Geelong Revival 2013
FAST INTO THE PAST!
The Geelong Sprints first ran in 1956, modelled on the famous Brighton Speed Trials in the UK. Revived again in 1978 by the Vintage Sports Car Club of Victoria, the Geelong Revival has since become one of the largest classic motoring festivals in Australia. Dates for this year are Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1.
The setting is Geelong’s Eastern Beach waterfront precinct where a quarter-mile track is marked out and more than 300 competitors attempt to set the fastest times in their class.
For the spectators, the track is lined on one side by terraced lawns which form a natural grandstand, giving excellent views of the sprints and the bay beyond.
The emphasis this year is on the promotion of car and bike culture with an open-minded view of what’s cool in the area of classic, retro, old-school, performance and prestige. This focus not only applies to the sprints but also to the Shannon’s classic motorshow (up to 500 vehicles), food markets and fashion.
START YOUR ENGINES
Saturday’s timed runs for bikes are for ‘contemporary’ machines with classes for Forgotten Era bikes (1973-82) and categories covering 125, 250, 350, 500, 700 and unlimited. New Era is also included (1983-1990) with similar categories and there’s a special class for club-plated bikes up to 1985.
Sunday features Veteran (pre-1920), Vintage (1920-45), Classic (1946-62) and Post Classic (1963-72) categories.
There are plenty of car classes as well so expect lots of smoke and rubber over the weekend.
WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
While the mechanical action will be on the quarter-mile strip, there’s plenty more going on in the area. Those who saw the Goodwood pics in Cam Donald’s column in #275 will be pleased to read that participants and guests are expected to dress according to the periods of the vehicles they’re associated with. Expect to see fashions from the 1920s to the ’60s parading along the waterfront.
There will be a fashion show on the Sunday afternoon and willing finalists will be driven down the main track in open-top cars. The show is open to men as well as women and you can enter on the day.
There’ll be plenty of music as well with a big program of blues-related material from some of the country’s best practitioners.
You won’t go hungry or thirsty, either, with myriad food stalls and a giant, regional market to graze in.
SEE YOU THERE
The MT team will be there in force with the potential for a shoot-out between ex-editor Leech (Norton Commando), deputy editor Chris Harris (Café BMW R80) and Spannerman on his legendary Tingate SR500. If you see us, make sure you say hello.
The best news is the event is free for spectators. You can cruise into Geelong, park your bike and spend your time admiring the bikes, cars, fashion models and food. There’s nothing else like it in Australia.
For more information, go to GeelongRevival.com.au