F1 machines, V8 Supercars, Historic touring cars, classic sports cars, modern sports cars, and classic motorcycles all jammed into one event over a weekend. This is Adelaide Motorsport Festival 2016.
Friday night saw the official launch with a street party down Gouger Street with several F1 machines casually driving through the streets of Adelaide to attend the event, as well as a host of cars from the classic Adelaide Rally lineup.
The Adelaide parklands was transformed into the central hub for the Victoria Park sprint with over 220 cars hittting the track made up of a section of the historic Adelaide Grand Prix Street Circuit. 35+ degree days were not enough to hold back the crowd which have a great view of the street course despite being behind rather tall fencing (which you may or may not notice in a few images here from my spectator position!).
F1 Cars were an absolute standout even being technically a demonstration. Included in the lineup was a Leyton House March, two Ferrari F156/85s, a Minardi M189, a Ferrari F412T, a Benetton-BMW, and a Beatrice Lola. Ivan Capelli in the Leyton House March lead the way with a best time of 43.28 seconds, beating out fellow guest stars Stefan Johansson (Ferrari F156/85) and Pierluigi Martini (Minardi M189).
In addition to the impressive F1 gear there was several other categories from Jap Performance to Historic Racing and Supercar Sprints. It was normal to watch an Audi R8, an R35 GTR, and a Mclaren MP4-12C do the rounds and 10 minutes later the track was filled with classic 240Zs, Holden Toranas, and a Jaguar XJS.
The 2-day classic Adelaide rally was also taking place on the days prior, and finished with a twilight session at the Victoria Park street circuit on the Saturday. It was taken out by Michael Busby and John Caldicott in a Mazda RX7, just ahead of a Triumph TR7, and a Toyota AE86.
The festival is still in its infancy but 2016 had a great response from competitors, sponsors, and of course the fans, that Adelaide Motorsport Festival 2017 and onwards promises great things from this spectacular event.