Celebrating the contribution motor racing has made to Australian society

In September 1997, Bathurst City Council commenced full-time management of the Mount Panorama Hall of Fame, renaming it the National Motor Racing Museum.

The exhibits expanded to encompass all facets of motor sport, not just the history of Mount Panorama as envisaged by the initial feasibility study and the inaugural committee.

1997 also saw the Museum’s facility expand to the North and Eastern sides of the original building, creating additional exhibition space, as well as the theatrette, a new retail area and office spaces, to add to visitor comfort and improve access into the Museum.

The Museum’s premises continued to expand and develop over the following years, with a second wing being added to the Museum in 2001, opening in July of that year after receiving additional funding under a Federal Tourism Grant. This doubled the main exhibition space available, and also added extra toilets, a conference room and commercial kitchen.

The Museum’s most recent expansion was completed with the addition of the Peter Brock Wing opening in 2007, a year after Brock’s death in a tarmac rally event in Western Australia. Alongside this extension was the addition of the Peter Brock Statue in the Museum’s grounds, adding another attraction for visitors to the Museum, and to the Mount Panorama precinct.

During the 30 year history of the Museum, visitors from across Australia, and all over the world have been able to see hundreds of significant and interesting racing cars and bikes on display at the NMRM.

Our collection has developed over this period to include 17 cars, 5 motorcycle and outfits, plus some 4700 items ranging from programs, images and ephemera to trophies, helmets and racing suits.

The NMRM’s outreach programs have taken cars and other material to locations as diverse as Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek, Wakefield Park in Goulburn, the Gold Coast, Winton Motor Raceway, Sandown Park in Melbourne, the Top Gear Festival and the Muscle Car Masters, and even overseas to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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