Motorclassica to shine spotlight on muscle cars
Motorclassica 2022 will shine a special spotlight on all things muscle car, with Australian and American heritage vehicles set to star at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne from October 7 to 9.
From hero nameplates developed in the pony car wars through to homegrown icons, the reimagined Motorclassica event will cover a greater depth of classic and contemporary machinery.
“Much of Australia’s muscle car culture since the 1960s has been formed on the back of a wide range of muscle car innovations,” said Motorclassica Event Director, Jon Treherne.
“Over the years, big horsepower and wild styling have combined to produce a diverse array of machines that fit the muscle car genre, with larger-than-life presence endearing the cars to a tribal following.
“After a two-year hiatus, we’re really proud of the incredible array of vehicles we have gathered for our 2022 Motorclassica showcase.
“In addition to our muscle car feature, we will also celebrate all things Shelby in recognition of that company’s 60th anniversary.
“Of course, outside of all things V8, Motorclassica is set to once again provide something for everyone, with a collection spanning from the earliest examples of the automotive age, through a wide selection of sports and tourers, and the latest and greatest hypercars – it will all be on show.”
‘Tribal lines’ will be drawn in the concours section of activities, with Holden set to go head-to-head with Ford for honours.
From the red side, the iconic HX Sandman Panel van defined the carefree 1970s, with options provided by General Motors allowing enthusiasts to specify their vehicles in an array of combinations.
Various generations of the legendary Monaro nameplate will be present, which saw the marque truly step up to the challenge of motorsport.
The car that added to the brand’s fabled exploits, the Torana LC GTR XU-1, will also be represented.
For lovers of the Blue Oval, a selection of Ford’s most significant Australian-produced cars will take centre stage alongside some of the best locally based examples sourced from North America.
Between the various Phases of the GT-HO Falcon produced prior to the ‘supercar scare’, Ford will also be represented by the classic refinement of the later Landau model.
From the USA, a selection of Mustangs will cover top-tier examples of the line from its remarkable history.
Adding depth to the muscle car conversation will be prime entries from Chevrolet and Dodge, while joining the Australian-made offering on show, an R/T Valliant Charger is also set to star.