ABOUT THE EVENT

The Geelong Revival Motoring Festival will take place on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of November 2018. This action packed motoring festival, held on Geelong’s picturesque waterfront, is an event not to be missed!

Take pole position for the historic quarter-mile sprints, as 300 classic and exotic cars and motorcycles sprint down Ritchie Boulevard at full throttle. Join us in the park for the Revival Hillclimb!

The Geelong Waterfront will be covered with over 600 quirky, valuable and fascinating vehicles that are guaranteed to please anyone with an appreciation for unique vehicles. We kick off celebrations with the Friday Night Cruise, featuring over 600 vehicles, as we prepare for a huge weekend of motorsport.

If cars and motorcycles aren’t enough to get you excited, classic boats and vintage aircraft will also be on display, so make sure you look to the seas and sky! Take a step back in time into our vintage lifestyle zone featuring live music, trade stalls, delicious food and entertainment. The lifestyle zone wouldn’t be complete without our Vintage Caravan Display and of course the National Vintage Fashion Awards, a crowd favourite! Motoring enthusiasts can top off their weekend in our trade expo zone, featuring great displays, sales and unique demonstrations.

The Geelong Revival Motoring Festival is the ideal way to spend a day out with the whole family and this year’s event is going to be a memorable one! We can’t wait to see you all there for some good, old-fashioned fun!

HISTORY

The Geelong Revival Motoring Festival revives the excitement and spectacle of the original Geelong sprints. It’s a celebration of Geelong’s motoring history.

First run in 1956, The Geelong Sprints were founded by Murray Rainey, a prominent identity in the Geelong automotive industry and member of the Western District Car Club. A former F3 Champion (1956-58), Mr Rainey modelled the original Geelong Sprints on the famous Brighton UK Speed Trials. Keen to promote Geelong, Mr Rainey was also instrumental in offering the local community a chance to see Australian motor sport identities competing in some of the most powerful and exotic sports and racing cars of the time.

Held on and around the Geelong Waterfront, the course is as picturesque as it is practical. The quarter-mile sprint is held along Ritchie Boulevarde and the track is lined along one side by The Hill. Forming a natural grandstand, The Hill is where generations of locals have staked out ground to watch vehicles compete.

After not running for 8 years, the event was once again revived in 2012 with an emphasis on the past history of vintage motor sport, be it car and motorcycle racing; vintage caravans; car cruising; retro and vintage fashion – the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival is a celebration of motoring culture.

Over the years, competitors have included a significant number of national and international motor racing identities. These include Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss, Lex Davison, Tony Gaze, Bob Jane, Bib Stillwell, Norm Beechey, Doug Whiteford, Jim McKeown, John Harvey, Darcy Russell, Dick Johnson, Win Percy, Jim Richards, Glenn Seton, Craig Lowndes, Formula One champion Mika Hakkinen, Johnny Herbert, Pedro Lamy, Stan Jones and his son Alan. Alan Jones, the World Driver’s Champion of 1980, launched his motor racing career at the 1964 event.

In 2016 a new State Hillclimb Round was added in the park, making the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival one of the few multitrack events on the motoring calendar.

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