Motorama 2022


We enjoyed our visit to Motorama at Longford last year so much that we were eager to go again this year. As last year’s event was so successful the organisers decided that they would hold a two-day event in 2022. The first day was held at Symmons Plains Raceway on Saturday and Sunday was at Longford. We decided that we would visit Symmons Plains as it would give us the opportunity to see some cars running on the track.

I was not able to find a program of events for the day online, not even on the Motorama Facebook page. I had contacted the organisers earlier to find out if we needed to book online like last year and was told no, we could just turn up and pay the $5 entry fee. Check in and mask regulations have been lifted for most Tasmanian venues. The information I was able to find online said that the entry fee would include the right to drive around the track and Naomi was keen to do that. In hindsight I probably should have asked them a few more questions but I thought that we’d get all the information we needed at the venue.

Symmons Plains is about 30km south of Launceston, near the town of Perth and not that far from Longford. It took us about two hours to get there and we arrived just before the official opening time. We had trouble working out where to park. We could not find anyone with programs or a public information booth. There were announcements about what was happening but if there was one about where to go to register to drive around the track, we missed it so unfortunately Naomi did not get to do that.

Classic Cars at Motorama 2022

We did get to see a lot of classic cars and a few vintage ones parked near pit lane and we saw plenty out on the track. Many were obviously cars that were regularly raced and others had “special interest” registration plates and obviously belonged to collectors. We were not sure if there were any ordinary car owners having a go.

Holden Ambulance

We decided that as nobody was around to tell us where we could go, we would go everywhere and if someone came and told us off, we would move on. We went in the garages, we went down pitlane and we went upstairs to the area above the garages where we could get a better view of the track. It did get quite warm and there were no seats up there. If we’d known we’d have brought some folding chairs.

After a while I noticed people sitting inside one of the marquees which I imagine are usually used as a corporate area. We decided to go in anyway. There were lots of empty seats and air conditioning and that is where we spent most of the afternoon.

We both took a lot of pictures and I’m sure that Naomi will post some of hers later on. Here are a few that interested me.

Alvis

Jaguars

I remember that Matchbox made a model E Type Jaguar in the early 1960s so this car is always very recognisable to me.

E Type Jaguar

I have a feeling that I photographed this one at Longford last year but it made a great photo sitting in the garage.

Jaguar

There were two of these very similar Jaguars in British Racing Green. Here is one of them out on the track.

Mini

There were a couple of Mini’s at the track, a Cooper S and a Leyland Mini. In this photo you can see how much larger the modern Mini is. Not really mini at all.

Holden Commodore

This car is a VK Holden Commodore from about 1985. It has been painted with the racing colours of the Holden Racing Team and bears the number 05 made famous by the late Peter Brock. I don’t think this is an actual Brock car I think it may have been done as a tribute but I’m not certain about this due to lack of printed information on the day. I certainly remember seeing these cars race in the 1980s when we were first following motorsports.

Ford

Of course, where there are Holden’s there are also Fords so here are three.

So, although we felt that the day could have been better had we had more information, we enjoyed ourselves. The two track commentators were very knowledgeable and entertaining to listen to and we saw some cool cars so all in all a good day out.

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

8 comments

  1. A fabulous day. You should have asked someone else if Naomi could jump in for a lap or two. Not the Brock that’s for sure. That’s in a museum. Great cars and a great day out. Thanks for taking me 🙂

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