Iconic EH-Holden out in action


Originally purchased unfinished, this 1964 EH Holden has been restored and continues to be developed and improved upon.

The owner strives to maintain the classic “period correct” outside appearance, but has updated the performance gear to more modern systems.

The vintage Aussie car is filled with a 2900cc Holden 6 HP block engine, a 5-speed transmission as well as 4-wheel disk brakes.

Loaded with impressive power, this iconic machine is sure to gain the attention of the Geelong Revival crowd.

‘Peanut’ revived for the Motor Festival


‘Peanut’ is a 1970 Honda N360 which was brought back from the dead after being discovered at a local Victorian wrecking yard.

The car was destined for the crusher, and was found with a caved-in roof, faded rust-stained paint, flat cracked tires and a water filled engine. However, Peanut has since been restored and is looking healthier than ever.

This 2-cylinder pocket rocket has been given a new life and has been entered to compete in this year’s Geelong Revival quarter-mile sprints.

Although the mustard coloured vehicle isn’t the most powerful entrant, weighing in with a 350cc, 2-cylinder overhead valve engine, that doesn’t matter for its owner, and perfectly encapsulates what the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival is all about; a passion for all things motor.

1949 MG TC loaded with experience


This fast road 1949 MG TC special is a well-travelled competitor.

Campaigning in NSW in speed and regularity events, the MG was then passed through the family and travelled to Queensland. The vehicle then campaigned throughout the Sunshine State for some time, before arriving in Victoria in 2011.

It is fitted with an impressive 1350cc Supercharged MG motor and can be seen sporting the British Racing Green colour down the racetrack.

Since arriving in Victoria, it has been used in several speed and hill-climb events, further building up its experience and expertise, and is now ready to tackle the Geelong Revival events.

Jaguar/MG hybrid ready for action


What do you get when you cross an MG with a Jaguar? You get this wonderful creation.

The car was originally built in the 1960s using a 1958 MGA roadster chassis and body, combined with a Jaguar Mark VIII drive train and a 3.4 litre engine.

A little later on in the 60s, the engine was replaced with a 4.2 litre Jaguar Mark X engine, giving the vehicle a little more power under the hood.

Recently, the car has been through some rebuilding and refurbishment, with upgrades to the brakes and suspension, as well as a body reconstruction, between 2006 and 2015.

Finished with a British Racing Green colour scheme, this test tube-esque creation contains the best of both worlds and is sure to be a unique project for motoring enthusiasts to come and enjoy.

Renault Australia joins forces with the Geelong Revival for the second year


Renault Australia is preparing for another year in partnership with the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival and this year – in conjunction with Rex Gorell Renault – it is kicking it up a gear.

“Renault Australia is thrilled to share the Megane Trophy V6 with motorsport fans at this year’s Geelong Revival,” said Renault Australia Managing Director Mr. Andrew Moore.

While Renault Australia arranges for the Renault Megane V6 to tear down the tarmac in the headline event, Dean Canto is the man prepared to make it happen.

Dean Canto is a household name in Australian motorsport for years. Winning a number of Supercars and GT events and currently co-driving with Prodrive Racing Australia, Canto will be sure to show the crowds just what the Megane Trophy V6 can do.

Canto will run the race version of the Renault Megane R.S. road car down the raceway of the revival’s headline event: the national sprint. He will drive it four times on the Saturday and Sunday.

“The Megane Trophy V6 is a high-speed racing machine. Its acceleration, cornering and braking performance is outstanding and I can’t wait to put it through its paces at the year’s Geelong Revival” Dean Canto says.

“We are thrilled Canto agreed to be one of our drivers at this year’s Geelong Revival and are just as excited to announce that this year our 2017 Renault brand ambassador Alex Peroni will also take to the raceway” says Mark Manns, Renault Australia’s National Service Manager.

Renault ambassador Alex Peroni will be joining the team, driving the New-look Clio R.S. as it was made to be driven. Peroni is a young Australian racing driver from Tasmania competing in the Formula Renault Eurocup; the F1 feeder program that has featured the likes of Alain Prost, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

With Alex Peroni behind the wheel of the Clio R.S. and Dean Canto putting pedal to the metal in the Megane Trophy V6, the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival is a weekend not to be missed.

