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Wednesdays 10am – 2pm
Saturdays 10am – 1pm
Monday 27 March 10am – 2pm
Event Closure: Wednesday 12th April
Easter Saturday: 15 April 2017
Tuesday 25 April 2017
Tuesday 7 November 2017
Tuesday 31 January 2017
Last open day:
Wednesday 30 November 2016
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No charge for preschool children
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Father’s Day Package of Goodies
Concourse D’Elegance Winner as part of Collection
The 1937 Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet boasts being a former Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance winner. Although featuring a slightly foreboding look it commands attention featuring beautiful details and master craftsmanship. It was a vehicle designed and made for the highest and most powerful members of society.
Its superb workmanship and historic association with the Third Reich has meant that it has continued to be one of the most desirable cards for collectors.ﾠ This particular car was purchased after the World War II by an American Army Officer and shipped back to the USA where it was fully restored. States. It won the 1925 – 1939 class at the Pebble Beach Concourse in 1989. It is a standout vehicle and was one of the original cars put on and has consistently been one of the most popular amongst museum visitors ever since.
The Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in California is held annually in August.
Aussie Stars Host Adopt Change Event
Chip Foose visits us in Docklands
Chip Foose, 3M's global brand ambassador and successful American TV show host of “Overhaulin” recently dropped into the Fox Classic Car Collection. Seen here with our coach builder Brian Tanti checking out aspects of car restoration.
Goodwood Festival of Speed: a visual tour of the motoring extravaganza
Held in Chichester, West Sussex
26 – 28 JUNE 2015
The Festival of Speed is the largest motoring garden party in the world – a unique summer weekend that brings together an impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport ‘royalty’ to create the largest car culture event in the world. Held in the grounds of Goodwood House, this annual Hillclimb event is a celebration of motor sport and all things automotive.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed was founded in 1993 by Lord March, who wanted to bring back motor racing to the historic Goodwood circuit, but did not have the necessary permit to host a race there. Instead, he hosted it on his own grounds. Now, with more than 100,000 visitors, it has become a huge outdoor motor show and historic hill climb event that draws automotive enthusiasts to the West Sussex estate from all over the world.
This years theme was flat out and fearless: Fangio racing 'at 100% for the only time in my life' to win the 1957 German Grand Prix, the duel between Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts at Silverstone in 1979, the wheel-bumping battle between Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari and René Arnoux’s Renault in the 1979 French GP and Colin McRae hurling his Subaru around Rally Australia in 1997.
The Cartier Style et Luxe concours d’elegance is a celebration of fine automotive design, where hugely valuable cars compete for titles including goddess of the highway and sweeping statements.
The 1937 Talbot-Lago T150 CSS ‘Goutte d’Eau’, also known as the Talbot Teardrop, was the overall winner of this year's concours. It is one of five Figoni et Falaschi-bodied cars of the 1920s and ’30s brought over to California, where they were popular with Hollywood stars at the time.
Design, Innovation and the Australian Car at the NGV with Brian Tanti
In a first for an Australian art institution, the National Gallery of Victoria hosts an exhibition of cars in 2015. Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car presents some of our most iconic vehicles as objects of art and design. This exhibition celebrates Australia’s important and proud history of automobile design and engineering and reflects on the heyday of the Australian car industry. It also looks to the future of the automobile industry in this country and the shift from manufacturing, which has primarily serviced a local market, to being a global contributor through specialist expertise. Fox Classic Car Collection's Brian Tanti, has been asked to deliver a lecture at the conclusion of the exhibition detailing the work done on the chassis and aluminium skin exhibited, which Brian worked on many years ago with a number of volunteers
Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car traces the development of the family car from its earliest form, as a steam-powered ‘horseless carriage’, through to its present-day role as a major design object and highly refined and efficient means of transport. It presents the stories behind the development of some of the great Australian vehicles and reveals the designers who styled them. It also considers the significant contribution Australian designers and engineers have made, and continue to make, to the car industry through specialist design capacity and expert knowledge.
Paris Dakar - The Start before the start
645 vehicles passed the mandatory technical and administrative checks at Le Havre Port on Thursday and Friday and were cleared to set sail for Argentina, where the rally will get under way on January 4.
If the Dakar is hallowed ground for all rally raid drivers and riders, then Le Havre is the great festival where competitors get together, exchange impressions and get up-to-date on one another… Ever since 2009, the loading of vehicles at the second biggest port in France has become a rite of passage and, in a way, the first stage of the rally.
The crowds relish the unique opportunity to see the vehicles and competitors from up close, while the drivers and riders ease into the racing mindset. To get here, some of them covered distances worthy of any of the 13 stages of the Dakar, with competitors flocking from the UK, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Russia and even the US.
The hodgepodge of vehicles and the crowds which turned out in force to gaze at them created a pleasant South American atmosphere. Once the safety devices (Iritrack and GPS) were set up, stickers were in place and customs formalities were out of the way, they all turned their minds to Buenos Aires, home to the start of the 2015 Dakar, full of impatience and excitement of sorts.
Le Havre Port's Ro-Ro terminal became the world's biggest motor sports logistics platform for 48 hours. 140 people made sure everything went smoothly during these two days of scrutineering on behalf of the rally organisers. They handled a 4.6 km line of vehicles, ready to be loaded onto the Grande Amburgo next weekend. Grimaldi's 200-metre cargo ship and its load of 645 race, assistance, press and organisation vehicles will then embark on a 21-day transatlantic crossing to Euro America Port, near Buenos Aires. The competitors will be there to retrieve them on December 31, a mere four days before the start. The real one!
Monterey brings $430 million in sales; the experts weigh in.
