In December, Adelaide plays host to a high powered event that celebrates motorsports of all kinds - the Adelaide Motorsport Festival. Rev heads might know Adelaide for Mad March's Clipsal 500, but this festival is about more than just V8s. The four day runs from Thursday December 7th till Sunday December 10th and you'll get an opportunity to spot everything from high-performance street cars through to heritage touring cars.
Thursday kicks off the Adelaide Rally - a three-day touring event with a variety of driving activities and competitions spread all across greater Adelaide. The locations cover iconic stretches of road with tracks like the Mallala Motorsport Park and Collingrove Hillclimb.
Day one trails through the Adelaide Hills to the Barossa for the Collingrove Hilllclimb, a 750m asphalt road that climbs almost 70m. From there the cars make their way back through the Adelaide Hills to finish at Victoria Park.
On day two, the race heads up to Mallala and then back through Chain of Ponds. Day three is a drive through Southern Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills, with Willunga Hill starting the day and a Victoria Park sprint to finish things off. Registrations for the Adelaide Rally have closed, but there will be some great vantage points along the routes to get a great view of all the cars involved.
The weekend festivities get started early with Friday evening's AMF Gouger Street Party. Beginning with a police-escorted parade featuring names like Craig Lowndes, Garth Tander and Troy Bayliss, the evening continues with entertainment along the popular dining strip. There will be an evening of live music, fantastic cars on display and vintage racing games like Daytona and Sega Rally. You won't have to look far for food, with Gouger Street's many options available for a feed.
Gates open at Victoria Park at 8:30am on Saturday. The full schedule can be found on the Adelaide Motorsports Festival website. It seems like organisers have found a place for each and every kind of vehicle, with the line up showing off supercars, a timeline of Porsches, historic sport sedans, classic motorcycles and turbo 4-wheel-drives among many other vehicles. Whether you like them fast, sleek or classic - there's something for everyone.
For more information about the festival, head to the Adelaide Motorsports Festival website. You can purchase tickets to the spectator events online, but others like the Gouger Street Party and the Uraidla Audi-Solitaire Street Party are free community events.
Saturday and Sunday tickets are $30 each, or a weekend pass will set you back $50. Tickets for children under 14 are just $5 for the whole weekend. Those after a splurge will be relaxing in the Aston Martin VIP Suite with Simon Bryant catering and wine, sparkling and gin all included.