HISTORY (The brief version)
Roadside Relics was established in 1984 and is owned and operated by Mike and Leigh Munday. In the early years interest in Petroliana was very limited and the business focused on acquiring original bowsers, globes and related artwork in order to faithfully reproduce Australian advertising globes and oil company artwork (decals) for the restorer. A massive amount of historical research and painstaking work was also done by Leo Duffy, Robin Hart, Neil Perrin and the late Gregor Cox to develop the wide range of items now available for the restorer/collector. Over the past decade this hobby has become far more mainstream with a huge number of collectors, enthusiasts and investors taking a very strong interest in petrol and oil collectables. A combination of nostalgia and the wide spread interest in motoring have seen huge growth. Those involved range from individuals with a pump and sign or two through to hard core collectors and investors with sheds full of old garage memorabilia Restaurants, theme cafes, the automotive trade, the movie industry, museums and historical societies make up just a few of the many new owners of these old collectables.
In recent times Roadside Relics have supplied a petrol pump to a child minding centre and also to a home for the elderly. Staff at the latter claim that a group of their residents sit by the bowser on a daily basis and discuss days gone by, while the children at the day care centre fill up their imaginary cars while they play this is very satisfying, testimony to the broad appeal and enjoyment of old garage collectables.
Roadside Relics continue to develop and source new items to suit the restorer as well as buying and selling a growing volume of original petrol and oil collectables. Garagenalia is here to stay.