Melbourne Cup 2017

Melbourne Cup Day in Australia
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Melbourne takes pride in hosting one of the most prestigious horseracing events in the world. The Melbourne Cup is dubbed as "the race that stops a nation" because almost all of the people living in Australia stop to listen or watch the race. The annual sporting event attracts more than 315,000 attendees to Flemington for four days every year.

The Flemington Race Course will be calling your name and we, at VroomVroomVroom are more than happy to help you find the perfect rental car to get you there. VroomVroomVroom is your one stop shop for car hire in Melbourne. The car can provide an entertainment hub if spending the day in the car park, but can also get you from hat shop to hairdressers in no time - and will have you looking your best for the race. We understand that for some the day is more about the outfit. This is why it is important to have your rental car booked early so you don't stress on the day and have the time to make yourself look amazing!

With more people attending The Melbournce Cup from all over Australia and some even coming from other countries, rental cars get booked out early. So make sure to reserve a hire car with VroomVroomVroom in advance. We also compare car hire deals in Melbourne Airport so you can conveniently pick up your vehicle upon arrival at the airport. For driving and parking details, visit their official website

When is The Melbourne Cup Carnival?

AMMI Victoria Derby Day 

Fashionistas at the AMMI Victoria Derby Day

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017

Details: Racing enthusiasts and fashionistas gather to watch who will win the $1.5 million race and show off their Melbourne Cup Carnival outfit. Women commonly choose wearing black and white ensembles while most men prefer wearing grey suits paired with pin-striped pants. 

Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

Date: Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Details: Witness Australia's greatest race as it features some of the best trainers and jockeys in the nation all vying for the whooping $6.5 million prize.  To match the extravagance of the event, attendees can be seen wearing their strongest fashion statement. 

Kennedy Oaks Day

Date: Thursday, 9 November 2017

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Details: Also known as "Ladies Day," women gather to wear their most feminine ensemble. Whether you are there just for fun, bond with your mom and female friends, or win a Myers Fashions on the Field prize, this is the perfect opportunity to feel beautiful. The event also hosts one of the greatest outdoor fashion events in the world. 

Emirates Stakes Day 

Photo of a family at Emirate Stakes Day

Date: Saturday, 11 November 2017

Details: This day is recognised as The Melbourne Cup Carnival's "Family Day" as it features Fashions on the Field for children and families. The most stylish family and kids get a chance to take home cool prizes. Of course, there are still two races to be held on that day to cap up the festivities. 

How did The Melbourne Cup start?

The first Melbourne Cups was run in 1861. A total of 17 horses ran and the winner was Archer. Archer's story has become the stuff of legend with claims that he was walked 800km to Melbourne from near Nowra on the cost of New South Wales, while other claims that he was shipped down to Victoria in a Steam Boat. Archer went on to win the 1862 Cup, beating the field of 20 home by 8 lengths.

Since then the cup has been run yearly to an ever growing crowd, presenting the Australian public with legends, heroes, misfits and magicians. Horses like Kingston Town, Peter Pan and Carbine have all succeeded in winning the Cup and the imaginations of a whole nation.

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Phar Lap was the horse that captured the hearts of a nation during the great Depression in the early 1930's. The Red Terror as he was known around the tracks gave some hope to those who were struggling. Phar Lap competed in the race three times winning on his second attempt in 1930 but was severely penalised by his weight handicap in the following year and finished 8th. This horse still holds the record for the most weight carried by a runner in the race.