I had a phone call last week from serious car enthusiast who owns over 40 vehicles including Jaguars and Jensens. Col Galley is a former Treasurer of the Jaguar Club in Queensland, and he asked me if I would like to come to an address close to the Brisbane’s national and international airports.
It was a bit of a tease because Col added he was undertaking the creation of a long-held dream for him, the likes of which there is nothing else in the country.
Well today I got to see Col, grandson Jackson (Manager), Mark (Curator) and project head Colin – and what I was shown absolutely floored me. I feel very honoured to be first person in the motoring media and enthusiast world to learn about and inspect the still-under-construction Brisbane Motor Museum.
It is privately owned by Col and his family, and has been underway for almost two years. Jackson emphasised it will not be the Col Galley Museum, and will have a huge range of car and purposes when it opens in the first half of 2023.
Think of an ever-changing auto museum with everything from the first S.S. Jaguar 2.5 litre saloon in Australia (which was displayed at the 1936 Melbourne Motor Show), to modern Japanese performance cars and everything in between.
Think licensed restaurant, think huge motoring library, think photographic collection, think meeting rooms, think undercover off-road parking, think sensational Tasmanian oak finishes and the utmost in luxury fittings for visitors including chairs.
Think also of a massive two storey building freshly renovated with no expense spared and with a new second floor 75 metres long having just been added. Think huge chandelier in the main entrance hanging through the atrium from the roof high above, and you have a major new car lovers home in Brisbane plus a spectacular new Queensland tourist attraction.
… and it will be no flash in the pan.
This place is here to stay, and will be a magnet for all car fans no matter their vintage of tastes.
You can judge by the pictures taken today this is all-in for Col, Jackson and Mark and is set to be known not just in Brisbane, not just Queensland, not just Australia – but the entire motoring devotee world. And it is no more than 10 minutes drive from the airport terminals.
Obviously, we will be following all of the development closely, and bringing everybody here the latest thinking on what it will offer.
What Col and his team are undertaking is more significant than they probably appreciate at this point when their minds are occupied with making the place happen.
You are a hero Col!
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