WE HERE AT WILLSHIP INTERNATIONAL LOVE CARS, AND WE’VE DISCOVERED THAT IN AND AROUND MELBOURNE THERE ARE A TREASURE TROVE OF CLASSIC CAR DESTINATIONS AND ACTIVITIES.
From marvellous museums, to ‘blast from the past’ collections, be sure to check out some motoring memorabilia next time you’re in town.
FOX CLASSIC CAR COLLECTION
The Fox Classic Car Collection showcases an awesome collection of classic vehicles collected by trucking businessman Lindsay Fox. Over a period of 30 years Fox collected Ferrari, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce models. Many of these are one off prototypes and some have been owned by celebrities. Housed in the historic Queen’s Warehouse in the Docklands precinct, the collection is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
GEELONG MUSEUM OF MOTORING & INDUSTRY
Geelong is around an hour’s drive south-west of Melbourne but car lovers won’t mind hightailing it to the Geelong Museum of Motoring + Industry (GMOM for short). The port town has a fascinating automotive and manufacturing history and this is reflected in the museum which follows Australia’s journey throughout the 20th century to becoming a car-centric nation. The museum is open every day of the week except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and everyday during the school holidays.
MORRIS MINOR GARAGE
If you’re part of a classic car group and looking for a place for an event then get in touch with the Morris Minor Garage in Harcourt. Around an hour and half drive north of Melbourne this art deco designed garage is open to Car Clubs and groups of 10 or more by appointment only. A blast from the past it has a private collection of Morris Minors and other historic vehicles dating back to the 1920s. It also has a cafe themed on the same era. Phone Kim on 0409 351 509 to reserve your date and time or email them through the website.
If you’re in the market for a luxury, exotic or classic sports car, or just want to drool a little, then look no further than Dutton Garage. Situated in the heart of Melbourne in Richmond, the showroom has an eye-opening array of modern and classic sports cars sourced from all over the globe. Rather than salespeople, it’s run by car experts and motoring enthusiasts. You’ll find everything here from classic Porsches and vintage Ferraris, to a lineup of current prestige models. Dutton Garage is open every day of the week but Sunday.
What better way to explore Victoria than with a classic car tour? From the comfort of your own privately chauffeured classic Rolls Royce, no less. Triple Roffers classic car winery and scenic tours through the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Dandenong Ranges. The tours are ideal for small groups (up to 7 people) wanting to spend a memorable day out from Melbourne at a relaxed pace. They can customise the tour to your own itinerary or provide one, they’ll even throw in a complimentary bottle of bubbly. Make an enquiry through their website.