Tasmanian National Automobile Museum showcases prestigious vehicles | Examiner

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The Tasmanian National Automobile Museum is much more than a superbly curated showroom of vintage cars, muscle cars, racing cars, motorcycles and other transport legends. This is a significant collection that consistently ranks among the top five tourist attractions in Launceston and number one as a paid attraction. Since it was originally created by Geoff Smedley, Launceston Automotive Identity in 1987 at the Waverley Woolen Mills complex, and even more so after it moved to Cimitiere St and became a non-profit foundation run by a trust, it was strongly supported by The Examiner’s Journal. “We have a partnership with The Examiner which allows a reporter to cover Targa from the inside,” said Phil Costello, director of NAMT. “Together we drive a car in the tour section and a reporter can drive and follow the action, giving readers a first-hand account of this exciting event.” Over the years we have faced a Porche 356, I have been a co-pilot for a year in an HT 350 GTS Monaro, and a year we have even had the rarely seen Alvis TE21 – we always try to choose a car that stands out from the rest. Other links to the journal are The Examiner’s sponsorship of the NAMT Community Awareness Weekend and the production of quality special publications such as Wheel Nuts magazine and a book on the Tasmanian Motorsport Hall of Fame, which is hosted at the museum. While the future of the museum as regards its location is uncertain as the University of Tasmania’s move to Inveresk gathers momentum, one thing is certain regarding Phil Costello. “We will always have a prominent position in Launceston because not only is it a vital attraction to the region, but the history of our automotive past must be preserved. “


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