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Fans of Vintage and Veteran Cars Will Love Motorfest Adelaide
Motorfest 2016 is a two week festival in Adelaide and regional South Australia. While targeted at motoring enthusiasts, Motorfest is full of fun things to do which most people will enjoy - day trips, visits to Adelaide attractions, guided tours and enjoying good food and wine. It's hosted by the Federation of Historic Motoring Clubs SA and one of its highlights is the ever popular Bay to Birdwood Run on September 25. Whether you're a local or a tourist, this is an awesome way to see the sights of Adelaide.
Each day of the festival is themed, with interesting things to do followed by morning tea or a meal where you can socialise with other people you meet. Some events have limited numbers and require booking, but many are open to all.
The program kicks off with on Monday September 18 with a visit to the ABC Adelaide studios at Collinswood. You'll tour the TV studios and control room with an opportunity to meet ABC media personalities. Finish up with an optional lunch at the ABC Cafe.
Take a trip to the Barossa on Day 2 for Motorfest 2016 and let the Barossa Valley Historical Vehicle Club show you the rare Lindner Jaguar Collection, then enjoy a home made morning tea at Bethany. Have great food and wine at a two course lunch at the Lyndoch Hotel in a private room before returning to Adelaide.
Start at Glandore Community Centre for Historical Ramblings on eventful Day 3 which is crammed with activities. First you'll head to the National Trust's Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum with the Gawler Veteran, Vintage & Classic Vehicle Club. Watch a blacksmith work red hot metal, learn what wheelwrights and other tradies did back in the day, and scoff a tasty afternoon tea before hitting the road again.
After having your fill at a tasty BBQ lunch in Dead Man's Pass at Gawler, you can tour through Gawler and on to the Shea-Oak Log Machinery Museum with more than 150 vintage machines on display.
Other fun things to do on the Motorfest 2016 Adelaide program include a trip to the SASMEE model trains at Millswood, followed by a catered BBQ lunch. Join a run of veteran cars from the city to Port Adelaide, take a guided tour of Adelaide Oval, escape the city with a farm visit in the Adelaide Hills, or take a leisurely tour through the Fleurioeu Peninsula with a visit to the Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum.
The day after the Bay to Birdwood Run is a day trip to the popular National Military Vehicle Museum. You'll get privileged access including a tour of the restoration workshop, and the chance to ride in "Miss Stuart" an operational 1942 American M3 Tank.
Much of Motorfest 2016 Adelaide is history themed, and it's good to see that our environmental heritage is included too. The program includes a visit to historic Hallett Cove and exploring the area on the boardwalk. It's a ruggedly beautiful part of the coast in South Australia, and includes geological and indigenous points of interest. The flora and fauna is well worth a look too.
Many people who take part in Motorfest are owners of veteran vehicles, but it is not essential - drivers of any vehicles are welcome to join in the fun things to do. Children are welcome but you will need to check their charges for individual events.
See The Amphitheatre at Hallett Cove Conservation Park
Motorfest 2016 Adelaide runs from Monday September 19 to Friday 30th. View or download the full program of events here, but the cost are not mentioned in the program. Most events are quite inexpensive - around $10-30 including food. The Facebook page has images for each of the things to do and shows the event cost.
For anyone with an interest in motoring, this festival in Adelaide is not to be missed.