Australia’s inaugural classic motoring concours d’elegance, Motorclassica, gained international recognition this week when it was awarded the title “World Event of the Year” by the prestigious UK-published magazine Octane.

Featuring more than 150 rare, beautiful and desirable classic, vintage and veteran cars from around Australia and the world, Octane stated that the event “took the Australian classic car scene to a new level”, acknowledging it above the more established prestige motoring events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Goodwood revival and Villa d’Este, all of which have given inspiration to the new antipodean event.

Organisers expect an even bigger showing of classic vehicles for the second year, based on early expression of interest from entrants, exhibitors and patrons, and already enquiries have been received from international visitors.

Distinguishing Motorclassica from other events is its unique venue, the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens, which will once again play host to the event from 21 – 23 October 2011.

This latest accolade is just the latest in a long list of praise heaped upon Motorclassica from both local and overseas enthusiasts, including guest judge Sir Stirling Moss, who stated:

“This was a wonderful display of beautiful machines – really fascinating cars and some of them exceptionally rare – and next year I would like to come back to see how it has grown.”

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