Despite the 7-8hr round trip of pure commitment, I honestly wasn't expecting a whole lot from this museum. It was, from what I was aware, an old Bunnings filled with one wealthy bloke's rapidly-assembled car collection: a recipe for a heartless assortment of cliché car choices, thrown together with no real thought or logic.
For the most part that preconception didn't appear to be too far off the mark (however true it actually may or may not be!), but there was definitely one HUGE surprise:
Wow. What a pleasant surprise.
In the old Bunnings outdoor area was a good couple-dozen of the most weird and wonderful oddball classics - things I never get to see: Gaz, Dacia, Trabant and Wartburg; from a Serbian Zastava to a Romanian Oltcit... and a pair of late-80s Czechoslovakian Skodas!
It was a good sign. It's this appreciation for a full variety of vehicles - regardless of flash or value - that differentiates a proper automobile/engineering enthusiast from the wealthy's need to spend their money on something. It revealed a little imagination.. showing the curiosity/interest in these things that I know (as someone who has a fairly broad car-ppreciation!) interest me.
Dragged out of the UK and thrown in front of 25million Australians who've never seen one; I don't think it matters..
I certainly can't imagine they would have expected this to be in a museum in coastal Australia 27years later..!
Next up? The model that carried the 120/130 Skoda's commuter-torch into the 90s...!