Return the Mad Max 'Interceptor' to Australia

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Return the Mad Max 'Interceptor' to Australia

The 'Interceptor' movie car from Kennedy-Miller's successful Australian classic films 'Mad Max' and 'Mad Max 2' is currently for sale by US vendors. This piece of Australian cinema history has resided in museum collections in the UK, then USA, for more than 25 years. It must be returned home.

By signing this petition, you are supporting the vehicle's return to Australia by way of Federal Government arts funding, philanthropy from a private benefactor or a combination of both.

There are many reasons for its return with areas of importance that transcend the arts, industrial design, popular culture and modern world history, including:

  • The vehicle featured in the original 1979 Kennedy-Miller production 'Mad Max', a seminal 'Ozploitation' classic, cultural yardstick and the launching point for the 40+ year career of American-born, Australian-raised and NIDA-trained actor Mel Gibson.
  • The vehicle then featured in the 1981 sequel, 'Mad Max 2', marketed with great success in the USA as 'The Road Warrior'. Another Kennedy-Miller production, Mad Max 2 is now widely considered to be one of the greatest action movies ever made, as well as one of the greatest sequels ever made.
  • This vehicle, based on an Australian-designed and built Ford XB-model Falcon GT coupe, featured modifications drafted and undertaken by Peter Arcadipane, a former Ford Australia stylist who went on to have a notable career working for Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, PSA, Kia, Mitsubishi and others.
  • The vehicle was restored to an amalgam of 'Mad Max' and 'Mad Max 2' specifications by Bob Fursenko, who widely toured it throughout Australia during the mid-late 1980s, giving the public a close bond with the vehicle, creating a cultural relevance arguably greater than that of any work by McCubbin, Roberts or Whiteley.
  • The vehicle, although not the one featured in George Miller's 2015 series reboot 'Mad Max: Fury Road', was recreated in spirit from another Ford Falcon and used in several scenes, giving the original vehicle continued relevance during the late 2010s.
  • Following an announcement from George Miller that he will be creating three further sequels and/or prequels set in the Mad Max universe, the vehicle will continue to hold cultural significance well into the 21st century.
  • There is a lasting reverence and appreciation for on-screen 'movie cars' that has only been growing in recent years. High-value sales of the 1968 Ford Mustang from 'Bullitt', the Barris-created Batmobile from the 1966-1968 'Batman' TV series and even the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT from the 2000 movie 'Gone in 60 Seconds' all show that even 50-year-old popular culture touch-points are far from subsiding, with growing interest and acknowledgement of significance not only within car culture, but the arts in general.
  • If displayed and toured within Australia by a selection of our National museums, the vehicle would bring in tourist dollars, entry fees (where applicable) and gift shop sales, as well as expanding the each museum's visitor demographics.

These are just some of the reasons why we need to work on bringing the original, Kennedy-Miller Mad Mad/Mad Max 2 Ford XB Falcon 'Interceptor' back home.