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Auto Obsession - The Powerhouse Museum

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by Jenny Hatton Mahon (subscribe)
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Men and Motors
For daredevil dads and men who love motors, what better way to spend Father's Day than at an exhibition of iconic cars at the Powerhouse Museum.

The Auto Obsession exhibition showcases an amazing collection of cars from automotive history including models such as the Goggomobil Dart, the 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V used by the NSW Governor, Sir Roden Cutler, as well as the ubiquitous red sports cars that are essential at any exhibition of classic vehicles.

For something special, a 1913 Sheffield Simplex luxury tourer, one of only three surviving in the world, is part of the exhibition. This car was built to unique specifications for body style, accessories and colours, all from quality materials and components.

Other favourites that will have dad revving his engine are the 1970 Leyland Mini K (for kangaroo), 1955 F J Holden Special sedan, 1955 Hillman Minx Mk VIII saloon, 1970 Chrysler Valiant Regal VF sedan and, bringing back recollections of country jaunts with the grandparents, a Ford Model 48 V-8 De Luxe Fordor sedan!

Visitors will also see one of those old toll baskets into which coins were tossed as you drove through the toll gates. I can recall many a time waiting behind drivers on Sydney Harbour Bridge who had to stop, get out of their cars and retrieve coins which missed the basket.

Also on display will be 600 models from the Museum's massive collection of Matchbox cars. It's said that in the heyday of Matchbox in the 1960s, Australians purchased more of the little die-cast toy cars per capita than any other country.

So, rather than driving your father to distraction with a new pair of socks or undies on Father's Day, drive him to the Powerhouse Museum instead and treat him to this special exhibition of classic cars which will have his heart racing.
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Why? Because every dad deserves a special day
When: Father's Day and 9 August 2014 - 26 October 2014
Phone: (02) 9217 0111
Where: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Cost: Free with entry to Museum
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