The Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS), in association with Tourism Victoria and the Shires of Campaspe and Murray, has launched the inaugural CARnival, an annual national event for motoring enthusiasts.
To be held in Echuca-Moama on the Murray River over the New South Wales Labour Day long weekend (October 1-4), CARnival highlights are set to include “hot laps” for local charities around the Echuca CBD, a 2000 vehicle Shannons CARshine central show and swap meet, and numerous other motoring-based tests, competitions and family-friendly events.
CAMS CEO, Graham Fountain, said CARnival has been created for all motoring and motorsport enthusiasts and hopes to attract around 20,000 visitors to the first ever staging, which falls on the weekend before the Bathurst 1000.
“This event celebrates grass roots motoring and motorsport in a way that has never been done before. It is designed to put the fun back into vehicle ownership and use,” Mr Fountain said.
Seven-time Bathurst winner Jim Richards kicked off festivities with a lap of the Echuca CBD in his $400,000 rally-prepared Porsche GT2, and was followed by a parade of classic cars and street rods.
Also planned for CARnival are more than 20 club-level competitions including motorkhanas, auto tests, speed events, a rallysprint and an off-road event, as well as a twilight navigation test and a fuel economy run.
A motoring and motorsport-themed film, photo and art festival will also run throughout the long weekend, while it is hoped teams on their way to Mount Panorama will stop in for a high-intensity wheel change competition.