Writing and photos by Joshua Fraser
Another year, another Adelaide Motorsport Festival! This year marked the fifth and biggest one yet! With an attendance beating that of last year, we were once again treated to a stunning event. A incredible array of cars participated in both the Adelaide Rally and Victoria Park Sprint, proving to be fan favourites for both everyone involved.
The festivities started on the Wednesday and Thursday with the Adelaide Rally kicking off. Separated by different categories, the field was covered by a vast range of automobiles. Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW all had their own tour with cars new and old from all brands. Behind them, we had the competition categories which included the more rally spec cars. Starting early on Thursday morning, we also had the Prima Tour, which is the more relaxed category.
One of the highlights of the AMF weekend is the Peak Hour of Power Parade! The parade leaves Victoria Park, heads up Wakefield Street and ends up on Gouger Street for the Street Party. The parade includes the best cars the festival has to offer and this year was the biggest yet. 19 cars joined the parade which included the likes of the Holy Trinity, several Formula Ones, the Brabham and the Porsche LeMans cars.
From there, it was time for the Victoria Park Sprint!
With our record breaking attendance, we had to bring out some serious star cars. And we did just that. Making its public track debut, the new, Adelaide produced Brabham BT62 was a highlight! Having ran slow laps at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a few months ago, the AMF was its first time hitting a track properly in front of the public. And I don’t think anyone was disappointed! It looked great and was certainly one of the louder cars of the weekend, one of the faster ones too.
Also a huge favourite with the spectators, the trio of the LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1, otherwise known as the Holy Trinity. Ever since these three launched to the world market back in 2013, they have changed the way people have viewed supercars. So much so, that the term supercar isn’t even used for them, instead hypercar has been coined. All three feature hybrid engines which boosts their horspower towards the 1,000 hp mark. The cars have skyrocketed in value with all three together worth well past the $10 million mark.
The Adelaide Motorsport Festival was the first time the Holy Trinity were display in public together!
Coinciding with the 70th Anniversary of Porsche, two special LeMans 962s attended the event! Although these particular cars/eras had never raced in Adelaide, similar LeMan – styled endurance cars raced in an event called Race of a Thousand Years in 2000 right here in Adelaide. Using the old Grand Prix track, the event was a once off and I believe the only time this style of car has raced here in Adelaide. Regardless, it was great seeing them out for the AMF!
This year, for the first time ever, the action wasn’t just on the ground. It was also in the sky! With Red Bull pilot Matt Hall in his stunt plane, fans were treated to three intense Plane vs Car races. The first, the plane raced the brand new road car, the Porsche 911 GT2RS. To which the plane was successful. The second race, it went face to face with the Brabham BT62 which it still won but this time not by much. The third and final race was the Leyton House Formula One. The Red Bull plane was able to defeat the road and track cars but was no match for the F1!
Over at the Sporting Car Club tent, it wasn’t quite as loud, nor as powerful but it could end up yours, the Volkswagen Polo! Launching our Lottery on the Saturday, we are giving people the opportunity to take home the Polo along with $10,000 worth of travel vouchers! Click here to enter and find out more!
Also representing the Car Club was the display at the front gate! Showcasing what’s on offer at the club, it featured something for everyone!
A big thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s event! Whether it be competitor, official or spectator, this event cannot run without you all. It was once again a great event and we look forward to seeing you all again at the 2019 Adelaide Motorsport Festival!