AUTO WEEK September 8, 2014
The end of the fiscal year for the classic-car market is essentially August. It closed on a big result of about $430 million in Monterey -- up from about $312 million last year. Sure, RM still has sales in Hershey and London left to go, Mecum has some sizable events in Dallas, Chicago and Kansas City, and Bonhams has its Goodwood auction at the Revival in September, but it’s a virtual certainty that the year’s eight-figure cars have all sold at this point and memories of Monterey in August are likely what the market will take into the Scottsdale frenzy in January.
Monterey over the last several years has acquired a “Groundhog Day” feel to it -- minus the digital flip clock and irritating repeated listenings of Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You, Babe.” Nothing but unchallenged good news and big sales. In 2011, it was clear that the top of the market ($1 million-and-up cars) had recovered, 2012 was the broad middle of the market’s turn ($250,000 to $1 million) and by 2013 it was clear that the “entry-level” (such as it is in Monterey) had gotten off of its hands and found its bidders’ paddles again.
This year, it was different. A bit of foreboding beforehand -- not so bad as the last scene of “The Terminator,” mind you -- but with the classic-car market mimicking the stock market which is trading in record territory for reasons that nobody can quite explain, the simultaneous appearance of some of the most desirable cars that anyone had ever seen at auction freaked out even some very experienced traders. Many had first-hand memories of 1986-92 when the great Japanese asset price bubble coincided with the meteoric rise and speculator-fueled fall of the collector-car market. That bubble burst in 1991-92, with values at the top rolling back 60-80 percent, and, much as the Japanese real estate and stock markets did in their home country, led to a lost decade in the collector-car world.
Older established dealers whom I talked to (who asked not to go on record with their names) mentioned that they had all fielded similar urgent calls from smart collectors in response to the auction company announcements -- “what the f**k is going on?” WTF, indeed. In addition to cars like the Ferrari 250 GTO ($38.5 million at Bonhams) and the Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione ($26.5 million at RM), a total of 122 other cars had estimates of $1 million or more (up from 80 last year). The Gooding Porsche 917K which might have reached $15-$20 million had been quietly pulled a few weeks before the sale.
For God’s sake, there were 19 Mercedes-Benz 300SLs for sale on the peninsula. All the talk of new wealth and buyers from Russia and Asia aside, could the market possibly absorb this much high-priced merch? It did, seemingly without breaking a sweat.
RM Auctions of Blenheim, Ontario, Canada did $143.4 million dollars, its top sale being the aforementioned 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale, an exceedingly rare competition version of the already very sexy street 275 GTB. To many, it looked like a slightly beefier and meaner 250 GTO. Bonhams saw $108 million change hands at its Quail lodge sale with the GTO of course being its high sale. Gooding, was close behind at $106 million with its high sale a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider at $15.2 million.
Mecum auctions and Russo and Steele, which provide both excitement and more accessible cars but eschew catalogs and pre-sale estimates, did impressive totals of $34.6 million and $12.1 million each.
DOCKLANDS NEWS By Bethany Williams
4 MARCH 2013
Locals and visitors will soon be able to watch the restoration of classic cars right here in Docklands.
Brian Tanti will open a workshop to the public this month allowing them to see first-hand the magic of car restoration. Mr Tanti is the former director of the Fox Classic Car Collection and is a former Docklands Chamber of Commerce president. He is also the CEO of the AutoHorizon Foundation, the not-for-profit organisation behind the FR-1 concept car. His workshop is based at the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) but is part of the Fox Classic Car Museum.
The workshop will allow visitors to get an insight into the restoration process.
“It’s all about seeing what happens behind the scenes and seeing the disciplines that are applied when restoring a car,” Mr Tanti said. The first car to be restored is a 1963 Bentley S2 Continental. Mr Tanti said the restoration would be fairly extensive as the car had a high degree of corrosion and wear.
“It will be a labour intensive process,” he said. According to Mr Tanti the public restoration will allow visitors to watch the transition of an unrestored car to a restored masterpiece and also to witness restoration disciplines that nowadays are quite often unseen. Mr Tanti said it was likely the car would be displayed in the museum once restored. But the workshop won’t be limited to the restoration and maintenance of classic cars.
Mr Tanti said he would also be working on the FR-1 concept car at the workshop, adding another dimension to the visitor experience. According to Mr Tanti the workshop activity will rotate with different work happening all the time.
Fox Classic Car Museum manager Peta Wheadon said the workshop would allow enthusiasts to admire the quality of work and the craftsmanship that had gone into the recreating and restoring process.
“Brian is one of the best restorers in the world,” Ms Wheadon said.
While appreciating the technical elements involved in restoration, Ms Wheadon said visitors were also intrigued by the history of the cars. A 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder restored by Mr Tanti in the mid 90s and now featured in the museum was raced by famed drivers Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham.
“Sometimes you can be really lucky and find an interesting former owner,” Mr Tanti said. The restoration workshop will be open to the public during the museum’s opening hours except when the work being done could pose some risk to visitors.
“It’ll be a balancing act between operating a workshop, which is an industrial facility, while at the same time opening it up to the public,” Mr Tanti said.
The Fox Classic Car Museum is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Saturdays between 10am and 1pm. The museum is currently looking for volunteers and those interested in getting involved are asked to contact Peta Wheadon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Motor Festival
Our Ferrari’s are being featured at the Australian Motor Festival, Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 March 2015 at the Melbourne Showgrounds
The Ferrari exhibition will take in over 30 years of Ferrari history
Ferrari GTO 288, Ferrari F40 and Ferrari F50 will out of the museum Tuesday 24 March and returning Tuesday 31 March
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