WORLD CHAMP AND MOTORCLASSICA TO CELEBRATE 90 YEARS OF AGP
Australia’s own 1980 World Driver’s Champion, Alan Jones, will celebrate 90 years of the Australian Grand Prix at this year’s Motorclassica
The event will be held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne across 12-14 October.
Alan Jones and his father Stan are the only father-son combination to have both won the Australian Grand Prix in its nine-decade history.
“Not enough Australians realise the significance of our Grand Prix event, and its rich history,” Motorclassica Event Director, Paul Mathers, said.
“It’s the second oldest in the world and has been won by some of the most significant racing drivers of the last 100 years, including the likes of our own Jack Brabham and Alan Jones.
“I am delighted to be welcoming Alan Jones to Motorclassica and have no doubt his involvement will add real depth to our tribute to the Australian Grand Prix.”
Motorclassica is Australia’s premier collector and classic car and motorcycle event, incorporating the Australian International Concours d’Elegance and in contrast, the very latest contemporary sports and performance models from the prestige manufacturers.
Among the special events planned for the 2018 event is a tribute to Australia’s most historic motor race.
To celebrate his then-recent win in the World Driver’s Championship, Alan brought his title-winning Williams-Cosworth FW07 Formula 1 car to Melbourne’s Calder track in November 1980 and dominated the Australian Grand Prix event.
Some 21 years earlier, his father Stan drove a Maserati to victory in the very same event at Longford (Tasmania).
“I am very proud of my achievements in winning the World Driver’s Championship of course, but winning the Australian Grand Prix is right up there too, because it’s something my father also achieved, and that makes it very special to me,” Alan said.
“Motorclassica’s recognition of the event’s importance and history is much appreciated, and I am looking forward to being a part of it and sharing my memories.”
Alan will make regular appearances on the Motorclassica stage to talk about his father’s 1959 Australian Grand Prix victory and his own success in 1980, and more broadly about his Formula 1 career.
Motorclassica 2018’s tribute to the world’s second oldest Grand Prix event which has run almost continuously since its inception on the closed dirt roads of Phillip Island, in 1928, will include a display of significant cars from those nine decades.
Also celebrated at Motorclassica 2018 will be the fabulous cars of the Art Deco era with a display of these most extravagant of automotive designs.
“Motorclassica has always been about a celebration of the motoring lifestyle and we endeavour to broaden that every year, to keep the show fresh and widen its appeal,” Paul said.
2018 Motorclassica tickets are on sale now at www.motorclassica.com.au