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Published June 20th 2017
A Museum that is not just for motor enthusiasts
Step back into time, take a walk down memory lane and experience all things vehicle and motor-related as you cruise back through Australian motoring history at the spectacular National Motor Museum.

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The National Motor Museum is located in the picturesque Adelaide Hills and the museum is not just home to up to four-hundred extraordinary displays and exhibits of all things motor-related but it is also a regular host to some of the finest social motoring events in Australia.

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The extensive grounds of the Museum showcase an intriguing collection of vehicles through the ages, motoring-related objects such as brochures and maps, tin signs, petrol bowsers, toys and models, image collections, extensive research library and workshop. There are also tours of what goes on behind-the-scenes.

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Some of the permanent exhibits include: 1920s Garage, which features what the interior of a typical mechanical workshop looked like in the 1920s. The replica 1920s Garage features tin signs, petrol pumps, original tools, advertising images, fire extinguisher, vintage typewriter and a small office. The main star of the attraction is the rolling Ford Model T chassis.

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Eddie Perkins, A Redex Legend exhibition, who was the patriarch of this well-known motorsport family; he 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. His son Larry won multiple Bathurst 1000 races, and grandson Jack is a well-known V8 Supercar driver. The exhibition features some of his prizes for the 1956 rally win.

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Bobby Socks, Fins and Chrome exhibit which showcases Australia's own experience in the 1950s. Be sure to check out the jukebox, which plays number one hits of the decade and try out the drive-in interactive experience.

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Sunburnt Country: Icons of Australian Motoring is an interesting exhibit which honours Australia's iconic vehicles, legendary people, motoring innovation and adventurous journeys. There is plenty of history to explore as it celebrates Australia's unique love affair with all things motoring.

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Model Behaviour exhibit showcases the collections of three South Australians with a passion for toy or model cars, some include Corgi models, pedal cars and more. There are also temporary, passing exhibitions frequently on display too.

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To enhance your experience further at the Museum, the Virtual Reality video game is based on the 1980s Adelaide Grand Prix circuit using VR technology. This interactive experience takes you through the famous track as you spot out the famous landmarks such as the Stag Hotel and former Queen Victoria Hospital. Take a seat and experience the thrill of a race car!

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Discover the collections of vintage, veteran and classic motorcars as well as motorcycles. The Museum is much more than a collection Museum, it is home to the social history of the way we were, the way we are now and the way of the future.

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Whether you are a motoring enthusiast, history buff or simply want to experience something new, then the National Motor Museum is the perfect point of interest to experience the insight into an integral part of Australia's heritage and modern culture.

This time capsule is also the perfect way to celebrate our unique road transport history.

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Fun facts:
- One-third of the vehicles on display are on loan from the community of private collectors and organisations.

- The National Motor Museum answers more than 2,000 research enquiries each year from across Australia and worldwide.

- The Museum is the largest Motor Museum in Australia with close to 400 vehicles on display.

- The Museum was started by Jack Kaines and Len Vigar in 1964, and was purchased by the South Australian Government in 1976. It holds a large and historically important collection of cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.
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Why? The perfect family-friendly interactive museum
When: All year round (Closed Christmas Day)-10am-5pm
Phone: (08) 8568 4000
Where: Shannon St, Birdwood
Cost: Adults: $15.50pp, Concession: $12.50pp, Children: $6.50pp, Family (2 adults up to 6 children): $35
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Unless they have been re-located there is some racing cars in the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. We were advised that some of them aren't displayed all the time.
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