Sometimes you just chance upon something very interesting and unexpected. Chillagoe was on the list because of the amazing caves, but what popped up was this incredible car ‘museum’ in the middle of nowhere. It’s not a museum in the strictest sense of the word, more like one man’s collection of cars he could never get rid of.
Tom Prior was a general contractor in Chillagoe and he kept pretty much every car and truck he ever had. And they were almost all Fords! Entrance is a couple of bucks and you can take a walk around the rusting hulks, quietly decaying under the outback heat.
Not all of them are consigned to this fate, though, as he has a few that warrant special treatment, including a rare 675hp Super Roo XW Falcon GT 351 which is kept in a sealed tent, a 1928 Model A, a 1965 Ford Futura, a 1965 Shelby Mustang plus a few ex-Army models like a 1942 Dodge WC-51 Weapons carrier
And, of course, there are a lot more rusting hulks to pore over. I could have taken 100 shots just of the sun-scorched patina.
Prior is also the BP agent for the area and until recently he was in the transport industry. Now, in his late ’70s he’s happy to simply enjoy his collection.