Bathurst champions Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander will be joined by a host of Formula 1 machinery in leading a parade of racing machinery through Adelaide’s city streets this Friday afternoon (December 8th).
The Adelaide Motorsport Festival will be held this week in South Australia, commencing with the Shannons Adelaide Rally on Thursday. Action then heats up in Victoria Park on Saturday and Sunday with the annual Victoria Park Sprint, featuring a host of star drivers and cars.
Peak Hour of Power
Up to 16 racing cars and bikes will be driven under police escort from the Adelaide Motorsport Festival precinct in Victoria Park to the annual Gouger Street Party on the evening of Friday, 8th December.
The Friday night Gouger Street event is an annual tradition that sees the stars and cars of the Adelaide Rally regroup on the well-known restaurant strip, to be displayed for several hours amongst a festival of food, drink and entertainment on Friday evening.
Lowndes will drive a stunning 2007 Ferrari FXX while Tander will be behind the wheel of the prototype Super5000 open wheeler.
Both will be on show and on track at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival across the December 9th-10th weekend, with Lowndes’ to drive the V12-powered FXX as part of the Ferrari ‘Specalotto’ demonstration that will celebrate 70 years of the prancing horse brand.
Fellow Supercar stars Tim Slade (1994 Arrows) and Cameron Waters (1986 Benneton) will drive Formula 1 Machinery, while Nick Percat will demonstrate McLaren’s latest 720S Supercar.
Troy Bayliss will ride a World Superbike-specification Ducatti Superbike and will be joined by a host of other classic Formula 1, race car and road-going machinery that will either be participating in, or on display at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival this year.
Cars will leave Victoria Park via Wakefield Street at 5:45pm on Friday evening, driving through the middle of Victoria square and looping around via Morphett Street to join the festivities on Gouger St.
“The Gouger Street event is a staple of not only the Adelaide Motorsport Festival and the Adelaide Rally, but a tradition that dates back for more than a decade to the original Classic Adelaide Rally,” explained Event Director Tim Possingham. “Adelaide is one of very few places, if anywhere, in the world where the public can see incredible racing machinery, including genuine Formula 1 cars, driven through the middle of the city at peak hour. It is quite a remarkable sight and sound.
“Gouger street is one of the best areas in the CBD for food and drink and with live music and hundreds of Rally cars also on display, it’s definitely an event not to miss.”
ADELAIDE MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL – STREET PARADE TO GOUGER ST:
2007 Ferrari FXX - driver Craig Lowndes
2000 Arrows A21 Formula One - driver Josh Kean
1986 BMW Benetton Formula One - driver Cameron Waters
1994 Arrows FA 15 Formula One - driver Tim Slade
1988 Larrousse Formula One – driver Brenton Griguol
1989 Dallara Formula One
2017 Super 5000 – driver Garth Tander
1974 March Formula One
1967 Brabham BT21 B
2015 Ducati Superbike - rider Troy Bayliss
1990 Ford Sierra Group A
1985 Ferrari F40
2009 Ferrari 599XX
1988 Mercedes 450 Historic Sports Sedan
2017 McLaren 720S – driver Nick Percat
2012 Toyota WTF86 -driver Todd Hazelwood