Eddie Perkins (1920-2006) won the 1956 Mobilgas Around Australia Trial in a Volkswagen Beetle with his brother Lance as co-driver, helping to put this European car on the Australian map. He was the patriarch of this well-known motorsport family: his son Larry won multiple Bathurst 1000 races, and grandson Jack is a well-known V8 Supercar driver. This exhibition showcases some of his prizes for the 1956 rally win.
There are many identified sources of greenhouse gases. Although motor vehicles produce only a small proportion of Australia’s greenhouse omissions, they are one source that individuals can influence directly. Many consumers today are seeking more environmental transport options, and vehicle manufacturers are spruiking their green credentials. Shades of Green explored the impact of motor vehicles on the environment.
Most of the Australian population lives on the edges of the continent. The outback is viewed as a huge, inhospitable and dangerous place by many. But by others, both now and in the past, it has been seen as a challenge and an adventure in the waiting. This exhibition explored some of the stories of people who have ventured away from cities and into the unknown.
In the earliest funeral processions coffins were carried on the shoulders of the pall-bearers or on a wooden tray with handles. As towns and cities grew, though, the coffin had to be carried greater distances and the first horse drawn hearses were developed.
Starting out as simple flatbed wagons for carrying the coffin, they soon developed into specially designed vehicles with a style of their own. By the end of the 19th century they had become some of the most decorated vehicles on the road.
Way to Go explored the vehicles used on ‘the final journey’.
Italian design has a sense of style that is all its own, whether in fashion, house wares or of course cars. MotoBella presented a history of great Italian design houses and the worldwide influence of Italian style. A history of Italian cars in Australia is also presented, featuring a range of vintage and new vehicles.
1970 was the year of the Vietnam Moratorium, the year that “The Fab Four” went their separate ways, and a young Greg Chappell scored his maiden Test century on debut. If you can believe it petrol cost 9 cents a litre back in 1970!
Many of us dreamed of owning a car like the HT Holden Monaro GTS. It has a big V8 engine and a top speed of over 200kms/hr.
If you were a Ford fan, then the Falcon GTHO Phase II, the fastest four door sedan of its day, was the ultimate. In 1970, it could be yours for under $5,000.