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NEWS! Adelaide Motorsport Festival returns with bumper field of Adelaide Grand Prix-era cars

The Adelaide Motorsport Festival returns to Victoria Park on March 25 and 26; bringing Formula 1 cars back to the Adelaide Street Circuit.

The event is a celebration of all things motoring and motorsport, held on a shortened version of the Adelaide Street Circuit (the Victoria Park section that hosted the Adelaide Grand Prix).

The Adelaide Motorsport Festival returns after a five-year absence, running from 2014 to 2018 before the loss of government support. The current South Australian Labor government backed the return of the Adelaide Motorsport Festival in addition to the Adelaide 500, with the Adelaide Motorsport Festival locked in the week before the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The on-track demonstrations at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival are headlined by classic Formula 1 cars, with a dozen Adelaide Grand Prix-era cars taking to the track in four sessions across the weekend.

This includes a pair of 1985 Ferrari 156/85s (pictured above) and 1989 Brabham BT58 Judds; the 1992 Brabham BT60 Judd that never made it to that season’s Adelaide Grand Prix; fan favourites the 1986 Benetton B186 BMW and 1989 Leyton House CG891 Judd; and more.

Stefan Johansson gets back behind the wheel of the 1985 Ferrari 156/85, while Supercars drivers such as Craig Lowndes and Tim Slade will be amongst the drivers of the other cars.

The 2023 Adelaide Motorsport Festival Formula 1 entry list:

1985 Ferrari 156/85
1985 Ferrari 156/85
1985 Haas Lola THL1 Hart
1986 Benetton B186 BMW
1987 Larrousse Lola LC87
1988 Larrousse Lola LC88
1988 Arrows A10B Megatron
1989 Brabham BT58 Judd
1989 Brabham BT58 Judd
1989 Leyton House CG891 Judd
1992 Brabham BT60B Judd
1994 Footwork FA15 Ford

The 2023 Adelaide Motorsport Festival Formula 1 category session times:

Saturday March 25: 9:45am and 3:30pm.
Sunday March 26: 11:30am and 3:15pm.

Other event highlights include David and Sam Brabham driving Sir Jack Brabham’s 1966 Formula 1 championship-winning Brabham BT19 on the Saturday at 12:15pm and Formula 1 winner Valtteri Bottas driving an Alfa Romeo Group A touring car and Bathurst 1000-winning V8 Supercar on the Sunday at 10:45am and 1:45pm respectively.

The Adelaide Motorsport Festival gets underway with a free street party on East Terrace (between Grenfell Street and Rundle Street) from 6pm Friday March 24. Some of the Formula 1 cars and more will follow the Adelaide Grand Prix track layout from Victoria Park to East Terrace (Stag Corner) for the street party, returning from 8:30pm along the rest of the grand prix layout back to Victoria Park.

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