Now with the restoration complete, the question on Bobs mind ‘is it just me or are there other mad max interceptor fans out there and most importantly will they pay me a buck to have a look at the car?’

As it turns out Hobart the capital city of Tasmania were preparing for their major state fair Bob felt it was the perfect platform to test the crowd pulling ability of the Interceptor before tackling the huge major state fairs of Sydney and Melbourne which will need large capital investments up to $10,000 ($26,000 in today’s money) for a small position in the popular "side-show ally"

 

A week had passed and the Interceptor had arrived by ship on the island of Tasmania thankfully to a large press gathering all keen to snap images for there respective news papers. Bob was delighted to arrive the very next day in Hobart to find the Interceptor received major coverage in all local papers " The car driven by Mel Gibson in the blockbuster MAD MAX films is featuring at this years royal show”. Bob was also asked to be interviewed on prime time TV! 
Bob could not believe the coverage and publicity but will it result in ticket sales?

 

In the best tradition of tinsel town Bob put the Interceptor back to work as a star and he had a travelling circus built around the car. A tent and booth and a series of T shirts, he put up the signs outside and struggled into his corporate clothing " a Mad Max T- shirt " and then waited for the crowds." I was terrified " he said " There was this tent with the car inside. It was early morning and I walked a few paces away from it and looked back. I thought to myself " Whos going to come and pay a dollar to have a look at the car?" By the end of the day I was exhausted and the crowd had never gone below 50 people inside the tent at any one time.

 

 

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Finally after a mind blowing 2 week tour of Tasmania Bob finds himself back in his office struggling into his chair with his pockets bursting at the seems.

Bobs concerns of a lack of Mad Max fans were GONE! the Tour was an outstanding success! In fact Bob was humbled by how many fans had travelled such long distances to see the car as well as them expressing their passion for the car and movies. Bob now felt it was his patriotic duty to take his Mad Max road show across the wastelands of Australia to as many cities and outback centre’s as time restrictions would allow to share his passion with others.

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PART 4

PART 1 CAR HISTORY

PART 2  A BOYHOOD DREAM

PART 3 THE RESTORATION

PART 4 CELLULOID HERO

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