The first Australian Grand Prix was held 90 years ago on a road circuit on Phillip Island in 1928, making it one of the earliest of all Grand Prix in the world.

Australia’s own 1980 World Driver’s Champion Alan Jones will help celebrate 90 years of the Australian Grand Prix, at this year’s Motorclassica at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on 12, 13 and 14 October this year.

Jones and his father Stan are the only father-son combination to have both won the Australian Grand Prix in its nine-decade history.

To celebrate his World Driver’s Championship, Alan Jones brought his title-winning Williams-Cosworth FW07 F1 car to Melbourne’s Calder track in November 1980. In 1959, his father Stan drove a Maserati to victory in the 1959 Australia GP at Longford (Tasmania).

“I am delighted to be welcoming Alan Jones to Motorclassica,” said Motorclassica, Event Director, Paul Mathers. “And have no doubt his involvement will add real depth to our tribute to the Australian Grand Prix.”

“I am very proud of my achievements in winning the World Driver’s Championship of course, but winning the Australian Grand Prix is right up there too, because it’s something my father also achieved, and that makes it very special to me,” Alan Jones said.

“Motorclassica’s recognition of the event’s importance and history is much appreciated, and I am looking forward to being a part of it and sharing my memories.”

Alan Jones will make regular appearances on the Motorclassica stage to talk about his father’s 1959 Australian Grand Prix victory and his own success in 1980, and more broadly about his Formula 1 career.

Motorclassica is Australia’s premier collector and classic car and motorcycle event, incorporating the Australian International Concours d’Elegance, as well as, the very latest contemporary sports and performance models from prestige manufacturers.

Also celebrated at Motorclassica 2018 will be the fabulous cars of the Art Deco era with a display of these most extravagant of automotive designs.

2018 Motorclassica tickets are on sale now at: www.motorclassica.com.au

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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