Car racing enjoys a thriving cult following in Australia; from the motorbikes to the V8’s, to the Formula One, there’s something about the sharp thump of a car engine that brings out the passions in enthusiasts and first-time attendees. If you’re a lover of the chequered flag, the rip-cord sounds of pit-lane and the unequivocal thrill of watching the best precision drivers in the world tear around the track at impossibly high speeds, these are five races not to miss as 2014 approaches. Get your calendar ready, mark your dates and save spare change for tickets to the next race-day!
Clipsal 500 – Adelaide
Fly south and kick off March with eight cylinders of power, as Clipsal 500 kicks off in town, exhibiting the best talent locally and internationally. A four day event that features everything from glitzy lunches, stunts, air-shows, surprising displays and a permeating sense of family. There is truly something for everybody, including historic motorcycles and the bewitching tunes of Australia’s musical talent. Motorsport event, it is not; cultural experience? Definitely.
Formula One Grand Prix – Melbourne
Melbourne attracts a diversity of events, from glamorous fashion festivals to cuisine conventions. Take a break in Australia’s cosmopolitan capital and join the flocks of revellers lining up for the four day Formula-One-a-thon. The Grand Prix kicks off at Albert Park every year, to the deafening rumble of automotive excellence. Not to be eclipsed by the Clipsal 500, the Melbourne Grand Prix lights up the sky with expert aerial displays supplied by the RAAF, intricate exhibitions and super car demonstrations.
Quit Forest Rally – Western Australia
The Australian Rally Championships is an eight round series of rough, tumble and plenty of dirt, challenging drivers and navigators with some of the most challenging terrains in the world. The Quit Forest Rally is the second round in the line-up, combining back to back action with motorbikes and other caveats of the motorsport world.
Australiasian Safari – Western Australia
This is not a circuit race, a lap around the park or a relaxing buzz, squeezed into stages. The Australasian Safari spans from Perth to Kalgoorlie. Even the most resilient outback rides and motorbikes struggle to conquer the 4,000 kilometre tour across Australia’s most forbidding regions, some succumbing to the heat and pressure long before the half way point. The Safari is one of the only races where you can physically follow the action, stalking the racers across the stages and exploring the colours of the western wilderness.
V8 Supercars – Bathurst
Aussies love their endurance races. Mount Panorama plays host to a 1,000 kilometres of motorsport history, as Australian and international racers navigate the gruelling track, playing homage of 50 years of victors and contenders. Revel in the expertise of pit-lane, from quick wheel changes to emergency diff lapping; and cheer for your favourites as they vie for the title of King of the Mountain.
Try something different and forget the football fanaticisms of the last few years; the motorsport bandwagon is diverse and ever growing to be one of the worlds most loved cultural experiences.