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24 January 2020

Australia has an amazing motoring resume

It’s Australia Day weekend. Time for backyard cricket, a roast, and a road trip to the beach. It has got me thinking about Australian motoring milestones.

So here it is, my Top 10 Aussie Auto Hits:

  1. Bathurst. One of the world’s greatest endurance races. It consistently delivers wheel-to-wheel racing and close results. Unmissable.
  2. Holden Monaro. My all-time favourite Australian-built car. Make mine a 1969 GTS 350 V8 with manual transmission. Awesome.
  3. Sir Jack Brabham. Three-time Formula 1 World Champion and still the only person to win a world title in a car of their own design. Unrepeatable.
  4. Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The magic Albert Park location sells Australia like nothing else. Iconic.
  5. Australian International Motor Show. No longer with us, but what a ride! For 75 years it dazzled Aussies with the latest and greatest in motoring. Missed.
  6. Aussie ingenuity. From Formula 1-winning Repco V8s, to Bill Buckle’s Goggomobil Dart, and the latest Brabham BT62. We take on the world and often win. Respect.
  7. Motorclassica. A local Melbourne favourite that delivers world-class entertainment for historic vehicle fans. Classy.
  8. Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport. A must-see every March: racing cars from every era at one of the world’s most picturesque circuits. Memorable.
  9. Australian Moto GP. Seeing Jack Miller on the podium last year was hugely satisfying. Can he go one better? Exhilarating.
  10. David Shearer. Australia was building cars back in 1898, not long after the first-ever Benz, built in Germany. Amazing.


Words: VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym. As featured in the Herald Sun 24 January 2020.

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