Classic car buffs revved up for race

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

From muscle cars to vintage cars that competed in the first around- the-houses race 81 years ago, the Albany Classic Motor event will bring the spectacle of historic motorsport to town this weekend.

The original event started in 1937 with the WA 50 Mile T.T. Car Race, which was about a 6.5km circuit through the town.

Now, the 1.5km modern track follows the revised 1938 Grand Prix circuit and overlooks Princess Royal Harbour.

Event co-ordinator Vicki Clark said the weekend would conjure nostalgic memories for many, as well as showcasing the splendour of the past. “We were the first town to be settled in WA, we were the first town where the fleet departed and we were the first town that had around-the-houses style racing in Australia,” she said.

“It’s unique.

“We turn Albany into a racetrack overnight.

“And the fact the spectators can get up close and personal with the drivers and cars.”

About 150 cars will be competing at the main around-the-houses race event, which starts at 9.30am on Sunday on York Street.

A field of about 70 entrants will compete in the Mt Clarence Hill Climb at 9am on Saturday.

Road closures will be in place from 10pm on Saturday until 6am on Monday.

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