Past Events

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Motoring History Walking Tour - An About Time History Festival Event

Guided Tour

Sunday 17 May 2015

This walk led by motoring historian Leon Mitchell celebrates the legacy of South Australian motoring pioneer Vivian Lewis, who was responsible for the first petrol-powered motor cycle and motor car constructed in South Australia. He went on to create what became Adelaide's most vibrant Motor House before the First War, with its customers drawn from Adelaide's most wealthy and influential families.

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Drive Down Memory Lane

School holiday activity

Monday 20 April to Sunday 26 April 2015

Visit the National Motor Museum during the second week of the April school holidays and take a ‘Drive Down Memory Lane’.

We’ve selected four cars from our collection to offer visitors a ride around the museum grounds. Visitors can take a ride in a 1927 Model A Ford, a 1959 MG Magnette, a 1938 Diamond T Graebers Bus, or a 1948 Stylemaster Chevrolet.


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Rock & Roll Rendezvous

Special event
Bookings are required for groups

12 April 2015

The National Motor Museum will celebrate all things from the Rock and Roll era on 12 April 2015 with the Rock & Roll Rendezvous. From fins and chrome to bobby socks and pony tails.

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Motorcycle Legends Rumble in the Hills with Dakar Bikes

Special event
Bookings are required for groups

Tuesday 17 March 2015

On Tuesday 17 March Charley Boorman, of Long Way Round fame, will ride into the National Motor Museum’s carpark a week into the Compass Expeditions’ 10-day Sydney-to-the-Outback Tour, where they’ll be met by Australian motorcycling royalty - Moto GP Legend Jerry Burgess and Dakar Legends Andy Haydon, Toby Price and Dave Schwartz.

In partnership with Holden On Tight and Compass Expeditions we present this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet these internationally renowned Motorcycle Legends.

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Small Ford Sunday

Special event

Sunday 22 February 2015 10am to approx. 4pm

Now in its 5th year, Sunday 22 February will see the small Ford make a big impact at the National Motor Museum. Presented by Ford RS Owners Club of SA, The Small Ford Show promises to be a great gathering of vehicles from Anglias right through to Zephyrs. With all Ford lovers welcome on the day, the club encourages small Ford owners to enter. 

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Pole Position - DeLorean DMC-12

Temporary exhibition

Pole Position is a new changing display that highlights some of the National Motor Museum's most special vehicles.

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Wizardry and Wheels

Special event

Sunday 11 January 2015, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Harry on up to Birdwood, potter around the museum and have a spell-binding day out with the whole family!

A magical day at the National Motor Museum, with Amazing Magicians and Wizards, Quidditch workshops, Wheelie Kids, Enchanted Car display and Dress Ups, Face Painting, Magical LEGO® vehicle competition and displays, Bouncy Castle.

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Over the Hills and Turning 50

Miscellaneous

Throughout 2015

This year we celebrate 50 years of the motor museum in Birdwood. We have a number of fantastic programs and events planned to commemorate the anniversary throughout the year. You can help too! We are creating an exhibition about the history of the museum and the site in Birdwood and looking for more photos, stories or information.

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Enchanted Car

School holiday activity

13 December 2014 - 30 January 2015, Every day during the school holidays, except Christmas Day, 25 December

Put the magic into motoring! Delve into our costume collection to become a witch or a wizard. Post a selfie with the Enchanted Car on the National Motor Museum's Facebook page for the chance to win a prize.

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Magical LEGO® Vehicle Competition

School holiday activity

13 December 2014 - 30 January 2015 , every day during the school holidays except for Christmas Day, 25 December.

Enter the National Motor Museum's latest LEGO competition! Create your own magical vehicle using LEGO supplied at the museum. There's a Lego trophy and a $250 LEGO voucher for winners in each of the four age categories - 4-6 years old, 7-9, 10-13 and 14 . The competition will be judged and prizes awarded at the end of the school holidays.

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