National Motor Museum at Birdwood, South Australia


Honey-Bunny and our favourite son in law recently took He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood, at Birdwood in South Australia. Three hours later He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers was still really enjoying his look around, while Honey-Bunny’s enthusiasm had flagged.


The museum contains over 400 cars, hot rods, motor bikes, commercial vehicles, old caravans and much more.


The ute below was a favourite with all of us. The story of the ute is that back in the 1930’s, a farmer’s wife asked for a vehicle that they could drive to church on Sunday and transport pigs to market on a Monday. Following this request, Ford’s designer, Lew Bandt, designed the coupe utility.


The car below used to be used for Telecom ads (now Telstra). According to the blurb, the phone actually works.


A Chevrolet. I have enough trouble parking a modern car, so parking a big, old Chev in a supermarket car park is the stuff of my nightmares.


The car below is a Goggomobil. I believe the model below is the Dart. Everyone my age in Australia will remember the television ad for the Yellow Pages starring the bloke with the Scottish accent, desperately phoning around trying to find a part for his Goggomobil. We all repeated, “Gee Oh, Gee Gee Oh,” and, “Not the Dart, they always think it’s the Dart” then laughed our heads off.


Loads of bikes.



Affectionately known as ‘The Val.’


The teardrop camper had bunks at the front and a dinette at the back with a kitchen and cupboards through the middle.


Honey-Bunny had a red Porsche peddle car which she tooled around in she was little, much like the model below.


I sat on my own in the back seat at the drive-in, waiting for He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers to come back from the Diner with a milkshake.


Everyone loves a Monaro. Especially me.