Bush Mechanics slot car challenge
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.