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18 March 2019

Here's the cool stuff we saw at the Melbourne Grand Prix that had nothing to do with the F1 race

By Malcolm FlynnMalcolm Flynn
  • Biggest AMG badge ever? Biggest AMG badge ever?
  • AMG GT 4-Door in Aus, with five doors. AMG GT 4-Door in Aus, with five doors.
  • This EQC prototype is the eighth built of 455 to-date. This EQC prototype is the eighth built of 455 to-date.
  • Yes, this is F1-related but it's just a mockup of Lewis's 2016 car. Yes, this is F1-related but it's just a mockup of Lewis's 2016 car.

Valtteri Bottas’s victory is clearly the biggest buzz from Albert Park this weekend, but there was a whole lot of other cool things on show you probably didn't see on TV. 

I was on the ground on Friday afternoon as a guest of Mercedes-Benz in the brand’s Star Lounge hospitality oasis, but as much as exotic cuisine and an open bar situated metres from the exciting Turn 12 is an opportunity to be embraced, I wanted more. 

And more I got, with the infield converted into more of an outdoor Geneva motor show than an inner-city parkland for the weekend. 

Highlights included a Ferrari SP1, McLaren Senna, the new Lamborghini Huracan Evo, a Jaguar Project 8, the new Alpine A110, a Mustang GT4 racer, a Hyundai i30 TCR racer, and a DJRTP sticker car that showed what the race Mustangs should look more like

  • Ford Mustang GT4 racer. Ford Mustang GT4 racer.
  • Jaguar XE Project 8. Jaguar XE Project 8.
  • Ferrari SP1 Ferrari SP1
  • Lamborghini Huracan Evo. Lamborghini Huracan Evo.
  • McLaren Senna. McLaren Senna.
  • Alpine A110. Alpine A110.
  • Ford Mustang with DJRTP livery. Ford Mustang with DJRTP livery.
  • Hyundai i30 TCR racer. Hyundai i30 TCR racer.

On the outside of the circuit opposite pit lane, the Royal Australian Navy had landed a MH-60R helicopter with hellfire missiles loaded, but there was also two Brabham BT62 prototypes, Jack Brabham’s BT19 and BT23A-1 racers, and the Hyundai i30N that embarrassed lots of expensive machinery at World Time Attack in October. 

Among dozens of exotic historic racers was a Ferrari Daytona racer, a classic Fiat Abarth 500 and a Porsche 956C.

  • Ferrari Daytona racer. Ferrari Daytona racer.
  • Fiat Abarth 500. Fiat Abarth 500.
  • Brabham BT62 prototype. Brabham BT62 prototype.
  • MH-60R helicopter. MH-60R helicopter.
  • Brabham BT62 prototype. Brabham BT62 prototype.
  • Jack Brabham’s BT19. Jack Brabham’s BT19.
  • Jack Brabham’s BT23A-1. Jack Brabham’s BT23A-1.
  • Hyundai i30N. Hyundai i30N.
  • Porsche 956C. Porsche 956C.

And then there were the club displays, the star of which by far in my eyes was the actual Aston Martin DBS used in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which is otherwise known as the Bond film Aussie George Lazenby did.  

It was joined by classic Porsches, recent Porsche legends like the Cayman GT4, a Renault Clio V6, an original Alpine A110, a rare MG ZR 190 hatch, a precious ‘50s Continental, ‘59 Caddy, numerous Lotus Esprits, an early Elan and the last (FWD) Elan. 

  • Lotus (FWD) Elan. Lotus (FWD) Elan.
  • Lincoln Continental. Lincoln Continental.
  • '59 Caddy. '59 Caddy.
  • Aston Martin DBS. Aston Martin DBS.
  • Alpine A110. Alpine A110.
  • Porsche 911s and Cayman GT4. Porsche 911s and Cayman GT4.
  • MG ZR 190 hatch MG ZR 190 hatch
  • Lotus Esprits. Lotus Esprits.
  • Lotus Elan. Lotus Elan.

The lesson: If you ever score a corporate ticket to the F1, think outside the box.

Did you head to the Grand Prix over the weekend? Tell about your highlights in the comments below.