RACQ MotorFest has gone digital

Queensland’s top motoring festival goes digital in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

RACQ’s largest annual event MotorFest has been cancelled to ensure public safety following the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

MotorFest, which was set to attract thousands of car buffs and families to see more than 550 prestige, vintage and unique vehicles at Eagle Farm racecourse on 12 July, has been withdrawn for only the second time in the event’s history. RACQ previously withdrew MotorFest in 2009 due to heavy rainfall. 

RACQ’s Paul Turner said cancelling MotorFest 2020 had been a difficult decision.

“It was a very tough decision as it is RACQ’s flagship event, attracting more than 10,000 people each year,” Mr Turner said.

“However, with the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the potential risk to attendees, it was decided the best course of action was to cancel this year’s event.

“We understand this will be very disappointing for the hundreds of exhibitors and the thousands of people who would have attended MotorFest but hope they understand the reason for our decision.”

To continue celebrating Queensland’s proud motoring heritage, despite the cancellation of the Eagle Farm event, RACQ has turned MotorFest into a digital competition for 2020.

Exhibitors who intended to showcase their vehicles at MotorFest and motoring enthusiasts across the state are now invited to enter their vehicles online to be judged by RACQ’s expert panel of judges. 

The competition will replace RACQ’s longstanding Top Model competition and will require entrants to a submit an image of their vehicle.

The competition will be open to nine category groups – American, Asian, Australian, British, Classic, European, Japanese, Motorcycle/Scooter, Veteran and Vintage. 

RACQ’s panel of judges will select one winner from each category who will receive an EFTPOS gift card valued at $100 and a vehicle sash.

One exhibitor will also be crowned RACQ MotorFest’s Judges Choice winner and will win an EFTPOS gift card valued at $250, a vehicle sash, and a professional photo shoot of their vehicle which will appear on a 2020/21 cover of The Road Ahead magazine.

See the June-July edition of The Road Ahead and stay tuned on RACQ Living for more information on how to enter, judging criteria and competition running times.