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:
- Bathurst. One of the world’s greatest endurance races. It consistently delivers wheel-to-wheel racing and close results. Unmissable.
- Holden Monaro. My all-time favourite Australian-built car. Make mine a 1969 GTS 350 V8 with manual transmission. Awesome.
- 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.
- Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The magic Albert Park location sells Australia like nothing else. Iconic.
- 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.
- 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.
- Motorclassica. A local Melbourne favourite that delivers world-class entertainment for historic vehicle fans. Classy.
- 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.
- Australian Moto GP. Seeing Jack Miller on the podium last year was hugely satisfying. Can he go one better? Exhilarating.
- 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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