The 2023 Adelaide Motorsport Festival has been a roaring success as motorsport fans were treated to a spectacular show around the famous Victoria Park precinct.
With all types of cars from a variety of different eras competing in sprints across the three days, a record number of attendees braved mixed weather conditions to soak up all the action.
More than 200 cars were on show throughout the event, which included GT Style Cars, V8 Supercars, 5 Litre Touring Cars and Heritage Touring Cars, McLarens, Ferraris, Sports Prototypes, classic cars and the headline attraction, Formula 1 cars.
There were plenty of standout Formula cars in action too, with Nelson Piquet’s 1983 Formula 1 championship winning BT52 and the 1966 championship-winning Brabham BT19 some of the more notable ones.
With both cars in action during Saturday’s demonstrations laps, the BT19 was piloted by Jack Brabham’s son David and grandson Sam on Saturday– the first time two generations of Brabhams had driven the famous BT19 at the same event.
The Brabhams weren’t the only big names to take part on Saturday, with former Formula 1 driver Stefan Johansson reunited with his 1985 Ferrari 156/85.
Of course there were also a handful of Supercars drivers taking part in demonstrations and sprint sessions, including Tim Slade, Nick Percat and Todd Hazelwood, while Supercars legend Craig Lowndes drove the 1986 Benetton B186 BMW during the event.
Despite the Brabhams, Johansson and the Supercars crew attracting the crowd, the biggest highlight was undoubtedly current Formula 1 superstar Valtteri Bottas’ extended cameo.
The Alfa Romeo driver was everywhere throughout the event as he drove an Alfa Romeo GTV Group A touring car before jumping behind the wheel of the 2016 Bathurst 1000-winning Holden VF Commodore V8 Supercar.
The Finn was quite impressive in the Supercar as he handled the wet conditions to produce some quick laps, before finishing off with a burnout in front of fans.
Bottas spent plenty of time at Festival out of the car too, meeting fans and signing autographs, as well as partaking in a Q&A session with media personality Mark Gallagher in front of a full house in the Adelaide Motorsport Festival’s Grand Marque.
In addition to the track action, there were a handful of activations to keep fans entertained including the popular East End Street Party, which featured the Peak Hour of Power parade along the old Adelaide Grand Prix route, as well as the E-Motion zone dedicated to the latest tech in the sport and a variety of musical acts and food stalls.
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