The Mundi Mundi Plains & Mad Max 2 Museum – The Road Warrior Spirit Lives On!

A post apocalyptic world where marauders rule the highways, roaming the wastelands in search of precious Guzzoline to fuel their vehicles. Violence and mayhem are part of day-to-day life in this dystopian society. Only the strong and naturally the fast will survive!

This is the picture set in the classic 1981 Aussie movie Mad Max 2 (known internationally as Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior or just The Road Warrior), starring Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, a former policeman of the Main Force Patrol (MFP). He is also on an eternal search for fuel as he tries to escape his sad past.

1981 Japanese Mad Max 2 poster (the movie has a cult following in Japan)
1981 Japanese Mad Max 2 poster (the movie has a cult following in Japan)

Max doesn’t want to be a hero anymore but becomes a reluctant one as The Road Warrior of the wastelands, who helps a group of settlers escape from the clutches of the roaming marauders. Initially Max was just in it for some fuel but he rediscovers his humanity along the way.

Max Rockatansky and Dog (Mad Max 2 - 1981)
Max Rockatansky and Dog (Mad Max 2 – 1981)

The characters, vehicles and action are what give this movie its cult like following. The original Mad Max trilogy (Mad Max – 1979, Mad Max 2 – 1981 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome – 1985) are some of my all time favourite movies and the stories of this dystopian world, brought to life by director / screenwriter George Miller, make them timeless classics and simply great storytelling with screaming,  crashing, exploding, motoring metal mayhem! The great ability of George Miller to create such an intriguing, harsh world is highlighted by the success of the new Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Ride eternal, shiny and chrome!

Mad Max 2 Crash Poster 1981
This 1981 Mad Max 2 poster says it all really

Mad Max 2 has so many diverse characters from the good side including Max himself, his loyal Blue Heeler known as Dog, The Gyro Captain, Warrior Woman, Pappagallo, Curmudgeon, the crippled Mechanic, Zetta and The Feral Kid with his metal boomerang. On the other side of things, the marauders are led by the strong and powerful Lord Humungus who commands his dog of war, the viscous Wez (actor Vernon Wells almost steals the show!), The Toadie, Golden Youth, the bad cops and an army of leather clad misfits sporting Mohawks and more!

Just some of the characters of Mad Max 2: Centre: Max Clockwise from top left: Dog, The Gyro Captain, Warrior Woman, Papagallo, Mechanic, The Feral Kid, Bad Cop, The Toadie, Golden Youth & Wez, The Humungus, Zetta and Curmudgeon
Just some of the characters of Mad Max 2:
Centre: Max
Clockwise from top left: Dog, The Gyro Captain, Warrior Woman, Papagallo, Mechanic, The Feral Kid, Bad Cop, The Toadie, Golden Youth & Wez, Lord Humungus, Zetta and Curmudgeon

In addition to great characters,  a key element of Mad Max 2 was the vast array of wild-looking vehicles used in most scenes from modified 1970’s Aussie muscle cars such as the legendary 1973 Ford XB GT Coupe Pursuit Special” MFP Interceptor (used by Max in both Mad Max and Mad Max 2. This car had a 300bhp 351ci V8 engine fitted as standard and thus the movie tag of “the last of the V8’s” was born) to dune buggies, trucks and more! There was even a gyrocopter flown appropriately by The Gyro Captain. No one ever asks why they all spend so much time driving about as no one cares, this is a road action movie and that is simply what makes it great!

The original “Pursuit Special” 1973 Ford XB V8 Interceptor at the Miami Auto Museum (Dezer Collection)
The original “Pursuit Special” 1973 Ford XB V8 Interceptor restored (not 100% accurately but better than being scrapped as it was meant to have been in 1981!) at the Miami Auto Museum – Dezer Collection (photo taken during my 2014 visit)
1981 Japanese Mad Max 2 vehicle poster
A great 1981 Japanese Mad Max 2 vehicle poster

The road scenes and battles in Mad Max 2 were filmed around Broken Hill and Silverton in outback New South Wales. The road that stretches out into the Mundi Mundi Plains was a key location for much of the road action and carnage.

Mundi Mundi Plains & Lookout

The view across the Mundi Mundi Plains from the lookout in outback NSW near Silverton. This stretch of road was integral to many of the car scenes in Mad Max 2
The view across the Mundi Mundi Plains from the lookout in outback NSW near Silverton. This stretch of road was integral to many of the car scenes in Mad Max 2 (photo taken in March 2016)
Mad Max 2 Mundi Mundi Lookout
Max at the Mundi Mundi Lookout 1981 vs. 2016
Mad Max 2 Mundi Mundi Lookout
Max at the Mundi Mundi Lookout 1981 vs. 2016
Mad Max 2 on the Mundi Mundi Plains in 1981 Car chase
Mad Max 2 on the Mundi Mundi Plains in 1981
Mad Max 2 The epic truck crash on the reverse side of the Mundi Mundi lookout
The epic truck crash on the reverse side of the Mundi Mundi lookout 1981 vs 2016
The epic truck crash on the reverse side of the Mundi Mundi lookout 1981 vs 2016
The truck begins to roll on the bend 1981 vs 2016
The epic truck crash on the reverse side of the Mundi Mundi lookout 1981 vs 2016
The aftermath of the Mad Max 2 truck crash on the Mundi Mundi Plains 1981 vs. 2016

Mad Max 2 Museum

In Silverton today the road warrior spirit lives on in the form of the excellent Mad Max 2 Museum. At the museum you can see lots of behind the scenes photos, props including originals obtained from various sources and also those recovered from movie locations (modern-day archeology!), costumes and most importantly some of the original movie vehicles (mostly dune buggies) and plenty of replica vehicles. The level of detail put into the replica vehicles is very accurate and they look the real deal.

