During the school holidays Lucas and I took a trip into town to see the Shifting Gear exhibition at the NGV.
The stunning Holden EFIJY #ShiftingGear
The NGV website describes the collections as: 'Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car presents some of our most iconic vehicles as objects of art and design.'
We went because Lucas loves cars and I love the art and design. Also I thought it would be great to see some of the older cars that would be on display, to give Lucas a real idea of what cars used to be like.
Well neither of us was disappointed. In the foyer, before you enter the exhibition is a Holden EFIJY, a glorious purple car. The colour, the lines, the perfect shiny condition of this car made it a real beauty. I would have been happy to go home after seeing that car, but then Lucas saw a car on the wall inside the exhibition. After a speedy transaction to get tickets we raced inside.
Lucas was like a kid in a candy store, running from one shiny car to the next. So many things to look at and absorb. There were a few car engines on display Lucas found quite interesting (not me), there were red race cars, and some cars where the doors open up instead of out.
Now I don't know much about what happens under the bonnet, the torque, cam shafts and flux capacitors are all just words for me. (everything I know I learnt from Back to the future!) Mostly I'm the sort of car lover that can be heard to say 'Look at the pretty yellow car'.
That was not a problem at all for this exhibition, because it was mostly about what the cars look like, and let me tell you - they look great. There was also some interesting facts included with the cars.
I took so many photos that about half way through Lucas turned and said 'OK Mum, no more photos!' Ironically I don't want to put too many here because it would ruin the joy of discovering them for yourself.
Lucas loves orange, there were quite a few orange cars (and of course red!)
Towards the end was a Jack Brabham Formula One car. Lucas was quite interested in the row of trophies they had on display. That man won a few races! I find it so amazing that the name Jack Brabham is so familiar to me, and he was winning races back in the 60's (way before I was born!).
This exhibition is so beautifully set up. The cars are stunning and the information interesting.
That night I asked Lucas what he thought of the car exhibition. His response 'It was good!' So there you have it. His review in a nutshell. I thought it was fun too, to see the vintage cars and some cars from the 60's and 70's.
If you have a car lover, perhaps one that is school age (there is no touching or interaction) we think you would enjoy a visit to see these cool cars.
NGV Australia - Ina Potter Centre
(The FED SQUARE NGV)
6 Mar 15 – 12 Jul 15