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Event Recap: Final Visit to the National Holden Museum

Recently, members of the Motafrenz community embarked on an exciting excursion to Echuca, a charming town nestled along the Murray River. The highlight of our journey? A visit to the renowned National Holden Museum, which holds a special place in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts.

The adventure began bright and early as Motafrenz members gathered at Southern Cross Station, brimming with anticipation for the day ahead. With paper tickets in hand, we boarded a V/Line Train, ready to embark on a scenic three-hour journey to Echuca. As the train rattled along, conversation buzzed with excitement, setting the tone for a day filled with camaraderie and exploration.

Upon arrival in Echuca, we wasted no time immersing ourselves in the local charm. Our first stop? The Royal Hotel, where we indulged in hearty counter meals and refreshing beverages, fueling up for the adventures that lay ahead. Energized and eager, we set off for the 25-minute walk (at 33º C) to the National Holden Museum.

As we stepped into the museum, we were greeted by a treasure trove of Australia’s automotive history, with iconic Holden vehicles lining the halls. From classic models to rare prototypes, each car told a story of innovation, craftsmanship, and Australian pride. Despite the museum’s imminent closure in April, there was still much to see and appreciate, making every moment spent within its walls all the more poignant.

Motafrenz members wandered through the exhibits, marvelling at the evolution of Holden vehicles over the years. We admired the sleek curves of vintage models, reminisced about family road trips in beloved Holdens, and gained a newfound appreciation for the brand’s enduring legacy. Every car held a piece of history, a testament to Holden’s enduring impact on Australian culture and beyond.

As the afternoon progressed, we reluctantly bid farewell to the museum, knowing that our visit had left an indelible mark on our memories. Yet, our day in Echuca was far from over. With spirits high and camaraderie strengthened, we explored more of the town, soaking in its riverside charm and vibrant atmosphere.

As the day drew to a close, we gathered once more, reflecting on our unforgettable journey. From the scenic train ride to the captivating museum exhibits, every moment had been a testament to the power of community and shared passion. As we boarded the train back to Melbourne, we carried with us not only memories but also a renewed appreciation for the timeless allure of Holden and the camaraderie it inspires among enthusiasts.

In the end, the Motafrenz trip to Echuca and the National Holden Museum was more than just a day out—it was a celebration of heritage, friendship, and the enduring spirit of Australian automotive culture. And though the museum may soon close its doors, the memories forged within its walls will continue to live on in the hearts of Motafrenz members for years to come.

Words by Chris Dunkinson. Photos by Brett Huxtable, Nick Bassett, Daniel Borton, Chris Dunkinson, and Paul Hollingworth.

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