ALBANY CBD will be transformed into a racetrack when vintage cars take to the streets to mark one of Australia’s most historic motorsport events.
It was just over eight decades ago when the town played host to the WA 50 Mile TT Car Race – the first round-the-houses-style race in the land, run over a four-mile circuit through the streets.
Every June long weekend the Albany Classic Motor Event celebrates this motoring milestone, with a re-enactment of that race. The event attracts thousands of visitors and more than 100 competitors.
One driver who will be there this year is Albany resident and event committee member Phil Shephard.
“We call it the Monaco of WA and what sets this event apart from others is that the crowd can get really close beforehand – and that is outstanding as far as motorsports go,” said Phil, who will racing in one of his dad’s classic Jaguars.
“He’s got a bunch of them from the ’50s and ’60s. I grew up with them on the farm, but don’t know which one I’ll be driving yet.
“It all depends on the weather. If it’s terrible I won't be in a convertible!”
Phil’s Jag will be one of many vintage cars and replicas taking to the streets, including four restored cars that competed in the first event.
Everything from open-wheelers to big V8s will take part in the action.
And this year, vintage and classic bikes have been invited to take part in a demonstration event.
Leading into the Sunday event is the Mount Clarence Hillclimb, where spectators can watch the cars traversing the challenging Apex Drive Road leading to the Ataturk Anzac Memorial.