German Auto Day

When: Saturday 18 September 2016

Where: Treasury Car Park, Langton Crescent Barton
(Relocated from: West Lawns of Old Parliament House due to weather)

$10 entry per vehicle – Proceeds to “Soldier On”

Four times Australian Touring Champion Jim Richards will be the special guest at this year’s German Auto Day display to be held Sunday 18 September on the lawns of Old Parliament House.

BMW Vice president, Luke Wise, said it is thanks to Shannons Insurance that we have Jim and his two of his race cars and car transporter coming to the display day.

“German Auto day brings together the major German vehicle manufacturers – Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, VW, Audi and some of the lesser known German marques like Messerschmitt and Auto Union. There will be German food and music, it is sure to be a great family day” Mr Wise said.

“Proceeds from the day will go to Soldier On which supports those who have served by focusing on their physical and mental health, their community and their future,” he said.

Mr Wise said, “The day is also a celebration of the 100 years of BMW and 40th year of the Mercedes Benz Club in Canberra.”

Around 300 vehicles from the various German manufacturers are expected to attend.

Of particular interest will be a World War 2 Kubelwagen and a Schwimmwagen both vehicles derived from the familiar VW Beetle platform and will hopefully be on display.

Jim Richards’ impressive seven Bathurst 1000 victories (only two short of Peter Brock’s nine wins) and four Australian Touring Car Championships made him a worthy inductee into both the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2015.

Now retired from professional racing, Richards continues to compete in the Touring Car Masters series.

German Auto display day is free to enter and open to the public from 10am to 3pm.