By Chris Soulidis
Celebration of the Motorcar, an impressive display of 130 rare, exotic, and classic cars worth $40 million, took place Sunday, April 26th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carrick Hill in Springfield, South Australia. As some of you might know, Carrick Hill is anEnglish manor-style estate constructed of local Basket Range sandstone. Completed in 1939, and surrounded by an arts and crafts Edwardian-style garden, the stately mansion provided the perfect aesthetic for the treasures on wheels parked on the lawn.
The Rotary Club of Adelaide hosted the event with Automotive Events Management, in partnership with the National Motor Museum, and the support of the Carrick Hill Trust. “This event is a cultural celebration of food, architecture, art, and music, and it’s a chance for people to see the rarest, most beautiful and interesting motorcars in Adelaide,” said Mr. Turner of the Rotary Club of Adelaide. “This outstanding display of motorcars gives the public a rare chance to see vehicles that rival international events.”
The motorcars on display were exclusively chosen for the invitation-only event and included early 1900s vintage-era vehicles, classics from the 1950s to 1960s, and the latest in luxury, rare, and exotic. They were ranked by judges on hand for the day to award prizes for most distinctive style. Making an appearance in the showcase was a Packard 840 Roadster, which won most stylish car at last year’s event. Recognised as one of the all-time great sports cars is the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe and a 1955 model was on display. Also along for the ride were a 2005 Ford GT Supercharged V8 Coupe, a 1967 Maserati Sebring Series II, and a 1959 Abarth 750GT Zagato.
Other motorcars on display included a 1964 Ferrari GT SWB, which is one of the most valuable cars in Australia. At auction in August 2014, Sotheby’s sold a 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale by Scaglietti for $26,400,000. Also on display was a “Knickschleibe” Bent Screen Pre-A 356 Porsche, one of the earliest Porsches in Australia. A 1967 Toyota 2000GT, star of the Japanese classic cars, sold new in Adelaide 48 years ago. Only 337 were manufactured, and this is the only one-owner example known in the world. Among the many new cars displayed by dealers of prestige marques will be a BMW i8, the first in a new generation of cars with alternative power systems.
Shiny metal on the lawn not enough? With a family ticket, guests could tour the inside of the estate and wander the stunning grounds and gardens. Visitors to the master bedroom found a custom plaster ceiling, glass appointments by Lalique, and luscious pomegranates, apples and grapes exquisitely embroidered by William Morris. The sewing room, also known as a small morning room because of how the sun came flooding in before noon, is where Ursula Hayward practiced needlepoint embroidery and met with senior staff to organize the running of the house, dinner menus, and the preparation of bedrooms for guests. In the library and dining room are fine examples of intricately carved woodwork in the ornate wall paneling and furniture made of English oak.
Two great elms, overlooking Adelaide and the ocean beyond, are only the beginning of the wonders of Carrick Hill’s grounds. Between two flower gardens is a pleached pear arbour, a stunning feature unique to Australian garden design. “Pleach” is derived from the Latin plectere, which means ‘to plait’ or ‘weave together.’ You have to see it to appreciate it. The lady of the house was a keen rose grower, passionate arranger, and painter of flowers, so there are rose gardens galore and, scattered throughout the grounds, the magnificent color and fragrance of cutting beds of orchids, tuberose, and lilies.
Part of Carrick Hill’s legacy of celebrating art and heritage collections is “The Real Thing: Robert Hannaford Still Lifes. ” This is the first exhibition of Hannaford’s art to focus on his still life works including paintings, drawings, and sketches, many rarely seen or never before available to the public. Born in 1944 in rural South Australia, Robert Lyall Hannaford is an Australian realist artist known for “Black Chicks Talking” portrait series of indigenous women.
An event like no other in Australia, the atmosphere was enhanced throughout the day by live string performances featuring musicians on violin, viola, and cello from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Classical music, and a little gypsy, too, when the accordionist joined in, set the mood for a yummy gourmet lunch, available al fresco or in a “room with a view.” The menu offered salads, picnics for two, and delicious chicken dishes like Malay chicken and potato curry. Also available to prepare your palate were lovely wines and champagne. From cars, to estate tour, its gardens, art exhibit, food, wine, and music, senses and sensibilities were satisfied. In case you missed it, how about a trip to Perth the weekend of November 22nd, 2015? The vehicles will be on display again in Western Australia at the beautiful Cottesloe Civic Centre, where the gardens will frame the cars against the perfect background of the Indian Ocean.
A charity fund-raiser, event proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels, Huntington’s disease research, and Trojan’s Trek. VIP area passes were available for $95 which included special parking, entrance to the event, Director’s tour of Carrick Hill, Curator’s tour of Robert Hannaford’s exhibition, and fine food and wine throughout the day for those who wanted an exclusive experience or entertainment for special guests.
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