Celebration of the Motorcar

For 2005 Celebration of the Motorcar changes up a gear.  It will be held as a part of a new festival of classic motoring, called Classics in the Park, to be held in the grounds of Perry Lakes in February.

The event will incorporate the creme de la creme of Perth's cars, beautifully displayed in a lovely, shady setting.  Several new models of exotic and prestige makes will be shown to the public for the first time, alongside the finest vintage and classic machinery. 

The Speech & Hearing Centre for Children will be having some fund raising activities on the day.

Food drinks, children's rides and much more will be on site.  All of this will be complemented by the Classic Quarter Mile Sprints, an exciting competition driving event which will be held simultaneously.

For more details, click here to go to the Classics in the Park page.



Claremont campus of Edith Cowan University, Bay Rd, Claremont

10am to 4pm

A beautiful display of the finest classic, exotic and prestige vehicles in Western Australia


Australia's finest classic and exotic car exhibition incorporated some changes for 2003. The highlight new feature for this year was the Grand Parade of the top twenty cars.  These selected cars were paraded in front of the crowd, and a panel of judges, who determined which vehicles had the greatest style.  An announcer described each vehicle as it stopped in front of the judges.  Cars in the Grand Parade ranged from a 100 year old Oldsmobile to the newest releases from Ferrari, Porsche and BMW.

Judges were Graeme Cocks, CEO of the Fremantle Motor Museum, Alex Forrest, classic motoring writer for The West Australian and Bill Buys, motoring Editor for Community Newspapers and the Western Suburbs Weekly.

Winner was the magnificently built Jaguar XJ13 recreation of Frank and Michael Owen, with second place taken by the beautiful and unique Arthur Mulliner bodied Alvis of Trevor Eastwood, and third place was John Brescasin's stylish black Citroen DS 23 Pallas.

2003 was the 40th anniversary of the legendary Porsche 911 and a feature display at Celebration of the Motorcar celebrated this significant anniversary with a special exhibit. Feature cars included the first RHD 911 Turbo made and a very rare 911 Speedster among a good representation of all models.

Display cars included the very first Bentley to have raced at Le Mans, Ferraris from the classic 246 Dino to the latest 360 Spider, five Alvises, a very rare Saleen Mustang, a genuine 1968 Pontiac GTO and the latest Porsche Cayenne 4WD.  BMW will be showing the latest model 5-series which has just been released and a magnificently built replica of the Jaguar XJ13 prototype was shown.

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The Speech & Hearing Centre for Children held a magnificent Champagne Brunch Soiree at the 2003 Celebration of the Motorcar.

Set in the beautiful grounds, overlooking the display of cars, brunch was served from 11.30am to guests.

Well known car enthusiast, collector and owner of the Fremantle and York Motor museums, Peter Briggs, was special guest speaker for those attending the Brunch. And a short auction of some select (and enticing) items followed.






In ideal summer weather, over 200 beautifully presented cars, lovely music from a classical trio, with fine food and drinks all in a picturesque venue made for a wonderful way to spend a day enjoying some of the finer things in life.

Over 2000 people enjoyed this display, where they saw some quite spectacular classic and exotic cars, many shown for the first time in Western Australia.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation held a special Preview Cocktail Party on the Saturday evening.

Feature car:

The fabulous 1955 Porsche 550 Spider came to Western Australia from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany exclusively for the display at the Celebration of the Motorcar. This car was the winner of the Targa Florio race in Italy and a class winner at the prestigious 24-hour race at Le Mans. It has been beautifully restored by the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. This is the first time a 550 Spyder has been seen in Western Australia. The only chance to see this wonderful Porsche, which is valued at $1.5 million will be at Celebration fo the Motorcar.

It was displayed alongside the new model Boxster and a stunning new 911 GT3 as well as a new 996 Targa and a Boxster freshly back from the Porsche rally in Adelaide.

Feature displays:

Studebaker 150 Years

One of the true greats, Studebaker manufactured cars until the 1960s, with some quiute amazing designs developed over the years. The display featured 24 beautifully cared for examples.

A Century of Cadillac

Without doubt the most famous of America's luxury car makers is Cadillac. Makers of supremely luxurious cars many of which have had advanced design and technological features over the years, Cadillac also produced some of the most overtly styled cars ever seen. The Cadillac display ranged from a pink 1959 convertible to a modern Seville STS.


First showing of new models:

Including the incredible all-new model Lamborghini Murcielago twelve cylinder sports car and the amazing lightweight sports-racer Lotus 340R, both being shown for the first time in Western Australia. Also new was the beautiful convertible Aston Martin DB7 V12 Volante, the newly revised Porsche Boxster and just updated MGTF sports. The fabulous new Dodge Viper sports car from Chrysler was on public view for the first time in WA at Celebration of the Motorcar. This stunning V10 supercar attracted a lot of attention - especially finished in bright yellow!












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