FROM THE MOTOR MUSEUM OF WA
20 September 2017
More than 200 local motoring buffs got the thrill of a lifetime as Formula 1 racing ace Daniel Ricciardo opened the Motor Museum of WA’s new $2million exhibition space on Wednesday night.
Mr Ricciardo’s surprise pit stop on the back of his Singapore Grand Prix success was a major coup for the museum, located at Whiteman Park.
Museum board chair Kelvin Ferris said the coup was an even bigger task to keep under wraps.
“It took nearly 12 months of negotiating to secure Daniel Ricciardo, but the hardest part was keeping it secret!” Mr Ferris said.
The 2,000sqm extension houses up to 75 vehicles, bringing the total number of cars and motorbikes at Western Australia’s biggest collection of motoring history to 200.
“We are extremely proud to have on permanent loan Daniel Ricciardo’s first Formula 1 Red Bull racer and to host for a limited time, a replica 1886 Benz Motorwagen – one of only 100 produced by Mercede Benz,” said Mr Ferris.
“We have also secured the rights to display an 1886 Daimler motor cycle replica made of wood and a $1.2million model car collection.”
As well as cars and motorbikes, the museum houses an extensive collection of more than 13,000 motoring publications and workshop manuals and an education facility for school and community groups.
Whiteman Park Manager Steve Lowe said the extension was an exciting addition to the park’s many transport-related attractions.
“Whiteman Park is a popular venue for both local visitors and tourists and the Motor Museum is a key drawcard,” Mr Lowe said.
Mr Ferris said the extended capacity and security of the museum meant they could attract more high profile displays such as those brought in for the opening.
The extension was funded by museum fundraising, a LotteryWest grant and generous private and corporate donors.
Led by Mr Ferris, museum board members Jim Walker and Paul Stubber and curator John McLean, the project was five years in the making, including planning and construction.
The volunteer-run museum is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm weekdays and to 5.00pm on weekends.