While it promised to be a stinking hot day in the Wimmera last Sunday, the prospect of spending a few hours appreciating classic cars beside the sea held far more appeal. Having only heard about the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival last year, this year’s event was the first I’ve attended.
Strolling down the manicured park lawns adjoining Geelong’s Eastern Beach, it was difficult to decide what to look at first: head straight for the pits, find a spot to sit overlooking the action in the lanes, or grab a bite to eat. Eventually, we did all three; the hillside above the waterfront is the perfect vantage for watching the time trials, there was a terrific selection of food vans (including the fantastic Citroen H van, converted into a “pizza wagon” with wood-fired oven), and pit lane was overflowing with cars waiting to be run.
Pit lane was particularly hot, but worth the $10 to get in as you could get up close to the vehicles, and watch the drivers (many of them in their dotage) prepare to race their pride and joy down a road usually encumbered by speed bumps. There were a lot of cars I hadn’t encountered before, which is always a great experience. Sadly, though, I didn’t win a hot lap in the Jensen Interceptor.
It’s a unique event that combines different aspects of motor sports and shows in one place, and I’m looking forward to returning again.