Statue of 1993 Cup winner Vintage Crop

Statue of 1993 Cup winner Vintage Crop

Want to see the Melbourne Cup? Not just the race but the famous Cup itself? Now you can, Lexus Australia and the Victoria Racing Club have organised a “people’s tour of the Lexus Melbourne Cup” to 39 locations in Australia

The $200,000 gold trophy that is the Melbourne Cup has just returned from a tour of the UK and Ireland to mark the 25th anniversary of the first foreign-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup, Irish galloper Vintage Crop in 1993.

The Lexus Melbourne Cup took pride of place at the Irish stables of Vintage Crop’s famed trainer Dermot Weld, who was joined by winning jockey Michael Kinane.

In Australia, the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour began on August 1 – that being the day which is the official birthday for thoroughbred horses.

1993 Cup winner Vintage Crop's Jockey Michael Kinane (l) & trainer Dermot Weld

1993 Cup winner Vintage Crop’s Jockey Michael Kinane (l) & trainer Dermot Weld

Lexus Australia is a principal partner with a five-year sponsorship agreement that includes naming rights to the Lexus Melbourne Cup Race, Melbourne Cup Day, Melbourne Cup Parade and Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw – as well as the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.

Lexus chief executive Scott Thompson said, “Lexus is passionate about delivering amazing experiences and the 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour will bring the amazing experience of the People’s Cup to more Australians than ever before”

August 1 Melbourne, VIC
August 3 Shepparton, VIC
August 4 Nagambie, VIC
August 7 Melbourne, VIC
August 10-11 Louth, NSW
August 16 Darwin, NT
August 17-18 Katherine, NT
August 23 Perth, WA
August 24 Boyup Brook, WA
August 26-29 Perth to Sydney (Indian Pacific train)
August 30 Sydney, NSW
August 31-September 2 Birdsville, QLD
September 4 Dunedoo, NSW
September 5 Melbourne, VIC
September 13 Mission Beach, QLD
September 14 – 15 Mount Perry, QLD
September 18 Melbourne, VIC
September 20-21 Goondiwindi, QLD
September 22 Gold Coast, QLD
September 23 Brisbane, QLD
September 25 Sydney, NSW
September 27-28 Bega, NSW
October 2-3 Hobart, TAS
October 4 Melbourne, VIC
October 5 Canberra, ACT
October 8-9 Adelaide, SA
October 10 Mount Barker, SA
October 12 Melbourne, VIC
October 13 Camperdown, VIC
October 15 Portland, VIC
October 18 Wangaratta, VIC
October 20 Wodonga, VIC
October 23 Skipton, VIC
October 24 Stawell, VIC
October 25 Goornong, VIC
October 26-31 Melbourne, VIC
November 1-2 AAMI Victoria Derby Day
November 4-5 Melbourne, VIC
November 6 Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, VIC

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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