Media events are usually pretty dull, but occasionally one comes along that’s genuinely exciting. And as far as motorsport excitement goes, having four period Formula One cars lined up in a city centre with an engine start is certainly up there.
On the other side sat the famous Leyton House March in that incredible teal blue livery, its driver Ivan Capelli, and the 1994 Ferrari 412T1 which was started for the crowd. Pier Luigi Martini was also in attendance.
Ivan Capelli was genuinely thrilled that someone came along with his original race suit, worn by him here in the very car he will be driving this weekend. There’s a lot of F1 stuff in Adelaide, and I’m sure we’ll see a lot of it about.
Of course, the Classic Adelaide Rally is also taking place as part of the festival and that’s where a lot of Any Given Reason’s focus will be – sitting in the co-driver’s seat of Guy Standen’s Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint. And the Classic Adelaide thing explains why it isn’t as unexpected as you might think to walk into an Adelaide shopping centre car park and find a genuine Lancia 037 parked up.
Any Given Reason, as part of our new Sports Car Safari print magazine project, will be producing the official event photography package. So if you’re entered in the rally, head on over and purchase a pack of photos of your car – www.sportscarsafari.com
Words and photos by Andrew Coles