This March long weekend, the leafy Tasmanian Midlands village of Ross will play host to a brand-new, classic-focused motoring festival, celebrating the automobile and international motorsport.
The inaugural Neil Buckby Jaguar - Ross Auto Classic, will feature a competitive closed road town stage, and a vehicle display featuring some of the world’s most desirable cars.
Working with various Ross community organisations and the Northern Midlands Council, organisers will stage the inaugural event, open to all automotive brands, on Sunday 12 March 2017, the Eight-Hour Day long weekend.
Neil Buckby Jaguar – Ross Auto Classic event designer, Stuart Benson, said: “This free to see festival is best described as a picnic style social motorsport event - a great family day, and found just one hour’s drive from Hobart or Launceston.”
The former Targa Tasmania designer and event director said “Further to the excitement of the Timed Competition, and the colour of the Show and Shine, spectators are encouraged to participate in the event too, by traveling to the festival in their classic and unique cars, and enjoying some delicious homemade food and refreshments.”
The Show and Shine will see a display of rare and highly desirable, classic and modern vehicles assembled for viewing by the public, and assessment by judges for various awards. While the Timed Competition will feature a diverse range of classic and modern, sport and grand touring cars, all being driven the way that their designers intended. The Competition will be conducted seven times during the day, on a course that features highlights of the former Ross Targa Stage.
Some of the historically significant vehicles that are being prepared especially for this event include Group B rally, as well as Group A and Group C touring cars, all made famous during their memorable periods on the world stage, as well as exotic super sports cars and crowd pleasing Australian muscle cars.
The Neil Buckby Jaguar – Ross Auto Classic is expected to attract a field of up to 150 invited vehicles across the Timed Competition, and Show and Shine, and participants will include state and national champions from several eras.
Mr Benson said “The event has been designed to stimulate economic growth for the Heritage Highway Tourism Region through visitation, and with support of the local community it is hoped for the festival to become an annual event.”