In its second year, the Ballarat Festival of Motoring revives the memories of motoring racing at the Ballarat Airfield from 1947 – 61. It is recognized as Australia’s only airfield based motor racing circuit to have staged an International event. Not having attended last year, I didn’t know what to expect. The event received much coverage with a show and shine and significant vehicles being displayed in the week prior.
With fine and pleasant weather conditions, albeit with typical Ballarat chilly winds, the day was shaping up to be a real cracker.
One of the pre-war highlights was this rare 1938 BMW 328. One of only around 240 in existence, 2 only in Australia, this car is part of the Penrite collection. The 328 has many advanced features for its time such as a tubular frame and independent suspension. Not too mention, timeless looks.
Simplicity and pure class.
After the driver’s briefing there was a considerable wait before the action on the airfield took place. This consisted of a timed 400 metre sprint followed by a timed 3km circuit.
This replica C type Jaguar turned quite a few heads. Such a timeless design.
This Comaro had the most entertaining start. Spinning its rears.
One of the feature cars was Alan Jones’ 1980 World Championship winning Williams. This priceless car sounded liked an animal.
The car remains largely original with its original racing seat still present. Kermit kept it warm.
Parked next to the Williams was the Repco Brabham driven by Sir Jack Brabham when he won the 1966 World Formula One drivers and constructors championship. To this day it remains the only car in the world to have won a world championship bearing its driver’s name. The engine is a 3 litre Repco Brabham developing 300 BHP at 7,000 RPM.
Two crowd favourites that really stole the show were more modern up-starts. Priced at a lazy $490,000, it was great to see and hear the AMG SLS cutting quick runs on the airfield. With 420kw/650nm on tap the car was not taking it easy.
The MP4-12C features a carbon fibre chassis, and is powered by a mid-mounted McLaren M838T 3.8-litre v8 twin-turboed engine developing approximately 441 kW and around 601 nm of torque. I preferred the grunty raw sound of the SLS compared to the 12C.
As with all racing events, the car park was also a great for car spotting. We left the airfield to capture a few cars that caught our attention.
Dino Ferrari. Yes please.
As the afternoon progressed. Cars started being loaded on to trailers and trucks.
Tools were packed away.
Ready for next time.
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