Bush Me­chan­ics slot car chal­lenge

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Is­sue #95 high­lighted the Bush Me­chan­ics ex­hi­bi­tion that’s cur­rently tour­ing the coun­try cel­e­brat­ing Bush Me­chan­ics the cult tele­vi­sion se­ries. That ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes the in­trigu­ingly named bush-punk slot car chal­lenge.

The slot car chal­lenge was made by Mark Thom­son, cre­ator of ABC TV show The Lost

Tools of Henry Hoke with the aim of nav­i­gat­ing an old bomb of a slot car around a per­ilous out­back Scalex­tric track through cor­ru­ga­tions, steep cor­ners and tak­ing care to avoid a kan­ga­roo. Love it!

The pop­u­lar and quirky TV show, which first aired on the ABC in 2001, pre­sented an In­dige­nous Aus­tralian take on mo­tor me­chan­ics.

It was made by Abo­rig­i­nal me­dia com­pany PAW Me­dia and di­rected by David Batty.

The five episodes cen­tred on the left-field re­pair tech­niques of the show’s stars as they tra­versed out­back ar­eas in their di­lap­i­dated cars. These so­lu­tions were of­ten hu­mor­ous, al­ways in­ven­tive, some­times wacky and re­peat­edly un­pre­dictable.

A good ex­am­ple was the episode where a sta­tion­wagon’s roof col­lapsed un­der the weight of a band’s equip­ment. Un­fazed, the oc­cu­pants re­moved the roof with an axe, flipped it over, loaded their gear on it and tied it to the back of the car as a makeshift sled. And off they went, drag­ging the roof be­hind them! Next, a punc­ture was re­paired by stuff­ing the tyre cas­ing with desert grass.

The ex­hi­bi­tion kicked off at the Na­tional Mo­tor Mu­seum in the Ade­laide Hills town­ship of Bird­wood, then headed to the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

The tour is sched­uled to hit Ade­laide again for the Tar­nan­thi Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber be­fore head­ing off for three-month sea­sons at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Aus­tralia in Can­berra and the Mel­bourne Mu­seum in Vic­to­ria.

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