Motorclassica Melbourne: Australia's Concours d'Elegance

Words & Photography: Luke Ray

Motorclassica is Australia's premiere gathering of some of the finest classic cars and motorcycles under ownership in this country. The opportunity to see such a fine mix of automotive history at one of the (if not the) finest buildings in Melbourne, the Royal Exhibition Building, makes it a must-do on the automotive calendar every year.

Open over a three day weekend, I took the early slot and slipped in on Friday morning for a few hours to take it all in. I say all, that's no entirely true as the outside club displays change each day. It woudl be impossible to try to photograph and upload photos off all the cars and bikes on display in that amount of time, but what follows is a selection of what I saw. Not the best, not the favourites, but I suppose a large handful of those that pandered to my tastes.

Motorclassica is on right now, ending Sunday afternoon (23rd October).

There's always something offbeat and different tucked away, like this Lambretta crêperie trike.

There's always something offbeat and different tucked away, like this Lambretta crêperie trike.

One of the celebrated marques this year is Ducati, so there was a superb line up of nearly all models...

One of the celebrated marques this year is Ducati, so there was a superb line up of nearly all models...

...Such as this stunning 1971 450 SCD Replica.

...Such as this stunning 1971 450 SCD Replica.

A 1964 Jaguar C-Type replica waiting in the auction area.

A 1964 Jaguar C-Type replica waiting in the auction area.

1931 Frazer Nash Boulogne

1931 Frazer Nash Boulogne

1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL in a perfect colour scheme.

1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL in a perfect colour scheme.

1896 Benz Velo. What a treat to see such an historical vehicle.

1896 Benz Velo. What a treat to see such an historical vehicle.

1953 Alfa Romeo 1900CS.

1953 Alfa Romeo 1900CS.

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300BB.

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300BB.

This 1932 Ford 18 Special was a particular stand out.

This 1932 Ford 18 Special was a particular stand out.

1914 Model T still in the box!

1914 Model T still in the box!

1968 Shelby GT350.

1968 Shelby GT350.

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Replica.

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Replica.

1940 Ford Deluxe 2-Door Coupe.

1940 Ford Deluxe 2-Door Coupe.

1958 BMW Isetta.

1958 BMW Isetta.

1974 BMW 2002 Tii Alpina A4 Coupe Replica.

1974 BMW 2002 Tii Alpina A4 Coupe Replica.

1987 BMW JPS E30 M3 GPA

1987 BMW JPS E30 M3 GPA

Outside the hall the Mercedes-Benz club were set up...

Outside the hall the Mercedes-Benz club were set up...

...As were the Mini club of Victoria.

...As were the Mini club of Victoria.