AutoFest to bring the best of Australia to The Bend

The penultimate weekend of October is shaping up to be a massive motorsport spectacle in South Australia, with Bend Motorsport Park taking center stage for a mammoth event.

Dubbed The Bend AutoFest, a mix of national championships and popular South Australian events will make up a bumper schedule from 21-23 October.

At the forefront of the busy event is the finale of the 2022 Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, which will see a range of national racing series and championships come into action at the world-class international circuit.

Categories such as the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia, Radical Cup Australia, GC Marine Australian Prototype Series, Australian Production Cars and Motorsport Australia GT Championship will all feature at Shannons during the 2022 season finale.

While some of the best cars on Australian soil will take to the track, fans will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a stunning collection of GT cars via the GT Festival.

The festival, held at the circuit’s Welcome Center, will feature up to 20 cars in pristine condition for fans to admire, celebrating the lineage of GT cars from the past to the present.

The other major national attraction for AutoFest is the RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship (ARC), which will see Australia’s best rally drivers compete in the Adelaide Hills Rally.

With crews tackling 180 kilometers of competition across 28 special stages, much of the penultimate round of the 2022 ARC will be staged in The Bend – the scenic county roads of the Adelaide Hills, the rally’s other location.

The Adelaide Hills Rally concludes at The Bend, with the EROAD Power Stage beginning as the crescendo of AutoFest immediately following the conclusion of track activities at the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships on Sunday afternoon.

Whilst there is a lot going on from a national championship perspective, the weekend will also welcome an event revered by many South Australian car enthusiasts – The Bend Classic.

The Bend Classic has built a reputation as one of the most prestigious events on the state’s motorsport calendar, pitting iconic racers of yesteryear against some of the nation’s fastest open-wheelers.

Registrations for the event are now being accepted, with both historic F1 and modern open wheel cars and vintage Group J&K cars being accepted.

Click here for more information and to attend The Bend Classic.

Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations Michael Smith was looking forward to a massive weekend.

“It’s pretty rare for multiple major national championships to happen at the same time, and even rarer for them to happen at the same venue,” Smith said.

“There is a lot of work put into this event and it is a very exciting prospect to have both the Shannons and the ARC in the spotlight at a brilliant circuit like The Bend.

“Add in a very popular event like The Bend Classic and it certainly whets the appetite of all types of motorsport fans. It will be great to see the circuit, history and rally communities come together and even work together under one event.”

Bend’s CEO, Dr. Sam Shahin echoed Smith’s sentiments and was proud to be involved in hosting the event.

“Events like The Bend AutoFest will set the template for future motorsport events in Australia,” said Dr. shahin.

“The Bend is so proud to be able to partner with Motorsport Australia to host one of motorsport’s biggest festivals this year.”

Gippsland Rally Day 2 1853
Photo: Liam Meyer Photography

Click here for more information about the event

For those who can’t make it or want to watch it from the comfort of their own home, free broadcast details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The ARC’s EROAD Power Stage will be broadcast live on 7plus.

The Bend AutoFest takes place October 21-23 at The Bend Motorsport Park.

Click here to buy tickets

About Veronica Richards

Check Also

How Rolex helped preserve the golden age of motorsport

It’s almost impossible for us plebs to experience the thrill of driving a classic sports …