Street Machine’s guide to all the cool car events happening around Oz this weekend

Photographers: Chris Thorogood

THE 23rd running of the mighty Springnats happens this weekend in Shepparton, Victoria. The event features a show ’n’ shine, dyno comp, driving events and the Springnats burnout championships. There are some tough cars entered, including Steve Loader UCSMOKE, Paul Cook’s insane VC, Steve Edsall’s ROGUE and Russell Harris’s VL, LOO5E. The action kicks off Friday night at the Shepparton Showgrounds and finishes with the burnout finale Sunday afternoon. A weekend pass will cost you $60 per adult or $120 for a family ticket.

Geelong Revival HQ MonaroThe Geelong Revival Motoring Festival is on all weekend on the Geelong waterfront in Victoria. Over 600 cars will be on display, while over 400 machines are expected to compete in the sprints down Ritchie Boulevard. For the first time, this year’s event also includes classic boats, with vintage planes scheduled to fly over as well. Along with the cool machinery, there will be live entertainment, trade stalls, food, and vintage caravans and vintage fashion awards. It all kicks off Friday afternoon with the city cruise, and runs until Sunday night.

Hardtop Anniversary 13 NwBlue Oval fanatics will want to get along to the Ford Super Swap Meet on Saturday at Sydney Dragway. It costs $20 to bag a site if you’re a vendor or swapper, or just $3 entry if you want to just come along for a look-see. Gates open to vendors and swappers from 7am.

On Sunday Sydney Dragway hosts another huge Ford day, the All Ford Family Day. The event is open to all types of Blue Oval vehicles, from buses to drag cars and everything in between. Gates open for display vehicles between 7 and 9am, with spectators admitted from 9am. It’ll costs $20 to show your car, or if you just want to spectate it’s $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

FC Holden Motorex15 040Over in Adelaide we have the Adelaide Auto Expo running at the Wayville Showgrounds on Friday and Saturday. The event includes a car show, Aussie and American muscle car cruises, dyno competition and a bikini contest. As the show is a round of the Meguiars Superstars 2015 championship, some of the best customs in the country will be on show, including Mal Apps’s FC Holden, Ben Sorrenti’s 1934 Ford coupe and Graeme Cowin’s King Kong Cuda. It’ll cost you $25 to get in, with kids 13 and under free.

Street Machine’s Glenn Torrens will be competing in the Snowy Mountains 1000. The event is a top-speed 1000-metre runway sprint at the Snowy Mountains Airport in Cooma, NSW. With the quickest cars running in the low 17-second range and reaching speeds up to 305km/h, this is the fastest timed 1000-metre runway race in Australia. Cars competing range from exotics like Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Nissan GT-Rs and local Holdens and Fords. It’ll cost $15 to spectate, with children over five $10.

Commodore Drag CalderIn Queensland there is a test ’n’ tune session on at Willowbank Raceway on Saturday. It costs $45 to race, $20 to spectate and $20 to be a passenger or scare the pants off your mates. Gates open at 4pm with racing commencing at 4:30pm.

ANDRA is also holding a test ’n’ tune day at Calder Park this Sunday, which will allow the serious racers to fiddle with their car set-ups. It costs $100 to race, while spectators and crew will pay a $25 entry fee. Cars and bikes will be racing from 10am until 4pm.

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