwards.
The Award Ceremony will take place at
4pm. Award recipients as identified by the judging panel will
- Tour de Ballarat - from 11am until
- Outright best score in the General Knowledge Q&A component.
- Best Car
- Best Motorcycle
- Best individual or couple in period dress
Show and Shine - from 12:30pm until 3pm:
- Some 10 Classes will cater for Pre and Post World War 2
cars; motorcycles and commercial vehicles. They will include
provision for cars (pre-1990 both best restored and best preserved
examples); motorcycles (pre-1990 both best restored and best
preserved examples); and commercials (pre-1970 both best restored
and best preserved examples).
- The Mini Minor and its derivatives will be the celebrated
marque this year and additional awards will recognise the best
examples on display.
Classic Motoring films will be shown in the comfort of
the MADE auditorium.
Each participant to be given a ticket (on arrival at
MADE prior to 11am) in a Melbourne Sweep with the cup to be
televised in the Auditorium at 3pm.
Participants can make use of the on-site Café or
A large group of motoring enthusiasts traditionally travel from
beyond Ballarat to become part of the festival which has resulted
in creating what is now recognized as an annual gathering of world
class historic touring cars; sports cars; racing cars, motor cycles
and commercial vehicles of a caliber not often seen in regional
Last year's Show & Shine winners were:
- Class 1 (Pre 1940) best restored car: Rodger Birch - 1930
- Class 2 (1940 to 1959) best restored car: Doug Reid - 1955
- Class 3 (1960 to 1979) best restored sports car: Greg Nicholls
- 1967 Austin Healey 3000.
- Class 3 (1960 to 1979) best restored sedan: Victor Pace - 1974
- Class 4 (1980 to 1990) best restored car: Barry Allison - 1989
Nissan Skyline R31.
- Class 5 (Pre 1970) best restored commercial vehicle: Virginia
Waller - 1955 Landrover series 1.
- Class 6 (Pre 1970) best preserved/unrestored car: Ian Waller -
1969 Jaguar E-type.
- Class 7 (Pre-1940) best restored motorcycle (dual
recipient): Catrina Sargent - 1929 Scott Super Squirrell.
- Class 8 (Pre-1940) best restored motorcycle (dual
recipient): Colin Sargent - 1929 Scott Flying Squirrell.
- Class 9 (1975 to 1990) best restored motorcycle: Peter Smith -
1976 Harley Davidson trike.
- Class 10 best restored Bolwell coupe: John Hartney - 1970
- Class 11 best restored Bolwell convertible: Phillip White -
- Class 12 Outright Winner: Victor Pace - 1974 Mercury
And Last year's Mining Exchange Motor Show award
- People's Choice (car) - 1st. Place -1965 FORD
Anglia entered by the Smith family;2nd. Place - VOLVO
P1800 entered by Andrew Hallam.
- People's Choice (motorcycle) - 1st. Place - SCOTT Squirrel
entered by Catrina Sargent; 2nd. Place - MATCHLESS.
- Exhibitor travelling the longest distance - the ex IGNIS/Colin
Bond Alfa Romeo GTV6 entered by Hugh Harrison.
- Best Display - Kilmartins Automotive Sheet Metal.
The festival's aim is to create a very special, good
value/minimal cost and diverse community motoring festival for
fellow enthusiasts and their families, in an effort to cater for
In the immediate post WWII period up until 1961 the Ballarat
Aerodrome played an important role in the history of Australian
motor sport. The list of famous drivers who competed at the
aerodrome reads like a who's who of Australian motor sport. Some of
them competed in many of the world's great racing cars including
Bill Patterson (Cooper-Climax); Alec Mildren (Cooper-Climax); John
Leighton (Cooper); Lex Davison (Aston Martin); Stan Jones
(Cooper-Climax); Bib Stillwell (Cooper-Climax); Arnold Glass
(Cooper-Maserati); Austin Miller (Cooper-Climax); Bryan Thomson
(Monza); John Ampt (Cooper-Jaguar); John Fish (Decca); Norm Beechey
(Holden); Jim McKeown (Holden); Harry Firth (Porsche); Murray
Carter (Corvette Special); David McKay (Fiat 1800); and Bob Jane
Ballarat has a huge amount to offer and makes an ideal Cup
Day getaway via good roads from Melbourne. So get your fellow club
members and family together for an inexpensive day and escape the
Melbourne Cup Day metropolitan traffic.
Participants must conform to the road traffic laws and vehicles
must be either fully road registered or make use of the VicRoads
2014 Club Permit Scheme.
Further instructions will be available at MADE on the day
including an opportunity to ask any related questions.
Ballarat is the Host City for the festival which is being
organized in conjunction with Ballarat Regional Tourism and a
consortium of motor sporting administration and event specialists;
participating local car clubs and community service
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
for current updates including Event status reports; Sponsor details
and Media information.
If you know of someone who has any related memorabilia; or was
involved in any of the Ballarat Airfield motor sport meetings as
either a spectator; sponsor; official or competitor, then please
contact John Emery on 0408 570 217 or email@example.com
We acknowledge the following for the use of their photos in this
document - The COURIER, John Hartigan, Gary Hill (Elgee Words
& Pictures), Ian Wilson Photography, Alex Lance (Bonhams),
Bruno Deldin (Ballarat Foto Specialists) and the Gary Grant