It’s nostalgia by the bucket-loads for Winton

Historic cars will race around the track at Winton. Picture: TARA GOONAN
Historic cars will race around the track at Winton. Picture: TARA GOONAN

WITH the dust settled after last weekend’s V8 Supercar Series, Winton Motor Raceway is gearing up for its second major event of the year – Historic Winton.

Booked for May 24 to 25, the 38th annual event has again attracted more than 400 historic racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Historic Winton is Australia’s largest and most popular all-historic motor race meeting.

It is conducted by the Austin 7 Club with help from the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association Victoria.

This year it will celebrate several motoring milestones, including 110 years of Hispano Suiza, Rolls-Royce, Rover and Crossley.

Also on the anniversary list is 100 years of Dodge, Willys-Knight, Aston Martin and Maserati, 90 years of Bentley Le Mans victories, Bugatti Type 35 and Frazer Nash, 80 years of Simca, Citroen Traction Avant, Chrysler Airflow, Lagonda Rapier and Austin 7 Ruby and 60 years of Borgward Isabella, Ford Thunderbird and Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint.

Half-century celebrations will be for Ford Mustang and Sunbeam Tiger and, as in the past, many examples of these vehicles will be present over the weekend.

Historic Winton highlights include Shannons Classic Car Park, featuring car and bike club displays, spectator access to the Competition Paddock with old racing machines on open display and Bubble Car, Indian Motorbike and Penrite AGP Aussie Specials displays

If you have a classic or special-interest car or bike, you are invited to join the spectator car park either day.

Sunday will include a classic car show for veteran and vintage, sports and classics, hot rods and customs, street machines and motorbikes, a historic commercial vehicle display and a historic motorbike display featuring sidecar outfits.

On Friday, May 23, the Benalla and District Classic Car and Motorbike Tour will get under way from the Benalla Art Gallery, with competitors to assemble at 9am.

The tour concludes with a shine and show display at the Civic Centre from 3pm to 5pm.

Further information is available by phoning Graeme McDonald 0417 306 332 or

Raceway entry is: Saturday $25, Sunday $35, weekend pass $50, competition paddock $5, children 16 and under free.

On The Grid will have tickets to give away.

Watch for details.