From the dawn of motoring when cars had three wheels, not four, to the great classic cars of the 1920s and 1930s, to the American cars of the 1950s dripping with chrome and the Aussie race cars from Bathurst of the 1970s, the York Motor Museum is an automobile exhibition for anyone with the tiniest spark of interest in motoring.
Housing the collection of motoring enthusiast, Peter Briggs, a selection of vehicles on loan from the Museum of Western Australia and private vehicles on loan, the Museum is a celebration of the excitement, the speed and the style of the automobile. It captures the passion of motoring like no other museum in Australia.
The exhibits include Veteran, Vintage, Classic and Racing Cars plus Motorcycles and Racing Bikes. In addition to the motor vehicles of all shapes and sizes, visitors to this charming tourist attraction can also enjoy the delights of the colourful collection of posters, motoring memorabilia and photographs.
Things To Do
Since 1979, the York Motor Museum has been one of the main attractions in the historic town of York. Situated 97kms from Perth, it is an easy drive into the peaceful Avon Valley .
The one hour journey takes you through rolling pastures dotted with sheep, past olive farms and wheat fields and follows the gently flowing Avon River to York.
The Motor Museum is located on the main street of Western Australia's most historic inland town. It is housed in a fine late 19th century commercial building that has been restored to its former glory and is easily identified by its distinctive striped verandah.
Settled in 1831, York is the second oldest town in Western Australia and the oldest inland settlement in the State. It boasts a host of attractions sure to interest visitors from around the world.
A stroll through the centre of town takes you past fine examples of Victorian and Federation buildings that date back back to early European settlement. Call in to the Courthouse and Goal and explore this beautiful building from the 1840s.
A short walk away is the glorious Town Hall building, now home to the York Information Services. The friendly staff will be happy to give you information about the many attractions in York and the Avon Valley including local picnic spots, lookouts, historic buildings and homesteads in and around town.
A visit to the award winning Residency Museum gives an interesting insight into the region's history. There are colorful cultural exhibits, loads of activities and changing displays of local history.
The Ballardong Noongar Six Seasons Garden Walk situated at the Museum provides a fanscinating look at the six seasons and animals traditionally important to the Noongar people. Created in consultation with the local community, a meandering path takes you on a short walk through remnant bush now being renewed with native trees and plants, many labelled with their Noongar, botanical and common names.
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In 1980 Rosco drove this hydrogen peroxide kart to a speed of 253 mph, covering the quarter mile in 5.97 seconds