After being a success since its inception in 2014, the 2019 Adelaide Motorsport Festival has been cancelled, due to a recent and dramatic reduction in South Australian government funding.
Significant parts of the festival from previous years such as the Victoria Park Sprint, and other festival activities within Victoria Park have been cut from the schedule.
The adjoined Adelaide Rally however, along with the Gouger Street Party and a new motorsport-themed street party will still go ahead on the original dates of December 4-7.
Put together in 2014, the event was created by only a small number of passionate motoring enthusiasts, with organisers saying they are proud of their creation despite the downsize for this year.
“Since 2014, the Adelaide Motorsport Festival has become one of the most respected motorsport events in Australia, and is recognised around the world. With a just a small team of dedicated enthusiasts and a genuine love for motorsport in all its forms, we are proud to have created an event like no other,” as stated on the Adelaide Motorsport Festival Facebook page.
The public have been treated to seeing some awesome machinery over the last five years, with Formula 1 cars, touring cars, rally cars, Le Mans monsters, and sports cars all touring around the Adelaide CBD, as well as famous motorsport personalities who have attended the event, such as Craig Lowndes and former Ferrari driver Ivan Capelli.
The event also served as a platform for car manufacturers to show off their latest creations to the public eye. Some of the fastest road cars on the planet had made an appearance in the past, with the famed trio of the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari gracing the Adelaide streets.
While devastated that the event hasn’t been able to go ahead as planned, organisers describe this as a ‘pit stop’, and are working on funding solutions to get the event back up and running in its full capacity in 2020.