Melbourne International Motor Show
The organisers of Australia's two largest motor shows will be alternating the Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) annually between Melbourne and Sydney, uniting the Melbourne International Motor Show and the Sydney Motor Show.
AIMS first motor show as a joint venture between the two cities was held in Sydney in 2010 (formerly the Sydney Motor Show) at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour.
The Melbourne International Motor Show will return to Melbourne in 2011, and, as Victoria's biggest indoor event, already promises to be most spectacular show of the festival calendar.
About the Melbourne International Motor Show 2013
For the past ten years the show has attracted more than 2.3 million visitors and is now one of the longest running motor shows in the world.
Past motor shows have occupied the entire 30,000sqm of the pillarless Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre exhibition hall together with 8,000sqm glass walled Concourse and other outdoor exhibit areas.
Visitors to the show are able to get up close and personal with their favourite dream cars ranging from Alfa Romeo to Volvo.
Among the special attractions of the past have been a giant motorcycle weighing the equivalent of a school bus, powered by a truck engine.
Australia's passenger car manufacturers and major motor vehicle importers are mindful of the enduring popularity of Australia's own Holden brand: The 2009 show featured The Holden Monaro living on in a Coupe 60 Concept alongside the latest Holden VE Commodore Sports wagon.
Demonstrations of vehicles capabilities have never failed to enthrall prospective car buyers with the opportunity for full scale new car comparisons under the one roof. Precision driving displays are paced to whet the appetite with key exhibitors and unveilings featuring bread and butter vehicles right through to luxury models.
Voyeurs have feasted on the showcase Ferrari's Maseratis and Lamborghini and in many cases were able to sit, and feel the texture and smell of their dream vehicle.
Take-away posters pamphlets and balloons have kept the kids thrilled for hours.
In shows past, Melbourne International Motor Show tickets have been available for online purchase leading up to the show with concession tickets available. The 2009 show was staged at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in Clarendon Street South Bank.
Official Website & 2013/2014 Dates
Photo Gallery from the 2008 Motor Show
All images courtesy of the Melbourne International Motor Show: