The Museum – supporting Strathalbyn’s community

The museum will bring people together, create a stronger community and provide more tourism for our town.
Strathalbyn has long been a fantastic destination for motoring groups. 

Its centrally located between Adelaide, Victor Harbor, Murray Bridge and “The Bend” at Tailem Bend. It is a popular weekend venue for motoring groups.

Using Strathalbyn as a base, motoring enthusiasts have a wide variety of sightseeing opportunities all a short distance in and around the town.

Since Strathalbyn is an established motoring destination the Strathalbyn Tourism Association decided to explore the concept of a motoring museum dedicated to showcasing the motoring history of the area. We identified Gilbert Motors’ building as suitable and have working with the Gilbert family to bring the museum concept to reality.

The Strathalbyn Tourism Association has a solid core of people who volunteer their time to organise and participate in a variety of activities and events in the community all designed to increase tourism to the area.
Join the Strathalbyn Tourism Association

The Historical Aspect

Besides focusing on Strathalbyn’s motoring history the Museum will devote space to motor sports history in SA. The historical aspect of the museum will include:
  • The Gilbert family’s contribution to the Strathalbyn area and their role in motoring
  • The history of the actual museum site including the Cobb & Co link
  • The manufacturing of the Treblig bicycles and motorcycles in Strathalbyn
  • Historic motoring/dealership sites throughout Strathalbyn
  • Kenny Blake and other motor sports people from this area

The Overall Goal

The Museum will conserve and preserve local motoring history. It is envisaged that the Museum will include:
  • Displays of veteran, vintage, classic, and custom cars, heavy vehicles and motorcycles
  • Display of motor sports vehicles and memorabilia
  • Permanent, semi-permanent and short-term interactive displays
  • Displays of motoring related items including engines, parts, posters and photographs
  • Display of machinery associated with the repair and maintenance of vehicles
  • A small library of motoring books and magazines
  • An audio-visual area for the screening of motoring films

Our patron

Glen Dix OAM has kindly donated his collection of motoring memorabilia and has agreed to become the museum patron.

The collection will be displayed throughout the museum and in our library, which will be known as the Glen Dix Library.

Club Visits

Car and motorbike clubs are welcome and encouraged to come and visit.

Normal admission is $8, groups of 20 or more admission is $5 each and we do have packages available that include lunch, please contact us (ahead of time) via our contact form.

Museum Market

Held on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 8am to 3pm next to the Museum.
To keep a vibrant and successful market in town we need your support – please come and visit and buy from the locals at the market.
If you want to have a stall at the market, please contact Lucy on 0407 395 404.

Our patron

Glen Dix OAM has kindly donated his collection of motoring memorabilia and has agreed to become the museum patron.

The collection is displayed throughout the museum and in our library, which is known as the Glen Dix Library, an experience on it’s own.

Club Visits

Car and motorbike clubs are welcome and encouraged to come and visit.

Normal admission is $8, groups of 20 or more admission is $5 each and we do have packages available that include lunch, please contact us (ahead of time) via our contact form.

Museum Market

Held on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 8am to 3pm next to the Museum.
To keep a vibrant and successful market in town we need your support – please come and visit and buy from the locals at the market.
If you want to have a stall at the market, please contact Lucy on 0407 395 404.

Ambassador Ordynski

Ed Ordynski retired from rallying and is an advisor to the SA Motorsports Board and the Aust Institute for Motor Sport Safety.

Ed’s rally career spanned 34 years.
He is best known as the leading factory driver for
Team  Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia

Ambassador Gilbert

Tom Gilbert is the owner/operator the Gilbert family’s fifth generation business, Adelaide Hills Toyota and a passionate car guy with interests ranging in everything from vintage cars to all forms of motor sport.
Tom Gilbert was born in Mt Barker and has lived in the Adelaide Hills all his life. He can be found enjoying the Australian outback in a kombi or the magnificent hills roads in a vintage air-cooled Porsche