Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car

Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car

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Posted 2015-04-03 by A Camera in Melbournefollow

Wed 06 Mar 2013 - Thu 06 Mar 2014



Shifting Gear brings the story of Australian motoring to the heart of Melbourne.

The full name of the exhibition is , and it can be said that the cars, showcased at the National Gallery of Victoria's Ian Potter Centre, fulfill all three.

While Europe shall always be famous for sleek touring cars, and the United States for straight line muscle-vehicles, Australia represents a rather unique commodity in the automobile industry.



Alongside a number of cars requiring conversion, and adaption of design to deal with our rugged terrain and climate - when compared perhaps to the well paved middle suburbia of many North American cities - the 'homemade' incarnations, designed and dreamt up over the years on our shore, are also a great representation of the 'Australian spirit'.

Undoubtedly, the two greatest representations of this in show are the Holden Hurricane, and Jack Brabham's World Championship-winning Formula One car.



The post-War era saw Australia undergo a migration boom, our cities rapidly expand, and a great growing confidence on the world stage; these two cars affirmed that, from the 1960's onwards, we were truly behind the wheel when it came to driving Australia.

Along with the proceedings, there is an array of other cars on show. Familiar names like Charger, Torana, and more, with the Bathurst exhibit in particular, are sure to excite - from the newest, to even the most seasoned of motoring fans.

For those yet to visit, it is a exhibition very much worth a stop by.

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