York Motor Museum drives tourists to Avon Valley

York Motor Museum's collection includes 56 cars.
York Motor Museum's collection includes 56 cars.

THE York Motor Museum has been praised by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman, who visited it on the weekend.

It is the oldest motor museum in Australia and has attracted more than 11,000 visitors this year – a 38 per cent increase on visits last year.

About a third of the visitors to the volunteer-run museum travelled from Europe and America to the Avon Valley town.

The collection spanning 100 years of WA’s motoring history includes 56 cars, 15 motorbikes and memorabilia.

Nine historic cars are on loan from the WA Museum, including the oldest car of Western Australian provenance – a 1901 Benz.

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“The York Motor Museum is a key regional tourist attraction,” Mr Templeman said.

“Settled in 1831, York is the second oldest town in WA and the oldest inland settlement in the State.

“The York Motor Museum provides a significant boost to local tourism and contributes to a vibrant and historic regional area.

“The relationship between the WA Museum and the York Motor Museum is a great example of the ability of cultural and community-based partnerships to attract global interest and regional tourism.

“The exemplary collection of motor vehicles and memorabilia is a tribute to the museum’s original and current owners, and the volunteers who have maintained and developed this regional treasure.”