Hot rod exhibit announced
They’re big, they’re bold, and they’re ready to roar into Bill Richardson Transport World.
The largest private automotive museum of its type in the world is gearing up to showcase plenty of souped-up Americana goodness with its next display.
Executive director Joc O’Donnell says the Transport World team is working hard behind-the-scenes for what just might be its biggest exhibit yet: American Graffiti, a celebration of everything hot rod.
Among the vehicles on display will be three of the cars fans of the hit George Lucas movie will recognise instantly: a 1932 coupe, a ’55 Chev, and a white Thunderbird.
“American Graffiti is such an eye-catching movie, and we’re planning on creating something on a scale larger than what we have tackled before,” she says. “It’s going to be a big effort but the whole team is really excited about what we’ve got up our sleeve. Now we just need to pull it all together!”
It’s no small feat.
Fortunately, though, Transport World has an expert workshop team. Among them is Howard Kingsford-Smith, who says the team has worked hard to focus on pre-1962 vehicles.
“We wanted to stay true to the movie, so we didn’t really want anything super glitzy. I think for people who have watched and enjoyed it, that was important.”
His colleague Darren Robbie is also involved in pulling the display together. He reckons it all comes down to the attention to detail.
“Our displays all just go a bit further each time, and this one is going a bit more elaborate than what we’ve done before. With our exhibits we’re trying to target a different demographic every time, and if we want people to come in for a look, then go away and tell other people about it, we’ve kind of got to go to the max.”