Photos Mark Walker February 11, 2023 (Comments off) (162)

Shed Full of Memories

If you’ve headed off the beaten track to the eastern Victorian town of Maffra, you’re in the right place to catch an awesome assortment of automobilia at the Gippsland Vehicle Collection.

Featuring more than 160 cars and motorcycles, the showcase is also home to an incredible display of memorabilia, machinery and more.

One of the underlying principles of the museum is its continual rotation of exhibits, with the different collections on show swapping two or three times a year.

For instance, the current display is entitled “Rarities and Replicas” and runs through to the end of February, which will be followed up by “Cars and Songs” in March.

Previous displays have included “Racers”, “Lost American Brands”, and “First and Last”, which featured the first and last examples from many different model runs, amongst various themes going back to January 2005.

Housed in a massive 2,200m2 structure that dates back to World War II, inspiration for the venture was drawn from multiple visits by the Grand Prix Rally to Gippsland over the years, which pulled from the woodworks the strong automotive culture in the region.

As an aside to the main shed is Model World Maffra, featuring over 3,500 models, making it one of the largest public displays of its type in the country.

I’m not typically one for miniatures, but this was seriously impressive – from all manner of racing cars to everything else imaginable in the motoring spectrum, there was plenty to marvel at.

The Gippsland Vehicle Collection is located at 1a Sale Road in Maffra and is open Friday to Monday from 10am to 4pm, and every day during school holidays.

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