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Autofest 2018

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by Camille Newlands (subscribe)
Science and maths teacher, mum, wife, avid knitter. Find me at....... Brisbane South Knitting Meetup (
Drool over the finest cars while eating a pretzel
When someone says to me 'let's go to Oktoberfest' my mind conjures up lots of images of beer steins, pork knuckles, sausages and lederhosen, but I was totally unaware that as a part of Oktoberfest celebrations, there is Autofest. Even my husband, a total rev head, was completely unaware of it.

Autofest Oktoberfest
German engineering on display

I didn't grow up in a family of car enthusiasts and our family motto was 'if it worked, was roadworthy, then it was good car'! I am now married to rev head who watches Porsche promotional videos on Youtube for fun and having been to my fair share of car shows, I now enjoy walking around admiring the beautifully maintained vehicles; dreaming about what I might buy if I won the lotto. It is also good because it gets you closer to your 10000 steps without it feeling like hard work and in an enjoyable, sociable environment.

The iconic Kombi van on display.

The kids will also enjoy it. I have been surprised how my children enjoy walking around a car show. They love to have their photo taken with their favourite car and they will honestly tell you how you need to improve your automobile game when they find the car they would like to be chaffered to school in each morning! As I love to promote STEM, it is also a great way to introduce them to STEM in the real world - car design, aerodynamics, mechanical engineering. What a way to introduce them to future jobs by looking at some of the finest engineered vehicles in the automotive world.

VW beetle
Kids enjoying looking at cars.

Now if your family has a budding mechanical engineer and car enthusiast this is a great day out. And unlike other car shows, after you have drooled over the vehicles that you would love to own, you can participate in all the other Oktoberfest activities: Puppet Making Workshop, Animal Farm, Lantern Making Workshop, Lantern Parade, heaps of different types of German cultural entertainment and eat fabulous German Cuisine. On Sunday they also have FREE RIDES FOR THE KIDS - Bargain! Gate tickets on Sunday are $25 per adult with children (0-17yrs) free with every paying adult. Prices are cheaper online.

Do you own a German vehicle?
Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Voltswagon and Opel are just some of the classic well known German brands or do you own a lesser known classic car or supercar?

Here is your chance to polish it up and show it off. Submissions of registration are now open for Autofest at Oktoberfest Brisbane 2018. Now, there are no prizes for best car etc. but everyone who showcases their car is a winner as registrations for approved vehicles are FREE and includes FOUR FREE Festival Passes for Sunday 14th October.

Register at
Registrations close Tuesday 9th October.
For more information email:

VW Beetle
A German classic car.

Important additional information.
Oktoberfest is cashless - the entire site. You will be required to set up a Digital Wallet Online before you go.

Win a trip to Germany -

Location: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Australia.
Entry: Entry only via Gregory Terrace.
Cost: $25 per adult ($22 online) and children free with accompanying adult
Parking:   Brisbane Showgrounds for $13 per day. Access via Gregory Tce.
Taxi:   Gregory Terrace – supervised taxi rank.
Public transport:   Check the Translink Journey Planner.
NOTESaturday and Sunday 14th & 15th track closure is between Roma Street and Corinda, buses will replace trains all weekend.
Bus:  Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital or Wickham Street (Fortitude Valley) stations.
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When: Sunday 14th October 2018
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Australia
Cost: $25
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