Elfin Streamliner donated to National Motor Racing Museum

A brand-new addition has rolled through the doors of the National Motor Racing Museum.

The Museum has announced a stunning 1960 Elfin Streamliner has joined their collection.

This particular car was very generously donated in March 2023 to the Museum collection by the owner and family, with assistance from the Australian Government’s Cultural Gift Scheme.

The stunning 1960 Elfin Streamliner is Garrie Cooper’s first car built under the famous Elfin name. The tenth car of 23 produced, this Streamliner runs the Ford Anglia 105 engine with Weber carburetors, a Holinger modified Anglia 4-speed gearbox and a BMC rear axle.  It raced in period with a variety of drivers including Albert Ward, Tom Hayton and Phil Rose.

In 1988 the car was purchased by John Carter, and after a complete restoration rejoined the track and raced at historic race meetings across south east Australia, including Phillip Island, Winton, Oran Park, Amaroo Park, Mallala and in the Elfin feature in a support race for the Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide in 1990. In fact, Mount Panorama racing track is one of the few tracks missing from this car’s logbooks!  John was also an original partner in the development of Wakefield Park, and this car ran in many events at that track. The car was last run during the 25th anniversary celebrations at Wakefield, and still holds class records at Amaroo and Eastern Creek.

Head to the National Motor Racing Museum, located alongside the world-famous racing circuit, Mount Panorama, Wahluu to see this fantastic Australian designed and built sports car on show.  While Mount Panorama, Wahluu and the Bathurst 1000 is at the heart of its displays, the Museum looks across the spectrum of Australian Motor Racing. The histories of speedway, solar, drag racing, rally cars, open wheelers, sports cars and touring cars are on display. Motorbike racing and its history is featured in the Museum.

Other recent additions rolling onto the floor of the Museum include:

1. a solo speedway motorcycle ridden by John Power;

2. a 1955 PRAD Mk3, the third Special built by Jack Pryor and Clive Adams, which took considerable inspiration from the Stan Coffey Cooper Bristol race car;

3. an awesome Yamaha TZ750 that was raced by Kiwi ace John Boote, which makes a great contrast with the collection of Kawasaki bikes ridden by John’s great rival Gregg Hansford during the 1970s;

4. an incredible piece of Mount Panorama history. A 1936 BSA R19 motorcycle which was ridden by Ron McKenzie at the very first meeting at Mount Panorama in 1938; and

5. the Sulman Singer which debuted on Australian soil at Nowra in June 1947, and also ran in the 1947 Australian Grand Prix at Mount Panorama.

Open 9am -4.30pm 6 days per week. Closed Tuesday. The Museum is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. During major Mount Panorama race events, due to road closures, the National Motor Racing Museum is accessible to event ticket holders only.

Entry fees: Adult $15, Child $7, Concession $10, Family $33, Student $9, Child free (under 5 years), Carers free.

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text and Image Bathurst Regional Council and the National Motor Racing Museum