Mad Max 2 Museum - Silverton, NSW in March 2016
Mad Max 2 Museum – Silverton, NSW in March 2016
Mad Max 2 Museum - Silverton, NSW
Mad Max 2 Museum – Silverton, NSW in March 2016
Mad Max 2 Museum Silverton NSW
Celebrate the vehicles and road warrior spirit at the Mad Max 2 Museum
Ford XB V8 Interceptor with the Concorde front end attached at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW
Replica Ford XB V8 Interceptor with the Concorde front end attached at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW
Mad Max 2 Ford XB V8 Interceptor Replica Mad Max 2 Museum Silverton NSW
A caged beast!
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior – V8 Interceptor with Max and The Gyro Captain (captive) on board – this one is displayed with post road battle damage (photo taken during my visit to the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton NSW in March 2016)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior – Replica Ford XB V8 Interceptor with Max and The Gyro Captain (captive) on board – this one is displayed with post road battle damage (photo taken during my visit to the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton NSW in March 2016)
Head on with the replica Ford XB V8 Interceptor Mad Max 2 Museum Silverton
Head on with the replica Ford XB V8 Interceptor
Ford XA Batcar at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW – March 2016
Replica Ford XA Batcar at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW – March 2016
Ford XA Batcar at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW – March 2016
Replica Ford XA Batcar head on
Ford XA Batcar at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW – March 2016
Replica Ford XA Batcar at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW – March 2016
Mad Max 2 - Behind the Scenes: Original Ford XB V8 Interceptor & Ford XA Batcar
Mad Max 2 – Behind the Scenes: Original Ford XB V8 Interceptor & Ford XA Batcar
The Gyrocopter at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW – March 2016
The original movie Gyrocopter at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW – March 2016
Marauder vehicles including the Ford Landau and Ford XA Batcar (replicas) & the gyrocopter (original) at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW in March 2016
Marauder vehicles including the Ford Landau, Ford XA Batcar, Chrysler Valiant Charger (replicas) & the gyrocopter (original) at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW in March 2016
Bad Cops and the original Ford Landau - Mad Max 2 (1981)
Bad Cops and the original Ford Landau – Mad Max 2 (1981)
Ford Landau (replica) Mad Max 2 Museum Silverton NSW
Ford Landau (replica)
Bad Cop Ford Landau (replica) Mad Max 2 Museum
Bad Cop Ford Landau (replica)
Mad Max 2 Bad cops and dune buggies - the police car was a 1974 Ford ZG Fairlane
The Bad Cop police car was a 1974 Ford ZG Fairlane (replica)
"Force 10" Chrysler Valiant Charger (a muscle car produced by Chrysler Australia from 1971 to 1978) at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW
Replica “Force 10” Chrysler Valiant Charger (a muscle car produced by Chrysler Australia from 1971 to 1978) at the Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW – March 2016 (note the Holden Torana replica in the background behind the Ford XB Interceptor)
Mad Max 2 - Behind the Scenes: Original "Force 10" Chrysler Valiant Charger & 1974 Ford ZG Fairlane police car
Mad Max 2 – Behind the Scenes: Original “Force 10” Chrysler Valiant Charger & 1974 Ford ZG Fairlane police car
The Mad Max 2 vehicles were a varied bunch that's for sure! Mad Max 2 Museum, Silverton, NSW
The Mad Max 2 vehicles were a varied bunch that’s for sure! Mad Max 2 Museum, Silverton, NSW – March 2016
Dune buggies of the wastelands Mad Max 2 Museum Silverton NSW
Original dune buggies of the Mad Max 2 wastelands
Mad Max 2 Museum dune buggy
Another original Mad Max 2 dune buggy
Original Mad Max 2 Interceptor tow car Mad Max Museum Silverton
Original Mad Max 2 Interceptor tow car
Mack Truck similar to that used in Mad Max 2 Silverton NSW
Mack Truck similar to that used in Mad Max 2
The original Commer school bus used as the fuel compound gate in Mad Max 2 Silverton NSW
The original Commer school bus used as the fuel compound gate in Mad Max 2
Original props and equipment from the Mad Max 2 Fuel Compound including the oil derrick and mechanics crane Mad Max 2 Museum Silverton NSW
Original props and equipment from the Mad Max 2 Fuel Compound including the oil derrick and mechanics crane (replica Holden Torana in the background) at the Mad Max 2 Museum – March 2016

The history of the museum is interesting in itself. Owners Adrian and Linda hail from the UK. Adrian like most of us who are into Mad Max, saw the first two movies in the early 1980’s and became obsessed. So much so that he got his own replica Ford XB interceptor to drive around the “wastelands of the UK”, then eventually moved to Australia in 2006, started putting a collection together and set up the museum in Silverton which opened in 2010. Now that is some dedication to Max! They are also really great people and happy to chat about all things Mad Max. Do not miss this place if you are in the region!

The Vermin have inherited the Earth banner Mad Max 2 Museum Silverton NSW
The Vermin have inherited the Earth
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. What a fantastic post. Brilliant. Mad Max 2 is one of my all time favourite films too. I never knew this place existed, shame it’s fenced of and you can’t walk around the place a bit more. Great pics and thanks for sharing.

    1. Deano says:

      Thanks for They have pretty limited space and need to keep everything as secure as possible I guess? You can still see things pretty well, so it works

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