2014 Ballarat Festival of Motoring

Tuesday November 4 (Melbourne Cup Day).

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 this year.

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 include:

  • Tour de Ballarat - from 11am until midday:
  • 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 outdoors barbeque.


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 Victoria.

Last year's Show & Shine winners were:

  • Class 1 (Pre 1940) best restored car: Rodger Birch - 1930 Buick.
  • Class 2 (1940 to 1959) best restored car: Doug Reid - 1955 Holden FJ.
  • 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 Mercury Brougham.
  • 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 Nagari.
  • Class 11 best restored Bolwell convertible: Phillip White - 1969 Nagari.
  • Class 12 Outright Winner: Victor Pace - 1974 Mercury Brougham.


And Last year's Mining Exchange Motor Show award recipients were:

  • 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 all interests.

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 (Maserati 300S).

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.

Spectators welcome.

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 organizations.

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.

See http://www.ballaratfestivalofmotoring.com.au/ 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 johnkemery@bigpond.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 Collection.