Vintage car lovers, engineering enthusiasts and curious visitors alike have been flocking to the Palmer Motorama Vintage Car Museum since it officially opened its doors to the public last Saturday (5 January).
Nostalgic car buffs have given a resounding thumbs-up to not only the range of cars on display, but the authenticity and outstanding condition of each spectacular specimen, with the museum’s first day of opening proving such a success that opening hours have been extended.
“It was a terrific first day for the museum and gave us a clear message that there is a huge amount of interest in vintage cars; they’re timeless. As a result we’ve decided to broaden the opening hours to 10.00am – 7.00pm daily,” Manager of Palmer Motorama, Craig Gunnis said.
“Last Saturday we saw hundreds of happy faces and some of the cars were bringing back great motoring memories for some of the older members of the community.
“These vehicles are so rare and you would be hard pressed to find a venue that houses as many first-class vintage cars as this one.
Palmer Motorama is temporarily located at Palmer Coolum Resort’s The Pavillion while construction of its permanent home within the resort is completed.
Over 50 classic and vintage cars are on display daily, but even this is only a fraction of the full collection that will be available for public viewing when the museum moves to its permanent home within the resort in the coming months.
“Apart from the early 1900s cars that are often seen as the ‘classic’ vintage cars, we have many that are rare, or even unique, in terms of what they were used for or who owned them,” Craig Gunnis explained.“For example, we have an open-top Landcruiser that was used by the Queen when she visited Australia in the seventies as well as Lord Mountbatten’s 1929 Rolls Royce.
“We also have some of the original Holdens which of course are steeped in Australian motoring history. As well as the cars we have several other motoring exhibits including an original penny farthing bicycle. There’s something for everyone here,” Mr Gunnis added.
Just one of the exhibits that’s been creating a stir among museum visitors is the Bugatti Type 57. For many enthusiasts the Type 57 is the embodiment of what Bugatti were all about. Style, substance, and status were its hallmarks and one of the finest examples of the model is a leading feature of Palmer Motorama,
“Bugatti were well ahead of their time when it came to advanced engineering and sporty style,” said museum curator Dylan Higgins.
“The one we have at Palmer Motorama is a straight eight with a double overhead cam, which gives it heaps of power. It’s beautifully balanced engine and it sounds just as good now as it would have done in its heyday.
“This particular one has had several different owners and has been all over the world. It started off in the Netherlands, spent some time in Mexico and has been all over Europe. In fact, the son of the original owner still lives in the Netherlands. There is a photo of him with the car as a young boy.
“It’s a well-travelled car that is now here for our guests and visitors to enjoy; we’re privileged to have it on display, Mr Higgins added.
Engineering expert Dylan Higgins conducts tours of the museum, providing a fascinating insight into the cars on display, each weekday at noon.
Palmer Motorama is open daily from 10:00am – 7:00pm. To find out more call Palmer Coolum Resort on (07) 5446 1234.