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Come and see some of the best cars ever made
Sir William Lyons, the creator and former head of Jaguar, once said that the car is the closest we will ever come to creating something that is alive, and in the century since they first became an indispensable part of our lives, what a race the car has become.

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Martin, Aston Martin

The alpha males of the car kingdom are names that stir a little something inside us: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Jaguar and they are once again gathered at RACV's Motorclassica, a celebration of the finest we have seen, a moving museum of the car's natural history. These are cars that are made with steel, chrome, leather and sweat. These are cars that were not tested in wind tunnels and made from materials not yet invented, these are cars that can stand alongside the greatest achievements of the industrial age.

Running from October 25-27 at the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Motorclassica has a range of events for car lovers of all types, the highlight of which is the Concours D'elegance.

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The Gorgeous Lamborghini Miura

The Australian International Concours D'Elegance is the most prestigious car show in the country and one of a series internationally. Its traditions date back to the seventeenth century when members of the French Aristocracy would gather and compare their carriages. There will be over one hundred and fifty privately owned cars over fourteen different categories all competing for the title of best in show.

If you have a lot of spare cash (and I mean a lot) then the collector car auction is for you. Among the cars on offer is the oldest privately owned Holden, a prototype of the original FX, or if your tastes are a little more rock star, place a bid on the 1968 Lamborghini Miura, one of the best looking cars ever made and the model for every supercar that followed.

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The FX Holden

Motorclassica will also feature a celebration in honour of the centenary of the most iconic of James Bond's gadgets, the Aston Martin, including a DB5 featured in Tomorrow Never Dies. There is also a fiftieth anniversary showcase of the car which resulted from a dispute between Enzo Ferrari and a dissatisfied customer, who was told by Enzo that if he didn't like the quality of his car, he could go and build his own. Ferruccio Lamborghini did just that.

If your motoring blood runs red, white and blue then there are also special tributes to Corvette and Harley Davidson.

Also featured is The Classic Motor Show which is an expo featuring over one hundred exhibitors selling merchandise, collectibles, memorabilia and other treasure your wife will make you keep in the garage.

In the car park, the Club Sandwich showcases cars from car club members all over the state. Here you can get a closer look at some more practical classics which will have you mentally trading in the Corolla for a 1972 Triumph Stag. (Or if anyone wants a 1975 Mercedes Coupe, make me an offer!)

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Triumphs in the Sun at The Club Sandwich

Cars this special are rarely seen on the road so don't miss this opportunity and come and see them in the flesh.

Tickets are $30 for adults ($20 for RACV members), children aged 5-15 are $20. Family Tickets are $80 ($55 for RACV members) or you can purchase a VIP weekend pass for $250 which grants multiple entry.

Book online to go in the draw for a supercar drive valued at $799.

All details for ticketing, events and other info at
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Why? See Some of the Best Cars Ever Made
When: October 25-27, 2013
Phone: 03 9321 6754
Where: The Royal Exhibition Buildings
Cost: Adults $30, Children 5-15 $20 family (2 adults, 2 children) $80 RACV members adults $20 family $55
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I'd be lying if I said I had any interest in cars, but the Lamborghini Miura looks pretty cool.
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