The Renault F1 Simulator will be set up in the Lifestyle Zone, providing motorsport fans the opportunity to be put to the test in a time-trial, racing against the clock.

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 more than 300 classic cars and motorcycles sprint down the foreshore.

Targa Florio Partnership

Targa Florio Partnership

Australia’s largest classic motoring event has teamed up with Targa Florio Australian Tribute to put on the biggest and best Geelong Revival Motoring Festival this November.

The special partnership will attract many more international competitors, fans and global attention, with several Targa Florio participants signing up for this year’s classic ¼ mile sprints and hillclimb event at the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival.

Scott Pigdon, Motorsport Director of the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival explained that many Targa Florio participants are adding the Revival event to their itinerary as a ‘taster’, before Stage One of the open road regularity kicks off in Geelong the following week.

“We are really excited to have more classic motorsport on show in our own backyard and coinciding with this year’s Geelong Revival Motoring Festival.

“Targa Florio is a prestigious event that attract competitors from all over the world and we feel privileged to add more unique cars to our already impressive list of classic vehicles coming to this year’s event,” said Mr Pigdon.
Before Formula 1 racing, the Targa Florio was the most difficult and challenging race for cars on earth, attracting the great racing car drivers and the most important international car makers, such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Bugatti, Lancia, Maserati, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.

Targa Florio takes place from 29th November- 3rd December 2017, the week following the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival (24th-26th November).

Beyond the historic quarter mile sprints and all new hillclimb, the Geelong Revival plays host to a classic motorshow, vintage fashion and caravans, a motor expo, demonstrations and much more all weekend.

Event organisers expect 70,000 visitors across the weekend, with over 1,000 cars and bikes on display and 300 vehicles competing in racing.

Tickets and race entries are still available at geelongrevival.com.au


Allard J2

In 1945, Sydney Allard formed Allard Motors Limited to build low volume sports car for the UK and USA market. Arguably the most famous model he built was the J2. The J2 was extremely popular in the USA and had many successful results in motor racing. Only a very small number came to Australia. This example is believed to be the first J-type Allard brought into Australia by Rube Gardiner in 1950. Originally, most J2s cars were fitted with a side valve Ford V8, but this particular car had a Chrysler OHV V8 fitted in the mid-60s.

After importing the car, Rube Gardiner sold the car to Mr Stan Jones (1980 F1 Campion Alan Jones’ Father) who used it to finish second in his class in the Australian Hillclimbing Championship that year.

In 1951, Stan Jones entered the Allard with Ern Seeliger as the driver in the 1951 The Victorian Trophy Race (a 17 lap 51 mile event) and crossed the finish line in 8th  position and finished 4th on handicap. (Interestingly Jones entered and drove Maybach 1 in the same race crossing the finish line in 1st position and finished 3rd on handicap.

In 1952, Stan sold the Allard to Tom Hawkes from Geelong, who raced it throughout Australia and New Zealand over the next few years with considerable success. Hawkes significantly upgraded the performance of the engine including a set of the then rare and expensive American based ARDUN high performance heads.

For hillclimbing the car was often fitted with dual rear wheels and it also gained a reputation as one of the noisiest cars racing in the country. It disappeared from prominence after the 1955 Tasmanian Trophy at Longford, where it retired after being timed at 137 mph on the straight.

It reappeared in the mid 60s with the Chrysler V8 motor (this type of engine was a factory option when the cars were built in the 1950s), after having been rebuilt by Ian McDonald. Pieces were found as far apart as Adelaide and Tasmania.

In 1978 at the inaugural return of the Geelong Speed Trials, it had a class win with a time of 14.8 seconds, driven by Rod Murphy and owned by Richard Ralph.

In the late 1990s, the car was acquired by its current owner near Geelong, who has since returned the car to its original 1950s form including fitting the rare and original type of high performance ARDUN Ford V8 engine located in America.

The Geelong Revival Motoring Festival is proud to present this fine race car as a part of the 2017 event.

