Vehicle Shows Not to Be Missed in 2019

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Posted on 15th November 2018 – Cars Shows

You are probably very busy with Christmas preparations so we thought we would help you sort out your social calendar for 2019 with interesting shows to go to throughout the year. Vintage cars, bikes, Hot Rods and planes, you name it, there is a show for it.

Street Machine Summernats, January 3-6, Canberra

Australia’s biggest horsepower party according to the website, Summernats is an extravaganza for all things powered. It kicks off with a parade of hundreds of street machines taking to the streets of Canberra. Unregistered vehicles can obtain a temporary permit to join, so custom cars will be galore and you can expect to see... well… everything and anything. Cars that are just a little bit too loud can now take part as long as they don’t reach the threshold of 100dB.

Aside from this city cruise, the event includes a burnout competition, attempts to set new records as well as driving events, concerts and body art display.

Victorian 4WD Show, February 17, Lardner Park, Melbourne

Organised by the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria, this show will be heaven if you own a 4WD and like off-road driving, hunting and fishing. A demonstration area will show various recovery and winching techniques and if you need an ECU upgrade or something custom built for your Land Rover, this is the place for you.

There is also an adventure circuit and the public can climb aboard a 4WD bus to experience the thrills of climbing up a super steep hill and being driven trough difficult terrain.


International Air Show and Aerospace & Defense Exposition, February 26 – March 3, Avalon Airport, Victorian

Aimed at trade visitors as well as the general public, this show will give you the chance to see up close the latest jet fighters, strike bombers and military cargo planes from all over the world as well as helicopters.

You will probably stop breathing on more than one occasion as pilots will demonstrate their skills in daring routines and combat manoeuvres.

There is also a programme of talks which makes this exhibition a fantastic family outing.


Australian Electric Vehicle Expo, March 19, Melbourne

If, like us, you like your cars electric then don’t miss this show. The largest gathering of electric vehicles in Australia according to their website, you will find not only cars but also electric bikes, motorbikes, scooters and skateboards. You will be able to take them for a test drive (or ride) and if you are considering switching to an EV there will be experts at hand to answer any questions.

There will also be interesting speakers such as the founder of the Plug Me In project who has been driving his EV all the way from The Netherlands in Europe to Australia without using a drop of petrol.


Bathurst Motor Festival, April 19-21, Bathurst

One of the most famous racing events in the world, the festival is host to a variety of races for different car categories including sports cars, open-wheel racing cars and historic cars. About 300 vehicles take part in sprint races or endurance races every year drawing over 10,000 people to the event.

Car clubs are also in attendance so you can have interesting chats with very enthusiastic and knowledgeable people.


Brisbane Model Train Show, May 4-5

For young ones and young ones at heart, the Brisbane Showgrounds will open its doors to this event once more. Although you will see some full size trains too, it is primarily dedicated to miniature trains. You will have the opportunity to admire the dedication and passion of train enthusiasts who spend countless hours painstakingly creating life-like landscapes and layouts for their train sets.

There will also be over 30 traders selling new and used model train equipment if you feel inspired and decide to start your own layout or upgrade it.

Alexandra Truck, Ute & Rod Show, June 8-9

Log trucks, tippers and tow trucks, this show has them all. Running for over two decades, it has come a long way since then, from the 200 visitors it attracted the first year to the 12,000 people who now come every year to see over a hundred trucks displayed, as well as 200 Utes and 30 Hot Rods. With shining chromes and creative paint works, it is difficult not to be impressed by those beasts. There is also a competition to crown one of them the fairest of them all.


GreazeFest, August 2-4, Cleveland

Travel back to the 50es for a weekend with GreazeFest in Cleveland. Thousands of fans gather to see vintage cars and hot rods as well as rockabilly bands, pin-ups, tattoos, art workshops, tiki carving and take part in competitions. This quirky festival has become such an unmissable event that it had to relocate a few years ago to a bigger venue to accommodate its growing number of visitors and if you like your car shows with a little something different, this is definitely the place for you.

Adelaide Auto Expo, November 15-16, Wayville

The event is so varied that you are bound to find something you like. Formerly called the Extreme Auto Expo, it still presents a range of custom cars which impress by their creativity and power. If you like opulence, you will love the Elite Show. According to the website, these car owners could have bought a house with the money they spent refurbishing their cars and you can certainly feel the love they poured out too. The expo also takes its cars out for a spin and you can see them cruising through town on the Saturday afternoon. Lovers of Hot Rods won’t be disappointed either and this show is one of the best venues to admire them in Australia.


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