Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victoriaís beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
Published July 25th 2021
Brilliant, shiny, polished, cars, cars and more cars
Cars, cars, cars. Veteran cars, vintage cars, classic cars, luxury cars. You'll find an abundance of these on show in Victoria's Vehicle Museums along with motorbikes, vans, trucks and buses and a plethora of motor memorabilia. You don't need to be a revhead to appreciate our automotive history. These cars rubbed and polished to a high shine will captivate anyone. So, what are you waiting for, one of these city or regional museums is bound to be near you! Grab the kids, call a mate, pick up your old Nana and Pa, or just go for a solo outing; you'll be glad you did.
National Holden Motor Museum - Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge.
1. Fox Classic Car Collection housed in the historic Queens Warehouse at Docklands displays more than 50 meticulously restored luxury vehicles donated by Lindsay Fox. The collection includes Rolls Royce Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche, Mercedes Benz and more, covering models between 1923 and 2020. The collection is run by a trust set up to raise funds for charity. In normal times, they are open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday but pre-purchased tickets are essential. Check their website for more details, location and pricing and to book your ticket. www.foxcollection.org.au/
Fox Classic Car Collection - Image by Bahnfrend, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
2. Geelong Museum of Motoring and Industry - Ford Discovery Museum is located in Building 5 on the Western Heights Secondary College and showcases not only the cars but also automotive manufacturing in Geelong. The vehicle collection ranges from a replica of Henry Ford's 1896 Quadricycle, motor cars and locally produced trucks. Visit their website for more details, location, pricing and COVID-safe measures. https://www.gmom.com.au/wp/
Image from Geelong Museum of Motoring Facebook page
3. Charlies Auto Museum Arthurs Seat in Purves Road, Arthurs Seat houses a collection of more than 100 vehicles and motorbikes, both real and replica, along with models and memorabilia. There is an onsite gift and souvenir shop. It is normally open from 11am to 4pm every day except Christmas. Email email@example.com or ring Charlie on 0419 887 801 or visit their Facebook page for more details. https://www.facebook.com/Charlies-Auto-Museum-314834242489678/
4. The Gippsland Vehicle Collection in Maffra is housed in a WWII building and has both permanent and rotating displays. The themed display is changed every four months. Lengthy aisles are lined with vehicles, all with information boards. The walls are adorned with old number plates, tin signs from oil companies, posters and photos. The flag of nations and car manufacturers hang from the rafters. A mock-up of an old mechanic's garage is cluttered with old tools, spare parts, hub caps and old tyres. A pallet stacked with old oil cans takes pride of place at the back of the centre aisle. At the back is a display of over three and a half thousand model cars. Visit their website for location, contacts, opening times and pricing. https://www.gippslandvehiclecollection.org.au/
The Gippsland Vehicle Collection - Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge.
5. Trafalgar Holden Museum in Waterloo Road, Trafalgar is housed in a 1930's butter factory building and traces the history of Holden right back to its days as a saddle maker. In addition to the collection of Holden cars, there are some interactive displays and a theatrette. The collection contains things as diverse as a tram with a GM engine and a boat with a Holden engine. At the time of writing (July 2021) the museum has been named a finalist in the 2021 Gippsland Business Awards in the Tourism Activities and Attractions category. Visitors are welcome to browse but can ring ahead to arrange a guided tour. Check out their website for more details, contacts, COVID-safe measures, opening times and pricing. www.trafalgarholdenmuseum.com.au/
7. Portland Power House Motor and Car Museum at friendly Society reserve in Glenelg Street in Portland houses collections of around thirty veteran, vintage and classic cars and trucks along with stationary engines, motorcycles, signs, models, trams, tractor, a workshop, and related memorabilia. Vehicles on display include Buick, Dodge, Ford, Austin, Pontiac, Riley, Chev, and Studebaker. Visit their page on the Australian Museums and Galleries website for more details. https://aumuseums.com/vic/western-district/portland-powerhouse-motor-and-car-museum
Image from the Portland Car Club and Motor Museum Facebook page
8. The Museum of Vehicle Evolution (MOVE) in Kialla, near Shepparton, has been undergoing some changes and will be re-opening re-open the weekend of August 21/22, 2021 in a purpose-built facility. The museum houses more than eighty motor cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pedal cars. In addition to the permanent items, feature displays will rotate every three months. For more information including opening hours and pricing, go to their page on the Visit Shepparton website visitshepparton.com.au/see-and-do/family-fun/!/view/shepparton-motor-museum-1015 or check out their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/museumofvehicleevolution/
Image from Shepparton Motor Museum & Collectibles Facebook page
9. Mildura Holden Motor Museum in Buronga near Mildura houses 28-35 Holden vehicles from the first model made to current. Cars on display are rotated frequently. It is normally open from Tuesday to Sunday. Please note that opening hours can vary and it may be wise to ring ahead. Visit their website for details of opening times, pricing, and contacts. https://milduraholdenmuseum.com.au/
Image from Mildura Holden Motor Museum Facebook page
10. National Holden Motor Museum Echuca is displaying over forty Holden Cars representing the history of the iconic model. All the models have information plaques and for some, this will be a walk down memory lane. Peer into engine bays, meander past Holden memorabilia and take in the photographic display. Sit in the small theatre and watch the historic film, check out their photos or indulge yourself in the gift shop. This is the largest one brand car museum in Australia and even a Ford enthusiast could not help but be awed by the displays. Visit their website for further details. www.holdenmuseum.com.au/
National Holden Motor Museum - Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge
11. Metcalfe Holden Museum Is on 10/20 Malmsbury-Metcalfe Road in Metcalfe, 20kms west of Castlemaine. In addition to the cars, there is related memorabilia, signage and documents. Many of the cars were set aside over the years by Mollison Motors Holden in Kyneton which operated between 1948 and 2008, the owners having a family connection to the museum. This is a privately run museum so it is recommended you ring ahead - they can be contacted on 0418 780 771. They don't appear to have a website but you might like to check out the community Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Metcalfe-Holden-Museum-407253956143869/