Vintage cars hit the road in McLaren Vale

DAY OF FUN: John Harvey shows off his 1934 Lagonda Rapier in the McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic. A record number of entrants are expected to join in the event this year.
DAY OF FUN: John Harvey shows off his 1934 Lagonda Rapier in the McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic. A record number of entrants are expected to join in the event this year.

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A record number of vintage and classic vehicles are expected to hit the road for the 14th McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic on Sunday, April 7.

Over 600 motoring enthusiasts from across Australia will make the trip to show off some of the best classic vehicles ever manufactured.

This year will also mark the first time vintage and classic motorcycle entries will be included in the event.

McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic chairman Trevor Sharp said entrants are encouraged to dress up according to their vehicle’s vintage with plenty of great prizes on offer.

“Fourteen years ago, this event started out as a parade of just 50 cars down the main street,” he said.

“Who would have thought in 2019 we’d be looking at more than 600 entries, including motorcycles in the mix!

“We’re also asking entrants to get their glad rags on and dress up in the styles of the era of their vehicle for a chance to win some great prizes.

“All funds raised are going to our local McLaren Vale & District War Memorial Hospital and the CFS brigades of McLaren Vale and McLaren Flat. Entries are now open via our website."

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The event has become a top tourism attraction for the region, providing fun, food and music for families to enjoy at McLaren Vale’s best wineries. 

Following the parade at 11am, all vehicles will proceed to participating wineries where visitors can see the cars and motorcycles up close.

Mr Sharp said the wineries will have a delicious smorgasbord of food, premium wines and musical entertainment on offer.

“It is a celebration with locals and visitors, as there will be a cavalcade of beautiful and astonishingly well cared-for vehicles, fantastic local wine and hospitality," he said.

"Where else would you want to be but McLaren Vale on April 7?”

The event will also include a charity dinner at Serafino Wines on Saturday, April 6. The dinner will feature special guest speaker, John Bowe. Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee, John is the only Australian driver to win six national championships in four different categories.

Visit www.vintageandclassic.com.au for more information.