Past Events

Explore the archive of past events and exhibitions at the National Motor Museum. Can't find what you're looking for below? Trying searching for events at the right of this page.

Weird Wheels

Temporary exhibition

Weird Wheels showed off some of the strange beasts that have come onto the market and onto Australian roads. 

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Hot Holdens

Temporary exhibition

A person’s choice of car - its aesthetics, design and engineering - is one way in which people express their identity to others.

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Way To Go

Temporary exhibition

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’.

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Cool Britannia

Temporary exhibition

At the end of the Second World War, British car manufacturers responded to the burgeoning market of car buyers in Australia and as a result Australian roads saw many examples of the ‘Best of British’.

Cool Britannia featured a variety of British-built cars which were sold in Australia.

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MotoBella

Temporary exhibition

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.

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Living in the 70s

Temporary exhibition

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.

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Past Club Events

Special event
Bookings are essential

The National Motor Museum has played host to numerous Club Event days and Show and Shines over many years. Find out more about some of the past events held at the Museum.

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From Workhorse to Stallion: the ute in Australia

Exhibition

The story goes that the first ute was an Australian invention created in 1933 (and released by Ford in 1934). It was designed by Ford designer Lew Bandt following a letter from a farmer's wife asking 'Would Ford build for me a vehicle: the front is the Coupe, to suit my need of taking the family to Church on Sunday; the back is the Roadster Utility box, so I can take the pigs to town on Monday.' The rest, as they say, is legend...

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