Posts written by emmabest

Proof is in the … pic of you in the car!

View of the TRS showcar on Level 2, from Level 4. © Te Papa, 2009.

The Te Papa events are rockin! There are so many people are having a blast – seeing the F1 cars up in the exhibition on Level 4, checking out the big Toyota Racing Series transporter truck parked out front, marvelling at the curious 2-seater (there aint that many 2-seaters around the world I can tell… Read more »

Even more cars in the building!

  • Compare the front wings with the MP4-21. © Te Papa, 2009.
  • Single seater. © Te Papa, 2009.
  • Single seater is on the left. © Te Papa, 2009.
  • Where do you reckon we put them? © Te Papa, 2009.

As of tomorrow until next Tuesday (2 October) we have even more racing cars on display to add to the wonderful mix that are already upstairs in our Formula One™ – The Great Design Race  exhibition. Toyota Racing Series have brought with them their big transporter truck (way too big to get inside the building… Read more »

School Holidays and Formula One

The Toyota Racing Series transporter truck.  © Toyota Racing Series

Goodness me, Te Papa is a veritable seething mass of children and their families… YEP the school holidays are back on. We’ve got some very cool stuff for you to come and see and do! Go and see the F1 beauties in Formula One™ – The Great Design Race, Level 4 – there are floor… Read more »

Blue Friday at Te Papa

  • © Te Papa, 2009.
  • © Te Papa, 2009.
  • © Te Papa, 2009.
  • © Te Papa, 2009.

Last Friday (25  September) was designated Blue Friday, part of the bigger Blue September to help raise awareness of prostate cancer here in New Zealand – about 600 men die of this disease every year. Not good! People from around New Zealand were encouraged to wear blue, decorate in blue to help raise this awareness as… Read more »

Bob, Chris and Michael give their views

  • Bob McMurray & Michael Clark at the Ferrari F2004. Copyright Te Papa 2009.
  • Bob, Chris, and Michael dicussing the MP4-4. Copyright Te Papa 2009.
  • The papaya-orange McLaren M7A. Copyright Te Papa 2009.
  • The floortalk fans surround the experts and the M7A. Copyright Te Papa 2009.

Te Papa is thrilled to have former Formula One great, Chris Amon along with commentator Bob McMurray (who was with McLaren for a number of years) and motorsport historian Michael Clark sharing their vast knowledge and views on Formula One as well as particular tidbits on the cars (and sometimes their drivers) featured in the Formula One… Read more »

Black Beauty is here…

  • The NZL A1GP car in the Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Copyright Te Papa 2009.
  • NZL A1GP car wheeling past the blue whale's heart model in NatureSpace. Copyrigth Te Papa 2009.
  • Copyright Te Papa 2009.
  • Black Beauty nose cone, back of house. Copyright Te Papa 2009.

I’ve been quiet on my blogs as I’ve been away for a while, but heard a lovely rumour at work this afternoon about a new car in the building – an A1GP car! So a camera was borrowed (thanks Norm!) and off I went in search…. walking smartly coz you shouldn’t run Not in the dockway…… Read more »

The race is on!

  • Check out Mrinali's rear wing and double rear tyres - what would Max think of that? © Te Papa, 2009.
  • Liri's car was questioned by other constructors as it didn't conform to FIA rules. © Te Papa, 2009.
  • Constructor Jonathan insisted his car be number 1. © Te Papa, 2009.
  • Check out Mrinali's rear wing and double rear tyres - what would Max think of that? © Te Papa, 2009.

In Inspiration Station yesterday there was a flurry of frenzied activity as the Discovery Centre pit crew hosted an hour of Formula One activities Spectators were allowed into ‘trade secrets’ such as how heavy an ordinary car tyre is compared to a bigger, fatter, but lighter F1 tyre. They also found out about the revolutionary… Read more »

Little observations

  • The Cooper T51 cornering nicely.© Te Papa, 2009.
  • Unloading the Lotus 16. © Te Papa, 2009.
  • The Williams wideboy.© Te Papa, 2009.
  • The BRM P160. © Te Papa, 2009.

I was very fortunate to assist with the install of some of the Formula One cars – some little facts occured to me as we moving them into place: The BRM P160 was the heaviest beastie: The Williams FW14B was the widest – very thoughtful moments as to which path to take it from the… Read more »

Getting the Williams from groundfloor to the fourth

  • Putting the nosecone back onto the Williams FW14B. © Te Papa, 2009.
  • The Williams on its final resting place in the Visa Platinum Gallery. © Te Papa, 2009.
  • Wheeling sedately past the Britten bike. © Te Papa, 2009.
  • Backing the Williams into the gallery. © Te Papa, 2009.

When making exhibitions here at Te Papa, teams have to install a wide variety of objects. You, the visitor, generally only get to see the polished final product – everything all beautifully laid out, ready for viewing. Have you ever wondered how we get the big stuff in? All I can say is – thank… Read more »