BALLARAT will showcase horsepower of a traditional kind this Melbourne Cup Day.
The Ballarat Festival of Motoring revs up on Tuesday, November 5 and finishes on Saturday, November 9.
The week-long festival begins in Buninyong, with a pre-1990 vehicle show and shine and a Tour de Ballarat that will finish with an official launch at the Ballarat Mining Exchange.
Throughout the week, the Lydiard Street North venue will host a motor show including a unique collection of old and new, thoroughbred sporting cars and motorcycles and, by popular demand, a model expo of 1000 high-quality die-cast model cars, vintage Tether cars, model aeroplanes and model aeroplane engines.
Many items on display will also be for sale.
Event organisers John Emery and Gary Grant said they were excited to showcase some of Australia's motoring history, along with some of the latest and most progressive car designs.
Mr Grant said the event appealed to a wide variety of people.
"We pride ourselves on sourcing vehicles and items that not only attract the general punter, but also the avid motoring enthusiast," Mr Grant said.
"This diverse collection of vehicles has never been displayed at the same time before in regional Australia."
Mr Emery said it also paid tribute to Ballarat's significance in motoring history.
"Ballarat was the first place where motor racing recommenced after World War II so to continue having motoring events here is pretty special," Mr Emery said.
Deputy mayor Samantha McIntosh said the City of Ballarat and Ballarat Regional Tourism fully supported the event.
"The event celebrates many of Ballarat's strengths and has many synergies with the city, combining a celebration of both modern and heritage lifestyle," Cr McIntosh said.
AT A GLANCE
WHAT: Ballarat Festival of Motoring
WHEN: Tuesday, November 5 to Saturday, November 9
WHERE: Buninyong and the Ballarat Mining Exchange