The countdown is on to the inaugural MotorWorld Sydney automotive festival. We're looking forward to checking out the fantastic range of events and displays at Sydney Motorsport Park from December 1-4, and there really will be something for every member of the family.
From test drives, parking competitions, driver education, exotic cars, 4x4 rides, motorkhana challenge, ice driving and motorbike rides, to all-terrain vehicles, pit stop challenge, live bands and classic cars - there are multiple zones with action packed agendas.
Thursday is Ladies Day, Friday is Performance Day, and Saturday and Sunday are Family Days. The full schedule is up at MotorWorldSydney.com, but if you're tossing up whether to go or not, below are some of the highlights to help make up your mind.
And, don't forget the CarAdvice team will be there running two Mega Tests in which YOU can test drive cars and give us your opinion. For all the details on how you can be involved, check out the article here.
CarAdvice will be running our test drives on the track throughout the day, but there'll also be special sports-car drive sessions with the opportunity to get behind the wheel of your dream car or jump in a supercar for a hot lap.
Australia's first-ever Dream Ride will also be held on Sunday, December 4. Raising money for Special Olympics Australia, luxury cars, classic cars, and motorbikes will converge at the event and do a lap of honour. It'll be quite a spectacle, with 100 Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Morgans and Mustangs - with Special Olympians getting the opportunity to ride in their dream cars. Visit www.dreamride.com.au for more information.
It's not all about what's happening inside Sydney MotorSport Park, of course. The Mega Test Fest test drive loops will include streets around the location to give test drivers the chance to experience the vehicles in a completely real-world environment.
Young drivers can also book in to drive the street loop with a professional instructor to pick up some tips and improve their driving skills. Parents, we encourage all new drivers to spend time with professional instructors and complete defensive driving courses, and this is a great way to find out more.
Not only will the SUV Mega Test Fest include a run on the off-road track, there'll also be other opportunities to learn new skills and get a little more comfortable with driving off the beaten track.
If you've always wanted to try off-road driving but weren't sure how to go about it, there'll also be plenty of displays and experts about to point you in the right direction. There'll be exciting passenger rides in 4x4 vehicles, tackling steep inclines, obstacles and, of course, plenty of dirt.
All-terrain vehicle rides for all ages will be happening on a dedicated track, too.
This is a slalom course with a difference. It's technologically advanced and sets the course as you drive, making it incredibly challenging.
Formula 1 star Romain Grosjean set a cracking time earlier this year in a Jaguar XF - watch the video here - on the Jaguar Art of Performance Tour's Smart Cone Challenge.
You can follow in Grosjean's treadmarks and see how your driving skills and reflexes stack up in the F-Type or XE. Jaguar is also bringing the F-Pace Ice Cube, a slippery steep surface ready to be tackled in Jaguar's new SUV.
The Land Rover Twin Terrapod is an exciting contraption designed to showcase the capabilities of the brand's off-road vehicles, making this another not-to-be-missed opportunity.
Challenges and education
If you fancy yourself a capable driver, there is a series of challenges to test your expertise like the caravan parking test, motorkhana challenge, trailer reversing competition and parking competition.
BMW Motorrad is hosting a ride experiences for young-and-old. The youngsters can have a go on a dedicated course, while the adults can book in for a two-day off-road training course to get a feel for two wheels. If you'd like a pillion ride around Brabham Circuit, book in and bring your own gear along.
Learn all about the latest advancements in automotive technology, including electric vehicle and autonomous driving features with Tesla, and don't miss the Active Car Safety Demonstration in which participants will experience how anti-lock braking system (ABS) works, test electronic stability control (ESC) on wet and dry surfaces, before driving towards a wall and letting the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system save the day. The BMW Safety Demonstration will highlight how ABS and ESC work on bikes.
Something that's a must for all drivers is the drink-driving simulator. Pop on the 'beer goggles' and get behind the wheel on a driving simulator, and you'll quickly find out exactly how alcohol impairs your ability to control a vehicle.
Senior drivers are catered for, too, with an interactive experience from Murcotts Driver Excellence designed to explore the challenges and opportunities for older drivers.
Glasurit will host 'The Amazing Paint Race', and The Western Sydney Institute will be doing a presentation on career opportunities in the automotive industry.
Yes, this is a family event and the kids will have plenty to keep them entertained. Of course, if you need a couple of hours off, there is a child-minding service available at the event.
However, they will love being a part of the Pirelli Pit Stop Challenge, where they have to race the clock to change the tyres on a Formula One car. They can also go off-road on a BMW push bike and earn their BMW Kiddies Licence.
The whole family can compete for victory in the slot-car racing thanks to the Slot Shop, take an electric bike ride, check out and try out the remote control cars from Exclusive Collectables and chat with local remote control car clubs, see demonstrations and have a go on the figure eight track.
If the rest of the line-up isn't enough to keep you entertained, you're hard to please. But there is more.
Nova will be on site, with the Nova Cassanova's and newsreader Matt de Groot giving away prizes, and you can relax on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with car-themed movies screening at the open air cinema.
The Dream Ride Twilight Concert will be held on Saturday evening, hosted by Edwina Bartholomew. After the concert a DJ will hit the stage and a dance party will ensue. On Sunday the Dream Ride Concert will feature Justice Crew, Adam Harvey, Amber Lawrence, Adam Ladell and Iva Davies, celebrating the athletes of the Special Olympics.