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Around an hour’s drive from Adelaide, you’ll find one of the most exciting precincts in the State — Shell V Power Motorsport Park at The Bend. Amongst this epic hub of all things ‘engines’, you’ll find something for the entire family. From drag-racing and hot laps to karting and 4 wheel driving — there’s entertainment and experiences galore!

Not only that, their top notch restaurant and function space, Apex Bar x Dining, is perfectly situated above the pit straight ready to wine and dine you over a long lunch or host your special event or function and Rydges Hotel offers you a comfy spot to lay your end at the end of all that excitement. Regardless of how you spend your time at Shell V-Power Motorsport Park, there’s one thing that’s guaranteed — your experience will be fast, furious and FUN!

Rydges Pit Lane Hotel 

Whether it’s for business or leisure, a stay at Rydges Pit Lane Hotel provides the perfect balance between exhilaration and relaxation. You’ll be right amongst the action with many of the 100 well-appointed guest rooms overlooking the main motor racing circuit. Talk about the ultimate motorsport experience! But that doesn’t mean you can’t clock off — the modern, well-insulated rooms feature double-glazed windows and dreamy beds so you can completely unwind whenever you choose.

Apex Bar x Dining

Located in the heart of the main building and overlooking the pit straight, Apex Bar and Dining provides more than just a perfect view of the action! Sit back and enjoy modern Australian cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients by their award-winning chefs. You can even do an Ambleside Gin tasting to complement your lunch. 

Function Space

Apex Bar x Dining is the perfect event space for anyone looking for something unique. Imagine celebrating a special occasion or holding a conference overlooking the pit straight. Better yet — why not say ‘I do!’ in style and start your married life with a ‘vroom!’ Their team can help you put together your dream event, whether intimate or extravagant, which will no doubt have your guests revving with excitement.

Here’s a rundown of what this adrenaline-pumping venue has on offer:

Hot Laps

You’ll be holding on to your knickers with the thrill of a Hot Lap around Shell V-Power Motorsport Park’s high performance track! Whether you choose to be a passenger with a skilled driver in control, or you decide you’re keen to take the wheel for yourself, the incredible selection of cars and packages on offer for this experience will have your engine firing on all cylinders!

4WD Adventure Park 

Got a 4WD but feel like you never get to put it through its paces? Head to The Bend’s DIY 4WD trails, grab a map and get exploring! The 4WD obstacles vary in difficulty to cater for all experience levels, but you’re sure to come across the usual suspects of tummy-turning inclines and descents, sand traps and dunes, rocks, logs and of course — MUD!

Rally Hot Laps

Fancy the speed of a Hot Lap but with more of an ‘off the beaten track’ experience? Get your blood pumping with a Hot Lap in a rally-prepared Subaru. The thrill of skidding, screeching and sliding on an off road rally track will have you sweating bullets (or rather — gravel)… but also smiling from ear to ear. This activity’s taken by an experienced driver and is available for participants 14 years and older.


If you’re looking for a fun activity that’s outside the square — The Bend Kartdrome is sure to tick all the boxes! Take hold of the wheel and zoom your Kart around their exhilarating outdoor track. Bring your ‘need for speed’ attitude though because these babies can get up to 70 km/h! And for those car loving teens, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t need a drivers licence to participate in this one — if you’re 14 and over you can get behind the wheel!

Dragway at The Bend

​Watch local and interstate racing car drivers battle it out at the Summit Racing Track Championships. Tickets to this event will give you a full day of tyre smoking, wheels-off-the-ground, drag racing action for the whole family as well as free car parking and grandstand seating. Children 15 and under are FREE!

Off-Street Drags

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Lightning McQueen, bring your own street registered car or motorbike out to the Dragway and put yourself to the test! Outlaw Speed Shop Off-Street Drag Racing provides the unique opportunity to try your hand at legal off-street drag racing on Australia’s newest state-of-the-art drag racing facility. Race your mates or just test your vehicle and skill against the lights. What fun!

Simulator Racing  

If you’re under the driving age but still live and breathe car racing — there’s something for you too. You can download their Computer Racing Simulator program and experience the thrill of racing from the comfort of your own home. There’s four amazing circuit configurations to choose from and the graphics will have you feeling like you’re doing the real thing!


Coming up soon… 

National Drag Racing Championship: 5 April – 7 April 

Featuring the exhilaratingly fast 500+ km/h Top Fuels, this event is returning to rock the socks off South Australia! There’ll be plenty of family entertainment, racing action and of course — tyre-smoke and fire! In addition, the Harley Davidson powered stunt show, ‘The Hooligans,’ will be performing, which has never been seen before in SA. Bring it on!

Easter Long Weekend @ The Bend: 29 March – 31 March

Don’t break the bank on this year’s Easter getaway — take a trip to The Bend for the ultimate family experience. Enjoy FREE admission to Porsche action on the track, Farmer Darcy’s Travelling Petting Zoo and an outdoor movie night with the Disney hit, ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ playing on the big screen. There’ll be go-karting, mini-golf and even a visit from the Easter Bunny for the youngsters. PLUS kids eat free at APEX Bar & Dining! Winning!

With the BIG4 Holiday Park and Rydges Pit Lane Hotel onsite – you literally won’t have to leave! An unforgettable Easter experience for your family starts and ends at The Bend!

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the need… the need for SPEED! Plan your next pit stop at Shell V Power Motorsport Park at The Bend — you’re sure to find something to ‘curb’ your cravings!




Carrie Raymond

Carrie Raymond

Carrie’s aim is to provide you with helpful content for all things ‘Adelaide’ — so no matter what info you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it on our website.

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