Adelaide's premier arts festival, the Adelaide Festival, has an unlikely companion: Adelaide's biggest car race, the Clipsal 500. While Adelaide is packed with festival goers catching Adelaide Fringe comedy shows and Adelaide Festival theatre productions, it's also swimming with motor heads, with Mad March featuring it's share of fast cars and loud music.
This year's Clipsal 500 runs from March 3-6, with four days of racing and four nights of concerts.
If you're into the cars, there's no shortage of races to watch. From the fast and furious Australian GT Championship to the V8 supercars and the Porsche Carrera Cup. For something a little different you can also watch Australian icons battle it out in the Australian V8 Ute Series or watch stunts and jumps of the Super Trucks.
It's not all about the races. One of the event favourites is the F/A-18 Flyerover - something you'll struggle to miss if you're anywhere near the Clipsal grounds. You'll hear, and feel, the jets as they whoosh past. There are presentations, signings, bikes and merchandise.
At night the concerts are the main attraction. Thursday afternoon is for the younger crowd with Reece Mastin taking the stage - no doubt surrounded by teenage fans. Peking Duck and Sneaky Sound System have an energetic Friday night, while Icehouse will bring back memories on Saturday. Sunday night provides the biggest line-up, with Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas headlining with Pete Murray and plenty of other acts supporting for the evening.
Tickets start from just $45, so there's an option to suit any budget. If you want a more premium experience, purchase a premium platform ticket to get you the best seats in the house.