Come and see what the interior of a typical mechanical workshop looked like in the 1920s. Museum volunteers have created a replica 1920s Garage using tin signs, petrol pumps, original tools, advertising images, a fire extinguisher, and even a vintage typewriter and small office. The main feature is a rolling Ford Model T chassis, designed to show the various components of a chassis and running gear and how they fit together.
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.
Sunburnt Country honours Australia’s iconic vehicles, legendary people, motoring innovation and adventurous journeys. From the novelty of a horseless carriage in 1899 to the 1948 release of ‘Australia’s Own Car’ – the Holden, Sunburnt Country celebrates Australia’s unique love affair with all things motoring. See the vehicles that first conquered Australia’s rugged landscape and vast distances and have kept those in isolated regions in touch with the rest of the world. Australians have embraced motoring as a fundamental part of our lives, and for many, it is an obsession.
From Boomeroo to Barbie, for some people, the joy of childhood never fades. Model Behaviour showcases the collections of three South Australians with a passion for toy or model cars. If you remember Corgi models ('the ones with the windows') or you've ever wanted a pedal car, Model Behaviour is sure to delight.