The inaugural Macedon Grand Tour was held in 2003, an event open to owners of cars 25 years and older, showcasing the region to all who love to drive classic cars through picturesque countryside. It was the first use of the slogan "Everyone loves a drive in the country", the motto we have adhered to ever since.
Initially a single day all inclusive event, the Tour, whilst retaining the Saturday tour as its core, has grown to offer a social pre-event dinner with guest speaker at a local hotel on the Friday evening, and a low key car display in conjunction with a Picnic in the Park situated in the congenial surroundings of the John Aitken Reserve in Gisborne. Both of these are optional additions.
The Tour fosters an atmosphere of relaxed touring, good food and fine wine together with good old country hospitality. It is a community based event in which the organising committee are volunteers and local establishments are used wherever possible to provide services and catering, however, it would not be possible to stage the Tour without the backing of our sponsors.
The naming rights sponsor of the Tour is the Gisborne Region Events Activities & Tourism Association (GREAT) which is responsible for an extraordinary amount of good work in the Gisborne region. The GREAT Association runs the Gisborne Old Time Market, which is reputed to be the second largest in Victoria. Proceeds from the market are spread throughout the community ranging from items such as a drinking fountain, to a new truck for the Emergency Services teams in Gisborne. All of this is run by volunteers.
Foundation sponsor of The Grand Tour, classic car enthusiast and energetic promoter of the region, John Ellis is perhaps most known for his role as owner of the Hanging Rock Winery. Established in 1983 by John and Ann Ellis, the winery is perfectly situated for producing Australia's finest sparkling wine. Hanging Rock Winery is the largest winery in the Macedon Ranges, boasting an extensive range of wines which showcase some of the best that Victoria has to offer.
TD Automotive Services is the sole trophy sponsor for the Saturday event. Located in Gisborne, TD Automotive Services are geared to handle the full range of automotive services from a simple car maintenance to complete restoration of classic and historic vehicles.
Meguiar’s car care products sponsor the Sunday Picnic in the Park and car display. Frank Meguiar Jr started manufacturing polishes in 1901, with the philosophy never to sell a product unless he was convinced it was the very best of its kind on the market. At the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance, 21 of the 25 Best of Class winners and the Best of Show winner all used Meguiar's products to achieve their flawless perfection.
The Organising Committee are proud to announce Managed Telco Services as a sponsor for the 2019 Tour.
Specialising in innovative solutions to the customer's telecommunication needs, Bendigo based Managed Telco Services have a direct relationship with the telecommunication carriers and a dedicated on-shore support network for their clients across the nation.