Reviving the 70s: Relive Australia’s Golden Age of Car Manufacturing

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A renowned museum in Maffra, Victoria, is set to host a captivating exhibition that will take visitors on a nostalgic journey through the golden age of car manufacturing in Australia during the 1970s.

The Gippsland Vehicle Collection will be hosting the exhibition “Reviving the 70s: Australian Car Manufacturing,” which aims to celebrate and preserve the rich automotive heritage of the country.

With the decline of car manufacturing in Australia in recent years, the exhibition is a tribute to the iconic vehicles and the skilled workers who played a significant role in shaping the industry during its heyday. It offers a unique opportunity for car enthusiasts and history buffs to immerse themselves in this pivotal era’s sights, sounds, and stories.

The Gippsland Vehicle Collection has curated an impressive display of classic cars, representing the diverse range of models produced by Australian manufacturers in the 1970s. Visitors can expect to see iconic vehicles like the Ford Falcon, Holden Commodore, and Chrysler Valiant, which were emblematic of Australian automotive excellence at the time.

Curator Chris Henry stated, “The exhibition will focus on Datsuns, GT Falcons, Monaros, Premiers and Statemans.” The exhibition will also feature interactive elements, such as virtual reality experiences and interactive displays, allowing visitors to engage with the history and craftsmanship of these vehicles in an immersive and educational manner.

The exhibition will provide a unique opportunity to experience the golden age of Australian car manufacturing before electric vehicles took the lion’s share of the market. Nowadays, many car manufacturers are bringing in EVs, like Kia’s EV9.

These classic vehicles face extinction as the country moves forward and away from using traditional fossil fuels by implementing laws to dissuade consumers from relying on them. Recently, the EU has considered implementing a carbon border tax. This measure aims to reduce carbon emissions by imposing tariffs on imports from countries with lax environmental regulations.“Carbon taxes are slowly but surely coming. And if Australian companies don’t’ decarbonise, they will become less competitive,’ as TAI climate and energy program director Richie Merzian stated.


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