A week of activities around the 13th Classic Adelaide international tarmac rally will start with the traditional BEA Motors Car Show and official launch in the city’s Victoria Square on Sunday.

Around 80 cars owned by event entrants and invited local enthusiasts will be on display from 12 midday to 4 pm.

The line-up is expected to include new and classic Mercedes-Benzes from Adelaide dealer BEA Motors, plus Jaguars, Ferraris, Porsches, De Tomasos and other makes representing the spirit and style of one of the world’s great classic road events.

South Australian Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith will launch the rally at 12.30 pm, setting off a string of activities designed to attract entrants and spectators and showcase the tourism attractions of the Adelaide region.

Ms Lomax-Smith will welcome the first interstate and overseas entrants before crews undertake documentation, vehicle checking and route reconnaissance over Monday and Tuesday.

A multi-million dollar field of around 180 cars ranging in age from 80 years to brand new takes to the road from Wednesday.

Many will join a parade from Torrens Parade Ground along King William Street at 12.30 pm, before participating in the Prologue event, which also runs from 12.30 along Mount Barker Road on the climb to the Eagle on the Hill.

From Thursday to Saturday, spectators will have many opportunities to see the cars running in competitive and speed-restricted touring sections over 32 closed-road special stages, at the daily start outside the Hilton Adelaide event headquarters and at morning tea and lunch stops.

Stops will be at Gumeracha and Tanunda on Thursday, Yankalilla and Goolwa on Friday, Balhannah and Macclesfield on Saturday and Mt Barker Oval and McLarens on the Lake on Sunday.

The cars also will be on static display at the Classic Adelaide Gouger Street party on Friday night, the Norwood Parade Street Party on Saturday night and the official finish in King William Road, Hyde Park, on Sunday afternoon.

Information on viewing opportunities and temporary road closures affecting residents and businesses is available at www.classicadelaide.com.au.

Variety SA, the children’s charity, is the official charity of Classic Adelaide.

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