At this year’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, you can expect to see more than just car racing. In addition to the live-music performances, there’s also a bustling food hub that’ll cater to most of your cravings.

This year though, we weren’t content with staying on the sidelines. We started to think about what our ideal AusGP menu would be – what goes best with car racing? Perhaps a nostalgic menu (with some 2020 updates) to pair with a classic event? That’s when the Broadsheet Diner was born.

We’ve curated a pop-up tuckshop space in the M-Lane festival hub, with vendors slinging cheeseburgers, tossing some greens, baking meaty pies and scooping ice-cream. It’s our take on a 1950s diner (there’s absolutely no drag racing, mind – leave that to the professionals), but with modern eats like up-market, fruity spiders, Japanese-style chicken salads and dishes that call for eight types of cheese (instead of the standard orange block of plastic cheddar – some things deserve to stay in the past). There’ll be a takeaway window for each vendor, so you can stack your tray with lots of options, take a seat and listen to the roar from the racetrack.

Themed burger joint Easey’s is swapping out its old-school train carriages for race cars. The Collingwood diner will dish out its signature cheeseburger – with a smashed patty, American cheddar, pickles and veg smothered in a special burger sauce – alongside classic hotdogs with all the trimmings, chicken salt chippies and an indulgent mac’n’cheese with eight types of fromage.

For something leafy, salad bar Fishbowl’s Japanese-inspired bowls have you covered. The OG has that name for a reason – it’s a classic dish of salmon sashimi tossed in a mix of kale, beets and edamame with roasted sesame dressing and topped with nori and tobiko. There’ll also be two chicken salads – one with avocado and wasabi mayo, another with crispy noodles and salty shoyu dressing – and a vegan number with fresh house-made tofu, shallots, edamame and kale in a miso-tahini sauce.

An ex-Supernormal chef de partie is baking golden, flaky pies for a nostalgia trip. Pie Thief’s Scott Blomfield has crafted a mac’n’cheese-filled pie just for the occasion, and the bakery’s signature chunky steak pie will also make an appearance. For a sweet treat, there’ll be flavoured milkshakes.

And if you need more to cool down, oddball ice-creamery Kenny Lover can help. Its banana split (caramel banana, whipped coconut cream, coconut sorbet and finger lime) is a throwback to the sundae specials of yesteryear – except this one is completely vegan. Kenny Lover is also taking cues from Pie Thief – expect a pie loaded with cherry ice-cream and filling. A house-made rhubarb and coconut spider is also on the menu, as well as hot chips for dipping into the soft serve.

Broadsheet Diner runs from March 12 to 15 at AusGP’s M-Lane. Entry starts from $35, with kids 14 years old and under entering for free with an adult ticketholder. There’ll be limited seating, so start your engines and step on it.

Broadsheet Diner is open from 11.30am daily until close, Thursday March 12 to Sunday March 15. Check out what else is drifting into the M-Lane food precinct here.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with The Australian Grand Prix.