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LaFerrari on display at the Australian Motoring Festival

27 March, 2015

If you’re looking for a place to see more than $30 million worth of sports cars, and you just so happen to be in Melbourne over the weekend of March 28—29, then the Australian Motoring Festival at then Melbourne Showgrounds may just be the place to be.

But if you’re like us and can’t quite make it over the ditch, then have a look at what the centrepiece of the 2000-square-metre Ferrari exhibition is. Yes, that’s the $3 million, limited-production, hybrid supercar — the LaFerrari. 

It’s known as Ferrari’s most ambitious project ever, and will be located amidst a huge range of Ferrari engineering and design in the no-expense-spared display.

The CEO of Ferarri Australasia, Herbert Appleroth, says, “Surrounding LaFerrari will be a uniquely Ferrari experience featuring 30 years of Ferrari supercar history, [and] a stunning Ferrari showroom with the latest range of Ferrari road cars.”

The festival started on March 26 and will run through to March 29.

Taipan – surpassing interest

“It’s merely a passing interest,” insists Selby — despite owning three variants of the classic VW Beetle, including an unusual VW van that was sold as a body kit for a Subaru. In his defence he points to a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a car that he converted to right-hand drive. However, on the VW side of the ledger, since he opened Allison Autos in Whanganui 27 years ago, Selby has built 15 VW-powered Formula First cars, followed by a beach buggy, restored a derelict Karmann Ghia, and hot-rodded a common or garden Beetle into something that has to be seen to be believed. As speed is not something generally associated with classic VWs, though, Selby is still waiting for this particular modification to catch on amongst the hot rod faithful.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.