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Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car

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The Story of Australian Motoring on Show
Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car, Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square,Melbourne CBD.


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

The full name of the exhibition is Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car, 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.

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The Holden EFIJY Showcar (2010) greets you at the entrance of the Ian Potter Centre.


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.

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The Holden Hurricaine, 1969.


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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Why? The Story of Australian Motoring on Show
When: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, Closed Monday
Phone: (03) 8620 2222
Where: Cnr Russell & Flinders Streets Melbourne VIC (03) 8620 2222
Cost: Member $11.00, Adult $15.00, Concession $12.00, Member Family $32.00 Family $41.00, Child $7.00,
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