Supporting Stroke Survivors

Geelong Revival Motoring Festival is proud to be supporting one of our long time competitors Claire Greig in her quest to help Stroke Survivors. The Will to walk Fundraiser lunch at Terindah Estate is happening on Friday October 13 from 2pm and is helping to raise money for the Barwon Stroke Support Centre. It will be a fantastic day with some great auction item including a Geelong Revival VIP Ultimate Pack.

Will 2Walk Lunch at Terindah Estate
90 McAdams Lane, Bellarine
Friday 13th October 12.00pm – 4.30pm
Canapes on arrival, delicious sit down lunch, beautiful Terindah Estate sparkling and wine, Odyssey Brewing Co Beer, live music,
special guests, amazing live auction items and raffle

Tickets $150
Your support will help raise much needed funds for the Barwon Stroke Support Centre.


Renault Megane Trophy V6 @ Revival

Introducing the Renault Megane Trophy V6! The race version of the Renault Megane R.S street vehicle featuring the same front and rear light units and windscreen as the road car. The Renault Eurocup Mégane Trophy was a one-make racing series created and managed by Renault Sport. It was Renault’s premier saloon car championship and formed part of the World Series by Renault program and raced at Europe’s most prestigious venues including Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone, Magny-Cours & Hungaroring. The series was aimed at upcoming youngsters coming up through the ranks of single-seater formulae as well as gentleman drivers.

Not only do we welcome the Renault Megane Trophy V6 to the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival for the first time, but we also welcome with it Cameron McConville, who will be taking to the wheel and sending the beauty flying down the straight all weekend! Cameron McConville is a decorated V8 Supercar driver and we feel privileged to welcome him to Geelong and to our 1/4 Mile Sprint.

Cam McConville

In 2010 the car was used at the launch of the Renault Sport Megane 250 at Broadford Raceway. Journalists, Renault Head Office and dealer staff were given hot laps in the Trophy V6 driven by Jim Richards. The car was prepared and run by Renault Sport staff from France then ran at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2012.

In 2013 Walkinshaw and Renault Sport France conducted a shakedown of the car at Calder Park with Cameron McConville behind the wheel. The car was then used for demonstration laps at the Australian Grand Prix where the car was driven by David Coulthard. Earlier this year Renault Australia and Walkinshaw ran a shakedown of the car at Winton Motor Raceway where is was driven by Cameron McConville. The car will be used by Renault Australia as part of their Renault Technician and Apprentice incentive program known as the 2016 Megane Trophy Challenge.

Megane Trophy Parked

Here at Geelong revival Motoring Festival, we are over the moon that the Renault Megane Trophy V6 will be racing in our invited category as part of the 2016 Megane Trophy Challenge. So make sure you get down to the track and keep an eye out for this beautiful piece of machinery, hitting the 1/4 mile on the both Saturday and Sunday!

1977 Mazda Capella Rotary

Mazda Capella Rotary rx2 queenscliff


This Mazda Capella Rotary was purchased from it’s original owner in 2005 with 94,000km on the clock. It was originally purchased from Mazda House, Lakemba.

Sporting a 1600cc engine and a three speed auto, it served it’s current owner well as a learner car.

Mazda Capella Rotary 1 Original Capella

As Ben grew, so did his Mazda.

It’s currently running a 13b Bridgeport, running series 4 Rx7 6 port rotors fed by an Injection Perfection twin 50mm throttlebody and 4x Series 5 Rx7 550cc injectors.

Mazda Capella Rotary engine bay

The car also has a twin fogger 150hp wet nitrous oxide system, which Ben rarely gets the opportunity to utilise. It’s cooled by a PWR radiator and oil cooler and controlled by an extensively modified Megasquirt Ms2 Fuel injection computer.

Power travels through a series Rx7 Turbo gearbox and custom tail shaft to fully restored 13×7 Rebel wheels with Yokohama Advan A048 tyres.

The interior is mostly standard, with a re-skinned dash and multiple gaugues to keep an eye on the engine.

Mazda Capella Rotary Interior

The body is completely original, apart from the front and rear wheel arches.

Mazda Capella Rotary - Ben Walsh 1

Fully registered and road worthy, the car has competed in the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival since it’s reintroduction, as well as many supersprints, motorkhanas and drag days.