Champions Brock Experience in Yeppoon, Queensland, is a large collection of Peter Brock race and road cars in the country. It began as the private collection of Peter Champion a long time friend of Brock’s before opening as a museum in December 2007.
Displayed in a unique setting and featuring some 38 vehicles and a vast array of personal and professional memorabilia it is a fitting tribute to an Australian icon and motor sport legend. This collection has come together over some 15 years and the museum itself has been nearly five years in the making.
Rockhampton-based company, Super-Vision Electronics, were contracted to design and install a comprehensive audio visual system to enhance the authentic experience of motor sport.
The main room offers 7.1 channel surround sound for the audio effects and the video presentations. Everything is fully automated so that the tour guides only need to press one button on a touch panel located at the front counter, and a Crestron control system begins to run the light and sound show, audio effects, building lighting, video playback, moving lights, air-conditioning, televisions and projectors.
The museum utilises JBL Control speakers including twenty Control 28 speakers, two JBL Control SB2 subs and six Control Series ceiling speakers. A Crown CTS-8200 amplifier, CTS-4200 amplifier and two XTI-2000 amplifiers power the system whilst a dbx DriveRack takes care of processing.
“We wanted to use the JBL Control speakers as they’re small enclosures that deliver a high impact and cover the room really nicely,” commented Craig Sims, managing director of Super-Vision Electronics.
“They make the sound nice and ‘sweepy’. The owner is very happy with the reproduced sound effects and he has no queries about the way the sound travels through the room as you go from zone to zone.”
The reproduced sound includes music, audio visual tracks and sound effects with programming done by Super-Visions’ Hamish Hughes.
The project is a work in progress and eventually motion-sensors will trigger sounds as people move around the museum.
As well as the cars, the museum houses a MIG jet and Super-Vision are currently working on the sound effects for that display – one JBL Dual 18" folded and vented Sub plus a JBL 15" and 1" Horn Top Box that can punch out a 134dB SPL recording of a real MIG jet that shakes the whole building.
“The MIG jet is on a stand with the speakers hidden underneath it,” explained Hamish. “When the MIG flyby sound effects are played through that speaker system, you would almost think that the plane is in motion – it’s awesome!”
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